Theresults is a browser-redirect that tries to cause your browser to open certain sites without your permission. Unwanted browser components like Theresults might initially look like regular browser add-ons but it soon becomes obvious that all they do is spam the screen with promotional content.
You are most probably on this page because of a recent case of an infection with Theresults on your computer. Ads including pop-up ads, banners and browser redirects are considered the obvious indicators of the installation of Theresults and Captcha Filter. Maybe you have come across the term Browser Hijacker before – this is the type of software you are presently faced with. Browser Hijacker tools are known to change the browser settings, the homepage, the search engine and more. Other than giving you information regarding Browser Hijacker applications, we have also supplied you with a guide to help you delete such undesirable software from your PC. The guide is underneath the article.
Browser Hijacker software, such as Theresults.net can easily modify users’ browser opening page or searches and redirect them to many other unknown sites with discount messages and commercials. We should also point out that all those ads you see presented on your browser might sometimes open your PC to possible threats when you click them (don’t do that).
What’s more, as an end result from the steady commercials display, a significant slowdown of the machine may get triggered. You also ought to know that many applications of the Browser Hijacker class are capable to tracking your browser’s history and searches – not to worry though, Browser Hijackers hardly ever have authority to access any important details.
Preventing infections in the future
Aside from guiding the users towards removing Theresults, the function of this write-up is to help them learn how to fend off identical hazards in the long term future. As a matter of fact, Browser Hijacker applications are not that dissimilar from one another – you have a software that wants to generate Ads and wants to get installed, all else is usually added so the user doesn’t right away recognize it for the useless program it actually is.
For the Browser Hijacker developers, it pays off to make sure that their software is legal. Not only will their software not be taken down by anti-virus software, but it can also utilize legal channels of distribution. Whenever you run into website that’s proudly declaring to be virus free, remember that this doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get something unwanted from it. It’s entirely possible (and in fact it happens quite often) to download and install a Browser Hijacker program from a website that has previously promised to be virus-free. Always keep in mind that there are numerous poor quality pieces of programming throughout the internet and every single one of them would try to somehow get your money and/or attention if it can. Never trust obscure online Adverts.
A program bundle is the name given to a software installer that is able to install more than one piece of software once it is ran. Understandably, software bundles can be a really unpleasant surprise for the inexperienced user if there’s a hijacker added to them. Quite often, Browser Hijacker programs get into the computer’s system in this way. One easy way to prevent your Computer from getting invaded would be to simply pay attention throughout the installation process. Probably, the most likely place to hide the auto-agree setting for the hijacker would be the Custom setup options of the setup wizard. Anybody going for the the Default alternative will also get all the added components, including the Browser Hijacker. Going for the the Custom setup will allow you to stop any undesirable program from the setup from entering your computer.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Pesky ads and banners covering your screen and random page-redirects landing you on unknown sites are commonly-encountered symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||The ways these apps get distributed normally include the use of some sort of installation bundle or package as some other program as the main one in the setup.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Theresults Virus
To try and remove Theresults quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Theresults extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Theresults by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Theresults and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Theresults removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Open IE, click
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to
Remove Theresults from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click
Remove Theresults from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!