Is your homepage changed to http://searchiu.com/ without your permission? Why your browser keeps redirecting you to this website? Is it a virus? Currently many users got interrupted with this Searchiu thing and have tried a lot of ways to get rid of it but none of them worked. Users can follow this post and handle this issue properly in a short time to save your computer.
Searchiu.com is actually a fake search engine full of spam contents and advertisements. Also it is related to browser hijacker virus which represents a huge risk to the compromised PCs. Once infected, it can block legitimate search engines being used by Internet users to find information on the web that correspond to their search inquiries. This issue always shows up onto your browsers including IE, Firefox or Chrome.
Even though it seems to be a legitimate search engine, it still has no ability to show you something useful. Instead, it changes your default browser and won’t let you use Google, Yahoo or Bing. Every time, when you try to search anything through Google, Yahoo or Bing, it will redirect you to http://searchiu.com/and you won’t be able to use any other searching site. This bogus site is designed by hackers solely for the purpose of earning money by displaying misleading ads and rerouting victims to malicious websites. What is worse, running antivirus program shows no signs of virus infection so that it is difficult for you to catch or remove this virus. Considering it is a dangerous threat that is able to crash the browser, slow down your PC performance, for no reason should you remain it anymore. You should get rid of Searchiu.com redirect virus as early as possible.
Searchiu.com pop-ups may be installed if a computer user has ever visited illegal or malicious websites or downloaded freeware or shareware from untrustworthy sources. It can cause annoying redirection to disturb users. This problem happen when you use Internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, even Google Chrome to browse online. Being as a redirect virus, it keeps tracking of computer users’ online activity and causing web browser to display unwanted advertisements and pop-up windows. It poses huge risk for all the computer systems. If you have been forced to visit those unwanted websites against your authorization, particularly for this domain, you must immediately get rid of Searchiu.com as soon as possible in order to secure your computer.
Considering this malware can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue without any risk.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”
2. Remove all add-ons and extensions
Google Chrome: Wrench Icon > Tools > Extensions
Mozilla Firefox: Tools > Add-ons (Ctrl+Shift+A)
Internet Explorer: Tools > Manage Add-ons
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files manually.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Searchiu Toolbar
Published by & last updated on January 29, 2013 8:38 am