FindsPro Ads

Also Known As: FindsPro adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

FindsPro removal instructions

What is FindsPro?

According to the developers, FindsPro saves time and money when shopping online - "FindsPro helps you get live price comparison with the products you are searching online. We cover hundreds of millions of products from dozens of online merchants. Simply search for your desired product and FindPro will locate a the best finds for you." These false claims are used to give the impression that FindsPro is a legitimate and useful app. In fact, this app is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) FindsPro infiltrates systems and Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission; 2) it generates intrusive online advertisements, and; 3) it monitors users' Internet browsing activity.

FindsPro adware

FindsPro generates coupon, price comparison, pop-up, and other similar advertisements. Most redirect to websites offering certain features or various online stores, however, some may redirect to bogus sites containing infectious content. There is a high probability that clicking them will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. The ads are generated using virtual layer, which allows placement of any third party graphical content on visited websites. None originate from the visited sites and conceal underlying content, thus significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. As with regular adware, FindsPro gathers information relating to users' Internet browsing activity including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, URLs visited, search queries entered into search engines, and pages viewed. This information is shared with third parties, might be personally identifiable, and can be misused to generate revenue. Thus, having FindsPro installed on your computer may lead to serious privacy issues. For these reasons, we strongly recommend that you uninstall this adware immediately.

There are hundreds of other PUPs offering identical features - supposedly to save time and money. They include Safe Browsing, CandyBox, FirstOffer, and Oh My Coupons. These apps also display special deals and provide price comparison functionality, however, false claims to enhance the browsing experience are simply attempts to trick users to install. None provide the functionality promised. Adware-type apps are designed solely to generate revenue for the developers (by collecting personally identifiable information and delivering intrusive online advertisements).

How did FindsPro install on my computer?

The developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of PUPs with regular software/apps) to install FindsPro without users' permission. Developers hide rogue applications such as FindsPro within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, since they are aware that many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software. By rushing these processes and skipping this section, users often inadvertently install PUPs. In doing so, they expose their systems to high-risk adware or malware infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Firstly, download the desired software from a trusted source - usually the official website. Furthermore, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings and closely analyze all steps, opting-out of any third party applications listed for installation (since they likely to be rogue). The key to computer safety is caution - never rush when downloading and installing software.

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Quick menu:

FindsPro 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.

FindsPro adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove FindsPro adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, FindsPro did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing FindsPro 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing FindsPro ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the findspro 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.

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 FindsPro  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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing FindsPro ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the findspro adware, 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 FindsPro 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing FindsPro ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with findspro adware 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 findspro adware, 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.

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