22find.com Redirect

Also Known As: 22find Virus
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

22find.com - how to remove this browser hijacker?

What is 22find.com?

The 22find.com website presents users with a search bar and various links to other popular websites such as Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, etc. The Search bar employed within 22find.com uses a customized Yahoo search engine returning legitimate search results. Alone, this website appears legitimate, however, its creators use a deceptive promotion method, and many computer users report that they visit this website unwillingly (redirect issue). Redirects to 22find.com are a consequence of reckless free software installation of an unwanted Internet browser extension, which self-installs itself together with freeware downloaded from the Internet. This unwanted browser add-on is called 22find and is installed on the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers.

Note that, whilst redirects to this website are not caused by computer viruses or malware infections, there are no real benefits to using this site. Redirects to 22find.com are a direct consequence of unwanted browser add-on installation. To avoid redirect issues such as this, always closely inspect each installation window of any free software that you install on your computer. Disallow any suggested changes your Internet browser settings and uncheck every option relating to the installation of additional software or browser extensions. 22find.com browser hijacker is especially rogue due to the fact that it installs a browser helper object "Wsys Control" that doesn't allow users to set their preferred browser settings; moreover, this adware also modified shortcut targets of all installed Internet browsers.

22find.com virus

22find.com browser hijacker is identical to previously discovered adware which redirected Internet users to v9.com, webssearches.com and key-find.com websites. Redirects to the mentioned websites could lead to malware infections (when clicking on shady sponsored Internet search results) and identity theft (these plug-ins are known to track user's Internet browsing). To avoid installation of such browser hijackers computer users should be very attentive when downloading free software, if your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt-out of installing advertised browser extensions by clicking on a decline button. When installing the already downloaded software use "custom" or "advanced" installation options instead of "quick" or "typical," this step will reveal installation of bundled adware. If your Internet browsers already redirect you to 22find.com website use the provided removal instructions and eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer.

Quick menu:

22find.com redirect removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel." Locate "Programs and Features."

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start," choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel." Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs."

Windows 8 users:Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features."

22find.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for "WPMI17.8.0.3325", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to 22find.com website scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.

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22find.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer logoRemove 22find.com redirect from Internet Explorer:

 Removing 22find.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 1

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of user's Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this - locate your Internet Explorer shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.22find.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

Removing 22find.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing 22find.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.22find.com (at the time of testing it was do-search.com) and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing 22find.com from Internet Explorer default search engine settings

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove "22find" (at the time of testing it was "do-search")

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with browser redirects to hxxp://www.22find.com you can reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove 22find.com redirect from Google Chrome:

Removing 22find.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 1

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of user's Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this - locate your Google Chrome shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.22find.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Removing 22find.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 2

Remove 22find.com related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing 22find.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab"  select these entries and click on a trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing 22find.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages," hover your mouse over hxxp://www.22find.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing 22find.com from Google Chrome default search engine settings

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings," in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...," remove "22find" (at the time of testing it was do-search) and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of 22find.com browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove 22find.com redirect from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing 22find.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 1

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of user's Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this - locate your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.22find.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Removing 22find.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing 22find.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options," in the opened window remove hxxp://www.22find.com (at the time of testing it was do-search.com) and enter your preferred domain that will open every time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

Removing 22find.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "22find" (at the time of testing it was do-search.com)
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who are having problems with the removal of 22find.com browser hijacker can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in 22find.com Redirect distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of 22find.com Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

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