Remove Searchnu
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Searchnu is also known as | Type: Browser Hijackers

Searchnu is classified as a browser hijacker. When infected you will see that your web browsers will start with rather than 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? domain and the domain 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 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, and Searchnu changes your browser settings and makes the default home page 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

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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Modern viruses are really hard to remove. They have random file names, random registry entries, they can immitale legal products and files. Removal instructions sometimes can't Help to remove infection manually. Please take a look at our discussion where users like you share they experience in fighting the parasite:

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Users comments about Searchnu:

thank you for this advice I was able to remove searchnu, from I.E FIREFOX AND CHROME
Where is mozilla firefox? If i click it appears
Manual removal did not work.

Is there another technique?
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)
I dont have that customize thingy in chrome
Is it okay to install this together with my antivirus,(Windows Defender)?
Hola en el firefox... escribo about:config .... presiono enter... y no m aparece nada!!!!!
Manual removal did not work.

Is there another technique?
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 or you can specify whatever page you like to open on start up. - PROBLEM SOLVED.
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 (or something like that), you know you have found the right one and you will want to delete it.

I hope that helps!
thanks alot. dis fixed it.
Thanks, it worked for me, I solved the annoying problem with searchnu.
Start menu - computer - add/remove programs - uninstall firefox & mozella - click on internet icon - click set browser page - select internet explorer - punch in - 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.
i couldnt get it to do anything
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.
Thanks Suzanne, it seems to have done the trick for me, the Add-On is called "Data Mngr 1.0" - sounds so innocuous! Iikey!
I downloaded your program to check if it found, 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 which it should?

Btw, your Swedish translation contains some silly faults

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why i cant remove a malware ?
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.
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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