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- Symptoms of find.searchwide.com harassment
- Is find.searchwide.com really a virus?
- One should notice the potential dangers from find.searchwide.com
- The reasons that virus want find.searchwide.com
- Manual removal method is offered to help remove find.searchwide.com
- Both machine and browser become much more slow than usual in performance.
- RAM is showing nearly 50% usage at all times while the CPU is 15% or less.
- The affected network status shows a lot downloading to the target machine.
- Additional web application will be detected before long, such as delta-search.com.
- Perhaps some virus could break in when the machine is under the harassment of find.searchwide.com.
Find.searchwide.com Is Not Virus
Not as what most PC users think that it is a virus, find.searchwide.com is instead just a traffic exchanging site. What makes it different is the rogue method employed to compete with other advertisers.
There’s no harmful deeds (such as stealing hard disk space or CPU time, accessing private information, corrupting data, displaying political or humorous messages on the user's screen, spamming contacts, or logging their keystrokes) detected from the browser hijacker, this is why traditional network-based security solutions such as firewalls, UTMs, and gateway filters are simply no use in removing it.
Find.searchwide.com Can Be Potentially Dangerous
As a browser hijacker, find.searchwide.com aims at intercepting traffic and makes its or its partners’ websites exposed to as many PC users as possible. With huge traffic, find.searchwide.com manages to attract business and thus gain money. Usually, hijacker like find.searchwide.com would apply a backdoor program to access the browsing history so as to figure out where to place itself so that as many PC users as possible would end up with the hijacker. Be noted that backdoor program has been widely used for programmers to track down the activity of their crafts for improvement, which is allowed both by the law and in this industry.
Reasons Find.searchwide.com Is Wanted by Virus
Everything seems no big deal. However, one should read this article in details to see the potential dangers sticky find.searchwide.com brings. With slightly modified BHO and JS techniques (the two are commonly adopted in building a web site), find.searchwide.com manages to preload in auto startup configuration and modify the DNS settings to constantly direct people to its address.
Due to the fact that many more online operators turn to such browser hijacker to compete unfairly, many people/online operators equipped with certain level of computer skills start creating browser hijacker in abundance. All they want is money not to create something that will get popular, thus loose structure can be expected and bug will be unveiled to alleviate any infiltration.
Once find.searchwide.com is controlled or taken advantage by virus, BHO and JS techniques will be utilized to preload into system configuration and record any in-put information. What’s more important, with the wide coverage, any virus attacking find.searchwide.com will get what it wants from not just one computer but a mass of computers access the websites that have cooperative ties with find.searchwide.com.
In the case where anti-virus program won’t help, manual removal method is recommended. Below is the instruction to follow up. Be noted that certain level of computer knowledge and skill is required to carry out the below removal thread as what has been made clear that random items can worm into the target machine through find.searchwide.com and the name of the dropped-down files can vary from system to system. In the event that you need expert help, just start a live chat to contact Global PC Support Center.
Follow Manual Thread to Help Yourself Remove Find.searchwide.com
1. Reset browser settings.
Tools menu > Internet Options > Advanced tab > Restore Defaults button > OK.
Firefox button > Help > Troubleshooting information > ‘Reset Firefox’ button.
‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ menu > ‘Options’ > ‘Under the Hood’ > ‘Reset to Defaults’ button.
Show hidden files and folders (explicit instruction shown in Step3) > navigate to "C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\" > remove Operapref.ini.
Safari menu > ‘Reset Safari’ > tick all given options > ‘Reset’ button.
2. Modify Hosts file to block find.searchwide.com from redirecting.
Win+R key combination > type CMD > hit Enter key > type "pingfind.searchwide.com" > Enter key > note down the IP address > navigate to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc > click open Hosts file > paste the IP address to the last line > save file.
Mac OS X
Finder launchpad icon > Utilities > Terminal > type "ping find.searchwide.com" > Enter/Return key > note down the IP address > shift+command+g key combination > type “etc” (/private/etc/hosts) > Enter/Return key > click open Hosts file > paste the IP address to the last line > save it to modify host file.
3. Remove all the Temp files under the following directories.
Click open ‘Control Panel’ > search for ‘Folder Options’ > tap View tab > tick ‘Show hidden files and folders' and non-tick 'Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.
Start screen > open any folder > open Windows Explorer > select View tab > Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.
navigate to the following directories and remove all the files and folders:
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet File
Mac OS X
Finder > Utilities folder > terminal:
|access Macs Terminal|
cd ~/Library/Logsand press Return button.
sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/*
rm -rf ~/Library/Safari/Downloads.plistand press Return button.
sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/*
Find.searchwide.com is a web application, drive-by download is the major way that the browser hijacker adopts for its propagation; thus people should use extra caution when accessing some unknown web pages or install web applications. In the world of ads, it is impossible to avoid such web applications completely. Thus it is recommended to update the related knowledge regularly so as to become capable of carrying out manual method and taking down unwanted programs that cannot be removed by security utilities automatically. Should you encounter confusion of unexpected situation in the middle of the removal, please do feel free to contact VilmaTech Online Support for exclusive help according to your concrete situation.