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Remove Searchnu (Improved Instructions) - Aug 2016 update

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as | Type: Browser hijacker

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 Reimage Cleaner Intego and prevent these hijackers from taking control.

An illustration of the Searchnu virus

Questions about Searchnu

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 Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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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To remove Searchnu, follow these steps:

Erase Searchnu from Windows systems

  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 Searchnu and related programs
    Here, look for Searchnu 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 Searchnu 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.

Eliminate Searchnu from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. 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'

Uninstall Searchnu from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Searchnu 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 Searchnu removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Searchnu from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Searchnu-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Searchnu from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 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
  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 Searchnu removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Searchnu from Google Chrome

  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 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
  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 Searchnu removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Searchnu from Safari

  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 Searchnu 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 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
  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 Searchnu removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. mike says:
    August 19th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    thank you for this advice I was able to remove searchnu, from I.E FIREFOX AND CHROME

  2. ccinthelou says:
    May 26th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    This is what I did:

    control panel
    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.

  3. per says:
    September 5th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Where is mozilla firefox? If i click it appears

  4. Kevin says:
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Manual removal did not work.

    Is there another technique?

  5. Diane says:
    April 7th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I am trying to remove from my computer. I dont know how it got here.

  6. Prometheus says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 4:03 am

    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)

  7. Andres says:
    October 7th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I dont have that customize thingy in chrome

  8. BillorGeorgeanythingbutSue says:
    February 8th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    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”???

  9. WinDefender says:
    October 14th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Is it okay to install this together with my antivirus,(Windows Defender)?

  10. joh says:
    October 20th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Hola en el firefox… escribo about:config …. presiono enter… y no m aparece nada!!!!!

  11. asma says:
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Manual removal did not work.

    Is there another technique?

  12. SnehalPatel says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    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.

  13. Anthony says:
    February 13th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Ive removed all linked programmes and still had this in my browser, I followed above and hey presto its gone. Good man

  14. Suzanne says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    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!

  15. thanniglobal says:
    November 22nd, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    thanks alot. dis fixed it.

  16. Gareth says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    The extension name is DataMngr 1.0. I couldnt delete it, but managed to disable it. This has worked for me. Thanks!

  17. Mike says:
    May 8th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    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 “”).
    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:

  18. Lugh says:
    November 3rd, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks, it worked for me, I solved the annoying problem with searchnu.

  19. M L says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 3:16 am

    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.

  20. tim says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    i couldnt get it to do anything

  21. JJJ says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    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.

  22. Pecker says:
    November 18th, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Thanks Suzanne, it seems to have done the trick for me, the Add-On is called “Data Mngr 1.0” – sounds so innocuous! Iikey!

  23. Gunnar says:
    November 27th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    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

  24. doni says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    why i cant remove a malware ?

  25. Rolf Aalberg says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 3:11 am

    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.

  26. HB says:
    January 4th, 2013 at 5:15 am

    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.

  27. wanda says:
    December 28th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    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.

  28. Jack says:
    January 2nd, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks! I just removed it from Google Chrome. Received it from Ilivid. Beware of download

  29. Chris says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    This has gotta be thee single most hated piece of software on the internet.

  30. XanaX says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Thank u! It really worked for me 😀

  31. Kelly says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 1:33 am

    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.

  32. kenmeyerjr says:
    April 19th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    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.

  33. DBuck says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I actually went to Control Panel —>Uninstall a Program—>and uninstalled the “Search Results” program that was in the list. That seems to work.

    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

    I hope this helps!


  34. DBuck says:
    February 5th, 2013 at 1:49 am

    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
    6) right click the “Start page” name and click delete.

    that should fix IE.

  35. Aliya says:
    February 8th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Thanks.. control panel option worked for me. Received it from LIVID download

  36. Ethan Seltzer says:
    February 11th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    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!

  37. Robin says:
    February 23rd, 2013 at 7:36 am

    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?

  38. Brent says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    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.

  39. Cyndi says:
    April 7th, 2013 at 2:41 am

    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?

  40. kenmeyerjr says:
    April 19th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    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.

  41. Elaine says:
    May 18th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I followed each manual step for IE, Firefox, and Chrome. Took a few seconds for each and worked like a charm. Thank you!

  42. PetePenarthWales says:
    June 25th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    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!!!!

  43. Brad Murphy says:
    July 11th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    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.

  44. Brad Murphy says:
    July 11th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    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.

  45. nan says:
    September 29th, 2013 at 12:42 am

    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.

  46. nan says:
    September 29th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    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.

  47. nan says:
    September 29th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    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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