By | July 17, 2012 | 16 Comments is a browser hijacker that will replace the default home page settings on the infected computer. This is commonly brought about as a package tool if you install a program. It is typical for some program to include add-ons such as searchnu when installing the main component. Although, during installation, program often offer two types of installation, basic and advance. When user chooses basic, all add-ons included in the package are automatically installed. While custom install will allow user to exclude these add-ons while installing the main program.

Most of the time, user chooses the default method. This is the main reason why so many are experiencing a problem with a modified browser. In this case, user’s browser default home page will be replaced with

Some can easily remove add-ons through control panel of Windows. However, with the case of, things are far more different. User’s who have acquired this add-on usually complains difficulty in removing For this reason, most victims tagged it as a virus. Therefore, we have prepared a quick guide to instantly remove this hijacker from an affected computer. See the whole procedures below.

Type Hijacker
Sub-Type Add-ons
OS Affected Windows

What are the Symptoms of Hijacker? web page

Follow these Procedures to Remove

Procedure 1: Uninstall from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the adware program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

Accessing Windows 10 Control Panel

- Click on the Windows Start button at lower left corner of the screen.
- Type Control Panel on the search box, and click on its icon on the search result.
- Alternatively, you can just press Windows + X on the keyboard to display Quick Access Menu. Then, click Control Panel.

How to access Control Panel in Windows 8

- The easiest way to access Control Panel on Windows 8 is through the Search function.
- Simply press Windows Key + Q on your keyboard to display the Charms Bar. Alternatively, you can drag mouse pointer to lower-right portion of desktop until the Charms Bar slide-out.
- Click on the Magnifying Glass icon and search for 'Control Panel'. Click the item on the result to access this feature.


How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista/ 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

2. Under Programs, click on Uninstall a program. It will open a program and features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for adware title or any suspicious name that was installed recently. To do this, you need to arrange the items chronologically. Click on 'Installed On' to display the latest program that looks unfamiliar.

As observed, this pop-up is also linked to known malware. You may also look for and delete the following names that were identified with SearchQu Toolbar, DataMngr, Search Results, Bando Media, iLivid

Uninstall Item

4. Click on Uninstall button to remove the program automatically.
5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. In troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start Windows 8 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Please restart the computer and as soon as it begins to start, please press Shift + F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing Advance Boot Options, latest version of Windows will display Recovery Mode. Continue with the given steps until you reach Safe Mode function.
- Click on 'See advanced repair options'.


- Then, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, please select Advanced options.
- On the next window, please choose Windows Startup Settings.
- Lastly, click on Restart button. Windows 8 / Windows 10 will now restart and boot into Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the system in Safe Mode with Networking.


Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP/Vista/7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.


2. Once your Windows is running in Safe Mode, open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 3: Scan and remove files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Removal Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Procedure 4: Reset Affected Internet Browser

Reset browser settings of Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome browser
2. Type this in the address bar chrome://settings/
3. Navigate at the end of the page and click on Show advanced settings
4. At the bottom of the page, click on Reset settings to remove all changes made by

Reset Google Chrome

Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

1. Open Internet Explorer software
2. Navigate to top menu and click Tools > Internet Options
3. On Internet Options window, select Advanced tab
4. In order to reverse modifications caused by, click on Reset button to bring back Internet Explorer's settings to their default condition.

Internet Explorer

Reset Firefox to its default state:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox program
2. Navigate to top menu and Open Help Menu. Then, select on Troubleshooting Information
3. Click on Refresh Firefox button to erase the effect of

Reset Firefox

Procedure 5: Run Qualys Online Browser Check

Qualys Browser Check performs a security examination on your browser including installed plug-ins and add-ons. At the end of the scan, this tool will recommend on what to remove and give you steps to resolve any vulnerabilities found on the browser.

1. Open Internet browser application that is affected by
2. Click Here to visit Qualys Browser Check web site.
3. Next, click on "Scan without installing lugin" link.

Online Browser Check

4. Click on Scan Now button to check and remove and any other malicious add-ons and extensions. You must read and accept "Service User Agreement" to continue.
5. After the scan, you will be presented with Browser Check Summary. Fix any issues and follow the recommendation on the result.

Protect your PC from or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection

With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.

Chrome Security Settings

6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

SEE MORE : Enable Phishing and Malware Protection on Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Open Menu. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

16 thoughts on “ Hijacker

  1. miz constance

    I’ll reserve judgement until tomorrow. Norton does not consider this site a threat. I’ve had it “remove” twice–once by Norton and once by an outside contractor. It seemed to be gone, but 12 hours later it popped up again.

  2. Belen

    So far I managed to get rid of the Search nu which was highly annoying! Thank you so much for a simple a through explanation. really appreciated it.
    BTW, I removed it following the steps for Chrome. No need to download anything or restart the PC on safe mode.
    Thanks a million

  3. gaynor

    fantastic clear help that got rid of it, how annoying is searchnu!!!!! thanks loads for your help :-)

  4. Fred Linskey

    When you’ve tried everything you know and still can’t get rid of ***********nu , you turn to get professional help. I would like to say how professional and helpful the above info was .
    Great job !

  5. Mahendra

    Great site.I really enjoyed it. Good work again! Thanks a lot!

  6. sreekanth

    Great post.Thanks a lot…. and just want to add one more thing i noticed is to remove suspected sites in the list when you click Exceptions button that is under below section in this site:
    “Mozilla Firefox – Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries”

  7. C

    Thank you it works, also would add to restart system in safe mode to ensure it works, but thanks a mil!!! System is back to normal and working fast again.

  8. Martin

    Thanks a lot! That was exactly the Information I was looking for!

  9. rafael

    muito boa suas informações parabéns pelo profissional que vc é continue assim muito obrigado.

  10. frank allen

    Thank you very much for all the information regarding searchnu-com406.
    I use three browsers and am very impressed with your technical proses and the clear and detailed way in which it is presented – extremely important to us simple ‘Basic Users@
    Again – My Grateful thanks – frank

  11. frank allen

    Thank you very much for all the information regarding searchnu-com406.
    I use three browsers and am very impressed with your technical proses and the clear and detailed way in which it is presented – extremely important to us simple ‘Basic Users@
    Again – My Grateful thanks – frank

  12. jen is a helpful guide and tools on how to deal with problems such as Malwares or viruses that popping up the internet. It is for everyone like you and me who is not so savvy in computer.

    I would like to say thank you for this site for opening our eyes and give us knowledge to solve this problem in case we encounter them.


  13. Daniel

    Thank you very much. In terms of ridding the pc of the the , this it seems, has worked. There’s a lot of confusing info on the net about searchnu406 but this was straightforward. Thanks.

  14. Irina de Vries

    THANK YOU!!! Great job, big help!
    With gratitude,

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