Remove Searchiu.com virus (Removal Guide)


Searchiu.com
is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will redirect your browser homepage and default search engine to
searchiu.com

Searchiu.com will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.

[Image: Searchiu.com redirect virus]
Searchiu.com got on your computer after you have installed another free software or add-on that had bundled into their installer this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install Privitize VPN, you will also agree to change your default browser home page to searchiu.com, and default search engine to
searchiu.com
.
However, when you uninstall Privitize VPN from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove

Searchiu.com from your favorite web browser manually. You should
always pay attention when installing software
because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Searchiu.com. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation
and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

Searchiu.com Brwoser Hijack – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall Searchiu programs from your computer

Searchiu.com is developed by
Industriya
, and is installed on users computer with other free software.
In our case Searchiu has installed three programs (
Privitize VPN
,
MagniPic
, and
toolbar for IE and Chrome
), which we will need to uninstall.

  1. To uninstall
    Searchiu
    programs from your computer, click the
    Start
    button, then select
    Control Panel
    , and click on
    Uninstall a program.
    If you are a Windows 8 user, you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there, then select
    Uninstall a program
    .

[Image: Uninstall a program]

  • Seach and uninstall
    Privitize VPN
    ,
    MagniPic
    , and
    toolbar for IE and Chrome
    from your computer.

 

[Image: Searchiu removal]

Please note that on some computers these programs might have a different name, search for any program developed by
Industriya
and uninstall it from your computer.
Because Searchiu.com is installed with other additional programs, we recommend that you
search and uninstall any other unwanted or unknown programs
from your computer.


STEP 2 : Remove the Searchiu.com residual damage from your browser

Searchiu.com has installed two browser extensions, and has changed your homepage and default search engine to
searchiu.com
.

Remove Searchiu.com from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the
    gear icon
    [Image: icongear.jpg]
    (
    Tools
    for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on
    Internet Options
    .

Internet Options in IE

  • In the
    Internet Options
    dialog box, click on the
    Advanced
    tab, then click on the
    Reset
    button.

 

Reset Internet Explorer

  • In the
    Reset Internet Explorer settings
    section, check the
    Delete personal settings
    box, then click on
    Reset
    .

 

Internet Explorer back to its default settings

  • When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click
    Close
    in the confirmation dialogue box and then click
    OK
    .
  • Close and open Internet Explorer
    .

 

Remove Searchiu.com from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the
    Firefox button
    , go over to the
    Help
    sub-menu (on
    Windows XP
    , click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select
    Troubleshooting Information
    .

Firefox Troubleshooting Information

  • Click the
    Reset Firefox
    button in the upper-right corner of the
    Troubleshooting Information
    page.

 

Firefox default settings

  • To continue, click
    Reset Firefox
    in the confirmation window that opens.
  • Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click
    Finish

 

Remove Searchiu.com from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Searchiu extensions from Google Chrome.Click the Chrome menu
    Chrome menu
    button on the browser toolbar, select
    Tools
    and then click on
    Extensions
    .

    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the
    Extensions
    tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the
    Privitize.com
    and
    MagniPic
    extensions from Google Chrome.

    [Image: Searchiu Chrome extensions]

    NOTE
    : Searchiu may have added additional extensions which you will need to remove. We recommend that you remove any unwanted or unknown extensions from Google Chrome.

  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from Searchiu.com to Google
    .

Click the Chrome menu
Chrome menu
button, then select
Settings
and click on
Manage search engines
in the Search section.
In the
Search Engines
dialog that appears, select
Google
and click the
Make Default
button that appears in the row.

[Image: Searchiu redirect]
Search for
Searchiu
in the
Search Engines
list, and click the
X
button that appears at the end of the row.

[Image: Searchiu.com search redirect removal]

 

Searchiu.com has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
Click the Chrome menu
Chrome menu
button, then select
Settings
and click on
One the New Tab page
in the
On Startup
section.

[Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]


STEP 3: Remove Searchiu.com registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.

ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK

(
This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer
)

  • Before starting this utility, close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on
    adwcleaner.exe
    to run the tool.
  • Click on
    Delete
    , then confirm each time with
    Ok
    .

 

Adwcleaner utility

  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • NEXT, double click on
    adwcleaner.exe
    to run the tool.
  • Click on
    Uninstall
    , then confirm with
    yes
    to remove this utility from your computer.

 


STEP 4: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can
    download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
    from the below link, then double click on it to install this program.


MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK

(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)

  • When the installation begins,
    keep following the prompts
    in order to continue with the setup process.
    DO NOT make any changes to default settings
    and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the
    Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
    and
    Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
    checked, then click on the
    Finish
    button.

 

[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]

  • On the
    Scanner
    tab, select
    Perform quick scan
    and then click on the
    Scan
    button to start scanning your computer.

 

[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]

  • Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Searchiu.com]
  • When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on
    Show Result
    .

 

[Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]

  • You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is
    Checked (ticked)
    and click on the
    Remove Selected
    button.

 

[Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]


STEP 5: Run a computer scan with HitmanPro

  1. Download HitmanPro
    from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.


HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK

(This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)

  • HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the
    Next
    button) to start a system scan with this program.

 

HitmanPro installation

  • HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.HitmanPro scans for Searchiu.com
  • Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on
    Next
    to remove these malicious files.

 

HitmanPro scan results

  • Click
    Activate free license
    to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.

 

HitmanPro 30 days activation button


If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove PortaldoSites.com home page and search.PortaldoSites.com from your machine, please start a new thread in our
Malware Removal Assistance
forum.

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