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What is findfast.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the findfast.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Findfast.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with findfast
Findfast.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft Office Find Fast or Microsoft Office (version 2000 component) belongs to software Microsoft Office (version 97,, 97, Standard, 97, Professional Edition, 2000) or Microsoft Find Fast or Microsoft Project (version 98) or Microsoft Office Professional by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Findfast.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Findfast.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 111,376 bytes (90% of all occurrences), 122,880 bytes and 5 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/findfast.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows system file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Microsoft Office 97, or Microsoft Excel 97.

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If findfast.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 9,728 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 10,240 bytes and 4 more variants. The program has a visible window. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, Run). Findfast.exe is not a Windows core file.

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There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name findfast.exe, for example Downloader.MisleadApp (detected by Symantec), and Hoax.Win32.Renos.mr (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the findfast.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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User Comments

Harmless, just part of Windows: something to do with searching and Office.
  Mark W  
I do know that this web-page seems a waste of time!!
   
Then one I had, steals my internet bandwidth
  Sam  
Microsoft Office Find Fast gets installed with MS Office 95/97/2000. Supposed benefit is to enable you to find docs faster from w/i MS Office. In practice : like TASKMON it makes no visible difference to end-users, and totally not needed on faster PCs. Find Fast is a total waste of time and a very annoying since it causes many PCs to "freeze" for 2 to 5 seconds.
  D. Renee Kittel   (further information)
It comes from office, i don't think it actually does anything though.
  SgtLion  
FINDFAST is exploited by some viruses. Some will use it to search and sort your hard disk for files they want like your ID and Credit Card numbers. However, FINDFAST is a windows utility, it helps data base progs run fasters and office uses it too
  RT  
It is eating up memory and slowing down my computer. I hear the computer struggle when it is running
  Ecooley  
not much - but it is currently running 50% of the CPU, while Excel fails to load a file. Not dangerous, but not efficient
  John  
just some old microsoft office stuff
  ted  
I found it in 2 places on my computer Norton 360 only removed one. The other is in WINDOWS\Prefetch and is Findfast.exe-2758F9D5.pf. Does anyone know is this a problem and can I just delete it?
  T. Thomas  

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Summary: Average user rating of findfast.exe: based on 12 votes with 10 user comments. One user thinks findfast.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 3 users don't grade findfast.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving findfast issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with findfast. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the findfast.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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