Title: Searchnu
Also known as: searchnu.com

Remove Searchnu
Removal instructions

 
Severity scale:Searchnu severity is 69  (69 / 100)
 

Searchnu is classified as a browser hijacker. When infected you will see that your web browsers will start with searchnu.com rather than google.com or any other search engine you had before. Searchnu installs as a bundle with other programs, so mostlikely you installed it yourself. When installing some freeware programs you must read software licence agreement and see what checkboxes are checked in the instalation process.

What is Searchnu?

Searchnu.com domain and the domain search-results.com belong to the IAC Search & Media, Inc. This company known by the name Ask Jeeves Inc. It has a lot of popular domains on the web and the most famous of them is Ask.com. If we check more information about Searchnu in popular search engines, we see that users tries to remove this service. Also we found out that searchnu is distributed through a lot of freeware programs, including some well knows mp3 converters, Ilivid and other programs which are even featured on Cnet. We really advice you to read very carefully what components you are installing to the system. During the instalation process you will get the list of programs which are bundled, and they are automatically checked. So if you do not read anything, you will get the searchnu automatically installed with another program. 

Typical instalation has  Searchqu toolbar, searchnu.com and search-results.com. Searchnu changes your browser settings and makes the default home page searchnu.com of all browsers you are using. It makes all search results pages redirected through their own search results pages.

Why my antivirus software does not detect search nu?

You can not blame your antivirus because searchnu is not classified as a virus. You install Searchnu yourself and agree with all the things it does to your system. You agree to change the home page and make your search results to be redirected. It can be classified as potentially dangerous program or potentialy unwanted program (PUP), but it does not do any maliciuos activity or installs to the system without your consent.

How to remove searchnu?

It is not easy to remove Searchnu. If you installed it with other freeware, so there will be not enough to uninstall only this freeware. You will need to remove all components one by one including web browser add-ons and search engine providers. Before everything, you need to scan your system with reputable anti-spyware software, such as SpyHunterSTOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

Also you need to know that you will need to remove all compoments of searchnu from all the browsers you are using, because there is no one united manual removal solution provided by IAC Search & Media, Inc. In the Anti-spyware software detects searchnu and its components, it will remove them automatically with one click. Otherwise, you should follow a guide below:

Automatic Searchnu Removal Guide

You can remove Searchnu automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Manual Searchnu Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Searchnu and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Searchnu or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.

Step 2: Remove Searchnu from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3: Remove Searchnu from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Searchnu and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Searchnu removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Searchnu and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Searchnu removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Searchnu and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Searchnu removal.

What is browser hijacker?

Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.

Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Searchnu:

•  Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
•  Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
•  Appearance of new tabs
•  Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

Geolocation of Searchnu:

This map reveals the prevalence of Searchnu. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: Vietnam, India, United Kingdom, Italy and France.

QR code for Searchnu removal instructions:

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QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.

The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Searchnu are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Searchnu right in your pocket.

Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2014-08-13 09:02:03
Information updated: 2014-08-13 09:02:03

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mike
thank you for this advice I was able to remove searchnu, from I.E FIREFOX AND CHROME
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ccinthelou
This is what I did:

Start
control panel
Programs/Uninstall
It will list all programs that you have and uninstall the one that has the word Search in it and it will delete all files associated with it. I have my old home page back.
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per
Where is mozilla firefox? If i click it searc.nu appears
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Kevin
Manual removal did not work.

Is there another technique?
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Diane
I am trying to remove www.searchnu.com from my computer. I dont know how it got here.
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Prometheus
Relating to the removal instructions for IE and the add-on list for search engines, all alternative search engines and adds were successfully removed, except "Sweet IM-Search" This malware obviously shut the option to delete it. ( " Delete" was shut)
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Andres
I dont have that customize thingy in chrome
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BillorGeorgeanythingbutSue
Ditto, plus, now get this techys... my browser is hijacked... Hello? How do I get to what my computer already sees as "home" despite the fact Im looking at the fkn SEARCHNU.COM?

Get it? Not only can I not access my home page, but like the poster above cant GET to it to find this "Click on Customize and control Google Chrome icon and select Settings."

...and I need to learn proper grammar? Your sentence structure is eluding to something that is amazingly inaccurate. Is it an Icon? Or is it "Customize & Control"???
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WinDefender
Is it okay to install this together with my antivirus,(Windows Defender)?
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joh
Hola en el firefox... escribo about:config .... presiono enter... y no m aparece nada!!!!!
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asma
Manual removal did not work.

Is there another technique?
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SnehalPatel
Go to Chrome-->Setting-->On startup [there are three options] choose [open a specific page or set of pages] click on "Set Pages" and remove that searchnu.com or you can specify whatever page you like to open on start up. - PROBLEM SOLVED.
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Anthony
Ive removed all linked programmes and still had this in my browser, I followed above and hey presto its gone. Good man
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Suzanne
To fix this in Mozilla Firefox, it is an Add-On and you need to disable and/or remove it by doing the following:

1. In Firefox, click Tools>Options and make sure the General tab is visible.
2. Click Manage Add-Ons.
3. Click on Extensions
4. Unfortunately I forgot what this Add-On was called (I removed it and DONT want it back!), but it IS one of your add-ons found here.
5. To figure out which one click on the underlined word "More" to open a page describing the extension. Look to the bottom of the page next to the word "Homepage" which will show a link to their homepage. If it says http://searchnu.com (or something like that), you know you have found the right one and you will want to delete it.

I hope that helps!
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thanniglobal
thanks alot. dis fixed it.
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Gareth
The extension name is DataMngr 1.0. I couldnt delete it, but managed to disable it. This has worked for me. Thanks!
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Mike
Just to add to this, if you find that the files are not on the list of extensions, do the following:

1.) enter "about:config" in location bar (next to back arrow).
2.)Click icon "Ill be careful I promise".
3.) you should find a long list of files below a search bar called "filter".
4.)type into filter "keyword.url".
5.)only one search result should appear - right click on result and click "modify".
6.)enter your desired homepage address into pop up, (e.g "http://www.google.com.uk").
7.)type "browser.startup.homepage" into filter.
8.)modify top search result and enter homepage address.

Side note: In extensions list mentioned in above comment, look for terms such as "Bandoo media, Searchqu toolbar, and Windows ILivid Toolbar". If you cant find the tools option in the toolbar, right click blank space to the right of tabs and select menu bar. Another option is to click the Firefox logo (top left) and click "add on".

Part 2:
1.) click start up icon and enter C:Program Files into start search
2.) find Mozilla Firefox folder and click search plugins folder
3.) delete "SearchquWebSearch"

Part 3:
1.) enter "control panel" in start search.
2.) go into "uninstall a program".
3.) find files named Bandoo media, Searchqu toolbar, windows iLivid toolbar, and uninstall them.

I hope this simplifies things for people.
I used this video to help me with the virus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO70vu_1p6g.
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Lugh
Thanks, it worked for me, I solved the annoying problem with searchnu.
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M L
Start menu - computer - add/remove programs - uninstall firefox & mozella - click on internet icon - click set browser page - select internet explorer - punch in www.msn.com - erase all search results check off every single box then click on it it will say erase all e results click Yes - exit out of everything then reset your computer Twice just to make sure - then you should be all set free & clear.
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tim
i couldnt get it to do anything
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JJJ
I have tried everything on Google Chrome to get rid of search nu and I am still getting search nu as my home page on Chrome.

Please inform me of any other ways. I am really desperate. I would really appreciate any advice on how I can successfully remove this search nu from Chrome and have Google be my home page. Again, I have tried everything and so far, nothing has worked.
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Pecker
Thanks Suzanne, it seems to have done the trick for me, the Add-On is called "Data Mngr 1.0" - sounds so innocuous! Iikey!
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Gunnar
I downloaded your program to check if it found search.nu, which was installed by mistake, but as far as I can see it did not. I could think of buying, but why didnt it detect search.nu which it should?

Btw, your Swedish translation contains some silly faults

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doni
why i cant remove a malware ?
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Rolf Aalberg
There is soemthing funny going on here!

I download SpyHunter installer, and then I click Run in the Downloads panel of Mozilla Firefox. And a download of SpyHunter Installer starts again, but this time it does noe end with SyHunter Installer(1) in the Downloads panel.

So my guess is I can continue downloading SpyHunter installer for the rest of my life without geting anywhere. BTW, my OS is Win XP SP3.

Guess Ill have to look for something else tha tI hope may relieve me of malware like searchnu; a most invasive and ugly piece fo malware.
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HB
Thats nothing to do with the programme, but your machine. I installed Spyhunter (no looping) and it found iLivid. In fact after the scan, it found 226 threats.

So from my perspective, this is an excellent piece of software. And its free. I am grateful to SpyHunter for helping me out.
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wanda
I have done everything possible short of restoring to an earlier date and still can not get rid of searchnu. I have ran malware bytes ran ccleaner, removed the tool bar from IE although I dont use it I use chrome and still the crap is there. Anyone have any other suggestions.
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ceci_
Thanks a lot!
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Jack
Thanks! I just removed it from Google Chrome. Received it from Ilivid. Beware of download
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Chris
This has gotta be thee single most hated piece of software on the internet.
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XanaX
Thank u! It really worked for me :D
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Kelly
None of this worked for me. I completely gutted my system and reloaded it at the cost of about 10 hours of my life. I mean, I completely erased and reformatted my HD, reloaded the system from a recovery disk made long before searchnu ever entered my sphere of reference and everything was fine until I logged in to my Chrome and my Firefox accounts. Then the thing showed up, again. I think the solution is to open completely new accounts and forsake the old. I havent tried this, yet, but it is the only difference between Chrome and Firefox, with which I have existing setups and IE, which I dont. IE is NOT infected.
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kenmeyerjr
Kelly, when you say open new accounts, re: Firefox, do you mean deleting firefox from my system and then downloading it again, so I have a new version? So far, no ones advice is working for me.
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DBuck
I actually went to Control Panel --->Uninstall a Program--->and uninstalled the "Search Results" program that was in the list. That seems to work.


Explanation
I just recently installed it as a bundle with jZip so when I sorted on the date in the list of installed programs it was installed today, which is the date I started seeing searchnu.com.

I hope this helps!

DBuck!
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DBuck
For IE remove it from the registry as outlined below:

1) access the "Run" window by pressing the "windows Button + R" simultaneously.
2) in the run window type "regedit" and hit the "Enter" key
3) When the "User Access Control" screen pops up hit "yes"
4) Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain
5) search for the "Start page" name and make sure it has searchnu.com/102
6) right click the "Start page" name and click delete.

that should fix IE.
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Aliya
Thanks.. control panel option worked for me. Received it from LIVID download
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Ethan Seltzer
To remove Searchnu on Chrome it is super EASY. Go the the options button(the one with three bars), click settings and then click extensions on the left side bar. You will see one that says something about Searchnu and just click the little trash can. Its that easy!
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Robin
Thanks a lot for your clear and effective instructions. Normality is restored. I got it with Ilivid which I have now uninstalled as well. Initially I tried to restore to a point before where I guessed it had come from, but windows would not restore to any earlier date. Is this a function of malware?
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sys
THAT WORKS !!!
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Brent
Yes, many of these options work, however they only last until you re-open the browser. I have tried many of these options and still can not remove this browser virus for good.
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Cyndi
Mozilla have it! Brent, you are right unfortunately. Still trying and doesnt help that my computer guy is IE all the way. Is there anything that works? Can a computer tek take care of it?
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kenmeyerjr
I used your instructions (after trying a BUNCH of other things today), and thought it worked, because when I closed and opened Firefox, yahoo (my preferred home page) appeared and not SearchNu. I was damn happy for a whole 2 minutes...until I opened another tab and the SearchNu page appeared again...any advice? By the way, if it matters, I am on XP.
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Elaine
I followed each manual step for IE, Firefox, and Chrome. Took a few seconds for each and worked like a charm. Thank you!
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PetePenarthWales
I also downloaded this with iLivid.Thought it was just a nuisance until I realised it had disabled my internet banking security software!I think the reason this thing keeps coming back is because it installs its files with "special permissions"!If you delete them they bounce straight back from the recycle bin. I found the"search toolbar" folder in Program files(x86)-----if you open it up and right click on the files,select properties,then the security tab you can edit the access so the the system administrator has full control over the files and you should then be able to manually delete them.
Ive tried just about everything over the last week to get rid searchnu without success but this seems to have worked---several re-boots etc , rapport is now working again and no sign of searchnu!
Im no computer expert so youll need to check this out for yourself but hope this at least points you in the right direction.Good Luck!!!!
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Brad Murphy
As far as Google chrome, I have not been able to get it off. I did everything in the settings, and it still comes up the searchnu page. I was able to with IE.
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Brad Murphy
I also did not agree to install it, I clicked it off when I installed iLivid, and it installed it anyway, and hijacked all my browsers.
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nan
Just bought a used laptop today and found this mess on Chrome. After some hits-and-misses... finally found it associated with "AVG Security Toolbar". Uninstalled that thing and all is well. Hope this will help someone else.
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nan
Sincere apologies. I take it back. Opened Chrome on the laptop just now and guess whats back? I will update if I ever manage to kill this monster.
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nan
OK... found where it was hiding. Under Chrome Settings... "On Startup" the radio button for "Open a specific page..."
This thing plants itself everywhere. What a nuisance!

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