Search Results Toolbar (Virus)
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Search Results Toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.imesh.net etc.?
Search Results Toolbar is a browser add-on, which adds various shortcuts to your Internet browsers (shortcuts to social networks, YouTube, eBay, online radio, etc.) While such add-ons might seem useful to many Internet users, there is a downside to having these toolbars installed on your computer: commonly, Search Results Toolbar comes bundled with free third party software. This toolbar may have been inadvertently installed while you were installing iMesh or iLivid software, which is downloaded from Internet. The developers of this software use Search Results Toolbar to monetize their free software. Although monetizing free software is valid, the developers should have used more legitimate means.
When installed, Search Results Toolbar overrides your Internet browser settings and changes your homepage to www.search-results.com, search.imesh.net, search.ilivid.com, searchnu.com, etc. Furthermore, these websites are displayed in each new tab opened. The modification of the homepage is undesirable enough, however, Search Results Toolbar also displays a deceptive search bar with unrelated sponsored search results. Using this search engine could result in the installation of further unwanted toolbars and even malware.
Search Results Toolbar is not technically a virus or malware, but having this browser add-on installed on your PC might lead to malware infiltration or identity theft. Computer users should be especially cautious while using the Search Results Toolbar search engine. To remove the browser redirects and eliminate Search Results Toolbar from your PC, use the removal guide provided.
Search Results Toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Search Results Toolbar" select it and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Search Results Toolbar" select it and click Remove.
After uninstalling Search Results Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Search Results Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Search Results Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Search Results Toolbar related entries (Search-Results Toolbar, DataMngr) and disable them. To change your homepage from the unwanted one to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove the unwanted URL and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue having problems with removal of Search Results Toolbar, you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Search Results Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "QuickAccess Tab", select it and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from the unwanted one to you preferred domain - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over the unwanted URL and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If the Quick Access Tab (add-on related to search results toolbar) extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove Search Results Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "DataMngr" and "Search-Results Toolbar". To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove the unwanted URL and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with removal of Search-Results Toolbar, you can reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Search Results Toolbar (Virus) distribution:
To avoid installation of Search Results Toolbar (Virus) be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Search Results Toolbar (Virus) from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.