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dlinksearch Hijacks Browser – Disable dlinksearch.com Search

dlinksearch.com Browser Hijack

Eversince you installed that D-Link router, you seem to be getting redirected to www1.dlinksearch.com for websites that don't exists. And is that a Yahoo! search result page?

Is D-Link illegally cashing in on your typos and misfortune? The answer is - NO - you opted in for it. Yes, you did!

If you remember, while configuring your router you saw an option which said "Advanced DNS is a free security option that provides Anti-Phishing to protect your Internet connection from fraud and navigation improvements such as auto-correction of common URL typos.", you enabled it. Advanced DNS Service is exactly what makes non-existent websites and URLs to be forwarded to www1.dlinksearch.com.

Now that you know what Advanced DNS Service does, you might want to get rid of the "nuisance". To do that type in the browser address bar and log in as admin. Then click on the Manual Internet Connection Options button. Then uncheck "Enable Advanced DNS Service". And then save settings. The router will reboot.

Now type in a non-existent URL in the browser and behold the default "server not found" message of the browser. Well, in case of Internet Explorer, Bing will do the hijacking now. Happy times for Internet Explorer users!

37 Responses to “dlinksearch Hijacks Browser – Disable dlinksearch.com Search”

  1. Heather says:

    You are amazing! Thank you so much for posting this.

  2. liezel says:

    my phone had this.how can i delete this.browser. my phone is samsung galaxy young.my browser defaulted to dlink search. i cnt open any browser anymore

  3. Alisha says:

    when I log on to my dlink account there is no option for Enable Advanced DNS Service anymore. Is there something else I can do?

  4. Rick says:

    Thanks a bundle. I looked at so many so called fixes to get rid of this most annoying problem. Yours is the one and only site I found with the correct fix. Amazing!!

  5. WN says:

    I get the DLink redirect for my home page. The URL is correct but now I get hijacked.

  6. yorowe says:

    Actually – no, I didn’t opt in. I did not have advanced DNS enabled. My browsers were still hijacked and it was happening whether I spelled the URL correctly or not. I removed some suspect browser extensions and cleared my DNS memory in my command line – seems to be okay now.

  7. Emma says:

    Same as yorowe – I don’t have those settings enabled – the only other suspect would be adplusblocker because that’s the only change I’ve made in the past six months, or adding two “block” of that nuisance foresee in the java section of chrome settings (but I randomly get the adplus before that change) – and I randomly get the dlinksearch redirect even on valid url’s. For example www.facebook.com pops up in a dlinksearch window as if I searched for “facebook”, and if I click on it I go to www.facebook.com sometimes, or other times I am back in dlinksearch. However, I opened another tab and entered www.facebook.com (same as before) and was right in facebook as expected. I’m not incognito – just an fyi because clearly there’s another sub-trigger going on. I have no other extensions other than adblock.

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