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Remove 22find virus (Removal Guide) - May 2018 update

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

22find – a useless application that might endanger your privacy

22find virus is a browser hijacker[1] created by a Beijing Elex Technology Co. Ltd. This company is responsible for many other unwanted applications, such as or 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://

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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 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 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[3] recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 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.

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To remove 22find virus, follow these steps:

Remove 22find from Windows systems

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

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall 22find and related programs
    Here, look for 22find or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove 22find from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. 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.

Get rid of 22find from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove 22find from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for 22find-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 22find, 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 related to 22find and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the 22find-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate 22find from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 22find and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 22find removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase 22find virus 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 22find-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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

Uninstall 22find from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Do not forget to reset your Firefox browser:

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select 22find 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
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. 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
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 22find removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete 22find from Google Chrome

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select 22find 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
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. 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'
  5. 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
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 22find removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove 22find from Safari

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for 22find or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by 22find, 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
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 22find removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Yozi says:
    January 23rd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Hi ! Great user guide! any chance you can let me know what software was bundled with the 22find search?

    you can contact me here or by email @


  2. Ruchika says:
    February 16th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Finally free of it after a month of troubling myself with it! Just download Avast browser cleaner for free. :))))

  3. Matthew says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    If these instructions dont work you can go on to start>controlpanel>programs/uninstallaprogram then got to Google chrome Mozilla Firefox ect. and uninstall it fully go onto another search engine reinstall chrome or Firefox and hey you got your old browser

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