Remove Searchnu.com Redirect Virus (Uninstall Guide)

You probably wondering how the thing called “Searchnu” got into my computer. Is it safe.. or is it a virus? The answer is not very promising since Searchnu (also known as Searchnu.com) is classified as browser hijacker, or simply malware (read more in Wikipedia). Developed by Bandoo Media Inc., Searchnu is a redirect virus that seizes control of your browser by changing your home page and default search engine. Moreover, it slows down your browsing and generates a significant amount of undesired commercial ads.

Searchnu IE

Searchnu sneaks into your PC in a very plain way – by downloading free software. When you forget to deselect the offered applications during the installation, unwanted apps get installed into your computer, as well as infiltrated to your browsers.

Once installed, Snap.do modifies your DNS settings and hijacks main browsers, such as Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. That results in continuous annoying redirections to domain searchnu.com. Moreover, it becomes very difficult to revert your original browser’s settings because of DataMngr application used by Searchnu. Its purpose is to monitor any browsers’ settings changes and stop them.

Google Chrome infected
Searchnu Chrome

Mozilla Firefox infected
Searchnu Firefox

Searchnu virus collects and stores information about victim’s browsing activity. Then all gathered data is sent to marketing companies or cyber criminals.

Automatic Searchnu.com Virus Removal

Step 1. In order to detect and remove Searchnu.com, download SpyHunter anti-spyware software

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Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Internet Explorer 6.0 or later

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Step 2. Click Run or Open and install the application by following the on-screen instructions (How to Install)

Step 3. SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats

Step 4. After scanning, click Fix Threats button

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Note: download size is 0.7 MB. Trial version offers an unlimited number of scans and detections for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version for 39.99 USD.

Manual Searchnu.com Virus removal

Important Note: Searchnu.com virus can be removed manually, however any mistakes can lead your PC to permanent damage of the system. Therefore a manual removal process is highly recommended for IT experts and system administrators. For regular users, Virus-Experts.com team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.

Google Chrome

1. Fix Google Chrome startup pages.

Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In On startup click Set pages and remove Searchnu.com by clicking X symbol. After that, add your desired homepage.

Chrome Settings

2. Remove Searchnu.com from the homepage settings.

Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In Appearance section click on Change. Remove the malicious homepage by clicking X symbol. Then you can add the desired homepage by entering its URL and hitting OK.

Chrome Settings 2

3. Remove Searchnu.com from the search engine list and set a one.

Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In Search section click on Manage search engines.. button. Choose the legitimate default search engine as default by clicking Make default. Then remove the malicious search engine from the list.

Chrome Settings 3

4. Remove add-ons that are associated with malware

Click on 3-bars icon and choose Tools. Go to Extensions and delete all add-ons related to Searchnu.com from the list.

Internet Explorer

1. Remove Searchnu.com from homepage settings.

Click on Tools icon and choose Internet Options. In General tab replace the hijacked homepage with a desired URL like www.google.com. Then click Apply to complete the action.

IE Internet Options

2. Modify default search provider settings, also remove the malicious search provider.

Click on Tools icon and choose Manage Add-ons. In Search Providers section please choose to set a legitimate search provider as default by clicking Set as default button. Then remove the malicious search provider from the list.

IE Manage Add-ons

Mozilla Firefox

1. Remove Searchnu.com from homepage settings.

Go to Options > General tab. Replace the malicious homepage with a preferred URL and click OK.

Firefox Homepage

2. Perform “about:config” function to revert Firefox changed items.

Type about:config into the address bar and press Enter. Then accept the warning.

Firefox Warranty

Search for Searchnu.com in the search field. Then right-click on each founded item and select Reset.

Firefox About Config

3. Remove Searchnu.com from the search engines list.

Click on the current search engine icon and choose Manage Search Engines.. Select the malicious URL and click Remove, then hit OK to complete the action.

Delete malicious apps and directories

Review your Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs). In the list search for apps related to Searchnu.com. Then choose ‘Uninstall’.

Search for and delete any folder related to “Searchnu.com” if found in the following directories:

  • %ProgramFiles%
  • %AppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %LocalAppData%

 

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