Ads by Monarch Find

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

Monarch Find removal instructions

What is Monarch Find?

Developed by SuperWeb LLC, Monarch Find is a deceptive browser plug-in claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience by displaying coupons, enabling comparison shopping, and other similar functions - "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 Monarch Find product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!" These claims are used to trick users into believing that Monarch Find is a legitimate extension. In fact, Monarch Find is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware that infiltrates systems without users' consent. Following successful infiltration, Monarch Find generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.

Monarch Find adware

Advertisements generated by Monarch Find include (but are not limited to) pop-up, search, banner, interstitial, transitional, full-page, and coupon ads. All are delivered using a 'virtual layer' (a tool allowing developers to place third party graphical content on any visited web page). Many users are unaware that these ads do not originate from their visited sites. By concealing web content, they significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. In addition, some redirect to harmful websites containing infectious content, and thus, clicking them is risky and may cause further adware or malware infections. Furthermore, Monarch Find adware collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic location), unique identifier numbers visited, web URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines (Google, Bing, etc.) and so on. Initially, this information might seem insignificant, however, it can include personally identifiable details that are later shared with third parties (who misuse the information to generate revenue). Thus, having Monarch Find installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to eliminate Monarch Find adware immediately.

Monarch 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.

SuperWeb LLC has released tens of apps identical to Monarch Find. Sharp Angle, Sonic Train, Catered to You, and Deal Maverick are just some examples. All claim to provide various useful features, however, they simply generate intrusive online advertisements and collect personally identifiable information. Their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers - users receive no real value. This company has released many identical applications under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus suites.

How did Monarch Find install on my computer?

Monarch Find is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of PUPs together with regular software/apps. Research shows that bundled applications are often concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Unaware of this, many users rush the download and installation processes, thereby inadvertently installing Monarch Find or other similar applications. This behavior exposes systems to risk of infection and compromises users' privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

This situation can be prevented by taking a number of simple steps. Firstly, closely analyze the download and installation processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Secondly, never accept offers to download/install additional programs and decline those already included.

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Quick menu:

Monarch 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.

Monarch Find adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Monarch Find adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Monarch 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 "Monarch Find", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Monarch Find ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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

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 Monarch 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 "Monarch Find", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Monarch Find ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the monarch find 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 Monarch 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 "Monarch Find".

Removing Monarch Find ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with monarch 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, 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 monarch find 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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