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How to remove the Newz Finder unwanted application?

Also Known As: search.mybrowsingsafety.pro redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Newz Finder browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Newz Finder?

Newz Finder changes certain browser settings to search.mybrowsingsafety.pro - an address of a fake search engine. It is likely that this app collects various data (e.g., browsing-related information) as well. It is important to mention that most users download and install browser hijackers like Newz Finder (browser hijackers) unknowingly. Applications downloaded and installed without intention to do so are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

search.mybrowsingsafety.pro browser hijacker

As a rule, apps that are classified as browser hijackers promote fake search engines (their addresses) by modifying browser settings such as the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab. As mentioned in the first paragraph, Newz Finder promotes the search.mybrowsingsafety.pro address (it changes the aforementioned settings search.mybrowsingsafety.pro). Users of hijacked browsers cannot avoid having to visit a certain address (in this case, searchmusicstream.com) each time they open a browser, new tab, and enter search queries into the URL bar. In other words, browser hijackers are designed to encourage users to browse the Internet with a fake search engine. It is common that fake search engines show results generated by legitimate search engines. Search.mybrowsingsafety.pro redirects users to search.yahoo.com (shows Yahoo's results). Although, fake search engines can be designed to generate results containing links to untrustworthy pages or show results generated by shady search engines as well. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to use legitimate search engines. It is important to mention that users can stop a browser from opening addresses like search.mybrowsingsafety.pro only after uninstalling a browser hijacker. It is because most browser hijackers restore their settings after attempts to modify them.

A browser hijacker is a type of app that can be designed to collect browsing-related or other information. For instance, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations, and so on. Although, an app of this type can be designed to gather personal information, for example, saved passwords, credit card details. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to have any browser hijacker installed on a browser or the operating system. Details collected by an app of this type may be sold to third parties, used for marketing purposes, to steal identities, and for other purposes.

Threat Summary:
Name Newz Finder
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) search.mybrowsingsafety.pro
Supposed Functionality Improved browsing experience
Promoted URL search.mybrowsingsafety.pro
Serving IP Address (search.mybrowsingsafety.pro) 104.21.57.8
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.
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.
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In conclusion, the main purpose of most browser hijackers are designed to promote a certain fake search engine (its address). A couple of examples are DigitalPDFConverterSearch, Simple Word Count, and Quick Button. As a rule, the only main differences between apps of this type are the addresses they promote and what features they supposedly have (how they are supposed to be useful to their users). It is important to remember that most browser hijackers are useless and can cause various problems. As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, it is very common that users download and install such apps unintentionally.

How did Newz Finder install on my computer?

Sometimes users download or install potentially unwanted applications (including browser hijackers) when those apps are distributed through deceptive advertisements. In such cases, they cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking on advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts. Although, it is more common for PUAs to be distributed by using a method called "bundling" (by bundling them together with other programs). In such cases, PUAs can be found included in downloaders, installers for other programs as additional offers. Unwanted offers can be declined via "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings or by unticking ticked checkboxes that those downloaders, installers have. Users download or install programs that are bundled with PUAs when they leave those settings unchanged (or checkboxes ticked).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to check downloaders and installers for "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings, or ticked checkboxes. It is common that they are bundled with potentially unwanted applications, and their settings can be used to decline unwanted offers. Furthermore, it is recommended to download programs (and files) should from official websites and through direct links. It is common that unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), and other download sources are used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious programs. Third-party installers can be used to distribute unwanted programs too. Additionally, it is recommended not to click advertisements that questionable sites (e.g., pages related to adult dating, pornography, gambling) have on them. It is common that ads displayed on shady pages are used to promote untrustworthy websites. In some cases, they can cause unwanted downloads, installations. Unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser (or programs of this kind installed on the operating system) should be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with Newz Finder, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Search.mybrowsingsafety.pro redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):

newz finder browser hijacker search.mybrowsingsafety.pro

Website promoting Newz Finder browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Newz Finder browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Newz 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.mybrowsingsafety.pro browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.mybrowsingsafety.pro website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Newz Finder browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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 "Newz Finder" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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, disable "Newz Finder", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.mybrowsingsafety.pro) 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:

Removing search.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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.mybrowsingsafety.pro", 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 search.mybrowsingsafety.pro redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.mybrowsingsafety.pro related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Newz Finder", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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 disable "Newz Finder", remove hxxp://search.mybrowsingsafety.pro and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.mybrowsingsafety.pro redirect 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.mybrowsingsafety.pro redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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 "Newz Finder".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.mybrowsingsafety.pro 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.

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

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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