Magical Find Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Magical Find
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Magical Find removal instructions

What is Magical Find?

Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Magical Find is a deceptive application claiming to enable a wide range of useful features that supposedly improve the Internet browsing experience - "We're passionate about improving web by providing the best tools to enhance the browsing experience, from searching the web to comparing online deals to find the best prices. We've combined all of our great ideas into the Magical Find product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!" The description of this plug-in is used to trick users into believing that Magical Find is legitimate and useful. In fact, Magic Find is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The main reason for these negative associations is stealth installation, tracking of Internet browsing activity, and display of intrusive online ads.

Magical Find adware

Magical Find employs a virtual layer to display interstitial, transitional, full-page, pup-up, banner, coupon, search, and other similar advertisements. The ads do not originate from the visited sites and conceal underlying web content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Although most redirect to various e-commerce websites such as online stores, some ads may redirect to rogue sites containing infectious content, and thus, clicking them can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, this application continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity and gathers various software and hardware information including IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, URLs visited, search queries, and pages viewed. These are just some examples of the data types collected by this adware. The collected data is later shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate revenue, and since some of this information might be personally identifiable, having Magical Find installed on your system can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft.

Magical Find Privacy Policy statement regarding data collection:

We only share or sell your non-public personal information with non-affiliated third parties when we believe doing so is permitted by you or authorized by this Privacy Policy. In addition, the Company may share your personal information with our parent, subsidiary or affiliate companies without restriction.

This extension is identical to High Stairs, Travel Output, SnapSearch, and hundreds of other PUPs developed by SuperWeb LLC. This company intentionally releases identical browser plug-ins under different names to trick anti-spyware and anti-virus suites, and thus, preventing detection. While these apps claim to improve Internet browsing, none provide any significant value for the user. Apps such as Magical Find are designed to generate revenue by displaying ads and collecting data - they are useless to the user.

How did Magical Find install on my computer?

SuperWeb LLC distributes Magical Find using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs with regular software). Thus, it usually infiltrates systems without users' permission. The developers are aware that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software, and thus, intentionally conceal rogue applications such as Magical Find within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Unaware of this, users often skip this section, thereby inadvertently installing potentially unwanted programs and exposing their systems to risk of further computer infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

All applications should be installed with caution. Follow each step during download and installation of any software. Use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any hidden rogue applications listed for installation and enable you to cancel them. The key to computer safety is caution. Do not rush the download or installation processes.

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Quick menu:

Magical Find adware 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.

Magical Find adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Magical Find", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Magical Find ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove magical find ads from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Magical Find ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Magical Find", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Magical Find ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by magical find, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Magical Find  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Magical Find", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Magical Find ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by magical find, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Magical Find ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Magical Find".

Removing Magical Find ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by magical find 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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 adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by magical find, 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 adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

QR Code
Ads by Magical Find QR code
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