In this article we are going to try and help you uninstall Filefinder. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Filefinder by Webitar Productions is a form of a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), mostly known for the atrocious amount of ads it just keeps displaying, until you finally shave your head and go start a new life as a hermit in a mountain cave. According to a number of complaints from our readers it is also the likely culprit behind the Tech-connect.biz redirects. Luckily, you found this page just before the irreversible meltdown and we will help you get your life back by guiding you through the process of removing Filefinder from your system once and for all. The steps provided below are simple to perform and won’t take much time or effort on your part, just bear with us until the end of this article, as much of the information in it will prove useful to you in the future.
What Filefinder is and why the wall of ads
Like it is with more or less any kind of PUP, Filefinder was created with the sole purpose of generating tons upon tons of popups, flashy banners, intrusive box messages and rage-inducing page redirects, which to top it all off – seem to be incredibly difficult to close. Apart from this, you might also have noticed a few other side effects, like a changed homepage in your browser or a different default search engine. Yes, these too are characteristic of the type of software you’re dealing with. Why all this madness? The root of it lies in the same place, where most madness stems from – money. The more ads the program displays, the more times they are likely to be clicked on and the more revenue this will generate for the developers of Filefinder. This is possible thanks to the Pay per click or PPC scheme, which is actually a pretty popular online money-making strategy. You’d be amazed how many businesses operate on this principle and in itself, there’s nothing wrong with it. The problems start, when people start exploiting it and try to squeeze out every penny from the successful strategy.
First and foremost among the risks of having PUP on your computer is the nature of some of the ads. Aside from being extremely invasive and obstructive, they can also prove dangerous sometimes. Though it’s very rare, but some of the ads could potentially redirect you to malicious websites that are teeming with viruses of all sorts, including the infamous Trojans and ransomware. It’s beyond obvious that you wouldn’t want that on your PC. That being said, there is still a very clear distinction between PUP and viruses. The two are not identical; they do not even remotely serve the same purpose and, furthermore, PUP is most times completely legal.
The other issue, which most people tend to think of as an invasion of their privacy, is the fact that programs like Filefinder tend to spy a little bit on you. They can’t hack your online banking accounts or gather your passwords and see encrypted information, naturally, but they can and do keep track of your search queries, browsing history, favorite pages and other aspects to your surfing activities. If this doesn’t seem like a reason to be alarmed, you might want to think back on any personal details you may have left floating around on certain webpages that didn’t offer data encryption and a secure connection. That too will have been gathered by the program and the information can later be sold to third parties, of which neither you nor we have any idea.
How to shield yourself from PUP
You’ve already experienced the unwanted effects of Filefinder by Webitar Productions and you might rightfully fear that it could come back to haunt you, after you’ve removed it with the help of our guide. Ironically, the reason you were infected in the first place was that you downloaded the program yourself. This could have been through your interaction with a spam email that was carrying it, but it’s more likely that you had installed it together with another piece of software. Filefinder can often be bundled in with other programs for the very purpose of getting installed without the user taking notice of this. The trick here is within the installation setup. If you choose the custom or advanced option, which allows you to tweak the settings to your liking, you shouldn’t have a problem, because then you will see the bundled in additional components. Moreover, you will be able to choose, which you would like to install and which you would rather leave behind. In the case of most PUP infections, the users chose the easy default of quick setup, which enabled the unwanted program to sneak in.
Many types of malware will restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the malicious program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find Filefinder or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more PUP applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove Filefinder From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by Filefinder and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove Filefinder From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove Filefinder From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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