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Sunday, January 29, 2012

How to Remove Searchqu (Uninstall Guide)

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Searchqu is installed alongside a shareware or freeware applications that are often defined as adware or potentially unwanted software. Searchqu is not a virus or any other type of malicious software. It changes your default home page to point to searchqu.com, installs a toolbar and adds additional search engine called Web Search. Some users report that each time they type search terms in the top search/URL box they get redirected to searchqu.com or search-results.com. I you ended up with this rather annoying software, then you probably were not paying attention and clicked through the installer of freeware software (very often Bandoo Media, iLivid) without noticing that you had agreed to those changes. Usually, it's an opt-out choice and you should really pay more attention to various optional features during the install process. We have no evidence that Searchqu is being distributed through the use of Trojans or any other malware. It doesn't download/install malware either. Searchqu doesn't appear in the list of programs, so you can't easily uninstall it. We receive emails from various people who can't remove Searchqu toolbar completely or restore web browser's default settings (usually, search engine and home page). If you have the same problem, please follow Searchqu removal guide for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Good luck and be safe online!



Removal guide updates:
05/25/11 - Created
01/29/2012 - Removal video



Searchqu removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this browser hijacker. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.



3. Search for Searchqu Toolbar and iLivid in the list. Select the program(s) and click Remove button.
If you are using Windows Vista/7, click Uninstall up near the top of that window.




Remove Searchqu Toolbar in Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Uninstall/disable everything related to Searchqu from the list: Searchqu toolbar, UrlHelper Class, Bandoo Media, iLivid, etc.



3. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Bing search engine and make it your default search provider. Then select Web Search and click Disable suggestions to disable it.



4. Go to ToolsInternet Options. Select General tab and click Use default button or enter your own website, e.g. google.com instead of searchqu.com. Click OK to save the changes. And that's about it.




Remove Searchqu Toolbar in Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Choose Searchqu Toolbar, Bandoo Media, iLivid (if found) and click Uninstall button.



3. Go to ToolsOptions. Under the General tab reset the startup homepage or change it to google.com, etc. That's it.



4. In the location bar, type about:config and hit Enter.

In the filter at the top, type: keyword.URL

Double click it and remove searchqu.com and replace it with http://www.google.com.

It's possible that Searchqu will add itself to more than one place in about:config. To find other possible locations, please watch this Searchqu removal video:




Remove Searchqu in Google Chrome:

1. Click on Customize and control Google Chrome icon and select Options.



2. Choose Basic Options. Change Google Chrome homepage to google.com or any other and click the Manage search engines... button.



3. Select Google from the list and make it your default search engine.



4. Select Web Search from the list remove it by clicking the "X" mark as shown in the image below. That's it.




Remove Searchqu files and associated registry values manually (Optional)

Searchqu Toolbar resides in %AppData% folder.

%AppData% refers to:
C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Application Data (in Windows 2000/XP)
C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Roaming (in Windows Vista & Windows 7)

Example in Windows XP:


Registry values are given below.


Associated Searchqu files and registry values:

Files:
  • %AppData%\searchqutoolbar\coupons\categories.xml
  • %AppData%\searchqutoolbar\coupons\merchants.xml
  • %AppData%\searchqutoolbar\coupons\merchants2.xml
  • %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\uninstallStatIE.dat
  • %AppData%\searchqutoolbar\version.xml
  • %AppData%\searchqutoolbar\
  • %Temp%\searchqutoolbar-manifest.xml
%AppData% refers to:
C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Application Data (in Windows 2000/XP)
C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Roaming (in Windows Vista & Windows 7)

Registry values:
  • 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"
  • 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\CLSID
  • 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"
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158 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have a notice: i uninstalled searchqu! (excuse me for the form, I'm not English) I search "searchqu", I found the file "uninstall" with searchqu symbol, I click on this and... done! it was uninstalled!

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much, searchqu is now gone from ALL my browsers!! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I uninstalled it, changed homepage in my mozilla restarted my computer few times, but homepage still stays the same - searchqu! I'm going crazy here.

Anonymous said...

Same here been through all what this page proposes but search home remains... Welcome to PC world... (I miss my mac)

Anonymous said...

whewwwwwww thnx a lot dear its gone !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

hiii i removed searchq, but there is another extension without no remove button and htat also makes the homepage searchq :OO help? ;p

Anonymous said...

Excellent removal instructions! Worked 1st time.
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I did all of the steps and still no removal....any other ideas?

Anonymous said...

Thank you soooooooo much. It was driving me crazy. It worked :)

Anonymous said...

I got rid of it by using a program called Toolbar Cleaner.

Anonymous said...

I still can't get it to go away.

Anonymous said...

I did it all no signs of it on my computer other than the fact that its still my default web browser

Anonymous said...

I have Mozilla Firefox, and when I try to change my homepage, it keeps changing back to Searchqu. Any further advice on how to get rid of it? D-:

Anonymous said...

Same here, done everything and it keeps reverting back and it's really ticking me off.

Anonymous said...

The instructions included did not help. I had Google as default for as long as imaginable. I have been sick all week and have not been downloading anything other than looking at some email no disclaimers or anything. This is not as legit as you think, it's a browser hijack through and through (not some small print). These guy's are losers. No need to put the blame on the end user when you have not been through hell with these con artist's.

Anonymous said...

didnt work whatever i did. any solutions??? pls help:(

Anonymous said...

I removed it from my 'remove programs' also from my extensions also from my virus protection software. When I type it in 'search' it says no programs found. But it still opens when I start my computer.

paaji said...

thank you

Chinadoll said...

I was able to remove searchqu following the removal for firefox so make sure your following instructions for the type of internet your using. The issue I was having after that was that searchqu would still come up on my tabs, so i found out it was due to a program that was downloaded called ilivid. I uninstalled anything to do w/that program and restarted my firefox and searchqu is now completely gone!

Anonymous said...

This is really helpful. I have no idea how I picked this adware up (I'm on a work PC fyi!) but I was having a hard time getting rid of it from both of my browsers (Google and IE8)

Anonymous said...

It worked. Thanks ! (:

Anonymous said...

thank you very much, i've uninstalled it with no problems!!

Anonymous said...

thank you very much, that was really a headache. now i am very happy after removing that shit from my hompage.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU CHINADOLL SO MUCH!!! Finally I was able to remove SEARCHQU. All thanks to uninstalling Ilivid, which seems to be run by Bandoo. Thanks ever so much for your help!

Anonymous said...

OMG Thank you a billion times over!!!! This was the most helpful piece of online information I have ever found. Consider your site recommended and bookmarked. :D

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. You didn't have to lecture me at the beginning like a four-year-old though. Just tell me how to do it.

Anonymous said...

Like a lot of adware out there, the details keep changing. After following the instructions above as best you can, pay attention to any differences in the naming of the files. Mine ended up as a mixture of searchqu and datamngr. Searching the registry for keys/values/data on those let me find all the things that had to be removed. There was more crap than described in this article; it'll take awhile to get it all gone.

Anonymous said...

Why, in the first place, does updating Firefox bring SearchQ with it?? What kind of scam is Mozilla foisting on Firefox users?? WE DON"T WANT IT!!

Anonymous said...

Hi
I have followed all the instructions here step by step to remove searchqu from firefox 6 but i cannot see any where in my add-ons that there is searchqu!!

can soemone please help me to get rid of this searchqu!

thanks

Chrizzy said...

Thanks!

Lisa said...

Bless you! The other posts were unbelievably complicated ... and a bit suspicious!

ArtistsinProgress said...

Sorry but this doesn't work in any form- google chrome does have it as a web browser but it cannot be removed. It is also not a file in my roaming win7.. any other ideas? (I still think it could be harmful)

Dani Sukma D.K said...

it's worked now i've removed searcqu from my chrome default search engine. thank you

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS POST. It really helped to remove searchqu from my computer.

webmaster said...

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much! Just got it off

M said...

THANK YOU!!! GET RID OF IT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! It's back to my Google search engine like before! I'll have to be more careful next time, but I'm SO happy searchqu is GONE!

Anonymous said...

Well I was paying attention I UNCHECKED AND THEN DECLINED THE OTHERS BEFORE I completed the download for "InfraRecorder" app and it STILL INSTALLED ASK.com AND THIS annoying SEARCHQU THING! Thanks for the above help because I removed the add-on but it was obviously under another name since searchqu.com wasn't listed there but yet my homepage was set to searchqu. Verrry annoying. But thanks for posting this help.

Anne Jennings said...

It's gone! Thank you ten thousand times. Having the pictures helped so very much. I had to delete it from each browser separately. There were no recognizable names on the tool bars (one was "r") so I disabled every toolbar whose name I did recognize.

I got my Google back right away with this method.

After doing this on Internet Explorer searchqu continued to come up and so I checked....and there it was...listed as my home page....When I changed that it disappeared from Internet Explorer as well.

Those users who report they still have it after following these instructions should go back and make sure they have taken EVERY step on EACH browser

I am Mandang said...

search for bandoo in programs and features and uninstall everything by bandoo inc. this fixed it for me when the above didn't

Captian Awesome said...

If this doesn't work search for Searchcore, it's an ad on which needs to be uninstalled from your hard drive. It stopped me from changing home page until I realized what was going on. Once you know the name you can search in on your hard drive.

Anonymous said...

We are not that 'computer literate' and had to perform a mixture of the above posts. Yes make sure you go through every step on every browser as suggested and also look for the 'ilivid ' files and (in the mozilla addons) we removed the file 'datamanager'. We didn't find anything at all that related to Bandoo on our computer so it seems what's right for some is not for others. Mainly remember to stay calm and breathe.... you'll get an ulcer if you let it get to you.

Domenico said...

Only for Firefox: sometimes you have to uninstall an additional plug-in named "Data Manager" because it's part of "searchqu toolbar".
After the described procedure and this other uninstallation, my firefox browser was ok.

Anonymous said...

I'm dealt with it by a complete format. It would not Comodo firewall or antivirus work. AVG and Ms Defender couldn't find it. Restore renamed only those files and reinstalled on system restore. Going into registry is not an option for me. Also renaming would let you delete and it showed in programs but couldn't be uninstalled. So I'm doing zero out reformat as I type, for hours I guess.

Anonymous said...

got rid of it thanks

Anonymous said...

weeeeeeeee tnx :)

Anonymous said...

This worked for IE and Chrome, but my Firefox still has traces of this junk. It doesn't change my homepage, and the icon in the corner SAYS it's not my search engine, but whenever I type something directly into the address bar, it still jumps me to Searchqu even though my default search is SUPPOSED to be Google. Also, my add-on extensions list only had five items in it- none of them were searchqu related.

Anonymous said...

Sweet thanks spent ages trying to figure it out and QUsearch actually brought me to this page lol

Kappy352 said...

Many, many thanks for your help and procedure.
Now I'm rid of that.......
I still not understand how such "searchqu" could install, as I 'm protected by Norton Prof, Superantispyware, Firewalls, and a lot more of all these protection software.
The problem started when I deleted the Emoticons for E-Mails.
Kind regards from Luxemburg.

Admin said...

Hi,

Searchqu is not a virus. It's only a Browser Helper Object/Toolbar, so usually antivirus vendors do not detect it as malware. However, some of then might detect it as potentially unwanted application. Searchqu usually comes bundled with other programs, in your case it was probably the emoticons utility.

Kappy352 said...

Thanks again.
Super Private Help Desk
Regards from a sunny Luxemburg

Anonymous said...

Not sure where I picked up that annoying add on..
But glad to be rid of it..
Thanks for the blog post.. very helpful

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! It worked!

Anonymous said...

i tried everything then the comment about ilivid came up and after i uninstalled searchqu was gone...THANK THE LORD!!! what a disaster!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Domenico!! It was the Data Manager.

Anonymous said...

I had been searching all day how to remove SearchQu from my computer as it had screwed up my home page. The solution on Blogspot.com worked perfectly and I had my Firefox back in about half an hour with all defaults restored. I particularly appreciated the clarity of the directions supplied as I'm not a computer expert. So now I can stop cursing on SearchQu and watch the World Series. Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Did all of the above. Searchqu is gone mostly...

BUT when I go on Firefox and type in anything random in the toolbar, it uses searchqu as the search engine.

I've erased all searchqu and bandoo files, as well as uninstalled all related files.

Anonymous said...

What finally worked for me was running AdAware by LAvasoft, it took two full scans but that got it

Anonymous said...

Nope - does not work for Firefox. The Searchqu program does not show up in the extension add-ons as described above. Can anyone tell me how to remove this? It still shows up as a search engine, wonder how it can do this if is not even listed as installed in Firefox??

F2BL1OU said...

Thanks for this information, I was able to remove it fast and easy with your help.

Anonymous said...

thank you. Using google chrome, i made my default home page 'google', but subsequent tabs were still searchqu. Using step 3, it has erased the last of searchqu. i hope!

Anonymous said...

one thing is that even if you remove.....check your internet connection carefully in the browser.....some of them are setup to use proxy disable the proxy server and all is well

Anonymous said...

I'm really annoyed now. I've done EVERYTHING but this Searchqu shit won't go!

Anonymous said...

It worked!!! It worked finally for Firefox. I followed all the instructions above, uninstalled iLivid, removed Data Manager, etc but what finally did the trick was AdAware by Lavasoft. So thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

Gesh these little thing was annoying. Search for anything Bandoo related in your registry.. and DELETE IT !

Anonymous said...

same here, been infected before by "searchqu web"
tried and installed this site.... www.ezkleeker.com and everything works just fine,

virus killer of 2011-2012 said...

all you do is uninstall ilivid then follow these steps 1 +2 so half right half wrong but atleast your way can work but not so well on chrome one that u should do is how to get rid of my web search that is a virus and would prove you can fix computers you could then work with me by the way this is for everyone so get on it

Anonymous said...

Yep, it came with iLivid on my machine, was trying to watch something on a website which claimed my Flash Player needed updating and this iLivid thing turned up - and yes, there was no apparent option NOT to install the searchqu crap. I've uninstalled iLivid but I've also searched my hard disk for the installation files and deleted those, fingers crossed this garbage doesn't resurface. Some people in the world should spend their time on something more useful that creating this junk.

Katharine Harper said...

Thank you!! <3

Anonymous said...

Try this:
Accessories>>System Tools>>System restore

Anonymous said...

I did a full search in the registry for searchqu and found more entires to delete. (don't delete ISearchQueryHelper, it is a Microsoft component). The developers keeps making changes to it. I installed searchqu with FreeM P3 Converter when and I accidentally clicked "next" twice!

Anonymous said...

I have it in all my browsers, they do not show up as the pictures above and I do not know how to find it and get rid of it! This is so frustrating, even system restore did not get rid of this stupid programme...please help someone.

Anonymous said...

Shear Brilliance!

Anonymous said...

I followed your instructions to the letter for my infected Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. I had my doubts but having followed your instructions, all back to normal.
Thank you so much.

Antoinette Dribbley said...

tried all your stuff but to no avail. Eventually did system restore and that did the trick. I notice one of the above comments where it was linked to an MP3 download programme called illivid. I too had that programme. system restore to a previous date is always a neat trick!!

gzairborne said...

look for an app called Windows iLivid toolbar that gets installed while you install iLivid to view videos and it sort of sneakily gets you to also click on the iLivid toolbar while installing the iLivid video viewer. and yes, it is by Bandoo.

Anonymous said...

If you do a file Search in Windows (from Start bar) for SearchQu it will find some files, particularly ".dll" driver files. Once found, delete them, right then and there in that Search window, using File>Delete. You may also find that during this deletion process, the files attempt to re-attach themselves to Internet Explorer (if you have a monitoring software such as Scotty, it will alert you to this -- do not allow them to attach). In my opinion they are trojan malware, and ought to be treated as such.

Gordon McKenzie said...

Thanks bro. It was a great help. Annoying little bugger it was and not giving you what you were looking for.

Anonymous said...

First of all - this is not a "choose" toolbar!
It installs liek spyware and is pretty hard to rid off. So please - this is a new kind of anoying freeware, that sticks to some other installation. In my case I tried to download a Youtube collector called "iLivid"! Do not download this! The toolbar is hidden within the installation process, and there is no prompting of choice at all! Apparantly it is some Russian garbage - ban those bastards....
Br. Pierrick

Anonymous said...

Your instructions for Firefox must be obsolete. I followed them as far as Tools->Add-ons->Extensions, where I was told to select the searchqu toolbar. There is no searchqu toolbar.

Anonymous said...

I have searched EVERYWHERE for this rubbish and it is NOWHERE on my pc, its not in c: or programme files or in add-ons or uninstall a programme yet every bloody time I open IE or FF it appears. I cannot delete it from my IE, just 'disable', NOTHING IS WORKING!! everything I read says it is mega dangerous and to get rid of it but I am not a pc person so I cannot follow the "Run" instructions to delete it either, does anyone have any other ideas??

Anonymous said...

Friends, if searchqu is keep appearing in Firefox tabs, then please look for the "disable new tab page" in the searchqu page.

It works in my case.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Followed these instructions, using Superanitspyware instead of Stopzilla. Got IE clean. Uninstalled and reinstalled Mozilla which stopped it changing the home page. But there were still Searchqu and DataMngr in the Add-ons. Searched the C: drive for files with 'searchqu' in the name and deleted those. Also search for "datamngr" and found more which I deleted. Struggled with one exe file, until I did Control Alt Delete and stopped a process called Datamngr (something like that). Thanks for all the contributions. Hopefully my PC is clean now. Caused by the iLivid program to begin with.

Anonymous said...

I've done everything as is said on this site. I'd recommend a combination of "browser removal" and "manual registry removal"

Instead of manually opening the links in regedit, search for "searchqu" and "DataMgr"

My system is now cleaned op after I've done this and rebooted.

Anonymous said...

Oh P.S.

My problem started when I installed iLivid.. search and destroy!!!!

Anonymous said...

searchqu vanished as if by magic.thanks.

Anonymous said...

I tried loads of different methods,none of them worked.I then followed the above instructions and just like magic it vanished.Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. you are star

DoctorKC said...

searchqu is a morbid parasite on internet. Efforts should be made to get it banned. I attempted steps above for Firefox and it failed to allow my homepage setting. As we attempt to change an alert box appears at bottom right and vanishes at lightening speed. You may be able to click it once after a dozen attempts. It has setting to disable homepage modification block set by searchcq.

Anonymous said...

I uninstalled it, changed homepage in my mozilla restarted my computer few times, but homepage still stays the same - searchqu! I'm going crazy here.I attempted steps above for Firefox and it failed to allow my homepage setting.

i am literally pulling out my hair I did not want this I did not ask for it

HOW IN THE HECK CAN i GET IT OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh Yea
My problem started when I installed iLivid.. search and destroy!!!!

I had since uninstalled iLivid So why didn't this THING go away also with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Anonymous said...

Yes, I tried everything above - no succes.
Then I noticed my internet explorer is still ok!!!
The only problem I have is with Mozilla.
So I will get rid of that and take another browser
I will be Happy again.

Anonymous said...

I used revo uninstaller, it seems to have gotten rid of all of it, including the registry entries

Anonymous said...

very thanks Bro

Daktron said...

For IE 8 disabling the add-ons didn't work. I had to go to the add on as described above, right click on it and find the folder it's actually saved in. Browse to that folder on my C drive and manually delete all the files. Be sure to close the IE before deleting files.

Anonymous said...

Please dont suggest to remove searchqu with Spyware Doctor. I payed for this program and it did not help. I also followed the instructions on this site to clean browsers and they did not work for IE. I didnt want to manually delete system files so I stopped there.
Alltogether, this advice has caused me to waste money and time.

Admin said...

Sorry to hear that. You can get your money back very easily. Although, Searchqu is not a virus, very often it comes bundled with adware and potentially unwanted applications. It's a good idea to remove such programs before removing Seacrhu.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone on here where the Banditoo HQ is? Maybe we could "Occupy" the place. Camp out in the lobby. Piss and crap everywhere. Raid the personnel files to find out where the Banditoos live. Camp out in their front yards. Piss and crap until all the grass is dead. Exercise our First Amendment rights to scream obscenities all night every night for a month. It's easy. The plans are all set out in "Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky. When the neighbors start demanding that they move, the maggots might think twice about the wisdom of infuriating hundreds of thousands of strangers to make a few bucks.

Anonymous said...

Bandito owes me $130. where are all the hackers and computer experts...find their address and let us know.... I am so pissed that I am prepared to contribute to a war fund to bring down searchqu. they have the gall to respond to some inquires all innocent and write searchqu is not a mal ware or virus just for that When I get their address and I will, I will be in some small claims court for my $130.

Anonymous said...

They say that misery loves company it, I started annoyed, teed off and pissed as hell after reading some of the entries and was rolling over laughing.... I do not feel so bad...I got it from Ilivid

Anonymous said...

I had searchqu put on my computer when downloading ilivid, which I thought was just a video player. In my case removing the extension was not enough, it kept popping up when I opened a new tab in Firefox. I did then do a Spybot search, and it found the culprit in a folder called "izip." You could search your program files for this folder and delete it as well.

Sorry if this info has already been posted, didn't feel like sifting through all the above comments.

Also, I'm fairly computer-illiterate, so if I can accomplish this, anyone can.

Anonymous said...

My sincere "thank you" to everyone who contributed to this blog with their experiences and information. I fought this "searchqu" and "searchqu toolbar" issue on my Windows Vista PC for the past four weeks. Not until today when I found this blog did I find anything remotely helpful. Thank you again!!!

On my PC, the folders mentioned above (DataMngr, searchquband, and searchqutoolbar) were located under c:\users\\AppData\LocalLow\... for each of my user accounts on this PC. Also, using Windows Vista's Control Panel, I found "Windows iLivid toolbar" under my installed programs. It was 'hidden' in front of my face by using the word "Windows" before the 'iLivid toolbar' name. It appears that my PC *might* be clean after I manually deleted the folders under each user account, and after I used Windows Control Panel to uninstall the "Windows iLivid toolbar".

Again, my deep "thanks" to everyone for providing their personal experiences.

Anonymous said...

thank you, ppl, really!!! this was such a pain....

Anonymous said...

In my case it was bundled with iLivid software. I had to remove that program to get rid of the toolbar. Had to manually reset the homepage, but good to go now.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot. It really worked for me, to remove search-results.com from my IE browser. I think it got installed along with Jzip. Keep good work going!!

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,

I looked in the web and found out the last resort for the Firefox "SEARCHQU" problem.
"

To revert to Google as your preferred search engine, please do the following.

In the location bar, type about:config and hit Enter.

In the filter at the top, type: keyword.URL

Double click it and remove whatever's in there and replace it with http://www.google.com/search?q=

"

IT works and dont have to see searchqu ever again. I can sleep in PEace tonight..
-hUlky!!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU, Srsly.

Anonymous said...

death to bandoooooooooooo!!!!! how can i report them

Anonymous said...

uninstall mozilla n install mozilla again.. :)

Anonymous said...

YOU ARE THE BOMB!! IT WORKED!!

Anonymous said...

I went thru the whole process and got rid of Searchqu for the most part...except for when I'd open a new tab-_-' SOLUTION: tools-> add-ons and disabled "DataMngr" and its gone!^_^

Anonymous said...

I tried this and loads of other stuff to get rid of searchqu but none of it worked. In the end I did a system restore. That worked.
Bovthedog

Anonymous said...

Thaks a lot!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

thanks mate

Anonymous said...

really thenks.
Clear and easy :)

Anonymous said...

Well done comprehensive guide to getting rid of searchqu.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Thank you. The tutorial was easy to follow and worked a charm!

Anonymous said...

THANKS GUYS!!! took me hours to get rid of it in chrome and was actually so easy (manage search engines - make google chrome default - remove searchqu)
thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks guys.. iv'e been trying to get rid of searchqu for ages.. Glad i came across your site. simple easy to follow instructions. Worked perfectly.

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much!!! I am a complete computer novice and your blog instructions and you tube video was really easy to understand. I've just rebooted my computer and tested all my browsers after doing everything you said and it looks like I got it : ) That is one annoying search engine!

Gabriela Lake said...

THANK YOU!!! After days of trying to get rid of searchqu to no avail, I have finally done it by following your instructions. It is now gone form all of my browsers.

angelique said...

Thank you, thank you. The video under the Firefox removal demonstrating the steps on how to find all the places searchqu.com could be hiding finally helped me get rid of it. Until I uncovered all those locations, the searchqu.com program kept blocking my attempts to change my homepage.

Anonymous said...

System Restore on Windows 7 was the key for me. I picked up searchqu by downloading a WinZip alternative called jzip. It infected all three of my browsers (IE8, Firefox, Chrome), and attempting to remove it led to a situation in which none of them would function at all -- FF and Chrome wouldn't start, and IE8 opened to a blank page and was completely unresponsive. Hard to call that merely adware! A scan by Spyware Doctor found nothing wrong, so that was useless. But I was able to do a System Restore to a point just prior to the infection, and all's well now. Thank you, Microsoft!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. A million times... thank you. Your blog has saved me so much time & money... THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna said...

Thank you so much! Following your instructions, I was able to get rid of it from all browsers except Firefox because I lost the toolbar. I started Firefox in Safe mode by holding down the SHIFT key and going into safe mode. Then I was able to set it back to default, see tools, manage add ons and get rid of it. There are a lot of websites on how to remove this but yours is the only one with perfect instructions!

Anonymous said...

Giving us these specific registry entries was a Godsend, THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much, I have been trying to uninstall for 5 hours until I found this thread, worked a treat thanks.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH - THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE GREAT AND WORKED THE FIRST TIME. MY WORRY IS GONE NOW. THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

Followed your instructions on "How to Remove Searchqu (Uninstall Guide)" which only partially worked?
Then went to McAfee Security Centre to remove Searchqu which could not remove two files?
Tried 'Uniblue RegistryBooster 2012' and although it found and removed two files, it did not remove them all!
Lastly, went to System Restore' which removed all the files (after restarting the PC).
I hope this is of some use to the other people out there with the same problem?
These people should be in prison for all the trouble they are causing - it takes some time to remove the above if you don't know what you are dealing with?
Anyway, many thanks for bringing the above to our attention, keep up the GOOD work.

Anonymous said...

I could not get rid of it...I tried the direction - NOPE, I tried manually looking for it - NOPE, I tried system recovery - NOPE and finally I removed Google Chrome and reinstalled and it was GONE...

Shadohz said...

Here's an alternate uninstall process that's a bit more user-friendly for non-technical peope.

1. Redownload/Reinstall Bandoo or Iivid.

2. Make sure to include SearchQu with the installation options.

3. Go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall Bandoo/Iivid.

3.a. If you see Windows SearchQu Toolbar, then uninstall this as well.

4. Never reinstall Bandoo or Iivid again (no matter how cute the icons are).

5. Reboot your PC.

Anonymous said...

this should be reported as virus... virus is not something that damage ur computer... every program written that has been written in such a way, that user cannot un-install or remove with user friendly un-installation process, that program should be considered as virus... as its on my pc against my will, I don't want it & still i cannot remove it... the developer of this application has installed some commands on my pc... and hidden them in such a way so that i cannot remove them easily... so this should be considered as virus.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, very accurate tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Thank you - very useful. I remember downloading ilivid, I remember selecting "do not install" the search bar; found the opening paragraph somewhat patronizing with it's it 'mother mentality' that one should be more careful. I cannot argue, however, with the efficacy of the removal tools. Most helpful. Thank you.

Unknown said...

Any programme that re-asserts itself as your default home page and search on reboot is a virus.

mcw said...

Thank you so much! I have been trying to uninstall this search page and your tutorial worked. Perfect!

Anonymous said...

thank god it's gone. now i have google chrome again. thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

THanks.
This really Helped

Anonymous said...

After spending over 1 day (24 hours), I used your method to delete it from Firefox and it worked perfectly. I scanned using several programs to remove and they didn't work. Your suggestion took 2 minutes and worked like a charm.

Anonymous said...

Also in C\program files (x86)\searchqu~ folder there is an uninstall.exe that removes the add on from the browser list completely.
Thanks

Anonymous said...

It works !

Anonymous said...

OK i have all those antivirus malware spyware programs too and it never caught anything. all of a sudden my computer was entirely slow. I knew it was not my internet connection because the WHOLE thing was slow and I noticed the whole searchqu redirect thing no matter what i did. I just followed your steps, took me 2 minutes, and guess what? My computer runs faster than a cheetah! So THANK YOU!

Fred said...

Thanks for this great stuff.

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Anonymous said...

One million thank-you's:)

MMM said...

Just uninstall SearchQU and coreldraw will work again

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much you are awesome! I appreciate the time you took to make this as clear and simple as possible.

Anonymous said...

thankyou so much! u really awesome, man! it works for my laptop!

Anonymous said...

Great ! Worked Well.....
Thank U...

Anonymous said...

I removed it from my browsers, but the files still remain in my C: directory. C:\Program Files (x86)\Searchqu Toolbar\Datamngr. When I try to delete ANY of them I get the msg. I can't delete it because it's open in another program. Plus they don't show up in Programs in the Control Panel, so I can't uninstall them there. SO frustrating!!!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant, this searchqu junk has been bugging me for ages, thanks mate!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your help!!!
Can I just run something by you all??
So I was trying to download a book when this iLivid thing popped out. I was dumb, said yes without looking it up first, and when it gave me the options I unclicked install shortcut, etc. I unchecked everything. But I still let it download and first thing is my homepage on google chrome was changed.

Then I found your video and couldn't find iLivid in Control Panel.
So went straight to the iLivid folder. Clicked their uninstall feature there. Then did what you said and removed from all my internet browsers. I went to Recycle Bin and permanently deleted everything. THEN I tried running our Norton Antivirus and it detected nothing.

So then I did a system restore point to about 1-2 weeks ago.

I have searched the C: drive, control panel, registry, processes, services, all of that for any file or program containing datamngr, searchqu, ilivid, bandoo.
Nothing has come up except for some like link shortcuts. Deleted those, and permanently deleted.

Nothing else. No folders, no nothing containing any of these key words.

Do you think, in your opinion, that I got it fully removed?? I'd really love some peace of mind since this is our family computer we use for almost everything. (hard to manage things on our phones).

Your response will be eternally appreciated! And I don't know if I can appreciate you all even more after helping me get rid of that junk!!!

-Phiona.

Anonymous said...

Muchas Gracias!! Me funciono super genial!!! :)

Érica said...

Obrigada pela ajuda! Resolvi o problema do meu Corel. Valeu mesmo!

Anonymous said...

YEAAAASSSSSSSS, IT IS GONE, THANK U, THANK U, I'm bookmarking this page

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the removal instructions they worked perfectly... only difference was mine was called searchnu not searchqu... Again thanks a lot...

Anonymous said...

Great... thanks.. Got rid of the menace

Anonymous said...

Muchísimas gracias después de tanto buscaruna solucion efectiva y rapida

Buddy Lee said...

I turned on my PC this morning and opened Mozilla, Straight away it was changed, Checked all the usual places, changed home page, search provider back etc. Still searchq comes up when opening a new tab.

IE and Google are fine????

No reference in add ons or add remove programs. Nothing sticking out in app data.

Can't figure it out.

Any Ideas?