22find virus (Removal Guide) - May 2018 update

22find virus Removal Guide

What is 22find virus?

22find – a useless application that might endanger your privacy

22find virus

22find.com is a browser hijacker[1] created by a Beijing Elex Technology Co. Ltd. This company is responsible for many other unwanted applications, such as Redisearch.com or Mystarting123.com. As soon as the dubious app enters users' PCs, it alters the default search engine and startup page of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or other browsers to hxxp://22find.com.

Name 22find
Type Browser hijacker
Created by Beijing Elex Technology Co. Ltd
Distribution Software bundling
Symptoms Altered browser settings, intrusive advertisement, etc.
Main dangers Malware infections, data leakage, etc.
Elimination 1. By using security software FortectIntego 2. by checking manual removal guide below

22find is also considered to be a potentially unwanted program as it enters users' machines using software bundling. It is a deceptive marketing trick used to disguise unwanted applications inside freeware installers. Nevertheless, this distribution method is absolutely legal. Therefore, users need to learn how to protect themselves from browser hijackers and other PUPs. However, if your browser is already infected, you have to remove 22find.com from your machine ASAP.

22find hijack is capable of the following activities:

  • Modifying browser settings making them irreversible. Thus, navigating to certain websites (such as security software official sites or preferred homepage) becomes impossible;
  • Displaying intrusive advertisement pop-ups which might hinder the content of legitimate websites. Additionally, some words might be turned into hyperlinks leading to sponsors websites;
  • Altering search results and promoting affiliated content;
  • Redirecting users to suspicious websites;
  • Installing additional browser helper objects, extensions, add-ons, toolbars and other software without permission;
  • Slowing down the browser significantly. The communication between the hijacker and external servers may use a considerable amount of PC's resources and make the browser sluggish.

22find browser hijacker

While invasive adds might be annoying and disturb browser sessions, by far the most dangerous feature of a 22find virus is its redirecting tendencies. Users might end up on phishing, fake software, tech support scam or even malware-ridden websites. It goes without saying that such domains should be avoided at all costs.

Thus, if you got redirected to a questionable website, ignore its contents and turn your browser off. The same goes for pop-up ads that in some cases might be malicious. Remember, the primary goal of Elex is to generate revenue by exposing users to sponsored content, and some of it might not be entirely genuine. Besides, the developer of 22find.com is not responsible for third-parties actions or their privacy policies:

The Elex Website contains links to other sites from which the Software can be downloaded. Elex does not share any information provided by our users with these sites. Additionally, Elex is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Just as many similar browser hijackers out there, 22find collects a significant amount of data about users. This information includes user's age range, gender, country, zip code, e-mail address and general interests. Additionally, the system and software information, browsing tendencies, clicks on links, etc. are monitored and gathered. This data might end up in cybercrooks hands and lead to serious consequences, including stolen money or identity theft.[2]

All in all, we advise you to perform 22find removal using a robust security program. Security experts from bedynet.ru[3] recommend using FortectIntego as this software is designed to protect users from even the most dangerous viruses. Additionally, some components that might be added by a hijacker can be challenging to eliminate. Security software can perform this task automatically.

22find potentially unwanted program22find is a deceptive search engine that displays continual ads and redirects users to questionable sites

Deceptive PUP distribution method

Browser hijacker might appear on your web browser instead of your start page or default search engine without your approval. For the most part, it is because freeware and PUP developers use software bundling as the most prominent distribution method. For each install made, free software developers gain monetary benefit, and it helps unwanted app's authors to populate their software.

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, de-click the ones that you don't need. To be able to do that, you should always opt for Advanced or Custom installation mode. The recommended settings do not provide that ability to remove all the third-party apps, such as add-ons, toolbars, search engines, media players and similar useless software.

If you think that the application offered via bundling might be useful, don't just agree to install it. First, research it online (forums, blogs, cybersecurity articles, etc.). On the other hand, security experts suggest avoiding apps that are injected into PCs via bundling.

22find PUP

22find removal steps

Although PUPs are not considered to be malware, users are becoming more aware of security risks they pose to each PC. Fortunately, 22find removal is quite an easy task which can be performed either manually or automatically – both methods are effective.

If you are not that computer-savvy individual, you should download and install robust security software. We suggest picking one of the options below, downloading and installing the application. Then, bring it up to date and perform a full system scan.

If you do not want additional software on your computer, you can remove 22find.com virus manually. Merely follow our step-by-step guide below this article. However, you should be extremely careful when executing this procedure as incorrect execution might lead to reinstallation of the PUP.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of 22find virus. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

To eliminate 22find virus from Windows, follow these steps:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Do not forget to reset your Firefox browser:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

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 22find 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: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting stealing programs

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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