This article will help you get rid of Nuesearch and the removal guide steps can be used for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you have ever come across the Nuesearch “Virus”, you must have noticed that its behavior is very familiar to you. This is because Nuesearch is not a virus at all, but it is a member of the so-called adware family. Adware has become very popular worldwide and almost every internet user has lighted upon it at least once. This removal guide will not only help you remove Nuesearch from your PC, but it will also show you how to avoid being infected by it again.
Some people say that Nuesearch is a virus and others refer to it a malware, but the truth is that it is neither. Nuesearch belong to the adware family and, unlike viruses and malware pieces, it is not a threat to your computer security. Malware, like Trojans and ransomware, would try to compromise your machine by all means and take advantage of your personal data. Adware, in comparison, is considered pretty harmless when it some to computer security but this doesn’t make it any more wanted. It is still a threat and the best you can do is remove it as fast as you can.
How Nuesearch works?
Like almost every other piece of adware, Nuesearch is based on the pay-per-click (PPC) tactic, allowing it to gain profit every time a user clicks on one of the advertisements. These annoying ads can be banners, pop-ups, floating messages, page redirections and so on. It is in their nature to be countless of numbers, incredibly irritating and unbelievably intrusive. Their only goal is to make you so annoyed or to mislead you in some way, either way you will end up clicking on them even if it is just to close them.
Adware creators are so dedicated to their job that they even go as far as stealing your personal browsing information and using it to develop ads based on you likings and preferences. They will check your history, all favorites and pages you have bookmarked, search queries and any other personal data. Then, they will use all these collected information to create ads which will be more interesting to you and that are more likely to make you click on them. The bigger concern here is that the gathered info is sometimes sold to third parties and you would never know who has access to it and what it is being used for. In this case, the chances of you becoming a victim do identity theft are pretty high.
What else should you be aware of?
Even though, the above mentioned vulnerabilities seem threatening enough, there is more. It must have come to your mind that the content the Nuesearch developers offer in neither legit nor reliable. You may be looking at a really believable and eye catching ad but the moment you click on it you will find that it`s not real. The best that can happen is to be redirected to another webpage with other offers. But the alternative to be redirected some malicious site with suspicious content is much worse. Those site are usually full of malware of any type just waiting for you to click on something so they could attack you.
How can you get infected?
There are lots of techniques for adware propagation. The blatant promoting is one of them pretending to be a helpful tool which will improve your improve your browser experience or some other lie. Truth to be told, it does the exact opposite of helping. It is much more likely to worsen you computer`s performance that to do any good. After a while you would probably notice that not one single thing has improved but many things are not working properly, such incredibly slow browsing speed and page loading.
Other popular and more effective spreading methods are program bundles and spam emails. In the program bundles case you will download a program you want, mostly from suspicious and unreliable sites. Once you have the installer and you launch it into execution the program will be installed but so will be the adware. The simplest way to prevent this is by choosing the “Custom Setup” and then you will be able to see what else has been included with the said program. In the event of receiving spam email messages you will be incited either to visit a webpage to download a program or to directly download it from the email. Either way, you will get infected.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Nuesearch hijacks the homepage of Chrome, Firefox and IE. Please, follow the guide precisely. If you miss some of the steps below, there is a chance that Nuesearch will come back at a later moment. Here are the steps you must follow to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Nuesearch from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.