Searchqu Toolbar

Also Known As: Searchnu.com Redirect
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

What is Searchqu Toolbar and how to remove it?

Searchqu Toolbar is a browser add-on, which adds various social network shortcuts and other buttons to your Internet browsers. Some computer users may find these shortcuts useful, but Searchqu toolbar can be categorized as an unwanted program due to its deceptive methods of installation and lack of full uninstall procedures. When installed on your computer, this toolbar will change your default homepage to searchnu.com in all of your browsers (for example, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome).

Furthermore, after uninstalling Searchqu toolbar from your operating system Control Panel, your homepage URL will remain searchnu.com To completely remove this toolbar from your Internet browser, manual removal steps are required. This browser add-on is not malware or a computer virus, and PC users often install this toolbar inadvertently when not paying attention to software installation windows. Searchqu toolbar is regularly bundled with free software (for example, jZip, etc.), and if you do study the information presented during the installation process, you will install this toolbar on your Internet browsers. Whilst most free software states that it is 'adware free', they should be installed with caution, since free software developers commonly monetize their programs using browser add-ons.

searchqu toolbar

When installed on your computer, searchqu toolbar will set searchnu.com as your browser's starting page. This website has a search engine powered by Google, but frequently displays unrelated search results in sponsored results tabs. If you have not intentionally installed searchqu toolbar or you have done so inadvertently, you can use the removal guide provided to eliminate this browser add-on and reset your homepage URL.

Searchqu Toolbar removal:

searchqu toolbar uninstall

Windows 7 users:

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Searchqu Toolbar" and click Remove.

Windows XP users:

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Searchqu Toolbar" and click Remove.

After uninstalling Searchqu Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. Use recommended malware removal software.

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Searchqu Toolbar removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Uninstalling Searchqu Toolbar alone is not adequate; remove the remaining unwanted components from your Internet browsers manually.

Remove Searchqu Toolbar from Internet Explorer:

searchqu toolbar internet explorerClick "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Bandoo Media related entries (Searchqu Toolbar, DataMngr) and disable them. After removing the add-ons, change your homepage from searchnu.com to your preferred domain - Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove searchnu.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Remove Searchqu Toolbar from Google Chrome:

searchnu.com google chrome

To change your homepage from searchnu.com to your preferred domain, click on the wrench icon, select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over searchnu.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Remove Searchqu Toolbar from FireFox:

searchnu.com firefox

To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", and in the opened window, remove searchnu.com and enter your preferred domain.

 

Manual Searchqu Toolbar removal:

If you were unable to remove Searchqu Toolbar using the steps above, you can use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk, since if you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)

Remove these Searchqu Toolbar registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115} "UrlHelper Class"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SearchQUIEHelper.DNSGuard\CurVer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SearchQUIEHelper.DNSGuard
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SearchQUIEHelper.DNSGuard.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar "Searchqu Toolbar"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} "Searchqu Toolbar"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7}\InprocServer32 "C:\PROGRA~1\WINDOW~4\ToolBar\searchqudtx.dll"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} "Searchqu Toolbar"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115}\VersionIndependentProgID "SearchQUIEHelper.UrlHelper"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115}\ProgID "SearchQUIEHelper.UrlHelper.1"

Delete these Searchqu Toolbar files:

%Temp%\searchqutoolbar-manifest.xml    
%AppData%\searchqutoolbar\    
%AppData%\searchqutoolbar\dtx.ini
%AppData%\searchqutoolbar\guid.dat
%AppData%\searchqutoolbar\log.txt
%AppData%\searchqutoolbar\preferences.dat
%AppData%\searchqutoolbar\stat.log
%AppData%\searchqutoolbar\stats.dat
%AppData%\searchqutoolbar\uninstallIE.dat
%AppData%\searchqutoolbar\version.xml

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Searchqu Toolbar distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of Searchqu Toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Searchqu Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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