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i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

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i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

this software will not go away i deleted it and its still there. it over rides my setting. i have done everything but wipe the hd

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

Searchqu gets installed if you don't opt-out of the installation when you install a 'free' app from bandoo.com which provides free emoticons.

If you have this app on your system now, uninstall it first, otherwise searchqu will reappear again after you complete the following steps.


To revert to Google as your preferred search engine, please do the following.

  1. In the location bar, type about:config and hit Enter.

  2. In the filter at the top, type: keyword.URL

  3. Double click it and remove whatever's in there and replace it with http://www.google.com/search?q=

  4. In the filter at the top again, copy/paste the following (remove keyword.URL first): browser.startup.homepage

  5. Right click it, choose Modify and then click Reset.

  6. Close the tab.

  7. Click the Firefox button, go to Add-ons, then Extensions and remove these add-ons if they're in there: Windows iLivid Toolbar , Searchqu Toolbar and Bandoo Media.

  8. Next, open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins. In there, delete the following: SearchquWebSearch.xml

  9. Go to Add/Remove Programs and look for Windows iLivid Toolbar, Searchqu Toolbar and Bandoo Media again. Remove if found. You might possibly find a reference to "Web Search" (searchqu) in Add/Remove Programs too. If so, remove it.

The URL to add in "keyword.URL" becomes a link in this post, so right click it and choose "Copy Link Location" to copy it to the Windows clipboard. Then hit CTRL+V to paste it. Saves you having to type the whole thing.


To reset your home page, do the following.

  • Go to the site you want to set as your homepage.

  • Go to Tools | Options | General

  • Make sure it says "Show My Homepage" in the first dropdown menu.

  • Click the button called "Use Current Pages" to set the homepage to the one you have on the screen.


N.B. You may also need to unregister searchqudtx.dll using regsvr32 /u searchqudtx.dll

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

Searchqu gets installed if you don't opt-out of the installation when you install a 'free' app from bandoo.com which provides free emoticons.

If you have this app on your system now, uninstall it first, otherwise searchqu will reappear again after you complete the following steps.


To revert to Google as your preferred search engine, please do the following.

  1. In the location bar, type about:config and hit Enter.

  2. In the filter at the top, type: keyword.URL

  3. Double click it and remove whatever's in there and replace it with http://www.google.com/search?q=

  4. In the filter at the top again, copy/paste the following (remove keyword.URL first): browser.startup.homepage

  5. Right click it, choose Modify and then click Reset.

  6. Close the tab.

  7. Click the Firefox button, go to Add-ons, then Extensions and remove these add-ons if they're in there: Windows iLivid Toolbar , Searchqu Toolbar and Bandoo Media.

  8. Next, open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins. In there, delete the following: SearchquWebSearch.xml

  9. Go to Add/Remove Programs and look for Windows iLivid Toolbar, Searchqu Toolbar and Bandoo Media again. Remove if found. You might possibly find a reference to "Web Search" (searchqu) in Add/Remove Programs too. If so, remove it.

The URL to add in "keyword.URL" becomes a link in this post, so right click it and choose "Copy Link Location" to copy it to the Windows clipboard. Then hit CTRL+V to paste it. Saves you having to type the whole thing.


To reset your home page, do the following.

  • Go to the site you want to set as your homepage.

  • Go to Tools | Options | General

  • Make sure it says "Show My Homepage" in the first dropdown menu.

  • Click the button called "Use Current Pages" to set the homepage to the one you have on the screen.


N.B. You may also need to unregister searchqudtx.dll using regsvr32 /u searchqudtx.dll

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

thank u.....it really helped..

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

Brilliant! After a few days of trying different fixes, this lot finally worked. I think it was the modiications in the location bar and removal of the folder that completed it. You have to do every step in this solution.

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

I'm getting an error when trying to unregister the dll.

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

I made it to #7, but did not find in the add-on extensions any of the things listed to be removed- what should i do?

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

See also these threads about searchqu:

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

I did all the above but when I open firefox I get this error:

TypeError: Components.classes[cid_siterank] is undefined

If I click ok or close that message firefox then opens as normal. What does this message mean?

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

@Brenadian

TypeError: Components.classes[cid_siterank] is undefined

That issue is caused by an extension that isn't working properly.
The name siterank in the error message should give you a clue.

Start Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox (Tools) > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).

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Re: i cant get rid of this(http://www.searchqu.com/406) software did all i know how to do!

Many many thanks for your help......this solution works! I have been searching the web for days trying one claimed solution after another with no success. It took me a couple of tries with this one and finally Firefox is rid of searchqu. Suggestion to others with this problem, double check the Add/Remove Programs as it is easy to miss one of the programs mention in 9.