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How to remove the SearchMultiplyResults adware?

Also Known As: Ads by SearchMultiplyResults
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is SearchMultiplyResults adware?

SearchMultiplyResults generates advertisements and makes changes in the web browser's settings to promote a fake search engine. This application is distributed through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. Thus, the chance that someone would download and install it on purpose is small.

SearchMultiplyResults adware

SearchMultiplyResults adware in detail

SearchMultiplyResults feeds users with annoying advertisements (pop-ups, banners, coupons, or other ads). Those ads cannot be trusted - they can open untrustworthy websites or run certain scripts to download, or even install potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

SearchMultiplyResults also changes the web browser's settings (hijacks a browser). It sets a fake search engine as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page, and does not allow do undo these changes. Users cannot remove that fake search engine until SearchMultiplyResults is removed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SearchMultiplyResults
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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SearchMultiplyResults in general

SearchMultiplyResults functions as adware and a browser hijacker. A fake search engine promoted by this app could promote shady websites or other untrustworthy search engines. Also, SearchMultiplyResults may be designed to gather various data. More adware examples are ForceGuide, IndexSearch, and HdTrack.

How did SearchMultiplyResults install on my computer?

SearchMultiplyResults is distributed through a fake installer. Most fake installers are promoted on untrustworthy pages that use various techniques to trick visitors into downloading and executing them. Apps like SearchMultiplyResults can also be distributed via downloaders or installers for other programs.

Those downloaders or installers have "Manual", "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings that can be used to deselect optional downloads or installations. When users leave default settings, they agree to download or install included apps. Sometimes, users download or install such apps by clicking ads designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download applications (and files) from trustworthy (official, legitimate) websites. Avoid using other sources or clicking advertisements that questionable pages have on them. Also, make sure to deselect optional downloads or installations before downloading or installing programs bundled with potentially unwanted apps.

If your computer is already infected with SearchMultiplyResults, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to the SearchMultiplyResults adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.SearchMultiplyResults/SearchMultiplyResults
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.SearchMultiplyResultsDaemon/SearchMultiplyResults
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.SearchMultiplyResults.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.SearchMultiplyResultsDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the SearchMultiplyResults website 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 (Dock) and select "Profiles".

Remove malicious profiles added by SearchMultiplyResults (step 1)

2) Locate all suspicious profiles and delete them.

Remove malicious profiles added by SearchMultiplyResults (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 browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

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

SearchMultiplyResults adware removal:

Remove SearchMultiplyResults-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 searchmultiplyresults 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.

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

Ads by SearchMultiplyResults removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by searchmultiplyresults 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 searchmultiplyresults 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 searchmultiplyresults 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Adware can affect computer performance (adware can slow a computer down) and diminish the Internet browsing experience. Also, it could be the culprit of problems with browsing safety, online privacy.

What does adware do?

Adware displays advertisements. Certain adware-type applications can have the functionality of a browser hijacker and (or) data collector.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware generates revenue for its developer by displaying ads that promote various products, services, web pages. It is very popular among adware developers to use various affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove SearchMultiplyResults adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate SearchMultiplyResults (or other adware). It is recommended to use specialized software to remove adware. Manual removal does not always work - some of the components belonging to adware remain in the system even after the removal.

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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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