Searchnut.com is a browser hijacker virus that can change your browser setting and default search page to a predetermined web site without user consent. It can be installed from unsafe freeware, shareware or advertising-supported programs such as various browser add-ons or toolbars and then attacks Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers. From the time you have this virus installed, your computer will be totally messed up. It will keep redirecting you to Search Nut domain and prevent you from visiting the page you really want.
When this nasty virus infiltrates into the compromised PC, it makes changes to the search preferences and home page. Thus, it will cause all types of problems to make chaos on your PC. When you’re browsing the Internet, the virus will redirect your page requests to Searchnut.com and display a fake search engine on your computer screen. Also once you use a search engine includes Google, Bing or other engines, you may still get the results but when you try to open the site you want, it will be always redirected to Search Nut domain or other malicious advertisement websites that are used for generating money for scammers. Being a a browser hijacker virus, it works as same as search.conduit.com virus which is also targeting Google and other search engine search results and redirecting user to infected pages. Considering it is a risky threat, users must get rid of Searchnut.com hijacker as early as possible to avoid further damages.
Searchnut.com is a highly dangerous threat mainly hacks your browser to redirect your web search results and change the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice. Because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
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.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “random ”
Searchnut.com is redirect virus that can perform many corrupted actions on the infected computer, it includes: download other malicious programs, createa backdoor in your PC security and create advertisements. Searchnut.com is one of many possible results of a browser hijacker infection which takes over the infected computer’s web browser and then forces it to visit various malicious websites against the computer user’s will. It pretends itself as a phony search engine to cheat innocent users. Also it can hijack web browsers such as Safari, IE, FireFox, Chrome. As Search Nut virus can create a dummy results page filled with bogus websites, it will heap further misery on your PC by infecting it with more spyware and malware. Users must delete this hijacker once upon detection.
Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on November 30, 2012 6:19 am