What is 22Find (22Find.com Malware)?
22Find, also referred to as the 22Find virus or 22Find.com redirect virus, is malware categorized as a browser hijacker that primarily changes existing internet browser settings without consent. 22Find changes the home page and default search engine of each browser installed onto a computer system, causing internet browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox to start up on 22find.com and redirect to 22fine.com. Browser redirects to 22find.com happen while attempting to search the web or visit a URL using the address bar.
22find may bundle with third-party malware, including browser add-ons, extensions, and Toolbars, as well as attach a standalone 22 Find add-on or extension that can be voluntarily downloaded from a variety of unethical websites and software distributors including 22Find.com, malavida.com, and download.com. It has been reported that removing a third-party browser attachment often removes 22find and relating malware.
Is 22Find.com safe (22Find)?
22Find.com is not considered safe by many experts and reputation systems for reasons concerning cyber criminal activity, unethical marketing practices, and the invasion of privacy.
- The 22Find virus changes internet browser settings, often causing internet browsers to redirect to 22find.com, classifying 22Find as browser hijacker malware.
- The 22Find virus utilizes social engineering unethical tactics in order to generate a revenue stream via CPC affiliations and other programs developed by third-parties. 22find.com is often paid when a user clicks advertisements and links displayed by 22find malware.
- 22Find is heavily associated with third-party malware and advertisement serving platforms such as adware and spyware.
- 22Find.com attempts to appear like Google search engine.
Use the instructions below to remove the 22find virus and third-party malware from your computer system, and if needed, to repair your internet browser settings.
How to remove the 22Find virus – 22Find.com redirect
- Automatic removal (22Find removal software)
- Manual removal and repair (Manually uninstall/remove 22Find/22Find.com)
1. Automatic removal (22Find removal software)
Use these instructions to automatically remove 22Find and third-party malware, as well as repair internet browser settings.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, open the Anti-Malware software. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so. If you are using an existing version of Malwarebytes on your computer, make sure you update the software by navigating to the Update tab.
3. On the first tab that says “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect and remove the 22Find virus and associated malware.
4. Once the scan is over, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected).
CCleaner can be used to repair internet browser settings, startup settings, and troubleshoot, as well as perform many useful tasks such as uninstalling software that wont uninstall.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall unwanted software, navigate to the Uninstall tab.
2. Manual removal and repair (Manually remove 22Find)
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall 22Find, remove the 22Find add-on and/or extension, and repair your internet browser settings.
Windows Uninstaller – Control Panel
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for 22Find and other suspicious third party programs. To uninstall 22Find, double click the icon, or highlight the program in the list and click Uninstall.
Remove 22Find browser hijacker (Add-on, extension)
22Find may install as a standalone add-on or extension, alongside third-party browser attachments, or bundled inside a third-party browser attachment. Removing third-party attachments often removes symptoms associated with 22Find and vice versa.
It is suggested to Uninstall any unwanted programs and browser helper objects using Window’s Uninsatller or CCleaner prior to removing the browser attachment.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin locate 22Find and additional third party add-ons and remove them.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab locate 22Find and additional third party add-ons and remove them if located.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Locate the 22Find extension and additional third party extensions. Remove the 22Find Chrome extension by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
Remove 22find.com from home page (Stop start up)
- In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove http://22find.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
- In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove http://22find.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
- In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings. Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove http://22find.com and replace it with your preferred URL.
Remove 22find.com search engine (Stop redirect)
- In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove the http://22find.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
- In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove the http://22find.com search engine from the list.
- In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to http://22find.com to remove it as your search engine. If http://22find.com is set as the default search engine add (or select) a new search engine (such as Google.com) and select the new search engine as the default search engine, then remove http://22find.com by clicking the X next to it.