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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is FindMeSavings?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that FindMeSavings is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by FindMeSavings?

You may see this Scheduled Task:


How did FindMeSavings get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove FindMeSavings?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to:
    Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan Now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If an update is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of FindMeSavings?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes FindMeSavings completely.
  • This PUP creates a scheduled task. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the FindMeSavings adware. It would have warned you before the adware could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

Task: {D8CD4FA2-2B77-4A96-80C9-86510F8C596C} - System32\Tasks\rundll => Rundll32.exe "C:\ProgramData\FindMeSavings\FindMeSavings.dll",tnk
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\rundll.job => C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe5C:\ProgramData\FindMeSavings\FindMeSavings.dll
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\FindMeSavings
       Adds the file 169.tmp"="8/18/2016 9:15 AM, 56 bytes, A
       Adds the file FindMeSavings.dll"="3/24/2014 4:42 AM, 2671616 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file rundll"="8/18/2016 9:15 AM, 13218 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\Tasks
       Adds the file rundll.job"="8/18/2016 9:15 AM, 1486 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures]
       "rundll.job"="REG_BINARY, ................................
       "rundll.job.fp"="REG_DWORD", 1897806838
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 8/18/2016
Scan Time: 10:52 AM
Logfile: mbamFindMeSavings.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2016.08.18.02
Rootkit Database: v2016.08.15.01
License: Premium
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Enabled
Self-protection: Enabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 318134
Time Elapsed: 8 min, 43 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 2
PUP.Optional.Bonanza, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{E0E96F25-520D-499B-B87D-5A8B5B2DA8F3}, Delete-on-Reboot, [9dedd17bd7c3dd594b8f748749baea16], 
PUP.Optional.Bonanza, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\rundll, Delete-on-Reboot, [187282ca782268ce36a5a853d52ee61a], 

Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.Bonanza, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{E0E96F25-520D-499B-B87D-5A8B5B2DA8F3}|Path, \rundll, Delete-on-Reboot, [9dedd17bd7c3dd594b8f748749baea16]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 1
PUP.Optional.FindMeSavings, C:\ProgramData\FindMeSavings, Quarantined, [078360ecacee7db9d942c907758fae52], 

Files: 4
PUP.Optional.Bonanza, C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\rundll, Quarantined, [7d0dd6766a30c67036a2bb40669d2fd1], 
PUP.Optional.Bonanza, C:\Windows\Tasks\rundll.job, Quarantined, [93f74507f7a37fb7d70299625da6ef11], 
PUP.Optional.FindMeSavings, C:\ProgramData\FindMeSavings\169.tmp, Quarantined, [078360ecacee7db9d942c907758fae52], 
PUP.Optional.FindMeSavings, C:\ProgramData\FindMeSavings\FindMeSavings.dll, Quarantined, [078360ecacee7db9d942c907758fae52], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
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