22find virus is a potentially unwanted program, which can also be categorized as a browser hijacker, because it initiates serious havoc on IE, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers. As soon as it gets inside the system, it hijacks homepage/default search engine and initiates similar things that additionally help it to start annoying redirections to 22find.com or other domains. While it may look like a normal search engine, it should be clear that this site is among the ones that are promoted via misleading techniques and methods. Besides, don't trust its search results given because there is a huge possibility that they have been altered as well. So, if you found yourself redirected to the wrong site, you should leave it without any delay. We highly recommend to remove 22find virus from your computer because it may also cause unwanted toolbars and similar programs on its target computer.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH 22find virus?
22find redirect virus is distributed just like other unwanted/dangerous programs. Typically, you can download it from the Internet for free, but it can also get on the system together with freeware or shareware. So, you should always make sure that the program, which is going to be installed on your computer, doesn't have optional installs and components. If you see such programs included, unclick the ones that you don't need (22find included). If it gets inside the system, this adware starts making system's changes without any permission asked. Classically, it alters DNS settings and replaces computer's homepage to other site. If you are sure that you haven't installed this program manually and you started to suffer from annoying redirections, you should check your PC and remove 22find redirect without any delay.
HOW TO REMOVE 22find virus?
Just like with any other adware, it is not enough to remove 22find from Add/Remove programs list. You should also fix all your browsers, one by one, that are installed on your computer, and perform other steps. In order to get rid of 22find virus for good, please follow these steps:
Automatic 22find virus Removal Guide
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Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache\Extensible Cache\MSHist012013040320130404
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "CheckRun22find_uninstaller" = %AppData%\CheckRun22find.exe" -c=http://www.22find.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=mlv&from=mlv&uid=HD_VB9ad64b62"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe http://www.22find.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=mlv&from=mlv&uid=SEAGATE_HS9ad64b62-231b0130&ts=1364996709"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://www.22find.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=mlv&from=mlv&uid=SEAGATE_HS9ad64b62-231b0130&ts=1364996709"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs "Tabs" = "http://www.22find.com/newtab?utm_source=b&utm_medium=mlv&from=mlv&uid=SEAGATE_HS9ad64b62-231b0130&ts=1364996709"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Default_Page_URL" = "http://www.22find.com/newtab?utm_source=b&utm_medium=mlv&from=mlv&uid=SEAGATE_HS9ad64b62-231b0130&ts=1364996709"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Start Page" = "http://www.22find.com/newtab?utm_source=b&utm_medium=mlv&from=mlv&uid=SEAGATE_HS9ad64b62-231b0130&ts=1364996709"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search "CustomizeSearch" = "http://search.22find.com/web/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=mlv&from=mlv&uid=SEAGATE_HS9ad64b62-231b0130&ts=1364996710"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search "SearchAssistant" = "http://search.22find.com/web/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=mlv&from=mlv&uid=SEAGATE_HS9ad64b62-231b0130&ts=1364996710"
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\22find.lnk
c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\22find.xml
c:\User Data\Default\Web Data
Uninstall 22find and related programs
Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Here, look for 22find or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.
Wait until you see Applications folder and look for 22find or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Remove 22find from Windows shortcuts
Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.
Remove 22find from each of your web browsers
Remove dangerous add-ons
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 22find and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Remove dangerous extensions
Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
Here, select Reset.
When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 22find removal.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Here, select 22find and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options → General.
Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
Click OK to save these changes.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 22find removal.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
Here, select 22find and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
- Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
Remove dangerous plugins
Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 22find removal.
Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Here, select Extentions and look for 22find or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by 22find, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete 22find removal process.
What is browser hijacker?
Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.
Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by 22find:
• Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
• Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
• Appearance of new tabs
• Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser
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Information added: 2014-09-17 06:48
Information updated: 2014-09-17 06:48
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