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Remove Findwide Toolbar from Chrome, Firefox, IE



Threat's profile Threat indicator: HIGH

Name of the threat:Findwide Toolbar

Command or file name:ie8starter.exe

Threat type:Toolbars

Affected OS:Win32/Win64 (Windows XP, Vista/7, 8/8.1, Windows 10)

Affected browsers:Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari


Findwide Toolbar intrusion method

Findwide Toolbar

Usually Findwide Toolbar comes bundled with freeware downloads. During installation you can be offered to change default homepage and search engine to Findwide Toolbar. Findwide Toolbar copies its file(s) to your hard disk. Its typical file name is ie8starter.exe. Then it creates new startup key with name Findwide Toolbar and value ie8starter.exe. You can also find it in your processes list with name ie8starter.exe or Findwide Toolbar. Also, it can create folder with name Findwide Toolbar under C:\Program Files\ or C:\ProgramData. If you have further questions about Findwide Toolbar, please ask below. You can use programs to remove Findwide Toolbar from your browsers below.


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    • Removes all files created by Findwide Toolbar.
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How to remove Findwide Toolbar manually

This problem can be solved manually by deleting all registry keys and files connected with Findwide Toolbar, removing it from startup list and unregistering all corresponding DLLs. Additionally missing DLL's should be restored from distribution in case they are corrupted by Findwide Toolbar.

To get rid of Findwide Toolbar, you should:

1. Kill the following processes and delete the appropriate files:

  • ie8starter.exe
  • ffassist.1.dll
  • hmac.1.dll
  • iehpr.1.dll
  • iestage2.1.dll
  • IEToolbar.dll
  • IEToolbar64.dll
  • log.dll
  • npTNT2.dll
  • npTNT2Ghost.dll
  • OldStyleSB.1.dll
  • PARTNER.TNT
  • passport.dll
  • passport64.dll
  • progress.1.dll
  • regsvr.1.dll
  • safari.safariextz
  • sqlite.1.dll
  • Tnt2Cbt.dll
  • TNT2User.exe
  • TNT2UserPS.dll
  • TNT2UserPS64.dll
  • TntMagicDel.dll
  • UninstallDlg.1.dll
  • untar.1.dll
  • zipunzip.1.dll

Warning: you should delete only those files which checksums are listed as malicious. There may be valid files with the same names in your system. We recommend you to use Findwide Toolbar Removal Tool for safe problem solution.

2. Delete the following malicious folders:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkgmolghnadachpbmghpfgnboenbecca
  • C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\TNT2

3. Delete the following malicious registry entries and\or values:

  • Key: HKU\S-1-5-21-329068152-1390067357-682003330-500\Software\MozillaPlugins
    \@tightropeinteractive.com/Plugin
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{0FEB2313-F89B-4AC6-8153-84025604A06A}
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{02F878DF-E2BE-4B85-8CB4-A0D2D4E2ED7F}
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{DD260902-9420-4055-A956-9152EB4F3E6A}
  • Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{554EBE31-AEC1-4E34-BCE3-606467760D88}
  • Key: HKU\S-1-5-21-329068152-1390067357-682003330-500\Software\TNT2

Warning: if value is listed for some registry entries, you should only clear these values and leave keys with such values untouched. We recommend you to use Findwide Toolbar Removal Tool for safe problem solution.


Uninstall Findwide Toolbar related programs from Control Panel

We recommend you to check list of installed programs and search for Findwide Toolbar entry or other unknown and suspicious programs. Below are instructions for different version if Windows. In some cases adware programs are protected by malicious service or process and it will not allow you to uninstall it. If Findwide Toolbar won't uninstall or gives you error message that you do not have sufficient rights to do this perform below instructions in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking or use Findwide Toolbar Removal Tool.


Windows 10

  • Click on the Start menu and choose Settings
  • Then click on System and choose Apps & Features in the left column
  • Find Findwide Toolbar under in the list and click Uninstall button near it.
  • Confirm by clicking Uninstall button in opened window if necessary.

Windows 8/8.1

  • Right click on the bottom left corner of the screen (while on your desktop)
  • In the menu choose Control Panel
  • Click Uninstall a program under Programs and Features.
  • Locate programs that can be connected with Findwide Toolbar or other related suspicious program.
  • Click Uninstall button.
  • Wait until uninstall process is complete.

Windows 7/Vista

  • Click Start and choose Control Panel.
  • Choose Programs and Features and Uninstall a program.
  • In the list of installed programs find entries related to Findwide Toolbar
  • Click Uninstall button.

Windows XP

  • Click Start
  • In the menu choose Control Panel
  • Choose Add / Remove Programs.
  • Find Findwide Toolbar related entries.
  • Click Remove button.

Remove Findwide Toolbar related extensions from your browsers

Findwide Toolbar in some cases can be accompanied with browsers extension. We recommend you to use free option Toolbar Remover under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware to remove unwanted browser extensions related to Findwide Toolbar. We recommend you to perform scan your PC with Removal Tool or Stronghold AntiMalware. To remove extenions from your browsers manually do the following:

Internet Explorer

  • While in Internet Explorer click cogwheel icon in the top right corner
  • In the menu choose the Manage Add-ons
  • Select Toolbar and Extension tab.
  • Choose add-on possibly related to Findwide Toolbar or other related adware BHO.
  • Click Disable button.

Warning: This option will only disable unwanted plugin. For effective Findwide Toolbar removal use Findwide Toolbar Removal Tool.

Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome.
  • In the address bar type chrome://extensions/
  • In the list of add-ons find related to Findwide Toolbar and click recycle bin icon.
  • Confirm Findwide Toolbar removal.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox
  • In the address bar type about:addons
  • Click Extensions tab.
  • In the list of extension locate ones related to Findwide Toolbar.
  • Click Remove button near it.

Reset browsers search and homepage settings

Findwide Toolbar can affect your browsers which results in browser redirection or search hijack. We recommend you to use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware to reset all the browsers at once. Mention that you need to remove all files and kill all processes belonging to Findwide Toolbar before doing this. To reset your browsers manually and restore your homepage perform the following steps:

Internet Explorer

  • If you use Windows XP, click Start, and then click Run. Type the following in the Open box without quotes, and press Enter: "inetcpl.cpl"
  • If you use Windows 7 or Windows Vista, click Start. Type the following in the Search box without quotes, and press Enter: "inetcpl.cpl"
  • Click the Advanced tab
  • In Reset Internet Explorer settings, click Reset. Click Reset in opened window again.
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox to remove browsing history, search providers, homepage
  • After Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box

Warning: In case this option will not work use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.

Google Chrome

  • Go to the installation folder of Google Chrome: C:\Users\"your username"\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\User Data.
  • In the User Data folder, look for a file named as Default and rename it to DefaultBackup.
  • Launch Google Chrome and a new clean Default file will be created.

Warning: This option might not work if in Google Chrome you use online synchronization between PCs. In this case use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox

  • Go to Help > Troubleshooting Information in menu.
  • Click the Reset Firefox button.
  • After Firefox is done, it will show a window and create folder on the desktop. Click Finish.

Warning: This option will also clean all your account passwords for all websites. If you don't want it use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.


Here are the descriptions of problems connected with Findwide Toolbar and ie8starter.exe we received earlier:

Problem Summary: infection problems with this toolbar

It seems that there are a lot of infection problems with this toolbar when one of the programs scans my computer for any kind of malicious infections or any other problems my computer may be having. I hope that you can be able to get rid of these viruses that my computer supposedly has and that I don't have to worry if there are any malicious viruses or infections that may be on my computer.

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: Findwide toolbar And Internet search

I removed findwide via remove programs reset search provider. Removed google chrome, removed firefox residual files, deleted Findwide in the manage add ons and it is still there even after I closed and restarted the computer

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: want tool bar revoved

I have uploaded open office and now my computer is all to pot I cant get into my emails can you help to remove what I installed?

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: want tool bar revoved

I have uploaded open office and now my computer is all to pot I cant get into my emails can you help to remove what I installed?

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: TubeDimmer and FindWide on my computer

I was browsing a "free" games website, clicked the WRONG button and ended up with this malware. I used Revo Uninstaller to try and remove it, but FindWide is still hanging around. I'm pretty sure all traces of TubeDimmer are gone. I did a complete search of all the files on my computer and nothing comes up regarding TubeDimmer.

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

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