Key-find.com

Key-find.com Description


Key-find.com Screenshot 1Key-Find.com is a search site that reroutes traffic to the Yahoo’s search engine. Although such a minor misrepresentation of the site’s purpose is no crime, malware researchers were unhappy to link the promotion of Key-Find.com to attacks made by browser hijacks that may change your Web browser automatically. Since the corresponding browser issues affect both your browser’s potential performance and its overall Web safety, contact with Key-Find.com should be kept to a minimum, and removing Key-Find.com hijackers, when needed, should use appropriate system-scanning utilities.

The Uncertain Browsers Benefits Opened Up by Key-Find.com


Key-Find.com is a ‘search’ site without any actual Web-searching functions; visitors attempting to use this apparent feature may find themselves redirected to Yahoo Search with additional advertisements inserted by Key-Find.com. A recent campaign of browser-hijackings supports this attempt to cash-in on its traffic; a campaign that malware researchers found rising in incidents in the summer of 2014. Symptoms of typical browser hijacks may include:
  • Hijacked homepages may be set to load Key-Find.com, irrespective of your original settings.
  • Web browsers may fail to respond to future changes in your homepage, search engine, default new tab or other settings.
  • Shortcuts for unrelated programs or websites may launch Key-Find.com instead of their original targets, or in addition to them.

A small number of PC security companies also have classified Key-Find.com as a corrupted website.
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However, malware experts have failed to find any unsafe content on Key-Find.com – although that fact doesn’t make visiting Key-Find.com a good idea.

Key-Find.com hijackers avoid displaying components that would let their users remove them or disable them easily, and effectively are tantamount to low-level threats. Universally, Key-Find.com hijackers also are installed automatically, which may indicate that other threats also have an interest in promoting Key-Find.com.

The Key to Ditching a Key-Find.com Homepage


Besides being one of the most basic ways to deceive PC users into funneling traffic, and therefore profit, to its administrators, Key-Find.com has little unique about Key-Find.com. Chrome users seem to be especially vulnerable to Key-Find.com hijacks, which may indicate that the responsible software was copy-pasted from a similarly Chrome-exclusive program in the past. Regardless of that fact, any PC user who sees their browser loading Key-Find.com automatically should run a scan on their computer with appropriate PC security solutions.

Typical reactions to browser-redirecting PUPs like Key-Find.com’s hijackers are to reset your browser’s settings, reinstall the Web browser or just switch to a different browser. In all cases, these solutions may skirt the symptoms of a Key-Find.com hijacker without removing the related program from your computer. Over time, the security issues of allowing Potentially Unwanted Programs to linger on your hard drive may turn into problems related to other PC threats, and malware experts see every reason to recommend the most comprehensive security tools available for deleting any similarly untrustworthy software.

Key-find.com Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with Key-find.com? To safely & quickly detect Key-find.com we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.



Visual & GUI Characteristics


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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name Detection Count
    1 %APPDATA%\key-find 159

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}SOFTWARE\key-findSoftwareSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\key-findSoftwareHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}key-find uninstaller
Posted: March 20, 2014 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 5/10
Detection Count: 1,459

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