Search.searchfff.com Redirect

Also Known As: Fast Forms Finder browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.searchfff.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.searchfff.com?

Fast Forms Finder is a rogue application identical to Quick Package Tracker, Unlimited Music Radio, Email Enhanced, and many others. According to the developers, Fast Forms Finder helps to locate various tax forms. Therefore, many users believe that Fast Forms Finder is legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without consent; 2) tracking of users' Internet browsing activity, and; 3) modification of web browser options.

search.searchfff.com browser hijacker

Fast Forms Finder hijacks Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, modifying the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings by assigning them to search.searchfff.com (a fake Internet search engine). Although these changes may seem insignificant, users are unable to revert them. Bear in mind that Fast Forms Finder continues to reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are automatically redirected to search.searchfff.com when they open a new browser tab or enter a search query into the URL bar. These redirects significantly diminish the web browsing experience. Another significant downside is information tracking. Be aware that Fast Forms Finder (and search.searchfff.com) record user-system information, mostly relating to web browsing habits. Collected data typically includes personal details that developers share with third parties to generate revenue. These people generate revenue by misusing private information, thus causing serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Therefore, we strongly advise you to uninstall the Fast Forms Finder browser hijacker and scan the system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite to remove all remnants. Never return to the search.searchfff.com website.

As mentioned above, Fast Forms Finder is identical to dozens of other browser-hijacking applications, all released by the same criminals. Note that these applications offer different functionality, but have identical behavior. False promises to provide useful features are merely attempts to trick users to install. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, potentially unwanted programs cause unwanted redirects (thereby promoting dubious websites, most of which are fake search engines) and gather information. In addition, some fake search engines generate misleading results and intrusive advertisements that typically lead to malicious websites. If you encounter these redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Using these search engines risks computer infections.

How did search.searchfff.com install on my computer?

To proliferate Fast Forms Finder, developers employ a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", together with tyhe aforementioned intrusive advertisements. Therefore, although Fast Forms Finder is free for anyone to download on its official website, it typically infiltrates systems without permission. "Bundling" is stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs together with regular (typically free) software. Developers hide "bundled" apps within various sections (in most cases, "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Many users rush these procedures, skip steps, and click dubious links/ads without considering the consequences. This behavior can lead to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs such as Fast Forms Finder.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention during the download/installation processes, and when browsing the Internet. Choose "Advanced/Custom" settings and closely analyze each step of the download/installation processes. Cancel all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. You are also advised to download your apps from legitimate sources only, using a direct download link. Criminals employ third party downloaders/installers to proliferate PUPs and, therefore, these tools should not be used. Intrusive advertisements look legitimate, however, most lead to gambling, adult dating, and other untrustworthy sites. They are delivered by adware-type potentially unwanted programs - if you experience them, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Using a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite is also essential.

Website promoting Fast Forms Finder browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Fast Forms Finder browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Fast Forms Finder browser hijacker 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.

search.searchfff.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications (for example, "Fast Forms Finder"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.searchfff.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Fast Forms Finder browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.searchfff.com 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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.searchfff.com 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://search.searchfff.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.searchfff.com 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 and then remove "Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the fast forms finder browser hijacker, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.searchfff.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Fast Forms Finder" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.searchfff.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.searchfff.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.searchfff.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "search.searchfff.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the fast forms finder browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.searchfff.com 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" and remove "Fast Forms Finder" (or simply "Forms"), as well as all other recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.searchfff.com 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://search.searchfff.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.searchfff.com 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: "search.searchfff.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with fast forms finder browser hijacker 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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

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

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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