Remove TotalResultsSearch Browser Extension (Mac Instructions)
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Remove TotalResultsSearch Browser Extension

Mac users have been complaining about an unwanted browser extension called TotalResultsSearch which appeared in Safari and Chrome without their approval. This makes TotalResultsSearch a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and browser hijacker.

The issue is that the TotalResultsSearch extension is persistent in the attempt to remove it, and it may come back even after the user deletes it and restores the browser’s settings.

TotalResultsSearch is similar to the AnySearch browser hijacker. Such unwanted apps tend to affect popular web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Opera, and alter their default search engines without the user’s permission. This behavior could lead to various outcomes – intrusive advertisements, redirects, push notifications.

The presence of TotalResultsSearch could also indicate that another PUA is installed on the system. If you are wondering what to do next, you may find help in the instructions at the end of this article.

Threat Summary

NameTotalResultsSearch
TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, PUA
Short DescriptionA questionable search engine.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab page and search engine in your default web browser are set to display TotalResultsSearch.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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TotalResultsSearch – Description

Due to its unexpected appearance and overall behavior, TotalResultsSearch is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and browser hijacker, set to change the settings of your default browser without your knowledge or permission. The browser hijacker itself could be advertised as an app that improves the browsing experience or hels the user get better search results. In truth, TotalResultsSearch may collect information about your browsing and could share it with third-party advertisers. This is done for monetization purposes.

As a result of having TotalResultsSearch installed on your Mac, it is possible that you start experiencing intrusive pop-up ads, which are often entirely unrelated to your browsing. These ads could contain information about other questionable applications such as system optimizers, virus alerts and detected system issues, or push notifications. Keep in mind that your searches could also be redirected to unwanted and suspicious pages.

Information that TotalResultsSearch may collect about your browsing includes the following:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

NOTE. To avoid the installation of unwanted programs, you should play close attention during the installation of freeware apps. Freeware you recently downloaded from software download pages could have been bundled with TotalResultsSearch. Third-party developers may support shady practices for monetization purposes, and may offer you to change your homepage or search provider. You can decline any of these additional offers only if you are careful enough to spot them during installation. In other words, paying attention to the installation setups of freeware could spare you from having to deal with this browser hijacker.

To eliminate any associated risks, we recommend that you remove thoroughly TotalResultsSearch Search from your browsers and operating system. The next paragraph provides instructions on how to complete the removal process.

How to Remove TotalResultsSearch

To get rid of the TotalResultsSearch browser extension and all its associated files, you should complete several removal steps. The instructions below provide both manual and automatic removal methods. To completely remove the files installed by unwanted applications, we recommend that you combine the steps.

NOTE. The manual removal may be quite a complicated process that requires tech-savvy skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, you can rely on automatic removal.

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