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. So, run a full system scan with SpyHunter or STOPzilla first and then follow these steps:
- Open Internet Explorer, go ‘Tools‘ -> ”Manage Add-ons’ -> ‘Toolbars and Extensions’.
- Here, look for 22find virus and click 'uninstall'.
Besides, change your default search provider to Google or the one you like:
For that, go:
- 'Tools' -> 'Manage addons' -> ‘Search Providers’.
- Here, choose the search engine you used before and make it your default search provider. Besides, click on ‘Web Search’ -> ‘Disable suggestions’ to disable 22find.
- Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Add-ons’ -> ‘Extensions’.
- Find 22find and click ‘Uninstall’.
Don't forget to change your homepage and default search engine:
- Go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’
- Reset the startup homepage to google.com, yahoo.com or similar search page.
- Click on the ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ icon, select ‘Options’ -> ‘Basic’ and change the homepage to google.com or other.
- Click the ‘Manage search engines…’ -> choose ‘Google’ and make it the default search engine.
If you still suffer from annoying redirections, read this post: Google redirect: how to remove this virus?
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22find virus manual removal:
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