How to remove www1.search-results.com redirect

andy | March 18, 2013

It is not a secret to unveil when we speak about the problem of browser redirection. Today, however, this issue is becoming more severe and thus annoying for many users online. Many computers suffer from their browsers being permanently redirected via certain other sites, not associated with the browser itself. Thus, instead of the initial default start page, users have to encounter certain web site through which the search takes place. This is the exact case when it comes to www1.search-results.com.

www1.search-results.com

www1.search-results.com is a contemporary form of browser redirection that strikes many browsers, including Opera, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. However, at this point it is worth saying that in some cases this www1.search-results.com redirect may take place quite legally. This often happens when users installs some freeware when its installer is bundled with that of search-results.com. Users often fail to uncheck the respective box during the installation process, thus resulting in occurrence of browser redirection problems. However, lately it has been noticed by us that this browser hijacker may also attack your system without your permission or approval, and for this reason we speak of www1.search-results.com as a potentially unwanted application.

Our advice to you is this – make sure that you always opt for custom installation while installing any free software. Make sure that you uncheck anything that might be associated with www1.search-results.com or any other unwanted search tab. The developers of search-results.com promise to really enhance the browsing experience and the very search results, however, we strongly doubt this fact. Users often face a lot of annoying advertisements through search-results.com toolbar. Thus, if you are being permanently annoyed by the presence of this PUP on your computer, please follow the guidelines to get rid of browser redirection issue from your system as explained below.


www1.search-results.com removal tool:

www1.search-results.com redirect virus removal milestones:

  • Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  • Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus
  • Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  • Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  • Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  • Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  • Consider using CCleaner to delete unwanted system/temp files and browser cache
  • The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  1. Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  2. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Internet Options.
    Windows XP Example:

    Windows Vista / Windows 7 Example:

    b) Click on “Connections” tab, then click “LAN settings” button.

    c) Uncheck (untick) the checkbox under “Proxy server” option and hit OK.

  3. Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus:
  4. a) Open Control Panel (Start->Control Panel).
    b) Double-click “Network Connections” icon to open it.
    c) Right-click on “Local Area Connection” icon and select “Properties”.

    d) Select “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and click “Properties” button.

    e) Choose “Obtain DNS server address automatically” and click OK.

  5. Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  6. a) Go to: C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetc.
    b) Double-click “hosts” file to open it. Choose to open with Notepad.

    c) The “hosts” file should look the same as in the image below. There should be only one line: 127.0.0.1 localhost in Windows XP and 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 in Windows Vista. If there are more, then remove them and save changes. Read more about Windows Hosts file here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034

    You may also reset your HOSTS file settings using the Tool of GridinSoft Trojan Killer application as shown at the picture below:

  7. Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  8. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Manage Add-ons.

    b) Uninstall unknown or suspicious Toolbars or Search Providers.

  9. Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  10. a) Download the file TDSSKiller.zip and extract it into a folder
    b) Execute the file TDSSKiller.exe.
    c) Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Close all programs and press “Y” key to restart your computer.

    More detailed TDSSKiller tutorial: http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/solutions?qid=208280684

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  11. Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  12. The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  13. Keep in mind that this step is optional and should be completed only if you have followed all the above recommendations and you still have the redirect virus on your computer. First of all, please follow this guide: How to Reset a Router Back to the Factory Default Settings. Then you should flush DNS cache:
    a)Go to Start->Run (or WinKey+R) and type in “cmd” without quotation marks.

    b) In a new window please type “ipconfig /flushdns” without quotation marks and press Enter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you require any help on our part of if you experience any difficulties. We hope that this information has been beneficial to you.

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