What is virus? virus is a browser hijacker that presents itself in the form of a search engine webpage. When you get infected with this computer threat, your default home page gets changed immediately to and this page is opened whenever you open your Internet browser. virus intends to make you use this customized search engine instead of your default one. This way, it can check your browsing history, and also increase its own web traffic. Needless to say, that the search results displayed by virus are forged, and it does not present you with accurate search results.

How do I get infected with virus?

You will not find an official website that promotes, because this computer threat is definitely more than just a potentially unwanted application. Quite often it is the case that users download virus and install it themselves without realizing it. It has been determined that virus comes bundled with freeware downloads, and thus it is installed onto your computer when you install other free software that you find online. Do not get surprised if you get infected with this browser hijacker via torrent files. Peer-2-peer programs often become a mean of malware distribution when they get exploited by a third-party.

How do I remove virus?

Due to the fact that virus changes your DNS settings to redirect you to its home page directly, it might be hard to remove it from your computer manually. However, you can try applying the usual removal methods when you uninstall the program via Control Panel and then delete it from your browsers. Follow the manual instructions below to terminate virus for good:

Remove from your computer

Windows 8

  1. Go to metro Start screen and right-click it.
  2. Click All Apps button when it appears at the bottom right corner.
  3. Click Control Panel and go to Uninstall a program (view by: Category).
  4. Highlight Searchiu and remove it.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start Menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program (view by: Category).
  3. Highlight Searchiu and remove it.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start Menu and go to Control Panel –> Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click Searchiu and remove it.

Remove virus from your browser

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and click Manage add-ons.
  2. Remove from Toolbars and Extensions section. Exit the menu.
  3. Press Alt+X again and click Internet Options.
  4. Delete from Home page section under General tab.
  5. Enter a new home page address and click OK. Exit the menu.
  6. Press Alt+X and click Manage add-ons.
  7. Remove from the Search Providers list.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A. Add-ons tab opens.
  2. Disable and remove from the Extensions list. Close the tab.
  3. Click Firefox button and click Options.
  4. Under General tab Home page section delete
  5. Enter a new home page address and save changes. Exit the menu.
  6. Click the search bar at the top right corner and press F4.
  7. Select Manage search engines...
  8. Remove from the list and save changes.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Tools --> Extensions.
  2. Remove from the list.
  3. Click Settings below Extensions and click Set pages under "On startup".
  4. Remove from the list.
  5. Enter a new domain name and click OK.
  6. Back in Settings, click Manage search engines... under Search.
  7. Remove from the search engine list.
  8. Enter a new default search engine address and save changes.

Keep in mind that you might not be able to remove everything manually. In such a case, we recommend downloading SpyHunter scanner, to check your system for any residual files that might cause trouble. Do invest in a legitimate antimalware tool if need be.

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