22find.com Redirect

Also Known As: 22find Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Moderate

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.

22find.com virus

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 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.

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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 click Uninstall a program.

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 10 and 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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

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.

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

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons 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 to have problems with removal of the 22find virus, 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 wish 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 malicious extensions 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 icon Google 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 icon Google 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 icon Google 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 to have problems with removal of the 22find virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins 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 have problems with 22find virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the 22find virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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