Title: Findwide

Remove Findwide
Removal instructions

Severity scale:Findwide severity is 13  (13 / 100)

Findwide is a virus, which should also known as browser hijacker. Once it gets inside the system, it can start redirecting your searches to search.findwide.com and other unwanted websites. For that, it affects all browsers (IE, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are included) and changes homepage, search engine and bookmarks list. Be aware that such redirections are used to increase the traffic to insecure websites and track users' browsing habits in order to show relevant search results and commercial advertisements. That's why we do not recommend keeping Findwide or Findwide Toolbar on your computer or using its promoted search engine for your search sessions. If you keep search.findwide.com as your default search engine, you may suffer from a great loss because it may start tracking your browsing habits and steal your personal information, such as loggins, passwords and banking details.


Findwide virus is propagated via several ways of distribution. The first one includes free applications that always have some optional installs included for monetization purposes. However, malware and spyware applications have also been noticed spreading Findwide on the Internet. As soon as it gets inside, this virus changes some of computer's settings that make search.findwire.com to appear instead of user's 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 search.findwide.com, you are infected with Findwide virus. In order to remove it, check your PC with updated anti-spyware first of all. In this case, try using STOPzilla or SpyHunter. Additionally, uninstall Findwide or Findwide toolbar and fix your browsers: 

  1. Click 'Start' -> 'Control Panel -> 'Uninstall a Program' under 'Programs'.
  2. Choose 'Findwide' and select the 'Uninstall/Change' option.
  3. Click 'Yes' and 'OK' to save the changes. 

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, go ‘Tools‘ -> 'Manage addons' -> ‘Search Providers’.
  2. Choose the search engine you used before.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’.
  2. Reset the startup homepage to google.com, yahoo.com or similar search page.

Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ icon, select ‘Options’ -> ‘Basic’ and change the homepage to google.com or other.
  2. Click the ‘Manage search engines…’ -> choose ‘Google’ and make it the default search engine.

Automatic Findwide removal:

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SpyHunter is recommended remover to uninstall Findwide. You should confirm using free trial that it detects current version of parasite.

Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

If you failed to remove Findwide using SpyHunter, submit question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
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This map reveals the prevalence of Findwide. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.

QR code for Findwide removal instructions:

Findwide qrcode
QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.

The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Findwide are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Findwide right in your pocket.

Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2013-04-13 08:00:01
Information updated: 2013-04-13 08:00:01

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installed a free game requested that my home page not be changed, was changed any way
Only after using Regedit to search for "findwide" and deliting all references was I able to remove Findwide.
I got infected while installing the Vixy Freecorder (from http://vixy.net/).
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)

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