Removal instructions for Top Results adware

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

How to remove Top Results from Mac?

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.
Removal

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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

Instant automatic removal of Top Results unwanted application: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Top Results unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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 top results unwanted application related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

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

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

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

removing adware from launch agents folder 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 same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

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

removing adware from application support folder 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.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


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

removing adware from ~launch agents folder 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 same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder 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.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure 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 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 it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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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.

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

Top Results unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove top results unwanted application related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

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

safari extensions window

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 normal browser operation.

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

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove top results unwanted application related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

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

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove top results unwanted application related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

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

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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