Remove Findwide Search (Uninstall Guide)

Findwide Search is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will add to your browser the Findwide Toolbar, and change your browser homepage and default search engine to search.findwide.com
Findwide Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.
[Image: Findwide Search virus]
Findwide.com 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 VPlay, you will also agree to install Findwide Toolbar, and change your default browser home page to to search.findwide.com. However, when you uninstall VPlay from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Findwide 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 Findwide.com. 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.

Findwide.com Brwoser Hijack – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall Findwide.com program from your computer

  1. To uninstall Findwide programs 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.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. Seach and uninstall Findwide.com Toolbar from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Findwide Toolbar program]

Please note that on some computers these programs might have a different name, search for any program developed by Findwide and uninstall it from your computer. Because Findwide.com is installed with other additional programs, we recommend that you search and uninstall any other unwanted or unknown programs from your computer.


STEP 2 : Remove the Findwide Search residual damage from your browser

Findwide Search has installed a browser extension (Findwide.com Toolbar), and has changed your home page and default search engine to search.findwide.com.

Remove Findwide 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. 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.

Remove Findwide.com 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

Remove Findwide Search from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Findwide Search extensions from Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Chrome menu 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 Findwide.com Toolbar and any other unknown extensions from Google Chrome.
    [Image: Findwide Search Chrome extensions]
    NOTE: Findwide Search may have added additional extensions which you will need to remove. We recommend that you remove any unwanted or unknown extensions from Google Chrome.
  3. Set Google Chrome default search engine from Findwide.com (search.findwide.com) to Google.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    [Image: findwide redirect virus]
    Search for Findwide.com Search in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: Findwide redirect removal]
  4. Change Google Chrome homepage from Findwide.com to its default.
    Findwide.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: Remove Findwide Search 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 4: 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 Findwide.com]
  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: Run a computer scan 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 Findwide.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 Findwide Search from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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ABOUT STELIAN PILICI

I am the creator and owner of MalwareTips.com.
My area of expertise includes malware removal and computer forensics. I'm active in the various online anti-malware communities where I do researches for new malware threats as they are released.
I live in Bucharest (Romania), where I run my own local computer repair shop.
I repair both hardware and other operating systems related issues, however most of my business is malware related problems.

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  • Nick

    Thanks!!!

  • Srinivasan

    Cheers mate!

  • Owen

    Thank you!

  • Owen

    I like your style. Your list of dislikes is so comprehensively mine.

  • seon

    Thanks so much for the tips, I got that annoying search engine and couldn’t get rid of it…until now. You rock.

  • Hans Kristian

    The only thing I can say….. THANK YOU !

  • Justin Kenward

    Thanks for taking the time to make this.

  • Looshan

    Very helpful, was so sick and tired of that crap.…thnx

  • Wayne Rock

    Stelian: I wish I had better news, but the http://search.findwide.com/?guid={BCFE0081-0CD7-4C67-A700-98860956E60B}&serpv=22
    Is still in my Mozilla Firefox URL. So for, It’s not starting when I open my browser, but I clicked on the arrow to open the other sites and there it was, still there.
    I’ve tried both of the removal tools ( which got rid of a lot of files ).
    Sorry, I wish I could give a better report. Thank you for trying.

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello Wayne,
      Lets try to remove this infection:
      STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
      1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

      2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

      3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

      4.Click on Clean button. Your computer should restart.

      STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

      1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

      JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

      2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

      3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

      Next, please run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro as see in this guide.
      Stay safe!

  • Nee Nee

    This was extremely helpful!

  • Nopal

    Great help, did not download MALWAREBYTES ’cause not feeling sure. Thanks a lot, I will try to get it from a disk later on….. thank you very much.

  • Darrell

    Worked like a charm. Thanks for the info!

  • Frecklefoot

    This is just what I needed. Thank you!

  • friend

    Thank You!!!