Topauthe.com Ads Removal. How to stop pop-up?

Written by Valdis Koks

Topauthe.com search hijacker is a type of virus that injects into your WIndows, and then alters the browser search engine settings in your web browser to one which it is paid for. It likewise makes some unpleasant changes that can cause personal information leakages, as well as to various other malware penetration. In this post, you will see the manual of Topauthe.com hijacker elimination in a couple of options, and additionally the method of making your web browser as good as new.

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Topauthe.com Info

Name Topauthe.com extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Topauthe.com hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Topauthe.com hijacker.

The ways of injection of Topauthe.com search hijackers are assorted. The majority of them come from the malware dispersing through the malvertising or malicious links of different websites. Frequently, your PC may be contaminated with this virus with the trojan-downloader, which is put into action to disperse numerous other malware. There is a solitary kind of this unwanted program – browser plugin that can build into any web browser which supports the add-on installment2.

You will not likely install this plugin on your own, since their names are highly uncertain, and the functionality is extremely questionable. The “developers” of Topauthe.com hijacker usually specify that it can save the .doc/.docx documents from the websites already to .pdf format, or to save the whole site on your disk. It is pretty difficult to picture if somebody may be needed in such features in 2024, when the Web access is not time-limited as well as every system has the ability to start the needed .docx documents at Google Docs.

Nevertheless, besides their impracticality, they can simply be discovered in the Chrome Web Store. Of course, virus analysts sound the alarm about such spam right into the official source of browser extensions, demanding the Google response – getting rid of these extensions from their place. But they are still not hurrying to fix that security issue.

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Is the Topauthe.com virus?

At the first sight, you can assume that these redirects are only annoying, but not hazardous. Because of this reason a lot of people are just playing for time instead of getting rid of this malware, getting increasingly more chances of being contaminated with various other viruses, which are much more harmful than Topauthe.com is.

Besides the altered search engine or search results, you can likewise see different promotions even on those internet sites that do not have any promotions on it by default. And you can just misclick while closing the advertisement, and initiate the downloading of an unidentified file, which may be a malware, or a potentially unwanted application, or even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker desire.

If your browser is damaged as a result of the Azorult trojan activity, the system can begin malfunctioning in the near future – this symptome is just one of the most common in case of trojan infiltration.

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How to remove Topauthe.com?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Topauthe.com malware infiltration. It is really easy to speak about the techniques of shielding your computer from such irritating items as browser hijackers, however, it is quite simple to be caught on this lure perhaps even being an experienced user. As it was mentioned above, this malware can hide after the eye-catching (at the first sight) promotion, or in packs with other adware you may get in dozens of manners. However, despite the typical intricacy of the injection approaches, it is really easy to stay clear of the Topauthe.com hijacker appearing in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.

Preparation before removing Topauthe.com.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • See to it you have this manual tutorial always prepared to use.
  • Execute a back-up of all of your information, consisting of the stored logins, passwords and other qualifications. You must support your information with a cloud back-up solution and also make sure your documents are secured from any type of kind of loss, even from the most severe infections.
  • Wait until the durable backup procedure mores than.

Step 1: Uninstall Topauthe.com and related software from Windows

Right here is a technique in couple of easy stages that ought to have the ability to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Topauthe.com from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Topauthe.com on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Topauthe.com. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

Step 4: Scan for Topauthe.com with Loaris Trojan Remover

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to Loaris Trojan Remover download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by Trojan Remover. Click on the corresponding links to check License AgreementPrivacy Policy.

2. Click “Install” to start.

Loaris Trojan Remover Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After Loaris Trojan Remover has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

Loaris Trojan Remover - show viruses

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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