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Searchnu. How to Remove? (Uninstall Guide)

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The dangerous features of the Searchnu virus:

Bandoo Media products have never gained much respect among the cyber security community, so finding out that Searchnu virus is developed by the same company comes as no surprise. To learn more about this program and to determine whether it is really as malicious as claimed in the reports, we have decided to look into it in more detail. In the following article, we will attempt to shed some light on this shady program, expose its flaws and provide a verdict, whether you should remove Searchnu immediately or continue using it.

When investigating such programs, it is always a good idea to look at the Privacy Policy section. The first thing that catches the eye when reading through this document on search provider is that this site is not referred anywhere in the text. Instead, the users are offered the Privacy Policy of, a site which appears to be already terminated. More concerning is the fact that apart from this suspicious document, the site does not provide EULA or any other information whatsoever. Since none of its activities are regulated, this means that you agree with anything this site decides to engage you in. Looking at this site closer, we have found that the search is powered by, but the results that are provided seem to be modified and display only sponsored ads and links. Usually, such links will lead to various commercial sites where you will be offered to purchase some product or service. Unfortunately, Searchnu does not give any verifications about the legitimacy of these products or services, so they can as well be malicious. Thus, be careful not to install some malware by accident or become a victim of online scammers! As soon as you see this or any other unfamiliar search engine replace your regular homepage and search provider, scan the computer with Reimage and prevent these hijackers from taking control.

An illustration of the Searchnu virus

Besides, there other reasons that should encourage you not to hesitate with the Searchnu removal. If you checked the information about this search provider on some acknowledged search engines, such as Google, Yahoo or Bing, you would see that users often complain about the Searchnu redirect issue and point out general problems related to the browser performance. The users claim that they keep ending up on unfamiliar domains which bombard them with fake software updaters, ads, lottery winning announcements and similar potentially dangerous content. Other also claim that besides the original domain, there are also, and pages that you can get redirected to. Luckily, all of these redirects and problems related to them can be eliminated by carrying out the Searchnu removal.

How did this search engine emerge on your browser?

Upon investigating the program, we have found out that Searchnu is distributed through freeware and shareware bundles. The programs usually targeted by the virus include the popular and well-known mp3 converters, video players and other programs. These software bundles can be featured and promoted on Cnet or similar software download sites, but before downloading them on the computer, there is virtually no way of knowing if they are infected. Thus, we really advise you to be careful about what software you are downloading and what potentially bundled components you actually agree to install on your system. Quick or Recommended settings might not help you disclose additional installs, but if you choose the Advanced installation, you might just stop Searchnu from entering your PC. When choosing this mode, you will be shown a list of bundled programs. Note that they will be automatically pre-checked, so you will need to unmark them manually to stop the installation.

How difficult is the Searchnu removal?

If you decide to remove Searchnu virus from your computer, keep in mind that this virus might not give up that quickly. Of course, it will be not enough to uninstall the program with which it came in. You will need to remove all the virus components one by one including web browser add-ons and search engine providers that this virus might have additionally installed during the time it spent on your computer. Before everything, you need to scan your system with reputable anti-spyware software, such as Reimage. If you have some other virus-fighting solution, make sure it is updated to the latest version before you run the scan. If you have no possibility to employ automatic tools, you can always carry out the Searchnu removal manually. We have prepared a detailed tutorial which should help you in the process.

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Quick menu: Manual Searchnu Removal Guide
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Remove Searchnu from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

Remove Searchnu from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / 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.
Uninstall Searchnu and related programs
  • Here, look for Searchnu or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall' Remove Searchnu from Windows shortcuts
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

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.

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Remove Searchnu from Mac OS X system

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

Cick 'Go' 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.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Remove Searchnu from Internet Explorer (IE)

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.
Click on menu icon and select '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:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select '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.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and 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.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Searchnu from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):
  • Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  • Click Settings to open more options.
  • Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option.
  • Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear.
  • Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager.
  • When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  • Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps.
  • When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  • Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  • Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option.
  • Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  • Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
  • Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Once these steps are finished, Searchnu should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Searchnu from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select Searchnu and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them 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.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select '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.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove Searchnu from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select Searchnu and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon 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.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select '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 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs 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.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Searchnu removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Searchnu from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extensions and look for Searchnu or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons 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.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and 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.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Searchnu registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: Reimage, PlumbytesWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Geolocation of Searchnu

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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Comments on Searchnu

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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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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