How to remove TopGuard

How to remove TopGuard

How to delete TopGuard

 

What is TopGuard:

Threat Classification: PUP/adware

After performing some experiments, our specialists came to the inevitable conclusion that TopGuard is a dangerous adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), mostly because of the unwanted browser’s settings changes and their almost impossible recovery and of course the suspicious activity once installed and activated on the victim’s computer. Furthermore, our security research team have also warned us that all of the TopGuard Ads are generated by a malicious browser extension and although TopGuard may claim to provide lots of useful and handy music management features for your PC, our security experts are pretty convinced that the TopGuard is yet another ad-supported software application, which will try and use all kinds of malicious tactics to make a bit more cash for its developers by showing/streaming sponsor ads and/or affiliate links/cookies. These types of malicious applications are usually distributed using various questionable software bundles, which were configured to perform a silent or stealth installation and hide additional installs from the affected users. The infected users usually don’t get it – how did they’ve got the TopGuard adware!? Once installed the TopGuard will start showing you lots of intrusive ads on almost all websites you visit. The adware will start collecting various browsing data, including browsing history, web searches, account credentials, tracking cookies as well as other sensitive private information and then it will share/sale with/to another 3rd party companies, which will later use the data for marketing or other purposes. If you have TopGuard installed on your computer, your desktop will be filled-up with many unwanted & annoying web ads, banners, pop-up windows or other 3rd party advertisements. The TopGuard has been classified as a PUP by the majority of the reputable security experts on the Net, mainly because of its distribution method – software bundling and because of its suspicious behavior on the users’ computers. Our security experts concluded that the TopGuard uses a malicious browser extension, capable of injecting ads into almost every webpage you visit, which could lead to modification of the website design and content – especially, regarding the search results by the major web search engines! Once installed, the TopGuard could modify windows registry database and browsers’ settings, making the recovery much harder. If you start getting various web ads, claiming that they are – “By TopGuard”, “Ads by TopGuard”, “TopGuard Ads”, “Backoff TopGuard”, “Brought by TopGuard” or “Brought to you by TopGuard” – you should consider your computer infected. Our security analysts concluded that you should perform a malware scan on your computer using some reputable & reliable anti-malware software product, just like SpyHunter 4TopGuard appears to work with all the well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might experience various pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim should consider, that the search results are compromised as well, most likely overloaded with spam and other third-party advertising.

TopGuard is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of TopGuard varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..

The main purpose of TopGuard is to generate as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which could easily be monetized via one of the many online marketing platforms. Please note, that the creators of such or similar adware or malware would collect information that might be used to track your browsing habits, however often they collect much more then your web search history. TopGuard may use cookies and other relevant techniques, that might be used to collect private data like account information, username, passwords, financial information including credit card and bank account numbers etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to your private data and online security.

!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.

Removal Process:

There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:

1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).

Automatic TopGuard Removal:

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect TopGuard and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.

SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.

Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual TopGuard Removal:

!!! Please note: You can remove TopGuard Adware/PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.

1. Remove TopGuard Uninstall Entry:

First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to TopGuard, Ads by AlbireoAds by AdvertiseLiveadexchanger.comStartNewTab.com, NewPopTab.comSafeSurfs.comShopperz, MPC CleanerSonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com HijackerMagical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, Obrona Blockads, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, Space Sound Pro, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, SafeSurfs.com, DVDX Player 3.2, Fast Free Converter, SafeSaver, BrowseAir, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, nevertheless We recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got malware infected or within the same week after that! If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.

*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.

2. Remove TopGuard from your browser:

Internet Explorer:

Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).

*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.

After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome:

Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.

For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\

For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\

Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:

For Windows XP:

1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.

2. Choose “Run“.

3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.

For Windows Vista/7/8/10:

1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.

2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.

Mozilla Firefox:

1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.

2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.

3. Delete any folders or files related to TopGuard by checking the following locations:

%ProgramFiles%

%AppData%

%ProgramData%

%LocalAppData%

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