What is Clip Finder?
Clip Finder is a rogue browser extension endorsed as a tool for finding clips on popular video hosting platforms. This feature works when users highlight text in websites and right-click it, then they can select YouTube, Vimeo, Google Video, or Bing Video - to search for the highlighted phrase. However, Clip Finder operates as adware - it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns and spies on users' browsing activity.
Since most users download/install adware products inadvertently, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Clip Finder adware in detail
Adware delivers pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page, and other intrusive advertisements. This graphical content can be displayed on any visited website and/or different interfaces.
The delivered ads severely cripple the browsing experience by overlaying webpage content and slowing down the browsing speed. Intrusive advertisements are more than just a nuisance, they also pose a threat to device and user safety.
When clicked on, the adverts redirect to various untrustworthy/malicious sites, and some can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user consent.
Adware typically has data tracking abilities, and Clip Finder is not an exception to this. Information of interest includes: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, and so forth. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. Therefore, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated immediately upon detection.
|Name||Ads by Clip Finder|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Clip Finder|
|Supposed Functionality||Tool to easily search popular video hosting platforms|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Adware in general
Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of various "handy" features. However, despite how good the advertised functions may sound - they are rarely operational.
Most PUAs promise nonexistent functionalities. The sole aim of unwanted apps is to generate profit for the developers; they have no real value to users. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers, and collect private information.
How did Clip Finder install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g., Clip Finder) have "official" promotional webpages from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased. Intrusive adverts are also used to distribute these applications. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.
PUAs are proliferated via download/installation setups of other programs as well. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g., ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research products before download/installation and/or purchase. Furthermore, all downloads must be performed from official and verified sources.
Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled and/or harmful software/media.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, and other additions.
It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate and innocuous; however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
Should users encounter ads and/or redirects of this kind, they must check the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Clip Finder, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Clip Finder adware asking for permissions on Google Chrome:
Clip Finder adware asking for permissions on Mozilla Firefox:
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- What is Clip Finder?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Clip Finder application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Clip Finder ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Clip Finder' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Clip Finder extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Clip Finder adware removal:
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Clip Finder", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Clip Finder ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Clip Finder adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Clip Finder", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by clip finder, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Clip Finder".
Computer users who have problems with ads by clip finder 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by clip finder, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by clip finder from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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