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Remove Searchtudo “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

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This page aims to help you remove Searchtudo. These Searchtudo removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. You may encounter it as as well.

Even though the sound of having to uninstall it could be daunting, our guide is here to help to simplify the removal process and makes it manageable for all.

What is Searchtudo “Virus”?

It is very important to know what is before you go about removing it. By knowing what it is, you will be able to better prevent a re-infection from occurring, as well as making sure that you got the diagnosis of the problem correct.

Searchtudo is an Browser Hijacker. According to security experts, and contrary to many people’s beliefs, Searchtudo is not a virus. A virus is a destructive piece of programming code that causes both direct and indirect harm to the user. On the other hand, a Browser Hijacker, is much safer and (relatively) harmless, as it does not pose as any direct threat to your computer, but only to your patience as a user. However, that is not to say that removal of it is not required.

What does it do?

In a nutshell, Searchtudo tracks your browsing patterns and history, favourites and bookmarks. From this, it will create tempting and believable ads that are especially suited for you. These advertisements may appear in the form of banners, pop-up boxes and ads, or even as a separate window, displaying coupons or deals of items.

Tempting as these ads might be, you need to keep in mind that there may be no benefits to clicking on the ads. In the best case scenario, you will be directed to webpages that you have been previously. In other cases, you might be directed to a pay-per-click site, where the creators will be able to enjoy economic benefits and be more motivated to create other similar programs as a way of making money. Other times, you may be directed to insecure and dubious websites from where the other Browser Hijackers are able to access your computer.

Incessant and multiple ads may also hinder your browsing and interrupt your thought process. You might be disrupted by the appearance of a pop-up box or a flashing banner, that is screaming for your attention. And, over time, this may cause undue irritation, anxiety and mood swings which is bad for your mental health.

Also, being a program, it may slow down the functioning of your computer, even causing it to lag.

What can be done?

When you see ads, immediately close the ads to prevent any incidental clicking on it. Even if you happen to click on the ads, just close down the webpage that you are being redirected to immediately.

And of course, you should also remove it when possible to prevent any future inconvenience.

How to prevent it from accessing my computer again?

After removal of this Browser Hijacker, there are a few things you need to be aware of, to prevent a repeat infection of it. Here are a few things to take note of:

  1. As Searchtudo is often being bundled up together with other dubious and free software downloads, make sure to choose “Custom Installation” instead of “Automatic Installation” when installing. Check carefully through all the files and folder names. Uncheck any names that is unfamiliar to you. Also, if there is an “Advanced Setting” option, browse through that to make sure that there are no hidden files in it.
  1. When asked to do program updates, make sure that the name of the program in question is spelt correctly before continuing with the update.
  1. Do not open any emails that are from unknown sender. Instead, you should configure your email settings to sieve out all the junk/spam emails and divert them directly to the “Junk” folder.
  1. Only download torrent files from reliable sources. Check the names of the file correctly and look closely at contents of the files to be downloaded. The names may be irrelevant, but size of the files is harder to change. If possible avoid downloading files from torrent trackers altogether.



Name Searchtudo or
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (Ads displayed cause inconvenience and irritation)
Symptoms Infected computer is plagued on online Ads in all forms, may be tailored to your resent searches and store visits.
Distribution Method Hidden in torrent files and all kinds of program bundles. Rarely installed directly.
Detection Tool Browser Hijackers are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase its full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


Remove Searchtudo from Chrome/Firefox

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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Searchtudo may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Searchtudo from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat—> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Searchtudo from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the Browser Hijacker/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Searchtudo from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the browser hijacker is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the Searchtudo’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


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