Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
22Find.com Homepage - how to eliminate redirects to this website?
The 22find.com website presents users with a search bar and various links to popular websites such as Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, etc. The Search bar employed within 22find.com uses a customized Google 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. Internet Explorer users will be unable to find this extension, however, their homepage and default search engine settings will be modified to redirect to 22find.com. 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. To eliminate redirects to this website, use the removal guide provided.
22find.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "CheckRun22find_uninstaller" (CheckSoftware) and "Desk365" (337 Technology Limited.), select these entries and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "CheckRun22find_uninstaller" (CheckSoftware) and "Desk 365" (337 Technology Limited.), select these entries and click Remove.
After uninstalling 22find.com, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
22find.com redirect removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove 22find.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
22find.com does not install any additional browser add-ons to Internet Explorer, however, it modifies the default search engine and homepage.
Change the default search engine in Internet Explorer as follows:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other search engine as your default and then remove 22find. To change your homepage from 22find.com to your preferred domain, click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove 22find.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to 22find.com, 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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove 22find.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "22find" select it and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from 22find.com to your preferred domain, click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over 22find.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Remove 22find.com redirect from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "22find". To reset your homepage click "Tools", select "Options", in the opened window remove 22find.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with redirect issues to 22find.com, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.
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:
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:
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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove 22find.com Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.