What does the findfast.exe file do?
The findfast.exe process is also known as Microsoft Office Find Fast and is a part of Microsoft Office (Version 97, Professional Edition) or, as the case may be, Microsoft Find Fast. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of findfast.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Microsoft Office Find Fast has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Microsoft Office Find Fast has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- findfast.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module findfast.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about findfast.exe Microsoft Office Find Fast
findfast.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Findfast.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 111,376 bytes (90% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 86,528 bytes.
Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This findfast program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. For this reason, 49% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves findfast.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about findfast?
|Harmless, just part of Windows: something to do with searching and Office. |
|I do know that this web-page seems a waste of time!! |
|Then one I had, steals my internet bandwidth |
|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
|It comes from office, i don't think it actually does anything though. |
Summary: One user judges findfast.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, 5 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall Microsoft Office or Microsoft Find Fast
To remove Microsoft Office Find Fast from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Microsoft Office or Microsoft Find Fast in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if findfast.exe (Microsoft Office Find Fast) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Microsoft Office Find Fast. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft Office Find Fast or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or findfast.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.