What is Express Find?
The developers of Express Find (SuperWeb LLC) state that this browser add-on will improve the Internet browsing experience by enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and other similar features. This may seem legitimate and useful functionality, however, be aware that Express Find is classed as adware.
This association is made due to a distribution method called 'bundling' employed by Express Find to infiltrate Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox). After installation on these browsers without users' consent, Express Find tracks Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive online ads.
Information collected by this adware includes URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines (Yahoo, Google, Bing, etc.), unique identifier numbers, and so on. This recorded information may include personally-identifiable details, and therefore, the behavior of this add-on can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
Furthermore, advertisements generated by Express Find (for instance, banners, pop-ups, search, interstitial, transitional, and full-page) are likely to enforce redirects to rogue websites and cause further computer infections.
SuperWeb LLC has released several hundred identical potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) including Special Box, Primary Result, Zoom Zoom, and Swift Record. None of these are useful to the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive ads and sharing collected information with third parties.
Currently, most adware such as Express Find is distributed via small programs called 'download clients' employed by freeware download websites as traffic and free services monetization tools. Download clients offer installation of additional programs when downloading free software.
The advertised applications often claim to be 'legitimate and virus-free', however, most are categorized as adware or malware. To prevent installation of Express Find, and other similar adware, follow each step when downloading free software and ensure that no other software is included.
You should also install downloaded programs using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Express Find, the following removal guide will help you to remove this adware from your system.
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- What is Express Find?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Express Find application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Express Find adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Express Find ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Express Find' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Express Find extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Express Find adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
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:
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 "Express Find", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Express Find ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Express Find adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Express Find", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the express find adware, 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 "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Express Find", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the express find adware, 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 "Express Find".
Computer users who have problems with express find adware 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 express find adware, 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.
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