Remove Searchnu
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Searchnu is also known as searchnu.com | Type: Browser Hijackers

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.

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Searchnu or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

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 Safari
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 Safari
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 Safari
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.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Searchnu or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Searchnu, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Searchnu removal process.

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.

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Searchnu qrcode 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
Information updated: 2014-08-13 09:02

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Users comments about Searchnu:

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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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