How to get rid of ResourcesSource adware?

Also Known As: Ads by ResourcesSource
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove ResourcesSource from Mac?

What is ResourcesSource?

ResourcesSource is advertised as a tool that helps to search the web more easily and effectively. However, this app is a type of software that is categorized as adware. In most cases installed adware displays various advertisements and records data. Typically, people download and install apps of this type accidentally (unintentionally), for this reason they are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

ResourcesSource adware

When adware is installed on a browser (or/and operating system), it serves various ads (i.e., coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc.). People who click them get redirected to various shady pages, for example, to pages that are designed to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted, potentially malicious software. However, sometimes those ads run scripts that cause downloads or/and installations of unwanted applications. Either way, it is not safe to click ads that appear because of installed adware. Furthermore, applications like ResourcesSource are often used as tools to collect IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, geolocations and other browsing-related details. It is known that ResourcesSource is capable of accessing information from websites such as passwords, credit card details and phone numbers. Adware developers often misuse collected data to generate revenue or/and share it with third parties who do the same. These are the main reasons why ResourcesSource or any other installed adware should be uninstalled as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ResourcesSource
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (ResourcesSource.app.zip) Full List (VirusTotal)
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.
Removal

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Examples of other adware-type apps that are very similar to ResourcesSource are SystemJump, BrowserToday and ExtraBrowser. People who use these apps/have them installed risk to become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, and so on. We strongly recommend not to download and install apps that are categorized as adware, especially if they are advertised on questionable websites.

How did ResourcesSource install on my computer?

Most of the times people do not download and install adware and other PUAs intentionally. It usually happens when they click deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts or during downloads, or installations of other, usually free programs. The method that is used to distribute unwanted apps through other software is called "bundling". Developers use it to trick people into downloading or/and installing PUAs together with programs that they download or install intentionally. To achieve it, they include unwanted apps in various setups and hide information about it in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. The problem is that not all people check and change these settings when they download or install software, that is how most PUAs get permissions to be downloaded and installed too.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not safe to download and install software from unofficial websites, via third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule and other sources/tools of this kind. Programs and files should be downloaded only from official pages. Furthermore, download or installation setups often contain various settings (like "Custom"," Advanced", etc.). We advise not to leave them unchecked, if they contain offers to download or install unwanted programs, they should be dismissed. Advertisements that are displayed on shady pages should not be trusted and clicked. They might lead to potentially malicious pages or cause downloads or installations of unwanted applications. If there are any unwanted, suspicious or unknown extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser, then they should be removed as soon as possible. The same should be done with software of this kind that is installed on a computer (operating system). If your computer is already infected with ResourcesSource, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ResourcesSource installation is over:

pop-up displayed once ResourcesSource installation is done

ResourcesSource extension installed on Safari:

ResourcesSource adware installed on Safari

Installation folder of ResourcesSource:

ResourcesSource installation folder contents

Instant automatic removal of Ads by ResourcesSource: 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 Ads by ResourcesSource. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ResourcesSource adware using Combo Cleaner:

ResourcesSource adware removal:

Remove ResourcesSource-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 resourcessource 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 ResourcesSource removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by resourcessource 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 resourcessource 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 resourcessource 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
Medium

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

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