9th November 2010

ResultDNS May Produce Results You Don't Want

It seems we're all looking for better ways to navigate the online world these days, and software manufacturers are following suit fast. With great add-ons that work with a number of different features you've already installed, you can get everything from an instant Skype connection every time you see a phone number to real search engine results that are carefully tailored to what you're looking for. As the world of software attempts to intuitively meet our needs, however, there are also introductions to the world that aren't quite as useful as you may like, and ResultDNS falls squarely into that category.

What you May Begin to Notice

If you do have ResultDNS installed on your computer, there are a number of things that you'll probably notice almost immediately. The first is the toolbar application portion of this program. When you open Internet Explorer, you may see a brand new toolbar at the top of the screen, and that's how many people first see that the program is installed on their machines. The toolbar's functions may look helpful, but the simple truth is that they're designed for other purposes.

Work within your actual browser may begin to shift somewhat too. Instead of being directed to the search engine results that may prove most helpful to you, you may, instead, be sent to search engine results that are affiliated with ResultDNS, and this is not always a good idea. Some of these sites may be of questionable origins, and some users have even reported drive-by downloads of adware and spyware as a result of clicking through one of these sites. In some cases, you may not even be able to reach the site you most need at all.

The pop up advertisements are the other big problem with this program. Almost as soon as you turn your computer on each day, you may begin to notice pop up ads for everything from security software to other applications. Clicking on them can lead to adware installation on your machine, and while that's a serious issue, so too are the ads themselves. They don't confine their appearance to any given browsing session. Instead, they can pop up at any time, even if your browser is off.

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of this program is what you may not notice. The program logs your search and browsing history, supposedly in an attempt to better help you find what you're looking for in the future. If it were to transmit any of this history, that could put your computer's security as well as your own privacy at risk, and that's a big concern for most people, especially if you transmit any kind of financial data while you're online.

How Does It Get On My Computer?

The biggest problem with ResultDNS is that it poses as a really useful program, so many people come across it in an advertisement, then download it themselves. This, however, is not the only way it's transmitted from computer to computer. In some cases, it is moved with the help of a Trojan. Clicking on a pop up ad or on a banner ad in some sites may automatically install a Trojan that then installs ResultDNS. In other cases, however, it can be installed with help of an email attachment.

Is it a Virus?

Many people simply wait for their current antivirus solution to tackle the problem of ResultDNS for them. However, this won't work because the program isn't a virus. While some have gone so far as to classify it as adware or even "malicious," most virus programs can't recognize it. Your virus program downloads updates on a regular basis that tell it what a virus does and does not look like, and the coding behind this program isn't that of a virus, so while some antivirus solutions may be able to pick it up, most simply won't. That, however, is not necessarily an indication you don't have a good antivirus program. Instead it means you need slightly more comprehensive solutions on your computer.

Removing ResultDNS

The program has been known to repair itself if a file gets deleted, so it's important that you remove every possible trace of it during the process. There are essentially two ways to remove ResultDNS from your machine. The first is to simply use a solid antispyware tool. There are many good ones out there, but two of the best on the market are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) and Enigma's SpyHunter. Once you choose a software application that might be right for you, download it, work your way through the installation process, then choose to update it the first time you open the application. When the updates have downloaded, perform a scan of your machine, and it should recognize ResultDNS within the scanning process and remove it for you.

If you'd prefer a different option, it is possible to remove ResultDNS manually. Keep in mind, however, that you will be both deleting program files and editing your computer's registry, and if you've never done those things in the past, it's important to be careful. Deleting the wrong files or registry keys could leave you in a bit of trouble. If you need help, please email us for a detailed list of instructions. A list of associated files and registry keys does appear at the end of this article. During the process, it's important to remember that you will have to reveal hidden files and folders on your machine, and you can do that by right clicking while you're in Windows Explorer. Choose the "Tools" function, then pick "Folder Options." From there, you'll want to choose "View." You can check the box to reveal hidden files and folders, but make certain that you reverse these changes after you've removed Results DNS from your computer.

If you do go with manual removal, you may still want to upgrade your security protection and use it to scan your computer after you're done to make sure you've eliminated all traces of the program from your system.

Associated Files and Registry Keys:

C:\Program Files\ResultDns\uninstall.exe


C:\Program Files\ResultDns\resultdns.exe

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ResultDns\resultdns111.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ResultDns Service

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