I wrote this article to help you remove Brainfinds.com. This Brainfinds.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Brainfinds.com is an alternative search provider. The website should help enhance your search results. In reality, it will not be of help. Brainfinds.com brings worse results than established search engines, like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and MSN. This is not because it is less effective. There is a different reason. The domain is associated to a hijacker. The clandestine program interferes with the functionality of the web browser. It edits the DNS settings which enables it to edit the search results however it is intended to. Another activity the Brainfinds.com hijacker is know to carry out is monitoring. The shady tool will keep track of your browsing sessions and record information on you.
Before we address the degree of the security risks any further, we will explain how the Brainfinds.com hijacker penetrates computers. There are a few ways in which the sinister program can gain entry to your machine. In some cases, the victim remains oblivious to the process. First, there is the bundling method. This involves a download client in the form of a program. Freeware, shareware, and pirated copies of paid utilities can be used for this purpose. The hijacker is merged with the executable of the host and listed in its terms and conditions as a bonus tool. If you do not read them, you will not know that there is another program scheduled for install. There is a common misconception that reading the end user license agreement (EULA) is pointless which is why this vector is so successful.
Other ways to distribute the Brainfinds.com hijacker include spam emails and drive-by installations. Fake messages are a common occurrence for most people’s agenda these days. If you have an email account, chances are you are receiving junk mail day in and day out. Some of them are poorly written and easy to classify as such. Others, however, can be put together well. Perhaps the best approach to mislead people is by writing on behalf of a reputable entity they would trust, like the national post, a courier firm, a bank, a social network, a government branch, or a law enforcement organ. It may be difficult to tell whether a given email is reliable by its contents, but the contacts are an easy indicator. Check the email address and you will know for sure. You can consult the entity’s official website.
The Brainfinds.com Virus
When it has settled into your system, the Brainfinds.com hijacker will begin doing what it has been created to do. The clandestine program is a monetizing tool. It makes easy money for its owners. It brings supported content to people’s attention. When they access this content, the people behind the hijacker are paid for their effort to promote it. There are a couple of ways to lead users to sponsored websites. The first is involuntary. The covert program inserts supported pages between the genuine results to entered queries. They may not be relevant to the corresponding search. Apart from wasting your time, the Brainfinds.com can get you into trouble. The bogus search results could lead you to websites which harvest malware.
The same threat is evident with the advertisements you will be shown. The Brainfinds.com hijacker generates ads containing shopping offers. They come in different shapes and sizes, including pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, coupon boxes, freebies, in-text links, comparison, transitional, inline, floating, interstitial, and contextual ads. They will appear on top of your active browser and explorer windows and interrupt your work. If you do not suspect that they are a scam, you could mistake them for good shopping propositions. The shady program features bargain offers for a wide array of items, such as clothes, technological devices, accessories, sports gear, furniture, decorations, gardening equipment, toys, and many others. Be advised that the sources behind the ads are not confirmed to be reliable.
While you are being distracted by the constant interruptions, the Brainfinds.com hijacker will spy on you. The sinister program has the ability to extort information from the web browser, including the surfing history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, postal code, residency, email account, telephone number, user names, and passwords. The gathered input will be sorted into catalogs and sold on the darkweb. Your sensitive details could fall into the hands of cyber criminals. The proprietors of the Brainfinds.com hijacker do not ask users for permission to track their sessions and gather data on them.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner
, click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Brainfinds.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.