This article includes Findwide Toolbar removal instructions specifically prepared for this guide. Findwide Toolbar shouldn’t bother you anymore if you follow the guide to the letter.
If your computer has been infected by Findwide Toolbar then it’s a good idea to remove it as soon as possible. The removal guide at the end of this article will help with that. However, there are a couple of thing you should know beforehand.
Ads may vary in size, offers and content but there ultimate purpose is always the same
And that’s to defraud you of your money or install more viruses on your computer. For this reason you should never click on them, for any reason. These things also employ all kinds of tricks and misdirection in an effort to confuse you to install anything they offer you. Examples:
- While you have Findwide Toolbar on your computer you may redirected to random pages now and then for no reason. These pages are very dangerous. If you see a page you weren’t supposed to see close it immediately!
- You might be offered great discounts on popular products or items. What you are offered instead are fake copies which are basically worthless.
- Banners might appears claiming you need to install a missing plug-in or video player to be installed in order to view content showed by them. You don’t need anything, those are viruses!
- The above might appear as much more dangerous overlay pop-up which cover media players in sites rendering you unable to see any video until you remove Findwide Toolbar
- You might see a message from a free online virus scanner that claims you have a large number of viruses in your computer. You will be offered to install the scanner for free so it can clean them for you.
- Another type of error messages may pop-up, this time related to the registry of your computer. As above a free solution is offered.
The pattern should be clear. The ads will try to scare, intimidate or otherwise entice you into downloading a file. This file will be a virus in all cases and you’ll be lucky if you just end up with another Adware. Remember that these tricks are not exclusive to Findwide Toolbar. They are employed by basically other other Adware virus in existence. They are also present on most infected download and torrent sites around the web.
Another sneaky backdoor you may have not be aware of
That would be the so-called program bundles. This is an installer for a program, which during installation will also install a number of other programs – usually for promotional purposes. Unfortunately sometimes those extra programs might be Adwares. This is more likely to happen with free programs. Keeping this in consideration you might find it a good idea to pass on default installations for programs from now on. Always go advanced. If everything is OK then it’s just a few extra clicks on the next button, otherwise you will see what is getting installed and you can deny installation for any program that you don’t want.
How to Remove Findwide Toolbar
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button , then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Findwide Toolbar has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Findwide Toolbar . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Findwide Toolbar should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Findwide Toolbar and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Findwide Toolbar. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.