‘My home PC has been "hi-jacked" by searchnu.com406. The effect is that my internet browser automatically reverts to the searchnu.com browser ~ which is a Google lookalike. PC behaving in a peculiar manner. Have tried to reinstall to an earlier date. Have read on the net that many other people having similar issues difficult to remove. Seems to be linked to iLivid programme which appears to have been downloaded in September 2011. Have run a complete scan.but no success in eradicating this issue.’ - Reported by
FAQ: is searchnu.com dangerous?
The answer is certainly positive! Rather than a page displaying itself automatically on a new tab, homepage and hijacking search engine, searchnu.com manages to redirect victims to unrelated search results, introduce additional virus and trigger popup ad virus. With its registry entries injected into system’s database, searchnu.com virus is able to manipulate where victims are going and what victims are seeing. Therefore, the target computer becomes susceptive to virus as well as tracking cookies to collect your information. What’s more, searchnu.com virus manages to slow down the overall PC performance and page loading speed, error messages can occur after being infected by searchnu, the search engine virus. Therefore, it is always recommended to remove searchnu.com as soon as possible.
Remove Searchnu.com Completely
Step 1. Manually manage browser settings to remove searchnu.com.
2. Select Internet option at the bottom of the drop down list.
3. Select General tab to
- Empty browse history.
- Search’ section will bring you to ‘Manage Add-on’ window > check ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and then ‘Search Providers.
- 'Tabs’ section brings to ‘Tabbed Browsing Settings’ > untick ‘Always switch to new tabs when they are created’ > press ‘OK’.
4. Go to Privacy tab to turn on ‘Popup Blocker’.
- Google Chrome
Click on ‘Customize and control’ Google Chrome icon -> select ‘Settings’ -> manage ‘Extension’ -> ‘manage search engine’.
- Mozilla Firefox
At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu -> manage Add-ons -> modification should be made under Extensions tab and Plugins tab respectively.
Step 2. Disable startup items to remove searchnu.com
- Windows 8
Start screen -> type 'Task' -> hit Startup tab -> find and select searchnu’s startup item -> press Disable to remove searchnu.com virus.
- Windows 7/XP/Vista
Start Menu -> select ‘Run’ -> type ‘MSCONFIG’ -> hit Startup tab -> find and select searchnu’s startup item -> press Disable all to remove searchnu.com virus.
Step 3. Show hidden files and folders to remove searchnu.com thoroughly.
- Windows 8
Start Screen -> open My Computer -> open Windows Explorer -> select View tab -> tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options -> find and delete related items to remove searchnu.com search redirect virus.
- Windows 7/XP/Vista
Start menu -> open ‘Control Panel’ -> search for ‘Folder Options’ -> hit View tab -> tick ‘Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ -> press ‘OK’ -> find and delete related items to remove searchnu.com search redirect virus.
To remove searchnu.com permanently, one should always follow good PC practice and use caution when downloading and installing programs as most virus nowadays would bundle to freeware/ shareware to start with infiltration easily. The above provided steps are just able to guarantee a complete and thorough removal of searchnu.com search redirect virus and other similar browser malware. But please be noted that additional infections and leftovers can bring searchnu.com back. Therefore, one should always pay extra attention to details when removing searchnu.com. If one suffers from additional virus, one can go to PC SecurityService and find solutions accordingly.