According to security researchers, ResultsSearchTool is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) belonging to the category of Adware. What is Adware? Adware serves unwanted ads on your browser. Some of these ads are scams or fake advertisements developed to trick you. Even the harmless advertisements can become eally irritating. Adware can be installed accidentally and without you knowing about it, when you open email attachments or install free applications.
Even worse, the ResultsSearchTool adware be able to collect your browsing history and personal information, including passwords and credit card numbers. In the future, sensitive information can be transferred third party companies.
If you are unfortunate have the ResultsSearchTool adware or malware running on your MAC, you can follow the suggestions here to remove unwanted ads from your browser.
How does ResultsSearchTool get on your MAC system
|Name||ResultsSearchTool, Results Search Tool 1.0 app|
|Type||adware, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop-up virus, pop up ads, popups|
|Removal||ResultsSearchTool removal guide|
How to Remove ResultsSearchTool adware
We can assist you delete ResultsSearchTool ads from your internet browsers, without the need to take your MAC to a professional. Simply follow the removal guidance below if you currently have the annoying adware on your MAC and want to get rid of it. If you have any difficulty while trying to remove the ResultsSearchTool adware software, feel free to ask for our help in the comment section below. Read it once, after doing so, please bookmark this page (or open it on your smartphone) as you may need to shut down your web browser or reboot your MAC system.
To remove ResultsSearchTool, execute the following steps:
- Manual ResultsSearchTool adware removal
- Automatic Removal of ResultsSearchTool adware
- How to stay safe online
- Finish words
Manual ResultsSearchTool adware removal
Looking for a solution to remove ResultsSearchTool adware manually without installing any software? Then this section of the post is just for you. Below are some simple steps you can take. Performing these steps requires basic knowledge of web browser and MS Windows setup. If you are not sure that you can follow them, it is better to use free utilities listed below that can help you remove ResultsSearchTool .
Delete adware through the Finder
In order to remove PUPs such as this adware software, open the Finder and click on “Applications”. Check the list of installed applications. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are adware, hijacker or PUPs. If yes, delete them off. Even if they are just a programs which you do not use, then removing them off will increase your MAC OS start up time and speed dramatically.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
It will display a list of all applications installed on your Apple Mac. Scroll through the all list, and remove any dubious and unknown applications. Right click to questionable application and select “Move to Trash”. Another way is drag the program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, scroll through the all list, and move to trash any unknown applications. Don’t forget, choose Finder -> Empty Trash.
Get rid of ResultsSearchTool from Safari
If you find that Safari internet browser settings such as default search provider, start page and newtab having been modified by ResultsSearchTool , then you may return your settings, via the reset internet browser procedure.
Click Safari menu and choose “Preferences”.
It will open the Safari Preferences window. Next, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for unknown and suspicious extensions on left panel, choose it, then click the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all unknown addons from Safari.
Once complete, click “General” tab. Change the “Default Search Engine” to Google.
Find the “Homepage” and type into textfield “https://www.google.com”.
Remove ResultsSearchTool from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox web browser program is hijacked by ResultsSearchTool, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Firefox settings such as homepage, default search engine and new tab page to their default state. It will keep your personal information such as browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
Run the Mozilla Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will open the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed in the following example.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the ResultsSearchTool adware. After, it’s finished, press the “Finish” button.
Remove ResultsSearchTool from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings will remove ResultsSearchTool ads from web browser and disable malicious add-ons. It will also clear cached and temporary data (cookies, site data and content). However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
- First, start the Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as on the image above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Automatic Removal of ResultsSearchTool adware
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users may not completely get rid of ResultsSearchTool adware software. So, we recommend to scan your machine for any remaining harmful components with free adware software removal applications below.
How to remove ResultsSearchTool with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM)
Remove ResultsSearchTool adware manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to run the MalwareBytes that are fully clean your Apple Mac. Moreover, this free program will help you to remove malicious software, potentially unwanted apps, toolbars and browser hijacker that your MAC system can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: September 10, 2020
When the downloading process is done, close all software and windows on your MAC. Run the saved file. Follow the prompts.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed on the image below.
Now press the “Scan” button for scanning your MAC OS for the ResultsSearchTool adware. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once MalwareBytes Anti Malware has finished scanning your Apple Mac, a list of all threats detected is created. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Remove Selected Items” button. The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will begin to delete ResultsSearchTool adware.
How to stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your MAC against new undesired ads and harmful web pages, you need to run ad blocker program that blocks an access to malicious advertisements and web-sites. Moreover, the application can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of webpages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard on your Apple Mac by clicking on the following link.
AdGuard for Mac download
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
- Once the downloading process is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and stop undesired advertisements, block harmful and misleading web-sites.
After completing the step-by-step instructions shown above, your MAC should be free from ResultsSearchTool adware and other malware. The Chrome, Firefox and Safari will no longer display the ResultsSearchTool ads. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new adware software, and then the best way – ask for help here.