How to Remove WebResultsToolDaemon

The roster of adware tailored specifically for Macintosh systems is expanding, notably with the introduction of a new member identified as WebResultsToolDaemon. This form of computer threat is disseminated through various dubious freeware or shareware applications. Mac users may inadvertently acquire this application from untrustworthy sources, emphasizing the necessity of downloading freeware exclusively from reputable channels to eliminate the risk of WebResultsToolDaemon adware infiltration.

What can “WebResultsToolDaemon” do?

Upon establishment within the Mac system, the WebResultsToolDaemon application introduces various disruptions to the user’s internet browser program. These disruptions include:

Pop-up Advertisements: The infected browser experiences a proliferation of intrusive advertisements when afflicted with WebResultsToolDaemon. Similar to its predecessors, such as SyncedAdmin, IdeaWindow, and WindowsEncapsulate, this new threat is conceived with the primary objective of generating online profit through the display of advertisements.

Browser Redirects: WebResultsToolDaemon possesses the capability to redirect the browser program to diverse sites, aiming to generate online revenue by diverting internet traffic to client websites.

Software Freezes: WebResultsToolDaemon adware initiates numerous tasks on the browser, consuming substantial system resources. Consequently, the affected internet application may struggle to process commands, leading to software freezes and, in some instances, browser and operating system crashes.

Browser Alerts: Browser programs are equipped with built-in security features to alert users regarding malicious applications attempting to access sensitive information stored in the browser. Users may receive warnings that WebResultsToolDaemon is endeavoring to collect personal data such as IP addresses, usernames, contact details, and others. Additionally, warnings such as “WebResultsToolDaemon will damage your computer” may be displayed.

Search Hijacking: WebResultsToolDaemon adware has the capability to hijack the default search engine, monitoring the online search activities of web users. It alters current browser preferences and designates an unwanted search engine to display the final search outcome.

Screenshot of Web ResultsToolDaemon

Eliminating the threat

The inherent threat posed by the WebResultsToolDaemon application to online user privacy and security is undeniable. Users risk visiting malicious websites, exposing themselves to viruses, adware, or malware, while the adware’s tracking capabilities jeopardize the confidentiality of user data. Consequently, computer security experts advocate for the immediate removal of WebResultsToolDaemon upon detection in the browser. The following procedures delineate the steps for eliminating this suspicious browser extension:

  • Thoroughly scan the computer using recommended anti-malware and anti-virus tools.
  • Ensure the removal of all hidden items associated with WebResultsToolDaemon adware.

Adhering to these guidelines is imperative to safeguard the user’s online experience and prevent potential compromises to privacy and security.

Procedures to Remove "Web ResultsToolDaemon" from Mac

This area contains comprehensive procedures to help you remove adware and potentially unwanted program from the computer. Guide on this page are written in a manner that can be easily understand and execute by Mac users.

Step 1 : - Scan the Mac Computer with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted Mac utility application with complete antivirus and optimization features. It is useful in dealing with adware, malware, and PUP's. Moreover, it can get rid of malicious browser hijacker like "Web ResultsToolDaemon".

1. Download the tool from the following page:

2. Double-click the downloaded file and proceed with the installation.

3. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto your Applications folder icon.

4. Open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

5. Wait until antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates and click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing "Web ResultsToolDaemon".

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner Dashboard

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 2 : Delete "Web ResultsToolDaemon" from Mac Applications

1. Go to Finder.

2. On the menu, click Go and then, select Applications from the list to open Applications Folder.

3. Find "Web ResultsToolDaemon" or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag "Web ResultsToolDaemon" to Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Next, go to the Dock, right-click on the Trash icon, and click on Empty Trash.

Step 3 : Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to "Web ResultsToolDaemon"

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to "Web ResultsToolDaemon". If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Google Chrome

Remove the "Web ResultsToolDaemon" Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Input the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://extensions/

Screenshot of Chrome Extensions in PC

3. Find "Web ResultsToolDaemon" or a relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Safari

Remove Malicious Extension from Safari

1. Open the Safari browser.

2. On the top menu, click Safari > Settings or Preferences.

3. The Safari settings window will open. Please select the Extensions tab.

Screenshot of Safari Extension Removal

4. Locate the suspicious extension and click the Uninstall button to remove it from Safari.

5. You may now close the window and restart Safari.

Microsoft Edge

Remove "Web ResultsToolDaemon" from Microsoft Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

2. Input or copy and paste the following string in the address bar. Press press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://extensions/

Screenshot of Edge Extension on Mac

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for "Web ResultsToolDaemon" from the Installed Extensions area.

Screenshot of Edge Extension Removal - Mac

4. You may now close the window and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Uninstall the "Web ResultsToolDaemon" Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type or copy and paste the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

about:addons

Screenshot of Firefox Extension

3. Click on Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an entry that pertains to "Web ResultsToolDaemon" and Disable or Remove it from the browser using the options button.

Step 4 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed "Web ResultsToolDaemon"

1. Go to your Finder. From the menu bar, please select Go > Go to Folder.

2. Input the following string and press Enter on the keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

Screenshot of Go To Folder

3. You will now see a hidden folder named LaunchAgents. Take note of the following files inside the folder:

  • com."Web ResultsToolDaemon".plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

4. The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may use the following file names:

- "Web ResultsToolDaemon", (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing "Web ResultsToolDaemon" to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files.

5. Please click on "Show items as..."

Screenshot of LaunhAgents Folder

6. To arrange the items in chronological order, click Date Modified.

7. Drag all suspicious files that you may find to Trash.

Important: Take note of all the suspicious files, as you may also delete the same item in another folder as we go on.

8. Please restart the Mac computer.

9. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and paste the following string to easily locate the folder:

~/Library/Application Support

Screenshot of Go to Folder

10. Select any suspicious items that you have noted previously. Drag them to the Trash.

11. Repeat the process in the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons
/Library/Application Support

12. Lastly, go to your Finder > Go and open the Applications folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- "Web ResultsToolDaemon"

Optional : For locked files that cannot be removed, do the following:

1. Go to Launchpad > Other folder, open the Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

3. In the upper part of the window, click the Stop button.

Screenshot of Force Quit

4. Click on Force Quit button.

5. You may now delete or remove the locked file that belongs to "Web ResultsToolDaemon" homepage hijacker.

Step 5 : Double-check with Malwarebytes for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes for Mac from the link below.

2. Locate the downloaded Malwarebytes-Mac.pkg and install it with the default settings.

3. Run Malwarebytes for Mac. It will check for updates and download the most recent version if one is available. This is necessary for finding recent malware threats, including "Web ResultsToolDaemon".

4. Once you are on the Malwarebytes dashboard, please click on the Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

Screenshot of Malwarebytes Dashboard

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes for Mac will display a list of identified threats, and "Web ResultsToolDaemon" is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click the Remove button to clean the computer.

Step 6 : Fixing the Homepage and Search Engine

Google Chrome

Remove "Web ResultsToolDaemon" from the Homepage and Search of Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following on the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://settings

Screenshot of Chrome Settings

2. Go to the left sidebar and click On Startup.

3. Select "Open a specific page or set of pages" in the right panel.

Screenshot of Chrome Startup

4. Locate the unwanted Homepage URL, click on More Actions (3-dot icon), and select Edit.

5. Enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing "Web ResultsToolDaemon". Click Save.

6. To set the default search engine, go to the sidebar, and this time, select Search Engine.

Screenshot of Default Search

7. Click on the Manage search engines and site search button in the right panel.

8. Find the unwanted Search Engine in the list. Click on More Actions, and then click Delete.

9. Go back to the left side bar and click Search Engine.

Screenshot of Search Engine Address Bar

10. In the right panel, choose a valid entry from the "Search engine used in the address bar."

You can now restart the Google Chrome browser to see if the unwanted homepage and search engine related to "Web ResultsToolDaemon" are gone.

Safari

Get Rid of "Web ResultsToolDaemon" from Safari's Homepage and Search

1. Open your Safari browser.

2. Go to the Safari Menu located in the upper left-hand corner, and then select Settings or Preferences.

3. In the General tab, remove the "Web ResultsToolDaemon" item or unwanted URL from the Homepage section. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Screenshot of Safari Home Settings

4. Next, be sure that the "New windows open with" and "New tabs open with" fields are set to "Homepage".

5. Please click on the Search tab, and in the "Search engine" section, select Google or any valid search engine.

Screenshot of Safari Search Settings

6. You may now restart the Safari browser.

Microsoft Edge

Remove "Web ResultsToolDaemon" from the Homepage of Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your Mac computer.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the string below, then press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://settings/startHomeNTP

Screenshot of Edge Homepage Settings on Mac

3. Go to the "When Edge Starts" area. Under the "Open these pages" section, click More Actions (3-dot).

4. Select Edit to open the Edit Page window.

5. Input your desired address to replace the homepage settings of "Web ResultsToolDaemon".

Screenshot of Edge for Mac Default Homepage

6. Click the Save button. You may now restart Microsoft Edge for Mac.

Mozilla Firefox

Delete "Web ResultsToolDaemon" from the Homepage and Search of Firefox.

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser on your Mac computer.

2. Type the following on the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard:

about:preferences

3. Click Home in the sidebar area.

Screenshot of Firefox Homepage Settings

4. Under "Homepage and new windows", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs.

5. If you chose Custom URLs, input the desired URL to replace "Web ResultsToolDaemon" settings.

6. To configure the default search engine, select Search in the sidebar to display the settings.

Screenshot of Firefox Search Settings

7. Under the Default Search Engine list, please select a legitimate one (i.e., Google).

8. Scroll down to "Search Shortcuts" and select an unwanted search engine.

Screenshot of Deleting Search

9. Click on the Remove button to delete the unwanted search engine. You may now restart the Mozilla Firefox for Mac.

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