Does your web browser work weirdly? When trying to visit some websites or search for something, you are always redirected to www1.search-results.com or other unwanted websites? What is www1.search-results.com? Is it safe to use the computer with this thing in your computer? Want to know why the antivirus program cannot detect it and remove it? How to get rid of it completely without damaging the computer?
Www1.search-results.com is considered to be an annoying redirect which disguises itself as a genuine search engine. In fact, it does nothing good to your computer. This redirect can strike many web browsers including Opera, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. The installers of some free software may be bundled with www1.search-results.com. If you don’t uncheck the box of installing it during the installation process of those free software, you will see its presence in your computer. In addition, visiting malicious websites or opening spam email attachments may also result in its installation in the computer.
Www1.search-results.com is able to change the default homepage and search engine of your web browser. You will be forced to visit its own domain or other unknown websites it promotes. Some of those websites contains lots of unreliable advertisements and the other may contain dangerous viruses causing further damages to your computer. Furthermore, cyber criminals may implant a remote program in this redirect which enables them to access the infected computer without your permission. Therefore, your computer will be messed up and your personal information is not safe if you don’t remove it as quickly as possible.
This redirect is able to modify important system settings, which makes it become a part of the system, thus no antivirus program can handle it completely. Manual removal is the best way to get rid of it and prevent it from regeneration. The following removal guide shall be executed carefully in case of any mistakes harming your computer.
It is a browser hijacker which will change the homepage and browser settings, and redirect your web search results to random sites containing lots of illegal advertisements, even Trojan, rootkit or other malware virus. Sometimes the antivirus software cannot identify the computer threat accurately and timely or remove it permanently. Therefore, manual removal is the best choice to uninstall it completely from your computer. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
1. Clean cookies
* Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.
* Firefox: Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.
* Opera: Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.
2. Clean add-ons and extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons
(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard
(3). Click Manage add-ons and disable all the suspicious add-ons.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button → Tools → click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
3. Show hidden files
(1). Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on the Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on the Folder Options link
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose the Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
4. Delete virus files
Find out and remove the associated files of this redirect.
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
In summary, www1.search-results.com is a notorious redirect which is an advertising platform utilized by cyber criminals to gain money. It can occupy your web browser and keep redirecting your search results to some unwanted websites. It cannot be found by the antivirus programs because of its smart tactics. To protect your computer and your privacy, you shall remove it timely.
Published by Deb Mirren, last updated on April 5, 2013 9:34 am | Browser Hijacker Removal Guide