Findgala.com is either slave or partner to a browser hijacker that has changed your host files without your permission and is forcibly routing you to its malicious website.
On the surface, Findgala.com is a simple search engine that is quite primitive or skimpy in nature. Other than the header and search box, Findgala.com’s webpage displays its footer and copyright. Even the search results are not as comprehensive as competing or popular search engines, including scour.com, a search engine that is directly linked to Findgala.com.
Cybercriminals are exploiting all kinds of tools and services that yield ill-gotten payments, i.e. money. They fraudulently setup websites to promote their rogue security programs (aka fake AV programs) or lure PC users to a deceptive search engine, whilst making profit such as pay-per-click residuals using white hate SEO tricks. While you click on one of the links on the results page, a Trojan is downloaded onto your PC and the click is registered as a ‘hit’ which equals pay to some cybercrook. Cybercrooks have even managed to weasel their web pages and URLs onto Google’s search result pages, so been careful will prevent you from tripping over a dubious link lest your system catches a nasty virus.
Once a Trojan drops or sneaks inside your PC, you can expect the following to occur:
- The Trojan will unload its malicious files.
- The Trojan will disarm any security measures in place such as disabling your Task Manager so that you cannot stop its process from running and remove it, or adding its malicious program to your ‘approved programs listing’ to fool and bypass your firewall.
- The Trojan will modify your registry and make an entry to run its executable at every boot.
- The Trojan will hijack your browser and yes, it will reroute you to malicious or unwanted websites, but a not so obvious benefit is controlling your DNS to keep you from downloading a helpful anti-malware tool to detect and remove its venomous files or programs.
The stealth and malicious program known as Trojan may be infused with rootkit technology, which allows Trojan to bury or hide its files from the view of persons wanting to stop its attack. Not all anti-virus or anti-spyware programs contain the elements to combat such a stealth virus. Often your scanner, if not equipped with an anti-rootkit, may render its search empty, when in fact, a Trojan is hiding deep in the root of your system waiting to attack again and again.
Other malicious programs such as fake anti-virus programs may not rear their ugly heads until an appointed time. In the interim, your system’s performance may become slower or there may be other hints of an intrusion such as:
- Applications do not run properly.
- Homepage changed or browser redirects you to unwanted websites.
- Icons added or missing and hardware or drivers inoperable.
- System rebooting unexpectedly or system will not reboot at all, forcing a manual shutdown.
Without warning after starting up your machine again, you will be assaulted by fake alerts and warnings that scream of danger to your data and PC/hard drive. Some slick-looking interface or GUI will appear out of nowhere and run a ‘quick scan’ to confirm an intrusion of an unknown virus. You will be prompted to run a full scan of your files and folders and the results will return a scary listing of found viruses. The imposter or rogue security program will offer to fix or remove the violations for a fee. If you buy into the scam you will get way more than you bargained for but it will not be in your favor. Malware such as rogue security programs are designed to get you to hand over your credit card number blindly to some scammer, as well as allow some hacker secret access to your PC.
While your eyes are averted by the circus and fake display, the Trojan is busy stealing data from your cache, spoofing your email account and spamming persons on your contact list, and opening the backdoor of your PC so a hacker can sneak inside and take the wheel.
There is no time to waste! Use aggressive measures to find and remove all traces of the Trojan behind Findgala.com or else fall victim to some scammer’s evil plans.
After your system is free of malware, you should make sure to edit your host file to block any malicious websites permanently from your browser or lest you trip over its dubious link and start the madness all again on your PC.
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