How to avoid installation of ResultsValue adware

Also Known As: Ads by ResultsValue
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove ResultsValue from Mac computers

What is ResultsValue?

ResultsValue is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that functions as adware. When installed, it displays unwanted advertisements. PUAs also collect information relating to users' browsing habits. People generally tricked into downloading and installing PUAs. Therefore, we recommend that you uninstall ResultsValue and other adware immediately.

ResultsValue adware

ResultsValue supposedly allows more efficient searches, however, people who have it installed on their systems are forced to see unwanted ads. Generally, adware-type apps feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. If clicked, these lead to untrustworthy websites and, in some cases, run scripts that cause unwanted download/installation of PUAs. Some of the ads might also be used to proliferate malware. Furthermore, PUAs are used by developers to generate revenue. They gather details such as users' IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, etc. They might also record sensitive details. In any case, adware developers share the information with other parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Adware-type applications can cause problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on. Cyber criminals might also use these apps to steal identities. We strongly recommend that you uninstall all adware immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ResultsValue
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.
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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ResultsValue belongs to the same adware family that includes other apps of this type including, for example, FullBrowser, StudyDisplay, and AssistEngine. All of these apps supposedly enhance the browsing experience, however, they provide no real value and simply display ads and/or gather information.

How did ResultsValue install on my computer?

In most cases, people download and install PUAs/adware through intrusive advertisements that they click or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". I.e., they include unwanted apps in the download or installation set-ups of regular software and hide related information in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar sections. Furthermore, many people unintentionally cause unwanted downloads/installations when they leave these settings unchecked and unchanged. By leaving default settings unchanged, they give PUAs permission to be downloaded and installed with regular software by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download/install software from official, trustworthy websites and using direct download links. The same applies to files. Do not use third party downloaders/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, or other similar channels. Do not to leave settings of download or installation set-ups unchecked. Dismiss any offers to download or install additional software before finishing the download or installation process. Do not click intrusive ads, since they can open dubious (potentially, malicious websites). Typically, these ads are displayed on web pages relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. To stop the browser from opening untrustworthy websites and/or showing intrusive advertisements, uninstall all unwanted programs (such as adware) installed on the computer. The same applies to apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) of this type installed on the browser. If your computer is already infected with ResultsValue, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ResultsValue installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once ResultsValue installation is done

 Screenshot of ResultsValue installation folder and desktop shortcut:

ResultsValue installation folder

ResultsValue installed on Safari:

ResultsValye on the list of installed extensions

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

ResultsValue adware removal:

Remove ResultsValue-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 ads by resultsvalue 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

Ads by ResultsValue removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by resultsvalue 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 ads by resultsvalue 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 ads by resultsvalue 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 malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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