Hot-finder.com tells me that I have a chance to win a smart phone and this message appears every time I open my browser. I don’t believe that at all. And I did some research online and it told me that this hot-finder.com is a bad thing which needs to be removed. But I found nothing related to it in control panel. What can I do?

Brief Introduction to This Website

Hot-finder.com is a new browser hijacker that is released by cyber hackers. The malicious purpose for this redirect infection is to attack browsers that have been installed on computers with Windows OS, for Mac users, this hijacker can also have the possibility to infect Mac machines. This hot-finder.com hijacker mainly attacks Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome on the infected computer. This redirect has the ability to change the homepage without computer user’s permission and will not allow the user to change. Other settings in the infected browser can also be changed by this infection. PC user will get a browser which is full of problems. It can take a long time to load web pages and some pages can’t even be opened. Videos and music may not be able to play in web pages.

The Screenshot of This Web Page

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This hot-finder.com browser hijacker is different with other computer virus. Technically speaking, it is a not a real virus but still has the vicious traits in it. Virus infection can be easily detected by anti-virus program, but this infection can sneak into target computers freely without being caught. People who come to visit this website by accident can be easily cheated by its appearance and its name. They may think it is a useful search engine that can be used for their computer use. In the mean time, this website would ask people to set it as a homepage. For inexperienced PC users, they can be lured to agree to change the homepage to be hot-finder.com. In addition, this hijacker can come along with other free programs that commonly used by computer users. Cyber hackers can embed this redirect into other freeware that can be downloaded from the Internet. It can pretend as an optional program for people to install, also, the function of it can be forged and exaggerated by hackers which just try to convince people to install it.

Not only changing the homepage to hot-finder.com, this hijacker can also damage the infected system by downloading many other computer threats. People who get this redirect infection on their computers can also get many unwanted pop-ups during the use. Most of the pop-ups contain malicious content and some of them can lead people download other viruses and Trojans. It is not safe to open any links that pops up from this hijacker. The performance of the infected computer can be worse and worse if this nasty thing can’t be removed in time.

The properties of Browser Hijacker

-Can not be detected by your anti-virus software, which makes it hard to uninstall from the computer.
-Once you open your browser, you will be redirected to some unknown websites.
-Can slow down the performance of the computer, or even blue screen.
-Can pop up many unwanted advertisements when you are doing something else.
-Can change your settings in your browser and it is not easy to change it back.

If you find any symptoms listed above showing on your computer, then your computer must be suffered with a browser hijacker that causes you keep being redirecting to this hot-finder.com. Welcome to contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for manual removal guide. Also, we will provide a short removal guide below for computer literate.

NOTE: Being afraid to do any wrong operation during the process of removing this browser hijacker? Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts, we are here to help you:

Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of Browser Hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.

Step 1: Find Ctrl, Alt, and Delete these 3 keys and then press them together to open task manager to end the process related to this hijacker, the name of the process of it is random.

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Step 2: Try to find Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

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Step 3: Click on Start button at the right lower corner, then click on Control Panel

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Then you will come to the Control Panel windows, click on Add and Remove Programs

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Then try to find the program which relates to this browser hijacker, highlight it and choose Remove, the program’s name is random.

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Step4: Change your homepage in your browser (Take Internet Explorer as an Example)

From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options.

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Then type the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK

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Conclusion:

Hot-finder.com is dangerous thing rather than a useful search engine for PC users to trust. It can occupy the browser homepage and won’t allow computer users to change. It will generate many unwanted pop-ups once the infected computer is turned on. It can waste a large percent of the CPU usage which make the infected computer runs slowly. What’s worse, this infection can help other viruses and Trojans to come and make further damages to the infected machine.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of Hot-finder.com? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Matt Johnston & last updated on May 30, 2014 5:56 am

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