If your internet browser startpage has modified to the Rapid-find.net, then it means that your system has been affected by the nasty PUP (potentially unwanted program) from the family of browser hijackers. It means that an unwanted program has taken over and replaced internet browsers settings, without your desire or permission. So, if the Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer default search engine, start page and new tab has been changed or your web browser being rerouted to the website you never intended to visit, then it is a sign that you need to clean up your machine sooner in order to delete Rapid-find.net homepage.
The Rapid-find.net hijacker infection will modify your web browser’s search engine so that all searches are sent through Rapid-find.net, which redirects to Bing, Yahoo or Google Custom Search engine that shows the search results for your query. The developers of this browser hijacker are using legitimate search engine as they may make revenue from the advertisements which are opened in the search results.
The browser hijacker might not only alter your home page or search provider, but redirect your internet browser to shady web sites. What is more, the hijacker infection can analyze your browsing, and gain access to your user information and, afterwards, can sell it to third parties. Thus, there are more than enough reasons to remove Rapid-find.net from your web-browser.
Therefore it is very important to free your system of browser hijacker infection as quickly as possible. Follow the few simple steps below to remove Rapid-find.net , as well as other malware and ad supported software, which may be installed onto your computer along with it.
Remove Rapid-find.net (removal guidance)
Without a doubt, the hijacker infection is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malicious software. To delete this browser hijacker, you may use the manual removal instructions that are given below or free malware removal utility such as Zemana, MalwareBytes or HitmanPro (all are free). We advise you use automatic removal solution that will allow you to get rid of Rapid-find.net startpage easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in personal computer or in the case where hijacker is not uninstalled automatically. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit this web page. So, please read the steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Rapid-find.net, follow the steps below:
- Delete dubious applications using MS Windows Control Panel
- Remove Rapid-find.net from Google Chrome
- Remove Rapid-find.net redirect from Firefox
- Delete Rapid-find.net from IE
- Run free tools to completely remove Rapid-find.net
- Block Rapid-find.net and other annoying web-pages
Remove Rapid-find.net redirect without any utilities
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually get rid of Rapid-find.net redirect from the Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox.
Delete dubious applications using MS Windows Control Panel
First, go to MS Windows Control Panel and remove suspicious apps, all programs you don’t remember installing. It is important to pay the most attention to applications you installed just before Rapid-find.net hijacker appeared on your internet browser. If you do not know what a program does, look for the answer on the Web.
Make sure you have closed all web browsers and other programs. Next, remove any unrequested and suspicious applications from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Select “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of apps installed on your computer. Most likely, one of them is the browser hijacker responsible for Rapid-find.net redirect. Choose the dubious program or the application that name is not familiar to you and delete it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in Windows, select “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, choose “Uninstall a program”.
Choose the suspicious or any unknown apps, then click “Uninstall/Change” button to uninstall this unwanted program from your PC system.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Select an undesired program, then press “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove Rapid-find.net from Google Chrome
If you have hijacker problem or the Chrome is running slow, then reset Google Chrome settings can help you. In the steps below we will show you a solution to reset your Chrome settings to original state without reinstall. This will also help to get rid of Rapid-find.net from new tab, search engine and home page.
- First, run the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed addons. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Rapid-find.net redirect from Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Mozilla Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Firefox settings like new tab, start page and default search provider to their original settings. However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed on the screen below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Mozilla Firefox web browser settings to their original settings.
Delete Rapid-find.net from IE
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as displayed in the figure below.
After the process is done, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your browser’s home page, new tab and search provider to default state.
Run free tools to completely remove Rapid-find.net
After completing the manual removal tutorial above all unwanted applications and web-browser’s plugins that causes internet browser redirects to the Rapid-find.net web site should be removed. If the problem with Rapid-find.net hijacker is still remained, then we advise to check your personal computer for any remaining malicious components. Use recommended free hijacker removal applications below.
How to remove Rapid-find.net with Zemana Anti-Malware
Zemana is an extremely fast utility to delete Rapid-find.net home page from your web-browser. It also deletes malicious software and ad supported software from your computer. It improves your system’s performance by uninstalling PUPs.
Visit the following page to download Zemana Anti Malware. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
After the downloading process is complete, close all windows on your computer. Further, start the set up file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will allow you install Zemana Anti-Malware on the personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, Zemana will automatically launch and you can see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to start scanning your machine for the hijacker infection which redirects your internet browser to annoying Rapid-find.net site. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient.
When the scanning is done, a list of all threats found is produced. When you’re ready, click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware will remove browser hijacker infection that responsible for internet browser reroute to the unwanted Rapid-find.net web-page and move items to the program’s quarantine. When that process is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your personal computer.
Block Rapid-find.net and other annoying web-pages
One of the worst things is the fact that you cannot stop all those unwanted web-pages like Rapid-find.net using only built-in Windows capabilities. However, there is a application out that you can use to block annoying web-browser redirects, ads and popups in any modern internet browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome, MS Edge and Firefox. It is called Adguard and it works very well.
- Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard on your computer from the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
- After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up ads, block Rapid-find.net, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How does your machine get infected with browser hijacker infection
Now your personal computer should be free of the hijacker that responsible for web-browser redirect to the unwanted Rapid-find.net web-site. We suggest that you keep Zemana Free (to periodically scan your PC for new browser hijackers and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popups and malicious web pages). Moreover, to prevent any hijacker, please stay clear of unknown and third party apps, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to search for potentially unwanted applications.
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