How to remove dts.search-results.com – search-results redirect virus removal instructions

What is dts.search-results.com (redirect)?

The  dts.search-results.com redirect virus also known as the search-results.com virus (or dts search results virus) are terms used to describe malware categorized as a browser hijacker that changes internet browser settings without consent, including the home page and default search engine, causing internet browsers to redirect to the search-results.com search engine, ask.com, and other websites, as well as start up on dts.search-results.com, search.ask.com, and other start pages and “tab” pages, among other issues for computer and internet users. Dts search results malware should immediately be removed if present on your computer.

dts search results virus

Search-results.com and related dts search results malware are dangerous for reasons concerning the invasion of privacy and cyber crimes relating to credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. Furthermore on a lesser-scale the dts search results virus and associated third-party malware has been reported to include victims to marketing and mailing lists without consent. If your internet browser has symptoms of this particular infection, you may receive excessive email spam, phone calls from telemarketers, and junk mail concerning your recent internet activity.

It should be noted that upon reviewing the dts.search-result.com search results, no malicious links were immediately located. Though the search-results.com search engine may be considered dangerous by many experts, the search results do not primarily infect computer systems with additional malware and viruses. However, if your internet browser is redirecting to this website without consent, your privacy and computer functionality is at risk.

search-results redirect

This redirection virus may be the symptom of third-party malware, though search results may not contain malicious links, your computer may initially be infected with adware, spyware, scareware, and even trojan horses.

How does dts search results malware infect a computer?

The dts search results virus primarily installs alongside third-party software such as freeware, shareware, and media related applications including codecs. If you recently installed software from websites similar to download.com, chances are an unwanted browser attachment in form of an add-on, browser helper object, and extension installed without consent. In some cases the unwanted Toolbar titles might include Ask Toolbar and Search Results Toolbar. Removing a third-party browser attachment often stops symptoms related to dts.search-results malware.

  Green Arrow Bullet   How to remove search-results.com malware

  1. Uninstall unwanted software (If necessary) – Use the correct procedures to uninstall software relating to dts.search-results.com redirect (from 2 options)
  2. Remove unwanted browser attachment (If necessary)
  3. Scan computer for malware – Scan for and remove additional malware infecting your computer system
  4. Automatically repair browser settings – Automatically remove hijacked dts.search-results.com browser settings and automatically uninstall associated software
  5. Manually remove dts.search-results.com homepage
  6. Manually remove dts.search-results.com search engine

 

1. Uninstall unwanted software (2 options)

Option 1: Windows Uninstall (Manual Uninstall)

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

Uninstall a program

2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program (depending on your version of Windows).

3. In the list of installed programs search for suspicious third party programs or programs you recently installed. Uninstall any unwanted software by double clicking the program’s icon, or highlight the program in the list and click the Uninstall button/tab.

Option 2: CCleaner by Piriform (Automated Uninstall)

CCleaner by Piriform

CCleaner can be used to uninstall stubborn software and software used to promote browser hijackers. CCleaner is notorious for removing similar hijackers such as Conduit Search.

1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform and run the program.

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2. Once installed, navigate to ToolsUninstall tab and locate unwanted software in the list. To automatically uninstall the software click Run Uninstaller.

2. Remove unwanted browser attachments

If necessary after uninstalling unwanted software, you may need to remove a browser add-on or extension. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party titles.

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Search Results extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Search Results add-on and remove it.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Search Results add-on and remove it if located.

3. Scan computer for malware (Automated removal)

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can be used to detect and remove additional and/or third-party malware from your computer system, including malware that may be responsible for symptoms of the dts.search-results.com virus (term).

1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so.

3. Open the first tab labeled “Scanner” and select the Perform full scan option. Click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting your computer system.

Malwarebytes Perform Full Scan

4. Once the full system scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a message stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected).

Malwarebytes Gadgetbox

4. Automatically repair browser settings (Automated repair)

CCleaner by Piriform

CCleaner can also be used to repair internet browser settings and stop your browser from redirecting to http://www.dts.search-results.com and other unwanted search engines.

1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform and run the program.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, run the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found. Look for anything that may be suspicious or contain “dts, search, results” in the title or filename.

5. Manually remove dts.search-results.com homepage

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove search-results.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove search-results.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
  • In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove search-results.com and replace it with your preferred URL.

6. Manually remove dts.search-results.com search engine

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove the search.search-results.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove the search-results.com search engine from the list.
  • In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to search-results.com to remove it as your search engine.

Please note, If http://search-results.com is set as Google Chrome’s default search engine, add (or select) a new search engine (such as Google.com) and select the new search engine as the default search engine, then remove www.search-results.com by clicking the X next to it.

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Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

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