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Remove TopicLookup (Removal Instructions) - updated May 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

TopicLookup is an adware application that disturbs Mac users with intrusive advertisements and slows down the web browser

TopicLookup

TopicLookup is a potentially unwanted program[1] that is usually installed unintentionally when users do not pay close attention to the installation process of shareware or freeware. For that reason, they rarely know where the app came from or what the purpose of it is.

Created for Mac operating systems, TopicLookup might seem like a legitimate application which comes under the name of com.TopicLookup. However, soon after the installation, it performs a set of changes to the way the computer operates and affects Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and all the other installed browsers. 

Soon after that, users might notice an increased amount of advertisement on all websites that they visit, browser redirects to suspicious sites, and even changes to the startup page and new tab URL. Besides this activity that might prevent users from finding relevant information, TopicLookup collects a variety of non-personally identifiable information, which might compromise their privacy.

Besides, com.TopicLookup is recognized[2] by a variety of anti-virus engines under such names as OSX/Dldr.Adload.bojrl, Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.AdLoad.1, Adware/Cimpli, MacOS:Adload-J [Trj], OSX/Cimpli, and many others.

Name TopicLookup
Alternative com.TopicLookup
Type Adware/PUP
OS macOS
Affected browsers Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, etc.
Infiltration Software bundling, third-party sites
Main dangers Malware infection, money loss, personal data exposure to unknown parties
Termination Use our instructions below or employ anti-virus software
Recovery Scan your device with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for best results

While technically not malware, users might call the PUP TopicLookup virus due to its stealthy installation and the amount of pop-ups, deals, offers, in-text links and other commercial content it produces. Adware is not considered to be as malicious as such threats like ransomware or trojans, but it might expose users to unsafe sites.

Nevertheless, the growing concerns by security experts and more extensive studies make multiple AV vendors start flagging PUPs.[3] Therefore, a variety of anti-virus software tools can be used for TopicLookup removal.

Apps like TopicLookup are created purely for revenue generation for its developers. Unfortunately, the safety of the end users' experience is often forgotten, which results in an overall negative impact on the computer, as well as browsing struggle. Those infected might see ads marked as following (can vary):

Sponsored by TopicLookup

Ads by TopicLookup

Powered by TopicLookup

Brought to you by TopicLookup

What is more, because TopicLookup is an adware app, it might gather a variety of information about users – mostly related to browsing habits, such as:

  • Search queries
  • Links clicked
  • Bookmarks added
  • Tracking cookies
  • Time spent on each visited site

In addition, other data, like ISP, IP, technical information, might also be collected and even shared with unknown third-parties that are related to com.TopicLookup adware. Be aware that the IP address might be considered personal data, along with search queries, like emails, names and similar data might be entered.

TopicLookup adwareTopicLookup is adware that displays pop-up ads and redirects to suspicious websites

Therefore, if you see ads continually, you should remove TopicLookup PUP from your Mac as soon as possible. It will not provide you any benefit and might even lead you to malware-laden sites, primarily if you actively interact with the intrusive content. After you complete termination, scan your machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and reset your browsers for best results.

Pay close attention to the installation of new software

Users are often careless when it comes to online security. While most already know that downloading cracks or pirated software is not a good idea, the potential dangers of unwanted programs like adware are often forgotten. Additionally, it does not help that shareware and freeware authors do everything they can to slip in PUPs into as many users' computers as possible, as each install generates money.

While the practice is deceptive, to say the least, no law forbids it, as the fine print somewhere explains what you are agreeing to it when installing new software. Additionally, pre-ticked boxes often state “By continuing, you agree to Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.” And who reads those, right?

We will not ask you to read the lengthy documents, as it is extremely tedious and is not worth the time. However, you should make use of these tips from industry experts:[4]

  • Pick a trusted source for your downloads (beware, however, that even the most known program hosting sites bundle software);
  • Check reviews of the app before installing it;
  • Watch out for deals or offers – decline them;
  • Make sure the important documents are indeed provided;
  • Opt for Advanced installation mode – it will allow you to remove all the optional components before they manage to get in.

Terminate TopicLookup from your computer

To remove TopicLookup, you will have to locate the app in the installed application list and delete it. However, it is not enough to completely get rid of unwanted activities. The PUP creates a variety of entries in your Mac, so simply moving it to trash will not do the trick.

com.TopicLookup PUPUsers mostly struggle to delete TopicLookup due to the new profile created by the PUP as well as entries in the LaunchAgents and Application Support sections

To complete full TopicLookup removal, you will have to delete a profile that the virus created, and check LaunchAgents and Application Support folders. Check for full instructions below. Alternatively, you can use security software to get rid of all the elements that were installed with the app.

Once you get rid of TopicLookup virus, you should also reset each of the installed browsers.

Delete TopicLookup profile:

  • Click on Preferences and then pick Profiles
  • Select AdminPrefs and remove it by pressing a “” button

Delete TopicLookup Launch Agents:

  • Click on Go and select Go to Folder…
  • Type in /Library/LaunchAgents and hit Go
  • Locate all the suspicious entries and terminate them

After that, go to Application Support folder same way you entered LaunchAgents, and delete all the unwanted entries there.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove TopicLookup, follow these steps:

Eliminate TopicLookup from Mac OS X system

You will have to perform a few extra steps to remove TopicLookup from your device completely:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for TopicLookup or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of TopicLookup 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 TopicLookup 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 TopicLookup removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete TopicLookup 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 TopicLookup-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

Erase TopicLookup from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox as soon as you terminate the PUP:

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 TopicLookup 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 TopicLookup 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 TopicLookup removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove TopicLookup 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 TopicLookup 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 TopicLookup-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 TopicLookup removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall TopicLookup 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 TopicLookup 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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