Search Results Toolbar (Virus)
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Search Results Toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.imesh.net etc.?
What is Search Results Toolbar?
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.
Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Search-results.com
- What is Search Results Toolbar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Search Results Toolbar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Search Results Toolbar redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Search Results Toolbar browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Search Results Toolbar homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Search Results Toolbar redirect from Safari.
Search Results Toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Search Results Toolbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "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 malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 to have problems with removal of the search results toolbar (virus), reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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 the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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 you continue to have problems with removal of the search results toolbar (virus), reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
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 malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "DataMngr" and "Search-Results Toolbar".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove the unwanted URL and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with search results toolbar (virus) removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History 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. To avoid installation of search-results.com 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.com from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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