Searchnu.com Virus (Toolbar)

Also Known As: Searchnu.com Redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Moderate

Searchnu.com (Search Results Toolbar) removal guide

What is Searchnu.com?

The Searchnu.com website is promoted by several toolbars and browser add-ons. Searchnu.com is a simple website with several links to social networks, YouTube, and online games. It also has a search bar that redirects inputted search queries to Ask.com This website is not strictly related to malware or viruses, however, redirects to this website are a consequence of browser extension installation. Commonly, Internet users are redirected to Searchnu.com following installation of the Bandoo plug-in or Searchqu toolbar. Note that installation of these browser plug-ins can occur either if downloaded individually or when 'bundled' with free software (such as iLivid or other popular video converters, YouTube video downloaders, etc.)

searchnu.com redirect page

Bandoo is an extension offering the ability to add "emoticons" and various text effect features to Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! mail, Gmail, Hotmail, etc. When users download and install this plug-in, their Internet browser homepage is changed to Searchnu.com, each new browser tab opens search-results.com, and the default search engine is changed to search-results.com Note that these websites add no real value to users' Internet surfing experience and redirects are applied for monetization only. To avoid installation of unwanted toolbars, extensions, and to avoid modification of Internet browser settings, computer users should install free software and free browser add-ons with caution - closely inspect each installation window, disallowing any suggested changes to the Internet browser/s.

If you experience redirects to searchnu.com or search-results.com, you have installed a browser add-on causing these issues. These redirects are created by free software developers to monetize their free programs - each user to click on sponsored search results within these websites generates revenue for the developers of the free software or plug-ins. Commonly, redirects to these websites are a consequence of reckless free software installation. The following are some browser toolbars and extensions causing redirects to Searchnu.com (check your browsers settings and remove these add-ons to eliminate redirects):

Searchqu toolbar
Search Results toolbar

This removal guide explains how to remove redirects to Searchnu.com and search-results.com caused by Bandoo.

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Quick menu:

Searchnu.com redirect (Bandoo adware) removal:

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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 Programs and click Uninstall a program.

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 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

searchnu.com redirect uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Bandoo, Search-Results Toolbar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling Bandoo and Search-results toolbar adware, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Searchnu.com redirect removal from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

searchnu.com redirect Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for these entries "Search-Results Toolbar, BandooIEPlugin Class, DataMngr" and disable them.

To change your homepage from searchnu.com (or any other unwanted website) 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 the searchnu.com redirect, 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 wish 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

searchnu.com redirect Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "Quick Access Tab, Bandoo", select these entries and click on the trash can icon.

To change your homepage from Searchnu.com (or any other unwanted website) to your preferred domain, Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

If Quick Access Tab (add-on related to Searchnu.com redirect virus) extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?

To change your default search engine (remove search-results.com):

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To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Search Results" and select or add your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnu.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

searchnu.com redirect Mozilla Firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "DataMngr, Search-Results Toolbar, Bandoo".

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with searchnu.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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