If you’re surfing the Web but finding the web browser redirecting to the searchingresult.com website for no apparent reason then it’s likely because you have adware installed on your computer.
Adware (short for adverting supported software) is software that is installed on your computer without your consent that will help generate revenue for a developer.
When you browse the internet, you will likely see advertisements on some of the websites that you visit. Those ads are honest ads that are hosted by the website you visit, and more often than not, will be reliable for you to view and click—and you may even find them useful. Adware, on the other hand, is bundled inside files and then injected onto your computer so that it will either completely replace or be shown with the other ads that you would usually see when browsing the internet.
Some sources, such as Wikipedia, are suggesting that adware is only bad news because it is installed without your knowledge, and therefore that is what makes it spyware. But of course, adware is much more malicious than that. The ads that get shown are only of low quality, it makes your hardware work harder, it has little to no regard about your user experience, it takes away revenue from the honest ads on the Web, and it does all this behind your back so you might not even understand what is happening to you unless someone more knowledgeable points it out. Adware is unquestionably malware, and it can even be extremely malicious also because you may be adding more malware to your computer from the ads you click on since they are of such low quality.
Tips for Avoiding Malware in the Future
If you have malware on your computer, you can always install an antimalware program and run a scan to try to remove it. But some experts suggest that even if you do that, it is not a given that all malware can be removed—once it gets access to your system, it might not ever get taken away.
So naturally, that means you should try preventing the malware from getting on your computer in the first place.
Here are some of the most common ways you can avoid getting malware on your PCs:
- Be careful what you download. Some websites are far more likely to have malware on them than others. If you are using a reliable web browser, it should already give you decent protection by alerting you to sites that may be harmful—do not ignore those warnings. What’s more, try not to visit any websites that you think may be untrustworthy: torrenting sites can be beneficial, and the founders are not necessarily evil, but you need to remember that random people around the world are uploading those files. Torrenting sites are some of the most notorious for malware for this reason—not everyone is interested in helping you download free files without them getting something in return. Often that return comes in the form of malware tucked away within the files you download, thinking that they’re only movies.
- Install (full paid versions of) third-party antimalware programs. If your operating system is not protecting you well enough from malware threats, you ought to look into third-party programs. They will not always protect you in real-time for free, but the paid versions often do. That means if the program detects the file you are about to download is malware, it will let you know about it with a warning. At this stage, Microsoft Windows does not automatically block potentially unwanted programs, so third-party protection for malware is still very useful.
- Keep all data and personal information safe. Malware only becomes a problem if it gets its hands on whatever it is looking for. Simply being on your computer is not necessarily the end of the world; it is what it does from that position of power that counts. Look into ways of keeping your data safe, such as using file encryption. Windows 10 comes with EFS for encrypting individual files and also BitLocker encryption for the full disk.
- Keep your software up to date. It does not matter what software you have; if it is outdated, then it may also be insecure. Simply being old software does not necessarily open up new doorways for vulnerabilities; rather, new updates potentially close old vulnerabilities. If you know there are no vulnerabilities, your software is fine to continue using. However, if vulnerabilities are found, updates are critical. If you do not want to follow the news every day, it is best just to keep updating and know that you are safe. That means keeping up to date with your operating systems updates as well. If using Windows, keep Windows Update installing those updates that give you fresher OS versions.
- Keep networks secure. All your computers (desktops, laptops, smartphones), and other peripherals such as printers, when connected to WiFi, are often connected to the same network. You need to make sure that the network is secured with a password. Otherwise, your WiFi connection will be open. The best security today is with WPA or WPA2 encryption. You typically do not have much to worry about here, as it is automatically implemented by your WiFi provider. But make sure it stays that way.
- Do not use open WiFi. You have heard the warning: stay away from that open WiFi you get at airports, unless you need it. The idea behind this warning is because it is open, it also means people with malicious intent also have easy access to it; thus, the information on your smartphones, tablets, and laptops is not going to be safe.
This tutorial demonstrates how to remove the Searchingresult.com web browser redirect so you can go back to surfing the Web without adware in your way.
How to Remove Searchingresult.com Redirect
1. Head to the official AdwCleaner webpage from Malwarebytes and click on the Free Download link toward the bottom of the page.
2. If your browser gives you a notification that says “This type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the adwcleaner_x.exe anyway, click on the Keep button.
3. Click to open the AdwCleaner file once it has finished downloading.
4. If User Account Control prompts you, click on the Yes button.
5. Click on the I Agree button when you get to the welcoming and license agreement screen.
Click on the Scan Now button to scan your computer of adware and potentially unwanted programs.
The AdwCleaner tool will now quickly scan your computer and find the threats.
Click on the Clean & Repair button from the Scan results page to clean the computer.
You can choose to Clean and Restart Later or Clean and Restart Now depending on what suits your needs. Any unsaved work will be lost if you proceed to shut down now, but you’ll want to shut it down before expecting your computer to be ridded from the adware.
After a few minutes, the AdwCleaner interface will automatically open itself up on your computer’s display once again and show you the results.
Any adware that was detected will now be held in the Quarantine section of the AdwCleaner program. You can if you prefer still uninstall the AdwCleaner from your computer after you’re finished your scans and still expect to browse the Web without seeing the adware that you were before.