Findwide. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

by ,   Also known as Findwide redirect, Findwide hijack | Type: Browser Hijackers

What is Findwide?

Findwide is a potentially unwanted program, which can also be known as a browser hijacker. Once it gets inside its target PC system, it may start causing various unwanted activities. You may start dealing with redirections to and other unwanted websites, slow downs, unbearable pop-up ads and similar activities. For getting ability to initiate them, this program needs to affect all web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and others). It mostly does that with a help of freeware and shareware that allows such distribution technique in exchange for money. In addition, Findwide may change the homepage, the default search engine, the new tab page and the bookmarks list. Be aware that these changes are mostly used for initiating redirections to predetermined websites and helping them to increase visitors' traffic and other indicators. Nevertheless, you can't be sure that it won't redirect you to an insecure websites that may lead you to the infiltration of other suspicious software. Besides, Findwide and similar programs may try to track your browsing habits, mostly visited websites, data that you enter when visiting them, etc. It sai said that this information is collected in order to show relevant search results and commercial advertisements for PC users. Nevertheless, we don't recommend to ignore such activity on your computer.

To sum up, we do not recommend keeping Findwide or Findwide Toolbar on your computer or using it for your search sessions. If you decided to keep as your default search engine or as your start page, you should take into account that you may start suffering from a great amount of pop-up ads and other interrupting things. In addition, this program may start tracking your browsing habits and may share this collected data with unknown parties. If it has showed up on your computer without your permission asked, you should waste no time and remove it. You can do that with a help of SpyHunter or other reputable anti-spyware.


Findwide is one of those search engines that are actively propagated via bundling and similar ways of distribution. The first thing that you have to remember is that there are hundreds of freewares that have been convinced to include some optional installs into them for monetization purposes. In order to get ability to see them and then opt out of them, you should select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. Also, you should follow every installation step very closely and opt out of suspicious components. If Findwide manages to get inside the system, it may change some of your system's settings that my lead you to the appearance of instead of your default search engine, homepage and bookmarks. Please, do NOT ignore these changes because they clearly show that your PC is infected. You have to remove Findwide ASAP.


If you suffer from continuous redirections to, you are infected with Findwide virus. In order to remove it, follow these steps: 

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Manual Findwide Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Findwide and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / 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.
Uninstall Findwide and related programs
  • Here, look for Findwide or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

from Mac OS X system

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Findwide or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

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.

Step 3: Uninstall Findwide from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

from Internet Explorer (IE)

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.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Findwide and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable' Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • 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.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes Reset Internet Explorer
  • 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 Findwide removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select Findwide and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • 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.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Findwide removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select Findwide and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • 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.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select '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 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs Reset Google Chrome
  • 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.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Findwide removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Findwide or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • 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 Findwide, 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.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and 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 Findwide removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 4: Complete Findwide removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Findwide registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Geolocation of Findwide

Map reveals the prevalence of Findwide. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.

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Comments on Findwide

I got infected while installing the Vixy Freecorder (from
Very annoying. I had to
- remove FndWide with Add/Remove programs
- remove the tool bar from FireFox by deleting the add-on
- removing a key with regedit (as suggested by xpcman)
Only after using Regedit to search for "findwide" and deliting all references was I able to remove Findwide.
installed a free game requested that my home page not be changed, was changed any way

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