Betterfind.me Redirect

Also Known As: betterfind.me browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

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How to eliminate browser redirects to betterfind.me?

What is betterfind.me?

Developers present betterfind.me as an improved Internet search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, betterfind.me may seem legitimate and useful, however, developers promote this site by employing various download/installation set-ups that modify web browser settings without permission. Furthermore, betterfind.me continually records information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

betterfind.me browser hijacker

Deceptive set-ups target Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following infiltration, they assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to betterfind.me. In addition, set-ups append this URL to the target of each browser shortcut and, therefore, users are automatically redirected to betterfind.me when they search via the URL bar or simply open a browser/new browser tab. These redirects significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. In addition, users are unable to revert the aforementioned changes, since set-ups stealthily install a number of "helper objects" (third party applications/browser plug-ins) to automatically reassign web browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible. Another downside is information tracking. Helper objects and betterfind.me continually record Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and various other information relating to web browsing activity. This collected data might contain personally identifiable details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal details to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter unwanted redirects to betterfind.me, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Never return to this site.

betterfind.me shares many similarities with mystart.com, iconssliding.com, searchlock.com, and hundreds of other fake search engines. All claim to provide improved search results, however, these are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no value. They cause unwanted redirects and continually record various user-system information. In addition, results generated by fake search engines often lead to malicious websites. Therefore, using a fake search engine can result in high-risk adware or malware infections.

How did betterfind.me install on my computer?

As mentioned above, betterfind.me is promoted via rogue download/installation set-ups. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers hide all details of browser modifications within the "Custom" or "Advanced" options of the download or installation processes. Rushing and skipping this section inadvertently grants set-ups permission to modify various settings. In addition, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and closely analyze each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included. The key to computer safety is caution.

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove betterfind.me

betterfind.me redirect removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

betterfind.me browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to the betterfind.me website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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betterfind.me homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Remove betterfind.me-related Internet Explorer add-ons:

Removing betterfind.me related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select such entries and click "Remove".

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

Removing betterfind.me from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.betterfind.me/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

Removing betterfind.me from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing betterfind.me from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.betterfind.me and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing betterfind.me from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove "betterfind".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the betterfind.me , reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove betterfind.me-related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing betterfind.me related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

Removing betterfind.me from Google Chrome shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.betterfind.me/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Removing betterfind.me from Google Chrome shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing betterfind.me from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.betterfind.me and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing betterfind.me from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "betterfind" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the betterfind.me , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove betterfind.me-related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Removing betterfind.me related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

Removing betterfind.me from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.betterfind.me/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Removing betterfind.me from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing betterfind.me from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.betterfind.me and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

Removing betterfind.me from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "betterfind.me"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with betterfind.me removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of betterfind.me be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.

If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine. Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker: your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed, appearance of new toolbars, slow performance of Internet browsers, new Bookmarks or Favorites added, you can't change your homepage or default search engine, you see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website, you get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

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