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How to remove an findfast error


Findfast.exe is a executable file (a program) for Windows. The filename extension .exe is the abbreviation for executable. Only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if findfast.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or an application you can trust.

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Findfast.exe file information

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 located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" - e.g. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\. Known file sizes on Windows 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: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however also read the users 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 without information about the developer of this file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). Findfast.exe is not a Windows core file.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "Find Fast" definitely not required. Complete utter waste of space! Part of MS Office - searches disk drives for Office file types to make opening them easier
  • "Microsoft Find Fast" definitely not required. Complete utter waste of space! Part of MS Office - searches disk drives for Office file types and creates an index to make opening them easier

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 reviews.
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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