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What is Nuesearch and how did it get on my computer?

NueSearch is a widely-known browser hijacker which was spotted by 2-spyware security experts in the end on May 2016. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) presents itself as a legitimate search engine but a full research has revealed that it has nothing in common with trustworthy search results. Apart from being a PUP, this malware is also put into the category of browser hijackers, along with other suspicious search engines like Luckily, you can eliminate it with almost every reputable anti-spyware, so don’t waste your time dealing with it. Besides its ability to infiltrate computers without users’ knowledge, Nuesearch hijack every web browser that it is installed on them. As a result, it starts appearing instead of the start page and the default search engine each time you launch the browser. Be sure not to use while searching the Internet! It has been observed that it can show people altered search results trying to redirect them to questionable/suspicious websites. You should never stay on such domains because visiting them can lead you to the infiltration of malware. These high-risk Internet sites are mostly used to infect people with adware-type programs, browser hijackers or sometimes even ransomware-type threats. But you should think about removal not only because of that. hijacker provides unreliable search engine and initiates redirects redirect problem is just the beginning. According to PC experts, this search tool can also track you while you are browsing the Internet. With the help of this redirect virus, scammers can try to reveal your search queries, email address, computer’s location and similar information. Beware that this data may be sold to third-party companies that may use it for their own needs. At this point, our advice is very simple – you must remove Nuesearch from your computer without wasting your time. For that, you can use instructions provided below or install such anti-spyware software like ReimageIntego

How can nuesearch sneak into my PC?

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This browser hijacker can easily infiltrate your PC without an appropriate permission asked because it has been using a distribution technology called “bundling.” With the help of this method, its developers can hide this suspicious search engine among “optional downloads” that are hardly checked by users. If you don’t tend to monitor installation process of the freeware, you may be tricked into installing NueSearch as a bonus applications. However, we highly recommend you to reject it because it is an ad-supported software that can lead you to malware infiltration.

To prevent optional downloads, you have to select particular installation settings and configure them. Remember that the right options are Advanced and Custom ones, but not Default or Standard ones. Once you open Advanced/Custom settings, look through all suggested items and deselect all of them. It is also advisable to look through Privacy Policy and Terms of Use documents because they also provide relevant information about your selected software that you may want to know.

Nuesearch removal guide

Nuesearch virus should be deleted from the computer system because it can convince you to visit untrustworthy Internet sites, and that can cause you some serious security problems. If you would like to bypass such websites, do not use the search engine this hijacker provides and opt for a better alternative. To remove, use a trustworthy program that could detect and remove spyware and malware. If you do not want to use an additional program to delete this potentially unwanted one, then follow instructions given below. If after completing these steps you still feel that your computer is not safe, complete Nuesearch removal with the help of the automatic malware removal program. It can scan your computer system and detect all hidden dangerous programs.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Erase from Windows systems

You can eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer manually only if you uninstall each of its components. In this case, you must uninstall NueSearch Uninstall, Uninstall – amz, Amisites, Browser Defender, Yontoo and similar entries that look suspicious. The argument that has to be removed from Windows shortcuts is:[timestamp]&v=[version]&uid=[uid]&ptid=[unknown]&mode=[unknown]

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. 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.

Uninstall from Mac OS X system

When uninstalling PUP from Mac OS X, you have to uninstall each of suspicious entries, such as Uninstall – amz, NueSearch Uninstall, Amisites, Browser Defender, Yontoo, etc.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete from Internet Explorer (IE)

To clean your browser from the hijacker completely, you will have to remove NueSearch add-on and other third-party add-ons this program may have installed on your computer. Look for unfamiliar names and double-check them via reputable sources.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To get rid of this browser hijacker once and for all, go to your browser’s add-on manager, remove NueSearch add-on and look for other unknown add-ons. If you are in doubt, you can always check their reliability on reputable security sites.

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select 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
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. 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
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate from Google Chrome

You will only remove this hijacker from your computer completely, when you will take care of all the add-ons, it might have installed on your browser. You have to delete NueSearch and other suspicious add-ons you can find in your add-on manager.

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select 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
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. 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'
  5. 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
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase from Safari

Though this virus rarely targets Mac OS X, there is no guarantee that you are safe from this virus. In case you notice suspicious behavior, check the list of Safari’s add-ons and delete the insecure ones. Don’t forget to do a little research beforehand, not to delete legitimate programs.

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by, 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
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Elvina29 says:
    June 8th, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Hijacked my web browser and used system memory, Nuesearch is bad!

  2. Kyrie says:
    June 8th, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I dont like Nuesearch, I wouldnt recommend it to anyone..

  3. Help says:
    June 8th, 2016 at 11:14 am

    So annoying, how did i install this extension??? I have no idea how did it enter my computer because I cannot remember installing any programs lately

  4. Coffee188 says:
    June 8th, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Just uninstalled it with anti-spyware program. If you cant remove Nuesearch manually, just dont waste your time guys, there is an easier way to remove it.:)

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