How to remove Tail Finder (tailsearch.com)

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What is Tail Finder

Tail Finder is the name of a search hijacker, which modifies browsing settings in favor of data collection. Although developers claim it provides more features that improve the browsing experience, reality looks completely different. This browser hijacker does not generate unique results, instead, it simply capitalizes upon legitimate engines like Yahoo, Google, or Bing. During the study, It has been spotted redirecting queries through tailsearch.com to one of the engines listed above. Usually, such chains are meant to generate non-existing traffic bringing illegal profit to the developers. Also, if you dig into permissions provided to Tail Finder, it will be clear that it is capable of reading and changing your data on various websites. This, therefore, leads to data-surveillance and the promotion of suspicious content like ads. Unfortunately, some users cannot handle browser hijackers on their own as there are certain values reinstalling the app all the time. This is why we have created a list of instructions below to help you get rid of Tail Finder once and for all.

tail finder (tailsearch.com)

How Tail Finder infected your computer

Browser hijackers and other Potentially Unwanted Programs are known to be distributed via so-called “bundles”. This type of technique implies using freeware repacks to promote unwanted software. Because lots of users misuse downloading cracked and pirated software, extortionists can cover a large number of victims. For example, you have downloaded a pirated program from a dubious website. Then, as usual, you execute the setup file to install a program. Because most people neglect reading Terms of use and checking additional sections (“Advanced/Custom”) that include unwanted programs, they end up infected without consent. To make sure you are secure from such infections in the future, follow our tutorial below.

Download Removal Tool

Download SpyHunter

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To remove Tail Finder completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Tail Finder and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of SpyHunter offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Download Alternative Removal Tool

Download Malwarebytes

To remove Tail Finder completely, we recommend you to use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Tail Finder and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove Tail Finder manually for free

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full Tail Finder removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of the Tail Finder installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Disable push notifications from tailsearch.com in browsers

Remove tailsearch.com from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Google Chrome

  1. Go to Google Chrome settings, by clicking 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choosing Settings.
  2. On a Mac you can also go to Chrome and choose Preferences.
  3. Under opened Privacy and security tab, choose Content settings.
  4. Click on Notifications menu (with the bell icon).
  5. Set up preferred overall settings for push notifications and click Manage exceptions… button.
  6. Find tailsearch.com in the list and click cross icon to remove it. Click Done button to confirm the action.

Remove tailsearch.com from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Go to Mozilla Firefox options, by clicking 3-bars icon in the top-right corner and choosing Options.
  2. Choose Content tab on the left side.
  3. Under Notifications, set up preferred overall settings for push-notifications and click Choose… button.
  4. Find tailsearch.com in the list and click Remove site to remove it.
  5. Click Save Changes button to confirm the action.

Remove tailsearch.com from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Safari

  1. Open Safari, and in the top menu click Safari, choose Preferences.
  2. In the Preferences window, click on Websites tab.
  3. On the left side, choose Notifications. You will see the list of websites and their settings for showing notifications.
  4. Find tailsearch.com in the list and click Remove button.

Remove tailsearch.com from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Android (Chrome)

  1. Open Google Chrome app on Android, and tap on three dots to open main menu.
  2. In the drop-down menu choose Settings, scroll down and under Advanced section tap on Site Settings.
  3. In the Site Settings menu tap on Notifications.
  4. In the Allowed list of websites allowed to show notifications find tailsearch.com, tap on it and in the bottom of the window tap on Clean & Reset button.
  5. Confirm your action by tapping on Clean & Reset again in opened dialog box.

Remove tailsearch.com from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and click on the three-dots menu, in the top-right corner.
  2. In the drop-down menu choose Settings, and in the left part click Advanced.
  3. Under Website permissions section, click Manage permissions button.
  4. Find tailsearch.com in the list and click on the cross sign to remove the setting and disable its notifications.

Note: Tail Finder can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove Tail Finder from Control Panel

To start removing Tail Finder you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Tail Finder” or “tailsearch.com”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use CleanMyPC to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Mac.

Remove Tail Finder from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Tail Finder might have an Uninstaller.
  3. Otherwise, drag Tail Finder from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Remove Tail Finder from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Tail Finder or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Tail Finder from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Tail Finder or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove Tail Finder from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Tail Finder or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Tail Finder from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Tail Finder from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Tail Finder or other suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Tail Finder or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Tail Finder

In some cases, Tail Finder won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Tail Finder. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Tail Finder folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall Tail Finder in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Tail Finder or other suspicious program

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

and for Mac:

If you can’t uninstall Tail Finder using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Tail Finder. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Tail Finder from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Tail Finder.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Tail Finder from Control Panel often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove the Tail Finder extension from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find Tail Finder extensions.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find Tail Finder or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Tail Finder or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Tail Finder from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling the program from Control Panel. To disable Tail Finder, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Tail Finder or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Tail Finder does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Tail Finder or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Tail Finder installs a search engine (tailsearch.com), that hijacks your browsers. Here is the instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

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Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Tail Finder may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-virus programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Tail Finder.