Astro Find Ads

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

Astro Find removal instructions

What is Astro Find?

Astro Find is a deceptive application created by SuperWeb LLC. According to the developers, this app improves the Internet browsing experience by delivering coupons, displaying special deals/discounts available on shopping websites, enabling comparison shopping, and by providing other similar functionality - "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 Astro Find product suite, a FREE set of tools that work to make your browsing experience... better!" Astro Find generates intrusive online advertisements and continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity. Therefore, although it may seem a legitimate application, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted adware-type program (PUP). In addition, Astro Find infiltrates systems without users’ permission.

Astro Find adware

Astro Find usually generates pop-up, banner, interstitial, transitional, full-page, search, and coupon ads. Note that all are delivered using a ‘virtual layer’ and none originate from your visited web pages. Third party advertisements often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, some redirect to bogus sites and users are forced to continually avoid clicking them. There is a high probability that intrusive online advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections when clicked. In addition, Astro Find gathers Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, and other information relating to Internet browsing activity. Bear in mind that some of this information might contain personal details. SuperWeb LLC later shares the collected data with third party companies who will misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, having Astro Find installed on your system can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. We strongly recommend that you eliminate this threat immediately.

Astro 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.

Note that SuperWeb LLC has released several hundred potentially unwanted programs that are identical to Astro Find. Video Tile, Fresh Outlook, and Monarch Find are just some examples from many. Although these ads claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience, none provide any real value for users. SuperWeb LLC aims to generate as much revenue as possible, and therefore, its products merely generate intrusive online ads and collect personally identifiable details.

How did Astro Find install on my computer?

This company distributes Astro Find using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with the chosen software/apps. Many users are unaware that developers often hide rogue applications within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings and rush when downloading and installing software. By skipping this section, they expose their systems to risk of infection and often inadvertently install rogue applications. The developers are concerned only with the amount of revenue generated (which is dependent on the number of apps distributed), and thus, do not properly disclose installation of apps such as Astro Find.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Be aware that adware-type applications are often concealed. For these reasons, you should never rush when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze each step of these processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. In addition, most bundled software is rogue - never accept offers to download/install additional apps.

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Quick menu:

Astro 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.

Astro Find adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Astro 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 Astro 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 "Astro Find", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Astro Find ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the astro 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 Astro 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 "Astro Find", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Astro Find ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the astro 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 Astro 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 "Astro Find".

Removing Astro Find ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with astro 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 astro 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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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