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Remove Ads by ToppyPop (Removal Guide) - Jul 2016 update

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Is it worth installing ToppyPop on my computer?

ToppyPop virus is an adware-type application which can start tracking you while you are browsing the web. In addition to that, it can start interrupting you with different pop-up ads, in-text links and banners that can easily diminish your browsing experience. Unfortunately, but it seems that this program acts in the opposite way than it promises on its official website. According to it, it is supposed to improve users’ browsing experience to the top and provide them with a “much easier & comfortable way to browse the web.” However, it has been found that this application is ad-supported, what means that it may display misleading advertisements and initiate various inconveniences that pose a risk to your PC’s security. Therefore, we recommend you to remove ToppyPop from your computer without wasting your time.

Usually, questionable adware-type programs are digitally not signed by the developers, but this is not the case. It is obvious that the developer of this PUP is Virtue Interactive Ltd which has already released a bunch of adware-type programs, including SpeedItUp, SpeedCheck, PaceItUp, and many others. Therefore, it’s not surprising at all that ToppyPop is just another application that is used for earning easy money. Once installed, it may start displaying sponsored ads (pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, full-page ads, interstitial, etc.). That’s what typical ad-supported extensions do; however, people have reported that “Ads by ToppyPop” disguise really questionable content encountering with which may lead to the infiltration of other PUPs or even viruses. Of course, the majority of these ads are used to promote shopping websites or other reliable content, but you should always keep in mind that there is a chance to run into a malicious website because of ToppyPop ads to malicious domains. Moreover, this doubtful tool may investigate your browsing activities and collect personally non-identifiable information, including email address, PC’s location, email address, and so on. Finally, it may also corrupt various system settings, including Windows startup and registries. Consequently, it may diminish web browser’s performance and appear to be stubborn in terms of removal. At any rate, even if you find that tool useful for some reason, we do not recommend keeping. The best that you can do is to initiate a full system check with ReimageIntego and perform Toppypop removal on your computer.

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How can this adware hijack my computer?

As we have already noted, developer of this adware (Virtue Interactive Ltd.) is known for releasing and spreading the whole family of adwares. Earlier research of this company has revealed that it typically uses ‘bundling’ to spread its programs around. In other words, each of its programs can be attached to other freeware and shareware as an ‘optional component’. Therefore, the only way to prevent stealthy installation of unwanted tools is a careful and very meticulous freeware’s installation when each term and each word is analyzed. Besides, you should also opt for Advanced or Custom installation option because is discloses all additional components and allows deselecting them. The biggest mistake is to initiate freeware’s installation in a Quick/Basic mode by clicking the ‘next’ button all the time. After that, you may start experiencing unwanted redirects to unknown websites, annoying pop-up ads, slowdowns and similar issues. To disable these problems, you need to remove ToppyPop from your computer.

ToppyPop removal procedure:

As you may have already realized, ToppyPop virus is not a seriously malicious program. However, it is a seriously annoying browser extension that can change your PC’s settings. Also, another thing that bothers us is that this application can infiltrate your computer without a normal permission asked and then may start tracking you behind your back. Usually, after settling down on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browsers, it collects non-personally identifiable information. However, there is no guarantee that its developers will not try to share this accumulated data with suspicious third parties. If you have already ended up with it, you should remove ToppyPop and look for a browser plugin which is more reliable. For that, you can use programs given below or follow this guide.

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To remove ToppyPop ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall ToppyPop from Windows systems

To remove Ads by ToppyPop from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Ads by ToppyPop (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase ToppyPop from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Ads by ToppyPop from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Ads by ToppyPop-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Ads by ToppyPop, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Ads by ToppyPop and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Ads by ToppyPop-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete ToppyPop from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Ads by ToppyPop and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Ads by ToppyPop removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate ToppyPop ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Ads by ToppyPop-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of ToppyPop from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Ads by ToppyPop and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Ads by ToppyPop did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Ads by ToppyPop removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove ToppyPop from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Ads by ToppyPop by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Ads by ToppyPop-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Ads by ToppyPop removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall ToppyPop from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Ads by ToppyPop and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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