What is Search.findeer.com?
Search.findeer.com is a browser hijacker that usually comes bundled with a potentially unwanted application called Offertz. You can download this program at its official website shopping.offertz.com. When you install the potentially unwanted software, you are usually prompted with an offer to install Search.findeer.com as well. If you agree to it, even without realizing it, your home page will be modified.
The hijacker works on all popular browsers including IE, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The main purpose of the program is to promote its associated sites and all promises about it being useful to the computer user are completely untrue. Since there is nothing beneficial about the application, we recommend that you delete Search.findeer.com. In order to do that, you will have to eliminate Offertz from your PC as well.
What is Offertz?
As it has already been mentioned, Offertz is a potentially unwanted application that is bundled with Search.findeer.com. It mostly targets Italian speaking computer users. Although it has an official website where it can be downloaded, the program also travels with other freeware. It is advertised as a tool that will provide you with relevant information about various discounts, good deals and offers, but in reality does nothing but promote its partners. It is clear that there is no use in keeping the adware on your computer and therefore we recommend you delete Offertz and thus get rid of Search.findeer.com.
How does Search.findeer.com work?
If, when installing Offertz, you do not un-check certain boxes you get stuck with Search.findeer.com. The hijacker modifies your home page, however, it does not replace your default search engine. Still, every time you open your browser you will see this page which contains a search box. If you try searching for something using the engine, you will not be provided with the best results. Your search results will be modified to include various sponsored links and ads, some of which may lead to the hijacker’s or Offertz webshop partners. That is why we do not recommend using this engine and suggest to stick to your default one until you terminate Search.findeer.com altogether.
Another reason why it is important to get rid of both the hijacker and the potentially unwanted application is because they may expose you to unsafe web content. These programs do not review the content that they expose you to which means you could easily be presented with fake ads, pop-ups, banners and so on. Clicking on the fake adverts can lead to malware infections, data loss and financial consequences. It is possible to infect your PC by simply entering a corrupted site. Moreover, you could also be presented with false information about a malicious program and download it yourself thinking it is something useful. You should also be careful with your personal details. Do not disclose them on unreliable websites with fake lotteries, surveys and so on. In general, we urge you to stay away from all commercial data until you eliminate Search.findeer.com from your system.
As long as you have the hijacker installed, your online behavior will be monitored. It tracks your cookies and records which pages you visit, how long you stay on them, what search queries you make, what is your IP address and so on. This information is used to personalize the ads and sponsored links that you see and make them appear more useful to you. The data can also be sold to third parties. Moreover, keep in mind that the hijacker and the potentially unwanted application slow down you Internet connection and system speed. It is clear that there is no reason for you to keep these programs on your PC and the sooner you get rid of them the better.
How to remove Search.findeer.com from my system?
Usually it is not difficult to delete Search.findeer.com as it is eliminated from you browsers as soon as you uninstall Offertz. If you do not have this potentially unwanted application on your PC, then you need to figure out which software is responsible for the appearance of the hijacker. You can do that using a malware scanner that you can download here for free. Once you identify the program, you should terminate it and also uninstall Search.findeer.com from your browsers. You can find full instructions of manual Search.findeer.com removal provided below. Alternatively, you can upgrade the scanner and implement a malware removal utility to clean your computer. The anti-malware will eliminate Search.findeer.com and Offertz as well as other threats that may be on your PC. It will also protect your system in the future from similar and more serious online infections.
Delete Offertz or another PUP:
- Click on Start and go to Control Panel
- Select Add or remove programs
- Choose the software and click Remove
Windows 7 and Vista
- Click on Start -> Control Panel
- Go to Uninstall a program
- Terminate the application
- Right-click on the lower left corner
- Choose Control Panel
- Select Uninstall a program
- Delete the unwanted software
Remove Search.findeer.com from browsers:
- Click on the Gear icon and open Internet Options
- Go to the General tab and change your home page
- Click OK and restart your web browser
- Click on the Mozilla menu and select Options
- Overwrite your home page on the General tab
- Click OK and then restart the browser
- Click on the menu and go to Settings
- Under On startup click on Set pages
- Modify your home page and click OK.
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