The Results Hub Ads
This is a web application considered adware by security experts. It can also be found under the name Ads by The Results Hub. Since you are reaching out for our services, it is clear that you have difficulties removing The Results Hub Ads on your own, and stemming from that logic, that you are unaware of the potential dangers associated with adware – the type The Results Hub Ads belongs to. We’ve researched at lengths all the possible ways this virus behaves, and what we’ve uncovered is that it tries to lure users into downloading and installing others like it. It is key to understand that fundamentally, this is a promotional tool that bullies you into going to other websites. So, to make sure you continue receiving ads, it tries to install more of its kind on your PC.
This is done through several tricks, most notably:
- Redirects if you mistakenly click on the ads and sponsored links. The new websites that open are affiliates to whoever created this thing, so they contain many more viruses. Additionally they are custom-made to start downloading a .exe file which will install additional adware. You have mere seconds to react when this happens, so be prepared. If you can not stop the download from completing, stop the setup that starts from the Task Manager Processes tab.
- Notifications about fake updates for windows, Java, Flash Player, anti-virus programs, Winamp, practically most of the famous programs on the internet. The Results Hub Ads scans your programs list after it latches on to you and picks the programs you own.
- Another notable possibility are two kinds of banners: banners prompting you to install missing plugins, and banners that overlay video streaming websites like Youtube. In both cases refrain from clicking any of those.
How was I Infected by The Results Hub Ads?
The Results Hub Ads is well-known for coming through two distinct ways, both connected to software. The first one are the so-called “shell” programs – fake files matching search queries for popular movies, books and the like. Torrent websites are a breeding nest for such files. They are thinly veiled under a false name, and only succeed through confusion – they bank that you won’t be paying any attention.
The second way is by far the more lucrative one in terms of successful infections. It is through freely distributed toolbars, optimizers and useful download managers. Fortunately for you, these are easily spotted with a watchful eye. Programs harboring adware always have disclaimers that you will be witnessing advertisements. The trick is to see the disclaimer. It is usually hidden among the setup steps, so view everything carefully and you’ll find something like this:
How to Remove The Results Hub Ads
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
The Results Hub Ads has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find The Results Hub Ads . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
The Results Hub Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for The Results Hub Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
We’ve had reports that this virus can come back after you uninstall it. This usually takes place on system boot. If this happens, do the following:
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. Alternatively, if you can’t find any this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
STEP 6 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing The Results Hub Ads. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.