Searchqu Toolbar

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

What is Searchqu Toolbar and how to remove it?

What is Searchqu?

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.

Quick menu:

Searchqu Toolbar removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

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

WIndows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

searchqu toolbar uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Searchqu Toolbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

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

Remover for Searchqu Toolbar

If you need assistance removing Searchqu Toolbar, give us a call 24/7:
1-877-484-8393
By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. We are affiliated with anti-virus and anti-spyware software listed on this site. All the products we recommend were carefully tested and approved by our technicians as being one of the most effective solutions for removing this threat.

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 on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove searchnu.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Searchqu Toolbar, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove Searchqu Toolbar from Google Chrome:

searchnu.com google chrome

To change your homepage from searchnu.com to your preferred domain, click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of Searchqu Toolbar add-on, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Searchqu Toolbar from FireFox:

searchnu.com firefox

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", and in the opened window, remove searchnu.com and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Searchqu Toolbar, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

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.

If you have additional information on Searchqu Toolbar or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

About the author:

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an editor for pcrisk.com since 2010.

Follow me on Google+ to stay informed about the latest online security threats.

Our malware removal guides are free. However, if you want to support us you can send us a donation.