Have you tried to open a well-known web page and found lots of previously unseen ads signed Findizer, “Ad by Findizer” or “Powered by Findizer”? If you answered ‘Yes’ then your need to know that your system is infected with an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). The adware is a type of harmful software that alters your machine’s web browser settings so that you will be randomly redirected to an unwanted ads. You need to perform the step-by-step guide below as soon as possible It will clean your PC system from the ad-supported software and thereby get rid of unwanted Findizer pop-up ads. Moreover, the instructions will help you to block the ability to penetrate of more malicious viruses and trojans on your personal computer.
The ad supported software can change the settings of the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge, but often that a harmful software like this can also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time open the browser to see Findizer unwanted ads.
Technically, the ad supported software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates lots of advertisements, hindering or completely blocking the work in the browser. It may install other unknown and unwanted programs without your permission, force you to visit dangerous web-sites. Moreover, the adware can download and install internet browser hijacker. Once installed, it’ll modify your home page with an unwanted web page.
Therefore it is very important to follow the step-by-step instructions below ASAP. The step-by-step instructions will assist you to delete adware as well as clean your system from the Findizer pop-up ads. What is more, the step-by-step instructions below will help you get rid of other harmful software like unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, which could penetrate the machine along with the ad supported software.
How did you get infected with Findizer pop-ups
How to manually remove Findizer ads
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, that will allow you manually remove Ads by Findizer adware from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge.
- Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Findizer redirects
- Get rid of Findizer pop-up ads from Chrome
- Get rid of Findizer ads from FF
- Remove Findizer pop-up ads from IE
- Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown programs by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It’ll display the Windows Control Panel like below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It’ll display a list of all software. Scroll through the all list and delete any suspicious and unknown applications.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Findizer redirects
When the adware is started, it can also alter the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the web browser, it will be redirected to an annoying ads.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text which starts with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of Findizer pop-up ads from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s start page and search provider by default that have been modified by adware.
- Open the Google Chrome, then click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, click the “Reset settings” button, that located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of Findizer ads from FF
If the Firefox settings have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to delete the redirect onto unwanted ad sites.
First, run the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser address bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. When it’s finished, click the “Finish” button
Remove Findizer pop-up ads from IE
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu as shown on the image below. Next, click the “Internet Options”.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press on “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted ad pages opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks that have been created by malicious application.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This opens a dialog box that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your machine. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the malicious applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove Findizer ads automatically
You can delete Findizer pop-up ads automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal utility because it can easily remove ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your computer from the link below. Save it on your Desktop.
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Once the download is finished, close all windows on your computer. Further, open the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown on the image below, click the Yes button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once the setup is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown on the screen below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to begin checking your PC for the malware and adware which cause the Findizer advertisements. When a threat is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete. Please be patient.
Once the system scan is done, you can check all threats detected on your computer. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and adware which cause annoying Findizer ads. When the disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes to remove ad-supported software and other harmful programs.
How to block Findizer ads
To increase your security and protect your PC against new annoying ads and malicious web-sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to harmful ads and pages. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link.
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- When downloading is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block advertisements, Findizer ads, as well as other dangerous or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Delete Findizer pop-up ads and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot get rid of the annoying Findizer pop-ups from the Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Once downloading is complete, open the directory in which you saved it. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, click the “Scan” button for scanning your PC system for the malicious extensions and the Findizer adware that displays a lot of ads within your web-browser. When it has finished scanning, it will display a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK”. Once the clean-up is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the AdwCleaner to delete ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers and other malicious programs.
Once you have finished the few simple steps outlined above, your machine should be free from malware and ad-supported software. The Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge will no longer display Findizer unwanted ads or redirect you to unwanted web-pages. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new type of adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.