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Removal instructions for Top Results adware

Also Known As: Top Results unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is Top Results?

Top Results is a rogue application that, according to the developers, allows users to access their favorite web search engines. Judging on appearance alone, Top Results may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and adware.

This app infiltrates computers without permission and promotes the search.yahoo.com search engine. It might also gather information and deliver intrusive advertisements - behavior that is very common to adware-type applications.

Top Results adware

search.yahoo.com (Yahoo) is a legitimate search engine, however, some criminals attempt to monetize their rogue applications by promoting various websites (in this case, the Yahoo web search engine). Yahoo is harmless and virus-free, however, by forcing users to visit certain websites, PUAs significantly diminish the browsing experience.

Furthermore, adware-type apps are likely to deliver intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, pop-ups, and similar). These typically redirect to malicious websites and run scripts designed to download/install additional potentially unwanted/malicious applications. Therefore, even a single accidental click might result in a computer infection.

Intrusive advertisements are delivered via tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they often conceal underlying content, thereby diminishing the browsing experience. Another important issue is data tracking.

Adware-type applications record information such as users' geolocations, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and similar details. This data might contain personal information that developers share with third parties. These people misuse private data to generate revenue.

Therefore, the presence of a data-tracking application might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall Top Results adware immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Top Results unwanted application
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Detection Names (Top Results.app.zip) Full list of detections (VirusTotal).
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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The internet is full of adware-type applications that share many similarities. The list of examples includes PDF Genie, 1 Click PDF, ApplicationWork, and TopicLookup. By offering "useful features", apps such as Top Results attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install.

These apps usually have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, PUAs deliver intrusive advertisements, gather information, and cause unwanted redirects, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a threat to your privacy/computer safety.

How did Top Results install on my computer?

Adware-type applications are usually distributed using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software). Developers know that users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps.

Therefore, all "bundled" apps are concealed behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users carelessly rush these procedures and skip steps. In addition, they click advertisements without understanding the possible consequences.

This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of third-party apps such as Top Results.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent system infiltration by PUAs, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included applications and decline offers to download/install them.

Download programs from from official sources only (preferably, via direct download links) and avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since they often include rogue applications. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, however, once clicked, they redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar).

If you experience these ads/redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications/browser plug-ins. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with Top Results, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of Top Results adware in Mac Launchpad:

Top Results app in Mac Launchpad

Top Results adware causing redirects to search.yahoo.com:

Top Results causing redirects to Yahoo search engine

IMPORTANT NOTE! Deleting Top Results adware is impossible, unless its process in Activity Monitor is killed. Users who attempt to delete it without killing the process will encounter this pop-up:

Top Results deletion error

Therefore, to remove this adware, you must first kill its process using Activity Monitor:

Top Results process in Activity Monitor

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Top Results adware using Combo Cleaner:

Top Results adware removal:

Remove Top Results-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX","NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove adware-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 2

In the "LaunchAgents" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - "installmac.AppRemoval.plist", "myppes.download.plist", "mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist", "kuklorest.update.plist", etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 2

In the "Application Support" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, "MplayerX" or "NicePlayer", and move these folders to the Trash.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 2

In the "LaunchAgents" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - "installmac.AppRemoval.plist", "myppes.download.plist", "mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist", "kuklorest.update.plist", etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 2

In the "LaunchDaemons" folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example "com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist", "com.myppes.net-preferences.plist", "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist", "com.avickUpd.plist", etc., and move them to the Trash.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure your system is not infected, run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file, double click combocleaner.dmg installer. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide; otherwise, it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove malicious Safari extensions:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for regular browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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