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Remove Searchqu

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Searchqu redirect, Searchqu hijack, Searchqu virus | Type: Browser hijacker

What is Searchqu?

Searchqu is a very suspicious search engine, which has already been included to browser hijacker category. What does it mean? Basically, this means that this program may appear on your computer without downloading it. After that, it may hijack each of your web browsers and then may initiate redirects, slow downs and similar unwanted activities. When trying to use this search engine for searching the web, you may find out that you can’t visit what you want because it may show you interrupting pop-up ads, in-text links, banner ads and other commercial content. In addition, this program may return for you altered search results that may redirect you to unknown and very suspicious websites. Of course, you shouldn’t ignore Searchqu redirects because that’s how you can end up with the infiltration of the serious virus. Besides, just like lots of other browser hijackers, this program may start tracking your browsing on the Internet. It may collect information, which is related to your PC’s specifications, email address, browsing habits and similar data. We don’t think that you should agree with that. To sum up, this search engine is very questionable and it would be better if you could try to avoid it. If you have already been using it for your searches, you should stop doing that because you may run into serious issues. Besides, you may notice that you disabled when trying to uninstall this potentially unwanted program. That’s why we highly recommend using automatic removal tools, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner . This program will not only find this browser hijacker and its components in your PC system. It will also help you to get rid of them without having to deal with their reappearance.

How can Searchqu hijack my computer?

There are many users who claim that they have never downloaded Searchqu hijacker to their computers and that it appeared on each of their web browsers without any permission asked. If you know what we are talking about, you should know that this application has been actively spread using bundling what means that it can be easily downloaded in a bundle with freeware or shareware. If you want to avoid that, you need to be very careful when installing download managers, PDF creators and similar PUPs. Please, always check what is said in program’s End user’s license agreement, Privacy Policy, etc. In addition, make sure you select Custom or Advanced installation option and opt out of prepositions to change your start page or default search engine. Of course, you should also avoid offers to install various plugins, extensions, toolbars and similar ‘free additions’. If Searchqu infiltrates the system, it may initiate various modifications and then may start causing suspicious activities. For example, as soon as Searchqu is installed, it will set as the default home page, will add an additional search engine, which is called Web Search, etc. if you want to avoid that, you should follow this guide:

How to remove Searchqu virus?

Searchqu is not as dangerous as trojan horse, rogue anti-spyware or other program, which belong to malwares. However, it can be used for various suspicious activities and may also initiate lots of issues when trying to remove this hijacker and restore web browser’s default settings. To remove Searchqu successfully, use updated anti-spyware or this step-by-step removal guide.

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To remove Searchqu, follow these steps:

Uninstall Searchqu 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 Searchqu and related programs
    Here, look for Searchqu 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 Searchqu 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.

Delete Searchqu 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 Searchqu 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'

Get rid of Searchqu from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Searchqu and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Searchqu removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Searchqu from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. 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. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. 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. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

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

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. 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}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

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

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

Erase Searchqu 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 Searchqu 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 Searchqu removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Searchqu 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 Searchqu 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 Searchqu, 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 Searchqu removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Tom G says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    searchqu does not show up in the extensions box of Firefox 9. Still cant get rid of it.

  2. Eric G says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Ditto… I removed searchqu from the extensions box, but was unable to remove datamgr, which I think is where the bugger is hiding. Any suggestions?

  3. Bill says:
    January 20th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I was able to delete ilivid and searchqu from my programs list, as well as bandoo, but I cannot find it anywhere on my C Drive. It must be hiding in a sub file or under a different name? When I get online my default webpage pops up with no problem. My browser is firefox. However, if I go to START and then type in “Internet Explorer” in the search box, and then click on Internet Explorer (64-bit), for instance, the next window that pops up has in the address bar. Another little window pops up at the bottom of this page asking if I want to make IE my default browser. I click NO. I really dont have problems with getting redirected to an unwanted site, but I know this searchqu is still in my computer and I think it is making it run much slower. I want to get rid of it PERIOD! Any help would be much appreciated.

  4. Gangstar! says:
    November 4th, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Truss me out ere rudeboy!

  5. PBoyd says:
    January 6th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    This information is useless as searchqu does not appear in any of the add-ons menus.

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