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Remove Simple-finder.com (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Simple-finder.com is a browser hijacker that might diminish your browsing sessions

Simple-finder.com examples

Simple-finder.com is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that spreads as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox extensions. This browser hijacker might get installed with the help of freeware bundles. The main activities of this cyber parasite are altering search results or displaying unwanted ads.[1]

Summary
Name Simple-finder.com
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Might alter browser's settings and expose to potentially dangerous web content
Symptoms Changed homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL address, delivery of aggressive ads, redirects to questionable sites, inability to customize web browsers, installation of unknown browser extensions.
To uninstall Simple-finder.com, install ReimageIntego and run a full system scan

So-called Simple-finder.com virus does not spread itself. It’s not a dangerous computer virus.[2] It’s an annoying application that is typically hidden in freeware packages, so if you do not pay attention to the installation process or overlooked “additional downloads” you let this PUP to come to your PC as well.

Some versions of the Simple Finder might replace browser’s default homepage, built-in search engine or new tab URL address. However, the most common symptom of the infection is seeing Waiting for Simple-finder.com” alert at the bottom while redirecting to your search results page or other domain.

If browser’s startup page was not changed, such activities might be hard to notice. However, you might notice significantly decreased browsing speed. Additionally, you might encounter browser redirects to suspicious sites and lots of ads. Such activities are needed for generating revenue from online advertising.

Browser hijacker might also collect various information in order to display targeted ads, meaning they might look interesting for you and you are more willing to click on them. PUPs might track:

  • technical details about your computer, operating system, and web browser;
  • last visited websites and pages;
  • search queries;
  • clicked ads;
  • IP address;
  • etc.

In some cases, the hijacker can collect personal information too, for instance, if you search for your full name. Additionally, you can never be sure if this PUP hasn’t installed any browser extension that aims to steal passwords, login details or other sensitive data. Privacy protection is one of the reasons why you need to hurry up with Simple-finder.com removal.

The biggest issue here is that Simple-finder might display malicious ads and redirect to fraudulent websites. Hence, within one click you can catch ransomware, data-stealing trojan or suffer from scammers’ tricks.

Avoiding Simple-finder.com redirect problems might not be easy. The hijacker might open a new browser’s tab any minute. For this reason, you need to clean your browsers and computer. You can follow manual instructions at the end of this article, or you can speed up the procedure with anti-malware software.

If you are interested in simpler and quicker solution, to remove Simple-finder.com, you should scan your computer with ReimageIntego or your preferred updated security software. However, do not forget to rest Firefox, Chrome or another web browser. In this way, you can be sure that all nasty extensions and tracking cookies are deleted.

Simple-finder.com virus illustrationSimple-finder.com is a browser hijacker that might control browsing sessions, alter search results, and display ads.

Tips to avoid browser hijack

This browser hijacker is similar to many other cyber infections belonging to this category. It spreads bundled with free programs as an additional component. However, you can notice it and stop its installation only if you choose Custom or Advanced installation settings.

Quick or Recommended settings do not give this possibility, so if you choose it, you give indirect permission to install the whole software bundle. Security specialists from viruset.no[3] remind that correct installation of programs requires less time than dealing with viruses or PUPs.

Eliminate Simple-finder.com from your browser

To remove simple-finder.com, you have to uninstall suspicious browser extensions, reset the browser and uninstall all questionable programs from the computer. Please, follow the guide below attentively to make sure that all threats are deleted.

If you still notice hijacker’s activities, you should proceed with automatic Simple-finder.com removal. For that, you need to obtain legitimate security program, update it and run a full system scan.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Simple-finder.com, follow these steps:

Remove Simple-finder.com from Windows systems

To eliminate all hijacker-related components, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Simple-finder.com and related programs
    Here, look for Simple-finder.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Simple-finder.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase Simple-finder.com from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Simple-finder.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Simple-finder.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Simple-finder.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Simple-finder.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Simple-finder.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Simple-finder.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Simple-finder.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Simple-finder.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Simple-finder.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Simple-finder.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Simple-finder.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Get rid of Simple Finder and reset Mozilla Firefox by performing these steps:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Simple-finder.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Simple-finder.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Simple-finder.com from Google Chrome

Uninstall Simple-finder.com from Chrome by following these steps:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Simple-finder.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Simple-finder.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Simple-finder.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Simple-finder.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Simple-finder.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Simple-finder.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

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If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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