Find My Nascar Lineup browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Find My Nascar Lineup?
Find My Nascar Lineup is advertised as an app that can be used to find information about Nascar races, however, this application promotes search.findmynascarlineuptab.com (a fake search engine) by changing browser settings. Apps of this type are known as browser hijackers and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). They often record browsing-related data. In most cases, people download and install browser hijackers (or other PUAs) unintentionally. Find My Nascar Lineup is distributed and installed together with Hide My Searches, another PUA.
Most browser hijackers can be installed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. After installation, they change the address of the default search engine, default homepage, and new tab. Find My Nascar Lineup sets them to search.findmynascarlineuptab.com. Users are then forced to visit the address of this fake search engine when they open a browser, new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar. The only way to stop this from happening is to uninstall Find My Nascar Lineup. Note that search.findmynascarlineuptab.com is a fake search engine that, if used, provides results generated by Yahoo, a legitimate search engine (search.yahoo.com). Therefore, search.findmynascarlineuptab.com is redundant and useless, since it provides no unique results. Furthermore, Find My Nascar Lineup (and search.findmynascarlineuptab.com) collect browsing-related information. For example, IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, etc. It is possible that this browser hijacker might also be designed to record personal details. People who develop these apps usually share the data with third parties (often, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. To summarize, having a browser hijacker such as Find My Nascar Lineup installed can lead to problems relating to online privacy, browsing safety, and even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall Find My Nascar Lineup, Hide My Searches, and any other apps of this type immediately.
|Name||Find My Nascar Lineup|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Ser.Ursu.17195), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/WinWrapper), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Find My Nascar Lineup|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly provides access to information about Nascar races.|
|Serving IP Address (search.findmynascarlineuptab.com)||18.104.22.168|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Additional Information||Find My Nascar Lineup is distributed with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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More examples of apps of this type are Web Gamer World, FileConvertPro and Search Defender Prime amongst many others. Typically, browser hijackers are advertised as useful, legitimate apps, however, most operate as information tracking tools and promote fake search engines. These apps are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and do not function as promised.
How did Find My Nascar Lineup install on my computer?
Potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) are usually installed through the set-ups of other software. Typically, they are included in set-ups as additional offers. Information about these offers can usually be found in settings of the download and/or installation set-ups such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. This PUA distribution method is called "bundling" - developers use it to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs with regular software. They succeed when people download and install programs without checking or changing the aforementioned settings. PUAs are also installed inadvertently when people click intrusive ads.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Download software only from official, trustworthy websites and using direct links. Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, etc., should not be used to download or install software. Check all "Advanced", "Custom" and other options/settings included in set-ups. Decline offers to download or install unwanted apps before finishing the download or installation. Note that intrusive ads (especially those displayed on dubious web pages) often open untrustworthy websites when clicked. Therefore, do not be tempted to click them. Uninstall any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins on the browser and remove any software of this kind installed on the computer. If your computer is already infected with Find My Nascar Lineup, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Find My Nascar Lineup browser hijacker:
Find My Nascar Lineup browser hijacker installer setup:
Find My Nascar Lineup wants to access, read and change various data:
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- What is Find My Nascar Lineup?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Find My Nascar Lineup application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.findmynascarlineuptab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Find My Nascar Lineup browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.findmynascarlineuptab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.findmynascarlineuptab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Find My Nascar Lineup browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Find My Nascar Lineup"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.findmynascarlineuptab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Find My Nascar Lineup browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.findmynascarlineuptab.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:
Click the "gear" 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 "Find My Nascar Lineup".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.findmynascarlineuptab.com redirect, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Find My Nascar Lineup" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Find My Nascar Lineup" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.findmynascarlineuptab.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "hxxp://search.findmynascarlineuptab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com", and when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.findmynascarlineuptab.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Find My Nascar Lineup", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Find My Nascar Lineup" or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.findmynascarlineuptab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "findmynascarlineuptab"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.findmynascarlineuptab.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.findmynascarlineuptab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.findmynascarlineuptab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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