Remove Searchnu.com redirect virus (Removal Guide)

“Searchnu” is a browser hijacker that will change your homepage to Searchnu.com/406,and replace your default search engine to search-results.com.
Futhermore, this program will display ads and sponsored links in your search results, and may colect search terms from your search queries.
[Image: Searchnu homepage]
Searchnu got on your computer after you have installed another free software or add-on that had bundled into their installer this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install iLivid, you’ll also install the Searchnu, set your browser homepage to searchnu.com/406 and change your default search engine to http://searchnu.com.However, when you uninstall iLivid from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Searchnu from your favorite web browser manually.
[Image: Searchnu installation process]
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

Searchnu Toolbar – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall Searchnu from your computer

Searchnu comes bundled with other free products, which we will need to uninstall from your computer.

  1. To uninstall Searchnu program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are a Windows 8 user, you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
  2. Search and uninstall Searchqu toolbar, iLivid and Search-Results toolbar from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Searchnu program]

Please note that on some computers these programs might be renamed or missing,search for any program developed by APN LLC or Bandoo Media Inc, and uninstall it from your computer.


STEP 2 : Remove the Searchnu residual damage from your browser

Remove Searchnu from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. Now in the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer again.

Remove Searchnu from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will open. That’s it – you’re done!

Remove Searchnu from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Searchnu extensions from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    In the Extensions tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the iLivid extension from your Google Chrome.
    [Image: Searchnu Chrome extensions]
    NOTE: It’s recommended to remove any extension that was installed in Google Chrome without your knowldge.
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from Search Results to google.com .
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    Search for Search Results in the Search Engines list, and click the X that appears at the end of the row.
    Set Google as your default Search Engine in Chrome
  3. Change Google Chrome home page from searchnu.com/406 to its default.
    The Searchnu has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Remove Searchnu registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok. Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT, double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall, then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 4: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process. DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked, then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Searchnu]
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

STEP 5: Run a computer scan with HitmanPro

  1. Download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scans for Searchnu
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Searchnu from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • true player

    It worked, thanks. Very easy to read post.

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello Swagger,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
    1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

    2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

    3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

    4.Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Next, please run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro as see in this guide.
    Stay safe!

  • BillyW

    Thanks very much, I got rid of searchnu, which s exactly what I wanted. Superb.

  • Michelle Psaila

    Thank you so much, i followed the instructions and now i have the google page back, as first tab.

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello Sherjeel,

    Please run these two tools:

    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner

    1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

    2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

    3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

    4.Click on Delete,then confirm each time with Ok.

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications.

    Stay safe!

  • adh

    neat

  • Okie mom

    This didn’t work still getting searchnu when getting on explorer! Any ideas, help please!!!!!!

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      Lets try to remove this infection:
      STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner

      Please run AdwCleaner (as seen on STEP 3) to remove this infection!

      STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

      1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

      JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

      2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

      3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

      Stay safe!

  • Julie

    The ADWCLEANER work fantastic, thank you! The hitman pro though did not, it put 3 infections in quarantine, but failed to delete, not one, but ALL of the cookies it had found I couldn’t understand why. But seachnu is GONE!! and this was what I really was looking for :)

  • Jeiah Isles

    I love that ADWCLEANER! Thank you!

  • Tim van Steenbergen

    Great, while waiting for the MalwareBytes scan to complete I posted your link. Thanks for this clear guide.

  • Charles Cooper

    It seems that I have finally got rid of Search NU. Thank you for the simple instructions. Much appreciated – I’m going to mention you of Facebook and Twitter

  • EC

    Thank you for the clear, thorough instructions

  • Bourne

    Can you tell me where i can find (adwcleaner.exe)
    I can’t located any where.

  • Emma

    Excellent! Fixed my problem straight away! Many thanks!

  • Chantel-Reann

    Massive help!! thank you so much!!
    such brilliantly explained steps!
    big hug to you!!

  • Rankjan

    Hi stelian
    Your adw cleaner worked like charm! Thanks a lot for all the help.A big hug to you!
    Ranjan

  • K

    Thanks Great Info!!!!

  • Pedro

    Thank you !! Worked like a charm. Best regards, Pedro.

  • John

    Thank you soooo much. After 48 hours of trying everything, the ADWCLEANER is the only thing that worked. All add-ons were hidden and nothing was in my list of programs to delete.
    This process removed the registry with ease and I’m up and running….(explorer 8 vista)

  • sophie

    Oh my god thank you so much
    this helped LOADS^_^

  • Richard

    Thank you VERY much! Last time I had to default to factory setting to get rid of these things…

  • Monkeyshines

    Thanks SO MUCH! YOU saved the day!!!

  • Marco

    Thanks it was a big help

  • KyBux

    Thanks a ton! Very helpful.

  • avi

    thanks !!!!

  • Raplah Jingga

    Hello…
    Tqvm for yr information. Thanks.

  • Juliana Vianna

    Thanks a lot for all the help!!! was amazing!

  • Leslie Thomson

    Hi, I done this with a few tweaks and pokes of my own. I don’t use Internet Explorer or Chrome, and AVG found and eliminated Searchnu. Will this be enough.

    Apart from that, very helpful. Thank you.

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello Leslie,
      If you gone thru all the 5 steps, your computer should be fine! :)
      Stay safe!