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 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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- What is FindsPro?
- STEP 1. Uninstall FindsPro application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove FindsPro adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove FindsPro ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by FindsPro' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove FindsPro ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
FindsPro 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 "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:
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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
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.
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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the findspro 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 plug-ins 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
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, 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 findspro 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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