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Danger level 5
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts

FindWide.com

FindWide.com or search.findwide.com is a search engine which is supposed to provide you with reliable and useful search results. The search engine offers you to browse Web, Images, News and Videos. Just as many other search tools out there, this one presents advertisement-supported search results. As the Privacy Policy indicates, these results could be provided by third-party affiliate advertisers, which means that they are covered by different privacy policies. Unfortunately, this is a security vulnerability which potentially could allow mischievous parties to reroute you to corrupted websites. This is not something that will happen to all FindWide users; however, we still recommend that you browse with care. We recommend that you delete FindWide.com and applications related to this suspicious search engine.

FindWide.com does not look suspicious at all and it is likely that you will be able to browse the search engine without any issues. Regardless, we certainly do not recommend installing the infamous Findwide Search toolbar, available from support.findwide.com/about. If you install this plugin without paying any attention to the installer, you may end up with undesirable home page and search provider modifications. If you must install the toolbar but do not want to change browser settings – make sure the boxes placed next to the offered modifications are un-checked. Only then should you click the Agree & Continue button.

It has been discovered that start.search.us.com, a search engine which comes bundled with FindWide.com toolbar, is almost identical to findwide.com itself. It provides the same links to Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia. Moreover, it follows the same privacy policies. Many computer users find this search engine quite limiting, and the toolbar itself is meant to promote Search Us search engine. Therefore, we do not oppose its removal. Since the plugin is not a malicious computer program, you should be able to delete it using manual removal instructions.

As research shows, FindWide.com removal can be performed manually; however, if you miss one single step – your browser will remain controlled by the undesirable search engine. Therefore, we urge you to be extra cautious with the removal steps provided below. We also recommend installing reliable malware detection and removal software, like SpyHunter, to keep your operating Windows system guarded against those undesirable computer programs which may be dangerous to your own virtual security.

Step I: remove toolbar from PC

Remove from Windows XP:

  1. Place the cursor on the left of the Task Bar and click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click the undesirable application and select Remove.

Remove from Windows Vista/Windows 7:

  1. Click Start, select Control Panel and then Uninstall a program.
  2. Right-click the toolbar you wish to delete from the computer.
  3. Select Uninstall.

Remove from Window 8:

  1. Right-click on the background of the Metro UI start screen and select All apps.
  2. Click Control Panel and then Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the program you wish to get rid of and select Uninstall.

Step II: delete search tools

Delete from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser, simultaneously tap Alt+T and select Manage Add-ons.
  2. From the menu on the left select Toolbars and Extensions.
  3. Disable the undesirable toolbar.
  4. Select Search Providers and Remove the undesirable search provider.
  5. Click Close to exit the utility.
  6. Tap Alt+T and select Internet Options.
  7. Click the General tab, change the Home Page URL and click OK.

Delete from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox and simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A to open Add-ons Manager.
  2. Click Extensions and Remove the undesirable plugin.
  3. Exit the utility and move to the search box on the top-right corner.
  4. Click the icon and select Manage Search Engines.
  5. Select the undesirable provider, click Remove and then OK.
  6. Simultaneously tap Alt+T and click Options.
  7. Click the General tab, overwrite the Home Page and click OK.

Delete from Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Chrome, simultaneously tap Alt+F, move to Tools and click Extensions.
  2. Click the trash icon next to the undesirable extension and select Remove.
  3. From the menu on the left select Settings and move to On Startup.
  4. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  5. Overwrite/remove the displayed URL and click OK.
  6. Go to Appearance, click Change and repeat step 5.
  7. Move to Search and click Manage search engines.
  8. Click X to remove the undesirable search provider and hit Done.
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How to manually remove FindWide.com

Files associated with FindWide.com infection:

searchus-tb10295.exe
TNT2User.exe

FindWide.com processes to kill:

searchus-tb10295.exe
TNT2User.exe
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