Eliminate redirects by Resourcetools

Also Known As: Resourcetools 1.0 adware
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Resourcetools from Mac?

What is Resourcetools?

Resourcetools is presented as an app that allows users to easily browse the web, however, its real purpose is to redirect them through a dubious URL before showing results generated by Google. Therefore, this app can force people to use other search engines (such as Bing and Yahoo). Additionally, apps such as Resourcetools are categorized as a potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) - adware that feeds users with unwanted, intrusive advertisements. Typically, these PUAs also record data. We recommend that you uninstall Resourcetools and avoid PUAs in future.

Resourcetools adware

When people with Resourcetools app installed on their systems search via Google, they are forced to visit a dubious URL address, which is opened before receiving any search results. These apps also promote other search engines. Rather than allowing users to search with their preferred search engines, they are forced to use search.yahoo.com or bing.com. Furthermore, adware-type apps serve users with intrusive (and often deceptive) ads that, if clicked, open untrustworthy websites. Some of these sites might be used to promote malware (malicious software) or other unwanted apps. Furthermore, when clicked, the ads might execute scripts that cause unwanted downloads and installations. These PUAs are also used to collect user-system information including IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, and other details relating to users' browsing habits. Adware developers share this data with other parties (who might be cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. To avoid unwanted downloads and installations, redirects to dubious web pages, and other problems relating to privacy and browsing safety, we advise that you uninstall Resourcetools immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Resourcetools 1.0 adware
Threat Type 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 (ResourceTools.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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There are many adware-type apps online. Some examples are StudyDisplay, MatchKnowledge, and Top Results. These apps have one main purpose: to display intrusive advertisements. Furthermore, they are often advertised as legitimate, useful tools, and thus people commonly download them intentionally.

How did Resourcetools install on my computer?

Typically, people download and install adware and other PUAs unintentionally. This happens, they are bundled into set-ups of other software - PUAs are installed with other, regular programs. Developers hide information about bundled apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the download/installation set-ups. PUAs can be dismissed, however, many people download and install software without even checking the aforementioned settings, thus granting permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed. PUAs can also be downloaded and installed through intrusive ads - clicking ads allows them to run scripts that cause this problem.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

You are advised to download software from legitimate, official websites. Do not use sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks (i.e., torrent clients, eMule), dubious pages, third party downloaders and so on - they might distribute PUAs or even malware. Check each download/installation setup (settings such as "Custom", "Advanced") and dismiss additionally-included apps (PUAs). Do not trust or click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. If the default browser causes unwanted redirects, or unwanted ads appear on all web pages, this is probably caused by an installed PUA. Check the list of installed browser apps (extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons) and remove suspicious, unwanted applications immediately. Also remove any unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Resourcetools, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once Resourcetools installation is over:

pop-up displayed once Resourcetools installation is done

Resourcetools adware in Applications folder:

resourcetools app in applications folder

Instant automatic removal of Resourcetools 1.0 adware: 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 Resourcetools 1.0 adware. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Resourcetools adware using Combo Cleaner:

Resourcetools adware removal:

Remove Resourcetools-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 resourcetools 1.0 adware 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.

Resourcetools 1.0 adware removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove resourcetools 1.0 adware 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 resourcetools 1.0 adware 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 resourcetools 1.0 adware 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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

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