What is the www1.dlinksearch.com virus (DLink redirect)?
The www1.dlinksearch.com virus, also referred to as the Dlinksearch virus, Dlinksearch redirect, www1.dlinksearch.com redirect virus, or simply the DLink virus, is malware, categorized as a browser hijacker, that changes internet browser settings, including the home page and default search engine, in turn causing internet browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer to redirect to www1.dlinksearch.com and other websites. Browser redirects to www1.dlinksearch.com often occur wile attempting to search the web using the infected browser’s address or omni bar. Search results that may have been previously displayed by search engines such as Bing or Google, will redirect to http://www1.dlinksearch.com/main?q=.
Is DLink safe (Dlink.com Services)?
Dlink (D-Link) via Dlink.com provides rerouted services and if you are currently using a DLink router and have the “advanced services” option enabled, the DLink router will take DNS resolution tasks away from the ISP and redirect them internally. When this happens, internet browsers settings will change and searches inputted into the address bar will begin to redirect to the dlinksearch.com search engine.
It is unclear if Dlink and Dlink services are safe, but it is not recommended to use rerouted services unless you have experience.
Dlinksearch Virus (www1.dlinksearch.com redirect): Dangers
- The Dlinksearch virus has been reported to bundle with third party malware, including adware, spyware, and similar browser hijackers, but can also install to a computer and browser alongside freeware, shareware, torrents, codecs, and media files. Dlinksearch even infects a computer inside misleading third-party browser attachments, and it has often been noted that removing a third party browser add-on, extension, plugin, and/or Toolbar will stop browsers from redirecting to www1.dlinksearch.com.
- The Dlinksearch virus changes the home page and default search engine of internet browser installed onto the computer system, causing infected browsers to start up on www1.dlinksearch.com and redirect to www1.dlinksearch.com.
- www1.dlinksearch.com is often noted as an unethical website that entraps victims to unethical terms, in order to gain revenue from other’s misfortunes. Most victims of Dlinksearch are unaware that their browser settings have been changed, and are directed to Dlinksearch affiliate websites, advertisements, results, and links, which Dlinksearch.com uses to generate revenue. Every time a victim of Dlinksearch malware clicks an advertisement, www1.dlinksearch.com generates revenue via cost-per-click advertising programs (including Yahoo). Customers and users of Dlink routers are often unware that their browser settings have changed to accomdate Dlink.
- In many scenarios, browser settings changing without permission is often the first noticeable sign of a severe malware infection If your browser settings have changed without your consent, such as your home page and provided/managed search engine, you and your computer are at risk of falling victim to severe forms of cyber crime involving credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. Furthermore, a computer virus, especially browser hijackers, may slow the computer system down and cause internet connections to cut on and off, as well as destroy a computer’s complete functionality.
Use the instructions below to automatically and/or manually stop your browser from redirecting to dlinksearch.com and other websites.
How to remove the Dlinksearch redirect virus
- Automatically remove malware
- Manually remove Dlinksearch settings
1. Automatically remove malware (Dlink)
Use the instructions below to automatically remove malware from your computer and clean-up start up and system settings that may have been changed by Dlink and third-party malware.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Software
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, open the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so. If you are using an existing version of Malwarebytes on your computer, make sure you update the software by navigating to the Update tab.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect and remove malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the scan is over, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice 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).
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings, start-up settings, or troubleshoot www1.dlinksearch.com issues.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
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.
4. To automatically uninstall pesky software, navigate to the Uninstall tab.
2. Manually remove Dlinksearch settings
To stop your network or browser from redirecting to dlinksearch.com and other website, you can contact your service provider for further instruction (you can also discontinue the Dlink service).
If symptoms of a browser redirection are present due to third-party software, including malware, and typical browser add-ons, extensions, plugins, and Toolbars, use the instructions below to manually uninstall unwanted and potentially malicious software and remove the Dlinksearch browser hijacker (and third-party malware).
How to uninstall unwanted software (Dlink)
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for any suspicious third-party software and uninstall the software by double clicking the program’s icon, or highlight the program in the list and click Uninstall.
How to remove the Dlinksearch browser hijacker (Attachments)
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Locate the www1.dlinksearch.com extension and/or any third party extensions and remove them by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the www1.dlinksearch.com add-on and/or any third party add-ons and remove them.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the www1.dlinksearch.com add-on and/or any third party add-ons and remove them.
How to remove Dlinksearch.com from your home page
- In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove www1.dlinksearch.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 www1.dlinksearch.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 section. Remove www1.dlinksearch.com and replace it with your preferred URL.
How to remove the Dlinksearch.com search engine
The default search engine is what often causes browsers to redirect to dlinksearch.com and other websites. Removing dlinksearch.com from your default search engine, often called the provided or managed search engine will likely stop your browser from redirecting to Dlink’s 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 www1.dlinksearch.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 www1.dlinksearch.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 www1.dlinksearch.com to remove it as your search engine. If www1.dlinksearch.com is set as the default search engine, you will need to add or select a new search engine as your default search engine (such as Google.com) before removing www1.dlinksearch.com.
Use the alternative removal options below to restrict access to the dlink network or learn about additional methods used to change or repair DNS settings.
Conduit.com may alter browser shortcuts on Windows operating systems.
1. Right click on a browser shortcut and select Properties.
2. On the shortcut tab, notice search.conduit.com in the target field. Delete Conduit’s search engine part and click OK. If your shortcut is pinned to the task bar you have to unpin it first, then correct the shortcut in the start menu, and re-pin it to the task bar.
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