TopToSearch Removal Guide

TopToSearch is an unwanted browser extension that was designed to alter web browser settings on its own. Accomplishing this task does not require intervention of computer users because TopToSearch can run a script that changes the configuration on homepage, new tab and search tool. It will assign Toptosearch.com as the new default and the same is in command of processing online searches. TopToSearch is actually hijacking the homepage and search results and therefore, it is considered as browser hijacker malware.

Due to unwanted changes on search engine, it may not generate accurate and useful search results as before, prior to the integration of TopToSearch. Instead, the outcome from this shady search engine is full of sponsored contents and links that points to dubious websites. Obviously, TopToSearch is a tool by cyber criminals to promote its search engine and at the same time, it is exploiting the infected browser program to generate online profit by exhibiting different kinds of online ads.

Keep in mind that TopToSearch or any sort of malicious browser extension was partly designed as tracker. This kind of threat can log several browsing data like search keywords, visited pages, favorite websites, IP address, username, and password. Aside from the exploration of gathered information to elevate the ad scheme profit, makers of TopToSearch may also sell the amass data to cyber criminals and third party online marketers. Some thinks that this is a minor thing, but to computer security analysts, stolen information from web users eventually ended up in cyber crime cases especially identity theft.

TopToSearch

To restore safety and privacy on the computer, user needs to proceed with the removal of TopToSearch right away. This is the only sure thing that will stop the aggressive pop-up ads and eliminate the browser hijacking issues. Moreover, removal of TopToSearch get rids of the tracker code, which will make user’s browsing activity more safe and private. Navigate to the specific section below to see the complete guide for the successful removal of TopToSearch adware.

TopToSearch Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting hijacker and pop-ups.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Delete TopToSearch Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to TopToSearch.

Remove TopToSearch Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find TopToSearch or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

TopToSearch Chrome Extension

Uninstall TopToSearch Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to TopToSearch and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that is also gone from the homepage.

Remove TopToSearch Add-ons from Internet Explorer and Edge Browser

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of TopToSearch from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete from Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If TopToSearch is still present on the IE browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups originating from , another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

5. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

6. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

7. Select TopToSearch or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Anti-malware Program

To remove TopToSearch automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-malware tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like TopToSearch that assigns as the homepage URL.

1. Download the free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MBSetup.exe.

3. Proceed with the installation using only the default setup. If you need the complete setup procedure, it is available on the download page.

4. After the installation process, click Get Started to run the program.

5. Continue with the prompts until the main program opens.

6. On Malwarebytes Anti-malware console, click on Scan to run the most comprehensive detection method and find any hidden items linked to TopToSearch.

7. Wait for the anti-malware to finish scanning the computer.

MBAM Scan

8. When scanning is done, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will display the list of identified threats. Remove all identified threats including TopToSearch and restart the computer to finalized the scan process.

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the TopToSearch browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat and still exists on internet application, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of TopToSearch on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by TopToSearch.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to TopToSearch. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with .

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by TopToSearch. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with TopToSearch. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from TopToSearch. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of TopToSearch.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed TopToSearch extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to TopToSearch. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. TopToSearch should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.
2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.
3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference. Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by TopToSearch and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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