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How to remove finditfasts.com and SerachMates from browsers

Also Known As: SerachMates browser hijacker
Damage level: Medium

What is finditfasts.com?

Our examination of finditfasts.com revealed that it is a fake search engine promoted via an app known as SerachMates (previously called Weebseeker). We also found that the app promoting finditfasts.com is a browser hijacker that hijacks a browser by changing its settings. Given these findings, users should avoid trusting SerachMates and finditfasts.com.

finditfasts.com browser hijacker

SerachMates (Weebseeker) browser hijacker and finditfasts.com overview

Once a browser is hijacked by SerachMates (Weebseeker), users are forced to visit finditfasts.com when they open a browser (or a new tab) and enter search queries. It is because SerachMates (Weebseeker) makes finditfasts.com the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. We found that finditfasts.com does not generate results.

Instead of showing results, finditfasts.com redirects users to boyu.com.tr, a dubious search engine that provides its own results. It is important to note that search engines like boyu.com.tr often prioritize displaying sponsored or low-quality websites over relevant and trustworthy sources. This can lead to misinformation, scams, or fraudulent websites being promoted in search results.

Also, boyu.com.tr (and finditfasts.com) may collect search queries, browsing history, and other personal information without users' consent. Gathered data may be sold to third parties for targeted advertising or other purposes, posing privacy risks. Thus, it is strongly recommended not to use questionable search engines.

It is worth noting that browser hijackers can make it difficult for users to revert to their preferred settings. In such cases, users have to employ security tools to remove browser hijackers, take control of their browsing experience, and protect their privacy and security.

An important detail regarding SerachMates (Weebseeker) is that this extension enables the "Managed by your organization". Administrators and organizations use this feature to manage and enforce policies across browsers on multiple devices. When controlled by a browser hijacker, this setting can be exploited to restrict access to pages, prevent users from adding certain extensions, and limit user control over browsers in other ways.

Threat Summary:
Name SerachMates (Weebseeker)
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) SerachMates (Weebseeker)
Supposed Functionality This app is supposed to provide better search results and browsing experience
Promoted URL finditfasts.com
Detection Names (finditfasts.com) N/A (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (finditfasts.com) 172.67.216.250
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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Conclusion

Overall, browser hijackers forcibly alter browser settings to promote shady (mainly fake) search engines. Also, these apps can collect various data and consume system resources. Thus, it is important for users to remain vigilant and take proactive measures to protect against browser hijackers.

Examples of browser hijackers are Energy Pro Tab, Anime Nook, and Lax Search.

How did SerachMates (Weebseeker) install on my computer?

Browser hijackers are often bundled with free or unreliable software. Users may not notice that a browser hijacker is included in the installation package and unintentionally install or add the hijacker along with the desired program. Usually, additional offers can be rejected using the provided settings (e.g., "Advanced" or "Custom").

Visiting unsafe websites, such as those hosting pirated content or other illegal downloads, can also expose users to browser hijackers. In other cases, users add/install such apps via misleading ads, fake software update prompts, notifications from shady sites, P2P networks, unofficial app stores, third-party downloaders, and similar channels.

How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?

Be cautious when downloading software from the internet. Always use official sites and app stores when downloading apps and files. During installations, look for unwanted offers and deselect them before completing installations. Avoid interacting with ads, pop-ups, offers, and similar content on suspicious web pages.

Do not allow questionable pages to deliver notifications. Additionally, use reputable antivirus software and keep all apps (and the operating system) up to date. If your computer is already infected with SerachMates (Weebseeker), we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Finditfasts.com redirects to boyu.com.tr (GIF):

Finditfasts.com redirects to boyu.com.tr

Permissions asked by SerachMates (Weebseeker) browser hijacker:

SerachMates browser hijacker asking for permissions

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Quick menu:

SerachMates (Weebseeker) browser hijacker removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

finditfasts.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

SerachMates (Weebseeker) browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove SerachMates browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing finditfasts.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Extensions" and click "Manage Extensions". Locate "SerachMates (Weebseeker)" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing finditfasts.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, disable "SerachMates (Weebseeker)", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.finditfasts.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:

Removing finditfasts.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 "finditfasts.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the serachmates 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 extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing finditfasts.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "SerachMates (Weebseeker)", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing finditfasts.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 "Settings", in the opened window disable "SerachMates (Weebseeker)", remove hxxp://finditfasts.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing finditfasts.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and press Enter. Click "Accept the Risk and Continue".

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 serachmates 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 (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 serachmates browser hijacker, 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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the purpose of forcing users visit finditfasts.com website?

Increasing the traffic to finditfasts.com can improve its search engine ranking and visibility. This can attract more visitors and potentially increase the website's value.

Is visiting finditfasts.com a threat to my privacy?

Visiting this fake search engine may threaten your privacy. Pretty often, fake search engines like finditfasts.com collect various data that can be sold to third parties or misused withot your consent in other ways.

How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?

Browser hijackers often infiltrate browsers through unofficial app stores, peer-to-peer networks, third-party downloaders, and deceptive ads. Users can also unwittingly install or add them when downloading free or untrustworthy apps, as hijackers are commonly bundled with such software.

Will Combo Cleaner help me remove SerachMates (Weebseeker) browser hijacker?

Combo Cleaner is built to scan computers and remove any detected unwanted apps, including browser hijackers. It is recommended to remove such apps with tools like Combo Cleaner, as manual removal may not always be enough, especially when dealing with multiple hijackers that can reinstall one another.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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