What is 1m Search Redirect?
The Internet is full of suspicious and potentially dangerous websites, and if you suddenly see 1m Search Redirect opened on your browser, you should seriously think about scanning your PC with a licensed antispyware tool. This domain is a search engine, and while it is not a substantial security threat, it could point out other security issues that might be plaguing your system. Needless to say, in order to avoid 1m Search Redirect in the future, you have to remove anything that might be associated with it. Once again, the best way to determine which programs are using this search engine is to scan your PC right now.
Where does 1m Search Redirect come from?
Unfortunately, we cannot give you an exact website that would be responsible for the search engine’s distribution. That is because the applications that make use of 1m Search Redirect most probably get distributed bundled with freeware and through various pop-ups on random websites. For example, there are a lot of websites out there that help you watch movies or TV series online. These sites are often full of third-party ads that pop-up whenever you are about to click “Play.” Some of the ads could easily redirect you to commercial websites, and 1m Search Redirect might be one of them.
What’s more, you could experience the redirection when some unwanted programs are already installed on your computer. For example, it is very likely that this search engine could be used by a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers can enter target computers with freeware apps that users download from a number of file-sharing sites. It might look that a third-party installer offers you to enhance your web browsing experience, but in fact browser hijackers only take over your browser settings for monetary reasons. In the end, the intrusion might become so severe you would not be able to browse the web properly.
What does 1m Search Redirect do?
Technically, the search engine does not do much in particular. For the most part, the site merely records traffic and then redirects you somewhere further. However, just because the website is rather idle, it does not mean that you should ignore these redirections.
It is true that 1m Search Redirect does not look like a security threat, but it is a symptom of something wrong that is obviously going on within your system. As mentioned, there might be a browser hijacker on-board, or some other undesirable application. It is also clear that this program (or programs) is monitoring your online activity. Usually, these applications employ tracking cookies to collect information about the websites you frequent and the search keywords you use. Such programs need this information because they have to promote customized content. This content has to be related to your likes and preferences, as this is probably the best way to make you interact with a specific link or an ad. If you click a link that was promoted by 1m Search Redirect and its associates, you help the people behind this scheme make money.
Luckily, these people cannot steal your personal information and your financial details. However, we have to keep in mind that browser hijackers and the search engines they employ could be misused by cyber criminals. You see, browser hijackers do not review the third-party content them promote. As long as their advertising space is filled with something, they are making revenue. This is a security loop that can be easily exploited by cyber criminals who need to put their malicious content out there. Hence, in the worst-case scenario, through 1m Search Redirect, you could end up landing on a dangerous website that is associated with cybercrime.
How do I remove 1m Search Redirect?
It goes without saying that you have to remove all the potential threats from your system at once. When you do that, 1m Search Redirect will disappear from your browser automatically. Also, you should check for more unwanted programs that might be slowing down your system.
For that purpose, please invest in a powerful security program that will locate and delete all the potential threats. What’s more, a security application of your choice will help you protect your computer from similar intruders in the future.
Manual 1m Search Redirect Removal
Windows 10 & Windows 8.1
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Type Control panel into the Open box and click OK.
- Open Uninstall a program and remove unfamiliar apps.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Select Uninstall a program and remove unwanted programs.
- Click the Start button and navigate to Control Panel.
- Double-click Add or remove programs and uninstall unwanted apps.
Restore Browser Settings to Default
- Press Alt+F and open Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the screen.
- Scroll down and press the Reset settings button.
- Press Reset to confirm.
- Press Alt+T and go to Internet options.
- Click the Advanced tab and press Reset.
- Mark Delete personal settings and click Reset.
- Press Close.
- Press Alt+H and navigate to Troubleshooting information.
- At the top right of the new tab, click Refresh Firefox.
- Click Refresh Firefox again and press Finish to complete.
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