How to uninstall DiscoverResults adware

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

How to remove DiscoverResults adware from Mac?

What is DiscoverResults?

DiscoverResults is rogue software classified as adware. This application runs intrusive advertisement campaigns and possesses browser hijacker characteristics such as browser settings modification and promotion of fake search engines. Additionally, most adware infections and browser hijackers have data tracking capabilities, and this is likely to be the case with DiscoverResults. Due to the dubious techniques used to spread this app, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). One of the methods observed in the distribution of DiscoverResults is via bogus Adobe Flash Player updates. Note that, as well as PUAs, fake updaters/installers also proliferate Trojans, ransomware and other malware.

DiscoverResults adware distributed via fake Flash Player updater/installer

Adware enables the placement of intrusive advertisements (e.g. pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc.) on any visited website. These ads limit web page visibility and browsing speed. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience, however, intrusive ads are more than just a nuisance. When clicked, they can redirect to untrusted/malicious sites and some can even execute scripts to download/install rogue software (e.g. PUAs) without users' consent. Browser hijackers assign the addresses of fake search engines as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab/window URLs. Therefore, each search query typed into the URL bar and each new browser tab/window opened redirects to the promoted address. Furthermore, few bogus search engines can generate unique results, and so they tend to redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine sites. Recovering a hijacked browser without eliminating the software affecting it is impossible, since any changes users attempt to make to their browsers are automatically reset, if access to the browser settings is allowed at all. As mentioned, most PUAs can track data. They can record browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and gather personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data can be particularly sensitive and, furthermore, PUA developers often share it with and/or sell it to third parties. Therefore, the presence of these unwanted apps on devices can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial loss and identity theft. To protect device and user safety, remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by DiscoverResults
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Additional Information This application belongs to Adload malware family.
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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Adware may seem legitimate and harmless, and users are often tempted into download/installation with offers of "useful" functionalities, however, the advertised features are rarely operational. In fact, this applies to most PUAs. These unwanted applications have just one purpose: to generate profit at users' expense. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs run intrusive advertisement campaigns, modify browsers, cause redirects and collect private data. MapperObjectInetWebSearchIdeaReference, and SearchLetters are examples of some apps within this classification

How did DiscoverResults install on my computer?

PUAs are proliferated through the download/installation set-ups of other software. This deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions is termed "bundling". Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertent installation of bundled content into the system. Some PUAs have "official" download web pages. Intrusive ads proliferate these applications as well. When clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are strongly advised to research all software and only download from official/verified sources. Untrusted download channels such as unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders commonly offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Treat download and installation processes with caution. Read the terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive ads may seem normal, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling, and so on). If you encounter these advertisements/redirects, check the system and remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately. If your computer is already infected with DiscoverResults, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to DiscoverResults adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.DiscoverResults/DiscoverResults
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.DiscoverResultsDaemon/DiscoverResults
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.DiscoverResults.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.DiscoverResultsDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote DiscoverResults adware are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:

1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles".

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote DiscoverResults (Step 1)

2) Select the "DiscoverResults" profile and delete it.

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote DiscoverResults (Step 2)

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this adware.

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Quick menu:

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

DiscoverResults adware removal:

Remove DiscoverResults-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 discoverresults 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.

Ads by DiscoverResults removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by discoverresults 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 discoverresults 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 discoverresults 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 malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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