Remove 22Apple.com (Uninstall Guide)

22Apple is a browser hijacker, which is being promoted via other free programs, and once installed on your computer, it will hijack your browser homepage and replace your default search engine.Futhermore, this program will display ads and sponsored links in your search results, and will colect search terms from your search queries.
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22Apple search engine got on your computer after you have installed another free software or add-on that had bundled into their installer this browser hijacker. For example, when you install vShare, it set your browser homepage to 22Apple.com and change your default search engine to 22Apple.com.However, when you uninstall vShare from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove 22Apple.com Search from your favorite web browser manually.
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

22Apple.com hijack – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall 22Apple from your computer

22Apple has installed two programs (CheckRun22Apple_uninstaller developed by CheckSoftware and Desk365 developed by 337 Technology Limited) on your computer, which we will need to uninstall.

  1. To uninstall 22Apple program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are a Windows 8 user, you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
  2. Search and uninstall CheckRun22Apple_uninstaller and Desk365 from your computer.

Please note that on some computers these programs might be renamed or missing,search for any program developed by CheckSoftware and 337 Technology Limited , and uninstall it from your computer.


STEP 2: Remove the 22Apple residual damage from your browser

22Apple.com has changed your homepage and default search engine, so we will need to revert these changes.

Remove 22Apple.com Search from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. Now in the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer again.

Remove 22Apple.com Search from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will open. That’s it – you’re done!

Remove 22Apple.com Search from Google Chrome

  1. Remove 22Apple extension from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the 22Apple extension from Google Chrome.
    [Image: 22apple Chrome extension]
    Please note that in some cases, the 22Apple extension might have a different name, it’s advised to remove any unknown or unwanted extension from Google Chrome before proceeding with the next step.
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from 22Apple.com to google.com .
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    Select 22apple.com from the list and click the X that appears at the end of the row, then select Google (Default) from the list and make it your default search engine.
    Set Google as your default Search Engine in Chrome
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage from 22Apple.com to its default.
    22Apple.com has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by 22Apple

22apple has hijacked your browser shortcuts, so that whenever you’ll start a browsing sesion, it will automatically open the 22apple.com site.

  1. Search for your browser shorcuts, right click on the browser icon, then select Properties.
    [Image: Firefox Shortcut properties]
  2. In the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, remove the http://www.22Apple.com or any other link that is next to the path of the browser, then click on OK.
    [Image: 22Apple Shortcut Hijack]

STEP 4: Remove 22Apple registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok. Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 5: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked, then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for 22Apple.com hijack]
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

STEP 6: Double check for any left over infections with HitmanPro

  1. Download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scans for 22Apple.com
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove 22Apple.com from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Von de Leon

    Thanks for the help! :)