Uninstall the Searchqu toolbar

September 2016

Searchqu is a harmful toolbar (adware) that shows up on the user's Internet Explorer web browser. It is considered as harmful for the security of your personal data as it hijacks personal settings. To uninstall Searchqu toolbar you need to follow an appropriate procedure. If you are working on Windows 7 or Vista, you must disable the User Account Control (UAC). If you have Tea Timer then disable it, otherwise it will interfere with the disinfection. You can uninstall the Searchqu toolbar via the control panel or manually remove the software using its own uninstaller. You can use the Ad-Remover tool and network security that removes adware and different spyware. Malwarebytes'Anti-Malware and SuperAntiSpyware can also be used to eliminate the software.

Searchqu is a toolbar for Internet Explorer that is considered to be harmful (adware).

Example of lines found with Hijackthis:

O2 - BHO: Searchqu Toolbar - {7FF99715-3016-4381-84CE-E4E4C9673020} - C:\PROGRA~1\WI9130~1\ToolBar\SearchquDx.dll     
O3 - Toolbar: Searchqu Toolbar - {7FF99715-3016-4381-84CE-E4E4C9673020} - C:\PROGRA~1\WI9130~1\ToolBar\SearchquDx.dl 


If you have Vista or 7:
  • You must disable UAC during the time of disinfection.
  • If you have TeaTimer (Spybot resident), disable it, or it may interfere with disinfection:
  • Start Spybot, click Mode, select Advanced Mode.
  • On the left, click Tools, then Resident.
  • Uncheck the box next to "TeaTimer" resident then exit Spybot

Disinfection Methods

Several solutions are available:

Method one: Uninstall via Control Panel

Uninstall via your control panel (Add/Remove Programs) if present:
  • Searchqu
  • Bandoo
  • ChercheUS

Second method: manual

This spyware can be removed using its own uninstaller by going to Program Files > Searchqu Toolbar and inside, there is the program to uninstall this software.

Third method: AD-R (Ad-Remover)

A program that can completely eliminate this infection: Ad-Remover (from C_XX).

This tool, created by C_XX, clears out various adware and spyware.
  • Download Ad-Remover (from C_XX) on the desktop.
  • Log off and close all running applications
  • Double click to launch the program
  • In the main menu select "Scanner"
  • Leave work tool
  • A report will appear at the end; post it on the forum, explaining your problems.

(The report is also saved as C: \ Ad-Report-SCAN.log)
  • The best thing is to get help from a security contributor from the Viruses / security for this operation, explaining the problem well and sending the report. It will tell you whether or not you perform a "Clean".
  • As its name suggests, the "Scanner" does not delete anything.
  • Ad-Remover also addresses other adware like Dealio, Search Settings, AskBar, SweetIM, NaviPromo, etc..

Fourth method: MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware

  • Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (by rubber ducky) on your desktop.
  • Install the software. If the COMCTL32.OCX file is missing, you can download it here
  • Update the software
  • Start in Safe Mode
  • Run MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware (Full Scan) and then select Search all your hard drives.
  • Once the scan is complete, click on delete (if you are asked to reboot the PC, accept!)

Fifth method: SUPERAntiSpyware

  • Download SUPERAntiSpyware, install and update it.
  • Select the drive to be scanned and the type of scan (perform quick scan).

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