Remove virus (Removal Guide)

22Find is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage and default search engine to
This in itself is not considered malicious as there are many legitimate programs that change these settings as well. What is considered malicious, though, is that it will also append the argument to random Windows shortcuts on your desktop and your Windows Start Menu.
[Image: virus]
The homepage will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. The hijack is used to boost advertising revenue, as in the use of blackhat SEO, to inflate a site’s page ranking in search results.

22Find Portal Site it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.
22Find Portal Site is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer (BHO) and Firefox/Chrome (plugin) and distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The browser extension includes various features that will modify the default or custom settings of the browser including the home page, search settings and in some cases will modify Internet Explorer’s load time threshold, place a lock file within Firefox to prevent competing software from changing its settings as well as disable the browser’s Content Security Policy in order to allow for cross site scripting of the plugin.

22Find Portal Site homepage got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install “Youtube Downloader HD”, you will also agree to change your browser homepage to, and hijack your browser shortcuts.

However when you uninstall “Youtube Downloader HD” from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove homepage 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.

How to remove Homepage – Virus Removal Guide

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove from your Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Remove browser hijacker from your computer with AdwCleaner
STEP 2: Remove from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 3:Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by virus
STEP 4: Remove malicious files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the infection with HitmanPro
(OPTIONAL) STEP 6: Reset your browser settings to remove from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

STEP 1: Remove browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for malicious files that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Scan button as shown below.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Clean button
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.

STEP 2: Remove from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove browser extensions from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome, and will double-check for any other compromised Windows shortcuts.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for homepage]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

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

This infection has hijacked your browser shortcuts, so in this step we will need to manually clean them by removing the argument.

  1. Search for your browser shortcut (Desktop, Taskbar or Start Menu Shortcut), then right click on it and select Properties.
    [Image: Firefox Shortcut properties]
    To view the Properties menu for the browser shortcuts pinned to your Task Bar, right-click on the browser shortcut from the Taskbar, then right-click again on the browser icon as see in the below image. Alternatively, you can just Unpin the browser shortcut from your task bar, then you can add it back after you have removed the “” argument from the original browser shortcut.
    [Image: taskbar shortcut hijacker]
  2. In the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, remove the argument. Basically, there should be only the path to browser executable file. Nothing more.
    These are the default shortcut path that should be in your Target box, if the argument is there, then you should remove it.

    “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer (x86)\iexplore.exe”

    If you are using this browser: In the Target field you should have:
    Internet Explorer
    Chrome “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” for Windows 32-bit ORC:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” for Windows 64-bit
    Firefox “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” for Windows 32-bit OR “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” for Windows 64-bit

    [Image: 22find shortcut hijack ]

STEP 4: Remove virus from your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.

  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, 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 virus
  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 5: Double check for the infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.).

  1. You can 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 scanning for virus
  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 licenseto start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

(OPTIONAL)STEP 6: Reset your browser settings to remove from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

If you are still experiencing issues with the redirect in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, we will need to reset your browser to its default settings. This step needs to be performed only if your issues have not been solved by the previous steps.

Remove 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. 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  to remove virus
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove 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  to remove pop-up virus
  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

Remove from Google Chrome

  1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines ([Image: Chrome's main menu button]) .When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
    [Image: Click on Settings button]
  2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced settings link (as seen in the below example).
    [Image: Click on Show advanced settings link]
  3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button.
    [Image: Click on Reset browser button]
  4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the Reset button.
    [Image: Click on Reset button to restore Chrome to default settings]

Your computer should now be free of the infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.


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  • jim

    Worked perfectly. Thanks so much.

  • Nicole

    Thank you!

  • AFP

    This thread made it possible, I’ve tried many things, but this is the one!!!

    Thanks a lot!!

  • Gillian

    Realy thanks i get crazzy of that site and after much searching i find this :)

  • Nithya

    It was a superb guidance… Appreciate your minute assistance in getting off this issue…

  • Sjofels

    I’m clean again! (ff-ing cnet/ freeware gave me digital herpes)

  • Irving

    Thank you very much! It was bothering for a long time and following your steps (all except the HITMANPro) finally removed all the traces of find22

  • sorin40

    Thank you very much was very util.esti best!!

  • Svetlana

    Worked well with AdwCleaner for google chorme. 22find is very sticky.

  • Hari

    thanks a lot, I did the trick — hats off to you buddy!!

  • Kevin

    I’ve tried too many way and couldn’t get rid of the program.
    Finally, it worked by following your instructions.
    I just can’t thank you enough!

  • Rudi

    Dude! You’re a superhero! Thanks a million!

  • gellu65bgh

    D-le Stelian dupa indelungi cautari am dat peste postarea dumneavoastra. Am urmat toti pasii si pana la urma am reusit. Marea problema era 22find. La un momendat devenise stresant sa deschid PC-ul si sa-mi apara mereu aceeasi pagina! Va multumesc mult pentru ajutorul pe care mi l-ati acordat mie si celor care s-au lovit sau care mai intampina aceleasi probleme!

  • Mide

    Thank you so much!

  • Abdullah


  • PB

    Thanks! Got rid of it thanks to your instructions. I even had a McAfee “technician” look at my computer remotely and he couldn’t fix it.


    you’re awesome… thanks a lot for being our saviour…^-^

  • Sara

    Thank you so much, this was really helpful! It was the only way that really worked so far by completely removing any traces of it :)

  • Kyle

    This was soo helpful. I had no idea the virus would override all my browsers and plugins like that. Do not just try deleting the 22find and Desk365 plug-ins people. They will reappear after you close the browser and open it back up again. Follow the instructions given step by step and you will get everything back.

  • Kiran

    Thanks a lot..It works perfectly now…adios to 22find

  • Andreas

    Thanks! It was realy helpfull!

  • Earl

    I am so very very happy you were born!!! OMG thank you so much for putting this out there here. I tried 2 or 3 places b4 I found this and it fixed it perfectly!

  • sally

    Thank you! Your step by step instructions were extremely easy to follow and it works!

  • ITwildCat

    OMG I was trying to figure this since last night when it got onto my computer. Thanks for the help. I got to STEP 5 and got back 0 results of any malware and was totally satisfied. Thank for posting this helpful info. You’re definitely making my favorites list.

  • NMT

    Thank you SO SO much. It’s was a big trouble for us. We can resolve them now. Thanks again – STELIAN PILICI

  • Andrea

    thanks so much from italy

  • Subrata

    Hello Boss,
    A big thank you for you………………… at last i removed from my computer. ooooh… thanks a lot.

  • roger

    Hello again, I managed to clean it! I went to Windows register files and cleaned it up. What a nightmare!! Thanks anyway :-)

  • Pema Lhamo

    with your help and guiding help thorough, I could finally clean out 22find dot com, it was literally killing me.
    lesson learnt, no more unknown downloads for me, if there need be a necessary download, read it b4 install.


  • Marie


    This is exactly what I was looking for. I’ve been trying to get rid of this thing for days and now everything seems to be back to normal. I’m no good with computers, but this article is very detailed and easy to follow. Thanks a lot!

  • Claude


    Thanks for your very documented article. This 22Find is a real nuisance and very cleverly protected. I went through most of your steps, but no anti-malware found anything to clean after step 3 !

    After considering all possibilities, I suspected that the tool recommended at step 3 to clean shortcuts had not worked properly. And this was actually the case.

    I just created a new shortcut for iexplore.exe and it worked !!! no more 22Find at startup :-)

    Hope this can help – Claude

  • mary

    you can also remove the shortcut firefox or googlechrome on your desk, and then seach for firefox in your harddisk c, and than put a new shortcut on your desk, 22find will disappear……

    • Sajan

      It was really usefel … thanks for putting efforts & time to prepare the step by step guideline.. Thanks frm India … Hope u continues to benefit ppl by doin such good deeds alwayz..God Bless u … TC