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Remove VPNTop virus (Simple Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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VPNTop offers anonymous browsing for Chinese and Indian users

The picture illustrating VPNTop main page

VPNTop functions as the program which supposedly grants users anonymity while browsing. Virtual Private Network encrypts incoming and outgoing traffic from a computer. Likewise, users’ Internet connection remains anonymous. VPN services[1] also allow users access restricted content due to geo-restrictions since their IP address does not indicate their real location.

Due to continuous data breaches[2], the necessity to ensure your privacy becomes more relevant than ever before. Now you can pick a VPN tool from a diverse choice. Besides the applications, you can also choose from a variety of extensions.

Unfortunately, there is a surplus of potentially unwanted tools. VPNTop happens to be one of them. This application, which targets mainly China[3], Unites Arab Emirates, and Dubai, is promoted via “bundling” – the technique popular among PUP developers.

Thus, this is one of the reasons why you should remove VPNTop. You can uninstall it via the Control Panel or let malware elimination tool get rid of. You can pick Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes or any other malware elimination tool.

Looking from a broader perspective, the application seems to be quite useful. Its pricing plans are moderate as well. The developers allow you to test free trial. Later on, they expect you to switch to $10/monthly or $60/yearly plans. Comparing with reliable and legitimate VPN services, such price offers are surely manageable.

On the other hand, even though the developers try to appeal to mentioned countries’, where Internet censorship is much stricter, users, there are other aspects raising suspicion. The VPNTop.com website does not provide sufficient story about the authors.

Though they provide VPN services which should grant you anonymity, they mention that they collect personal information about you while you surf the site. Though such data is said to be used only if law enforcement institutions inquire, the very fact seems contracting to the general idea promoted by the site. Due to such aspects, VPNTop removal might be a better decision. The image illustrating reasons why developers promote VPNTopVPNTop is promoted for Chinese, Indian and UAE audiences, where censorship is extremely strict. On the other hand, VPNTop developers collect personal information while you browse their page.

Promoting VPN apps

You can find VPNTop application on its official site. On the other hand, its another distribution technique raises more concerns. It has been detected traveling as an optional add-on to free programs. Since users tend to skip the installation guides, they often fail to notice the additional apps.

Next time you install any new program, be it Skype or Java, opt for ”Custom” rather than “Express Install.” Deselect all optional attachments and proceed further.

Uninstall VPNTop

Eliminate VPNTop virus manually. Note that this application is compatible with Windows, Mac and iOS, so you will need to apply necessary actions. Below you will find VPNTop removal guidelines for Windows.

Once you delete the program, check whether it did not install its toolbars and extensions. Delete them as well. Resetting the browser may be useful as well. Here are the steps to remove VPNTop from Mac OS:

  1. Open a Finder window.
  2. Go to the Applications folder. You should find it on the Favorites sidebar; otherwise, open Spotlight and search for Applications folder.
  3. Find VPNTo.
  4. Drag its icon to the Trash icon in the Dock. Enter your admin account’s username and password when the notification emerges asking for such detail. Finish the action by clicking OK.

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To remove VPNTop virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall VPNTop from Windows systems

After you get rid of VPNTop, you might want to reset your browser to eliminate any files associated with the VPN service.

To remove VPNTop 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 VPNTop (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.

Eliminate VPNTop from Mac OS X system

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

Remove VPNTop from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for VPNTop-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 VPNTop, 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 VPNTop and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the VPNTop-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 VPNTop removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase VPNTop virus 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 VPNTop-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

Remove VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 VPNTop removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 VPNTop-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 VPNTop removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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