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Searchou. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Searchou is a browser hijacker, which starts its activity when you are on the Internet. Typically, this virus makes people visit unwanted websites by taking over their browsers and changing default search engine and other settings on the system. No matter that it looks peaceful, such program may also be used to track your browsing habits. After getting more information about users' interests, it shows relevant search results, advertisements and sponsored links. The main sign, showing that you are infected with Searchou, is suffering from constant redirections to and Besides, any of these pages may be set as your homepage or default search engine, so be careful and remove Searchou as soon as possible.


Searchou redirect virus is usually spread in a bundle of freeware and shareware. If you want to avoid that, pay attention to the installation process of the program because you may also agree to change your default browser, home page and similar settings to or similar page. However, malware can also be included to the distribution of such viruses, so you should also make sure that your PC is fully protected. As soon as it gets inside, Searchou updates itself and modifies the system in order to initiate redirections during user's web browsing tasks. Typically, this virus hacks all web browsers and starts redirections to and similar sites. We highly recommend paying attention to every redirection. You have to remove Searchou without any delay because you may be rerouted to malicious site that promoted malware.


Searchou redirect virus can be eliminated via manual and automated way. However, we recommend mixing these methods in order to get the best result.

Questions about Searchou

Firstly, you should uninstall Searchou from Add/Remove Programs list. For that, click the Start button and then select Settings -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs. Find Searchou and choose 'Uninstall/Change' option. Finally, click 'Yes' and 'OK' to save the changes.

Additionally, remove Searchou from your browsers:

Internet Explorer:
Open IE -> Tools -> Internet Option -> General tab. Enter Google or other address to make it the default start page.

Mozilla Firefox:
Open Mozilla Firefox, go to Tools -> Options -> General -> Startup. Now select 'Show a blank page' when Firefox Starts or set a certain website, like Google or similar..

Google Chrome:
Open Google Chrome, click on wench icon, go to settings and choose 'Manage search engines'. Change search engine to google or other and delete Searchou from the list. Then Go to section “On start” and make sure you get blank page while creating new tab.

The most important thing: if you didin't installed it by yourself, you should run a full system scan with updated Reimage.

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