Title: Findwide

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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.

HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH FINDWIDE?

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.

HOW TO REMOVE FINDWIDE?

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: 

Automatic Findwide Removal Guide

You can remove Findwide automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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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.

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Manual Findwide Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Findwide and related programs

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

Step 2: Remove Findwide 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.

Step 3: Remove Findwide from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
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
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Findwide and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking 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.
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.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Findwide and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
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.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose 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.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Findwide and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
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.
  • 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.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
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.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Findwide removal.

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 Findwide:

•  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

Geolocation of Findwide:

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: 2014-08-14 07:53:54
Information updated: 2014-08-14 07:53:54

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denise
installed a free game requested that my home page not be changed, was changed any way
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xpcman
Only after using Regedit to search for "findwide" and deliting all references was I able to remove Findwide.
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Paul
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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