Searchnu.com Virus (Toolbar)
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
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.)
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):
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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- What is Searchnu.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Bandoo, Search-Results Toolbar applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Searchnu.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Searchnu.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Searchnu.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Searchnu.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Searchnu.com redirect (Bandoo adware) removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" 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 (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.
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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu 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 (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):
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnu.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (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 (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.
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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnu.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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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