Safe Finder Description
Safe Finder is a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). Safe Finder may be distributed by bundling Safe Finder with popular freeware downloads, and is commonly found on certain popular software download websites. Computer users may be tricked into installing Safe Finder, by making it difficult to opt out of installing Safe Finder and by making it seem as if Safe Finder is a legitimate, useful program.
Safe Finder may Expose Computer User to Threat Infections
Safe Finder is marketed as a safe alternative to popular search engines. Surprisingly, Safe Finder is marketed as a way for computer users to stay away from threatening websites and accessing safe and reliable search results when conducting a search online. However, Safe Finder may do the opposite of this; Safe Finder may make the computer users be exposed to threatening online content while at the same time may fail to deliver reliable search results. This is because Safe Finder may be associated with numerous advertisements and affiliate marketing schemes. Search results using Safe Finder may result in advertisements that range from known online hoaxes like fake software updates and bogus technical support services to advertisements falsely advertising that the computer user has won a contest in order to trick computer users into clicking on them. Search results on Safe Finder are mainly sponsored links that promote these kinds of unwanted services.
How Safe Finder Works
Safe Finder is a PUP that may be installed as a Web browser extension or add-on. Once Safe Finder has been installed, Safe Finder may change the affected Web browser's default search engine and homepage to a fake search engine associated with Safe Finder, isearch.safefinder.net, setting this as the default Web page. If computer users try to replace this unwanted search engine with Google, Bing or another reliable search engine, it will revert when the affected Web browser starts up. This is because Safe Finder may change the Windows' start-up settings as part of its installation process, removing the computer user's settings every time Safe Finder is installed.
How Safe Finder may be Used to Profit at the Expense of Computer Users
The main goal of Safe Finder is to profit from advertising and affiliate marketing. To do this, Safe Finder may try to increase the ranking and page views of its associated Web pages. Instead of delivering useful content so that computer users may visit these websites, however, Safe Finder may force them to visit these Web pages repeatedly. Safe Finder may use fake search results, pop-up windows, and Web browser redirects to ensure that computer users are exposed to this content repeatedly and against their will. Doing this increases advertisement revenue and money from affiliate marketing. Safe Finder may be associated with tracking components that keep track of computer users' online searches and other online activities for use in marketing.
Common Problems that may be Associated with Safe Finder
If Safe Finder is installed on your computer, Safe Finder may cause a wide variety of symptoms and issues that may make it difficult to use the affected PC. The following are problems that may be linked to Safe Finder:
- Safe Finder may be linked to performance problems on affected computers. Safe Finder may cause affected Web browsers to become slow, crash and freeze frequently and fail to load webpages.
- Safe Finder may cause affected Web browsers to become hard to use due to repeated redirects and constant pop-up messages interrupting the computer users' activities.
- Safe Finder may interfere with other software on the affected computer. It is very common for these kinds of PUPs to cause security software to display constant error messages, or other programs crash frequently.
File System Details
|#||File Name||Size||MD5||Detection Count|
|5||%SYSTEMDRIVE%\AdwCleaner\Quarantine\C\Program Files (x86)\ProductUI\Startup.exe.vir\Startup.exe.vir||78,848||505f414ea2c85f39c3b8a260a2556099||53|
More Details on Safe Finder
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