How to remove TopSites Tab PUP

How to remove TopSites Tab PUP

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How to remove TopSites Tab PUP

How to remove TopSites Tab PUP

What is TopSites Tab:

Threat Classification: PUP

TopSites Tab (a.k.a TopSites Tab Extension or TopSites Tab Add-on) is a web application, that claims to provide users with a new, simple and clean new tab, which contains search box and the list of the most visited websites. This description might appear useful to some users and they might install the TopSites Tab exactly because of it, however, after some time, most of the users are actually trying to get rid of the TopSites Tab and they experience issues while trying to remove it. Our security experts were able to conclude, that the TopSites Tab web application is distributed by various suspicious or even dangerous software bundles, which were set by default to use silent or stealth installation method and basically install the TopSites Tab without users consent. This fact was enough to us as well as to the majority of the most reputable malware researchers to classify TopSites Tab application as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).  The actual application however, seem to miss malicious functionality and is wrong to be classified as a virus or malware, but nevertheless, users often experience issues while removing the TopSites Tab extension from their computers and as its distribution method is highly suspicious and according to many researchers even rogue and dangerous. That’s why, our malware experts are recommending all affected users to stop using the TopSites Tab and the search box, which uses the BlpSearch.com, that on the other hand was previously classified as a browser hijacker, and to run a full system malware scan, using some up-to-date, reputable and reliable anti-malware software, just like the award-winning SpyHunter.

Usually, TopSites Tab comes packed with some other popular “ad-supported” freeware together in these software bundles. These software bundles are using an automatic program downloader and installer, which are set by default to perform silent or stealth installs, if the user accepts the bundle’s EULA and didn’t opted-out the express/recommended install, the computer system will be often overtaken from the suspicious applications packed into the software bundle installer. The possible distribution of the TopSites Tab varies but is not limited to – suspicious download sites3rd party toolbars, free PDF editors, free Video editors, free converters, free Video downloaders, infected e-mail attachments, suspicious torrents etc.

TopSites Tab might also be used to keep track of your browsing activity and could be easily set to monitor and collect all kind of valuable browser information, including private data like search terms, search result URL, browser history, email addresses, account credentials including username & password, cookies, financial information like bank accounts, credit card numbers etc. Later, the collected data will be either sold or shared with some other 3rd party companies, that will use it for their own marketing purposes. In general, our security experts strongly recommend all users to avoid leaving active or installed such applications and recommend to terminate and/or remove them immediately, as for them this represents a serious threat to the online identity and computer safety and security.

!!! Please note that these kinds of infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause loss of data. We strongly recommend you to not underestimate such threats.

How to remove TopSites Tab PUP

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 a SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

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

Remove TopSites Tab PUP Automatically

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect TopSites Tab and all its entries and remove it, by using the information, which we’ve obtained, just by clicking the download button below. When installed, SpyHunter will automatically initiate a full system scan and will detect and show all threats present on the system. Next, it is up to you to decide which method you will use to remove these threads. You can use either the automatic removal method or the manual removal method.

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

Learn more about the SpyHunter (EULA). We recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation InstructionsSpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections, which you can use for the manual removal. You can go ahead and continue to remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use all the programs features, including the automatic thread removal feature, multiple systems install and you will receive unlimited one-on-one professional support sessions, for any malware related issue by a highly trained and experienced support technician.

Remove TopSites Tab PUP Manually

!!! Please note: You can remove TopSites Tab PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these 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 TopSites Tab PUP from the Installed Programs List

  1. Open the Run dialog window by using the keyboard shortcut Win+R.
  2. In the newly opened Run window type appwiz.cpl and press Enter – you should see the list of programs installed on your PC.
  3. Locate ALL entries related to TopSites Tab and try to uninstall them.
Uninstall TopSites Tab PUP from Windows XP

Uninstall TopSites Tab PUP from Windows XP

Uninstall TopSites Tab PUP from Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10

Uninstall TopSites Tab PUP from Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10

* Keep in mind, that these are active infections and you might not be able to complete the process

2. Remove TopSites Tab PUP by resetting web browser settings to default

We’ve made a lot of tests and experiments and concluded, that the best way to get rid of browser extensions, toolbars, new tabs, and settings is to reset the web browser’s settings back to default. If you follow the instructions below, you will end up with a brand new web browser.

Reset Internet Explorer settings to default

The guide works on all Windows versions and will reset settings for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge back to default.

  1. Open the Run dialog by using Windows Key + R shortcut.
  2. In the Run window, type in inetcpl.cpl and hit enter.
  3. Internet Properties window will appear – click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click on the Reset… button, which is near the bottom.
  5. Reset Internet Explorer Settings window will appear – make sure to select Delete personal settings checkbox.
  6. After select Delete personal settings, click the Reset button.
  7. In Reset Internet Explorer settings window, click the Close button and restart your browser for the new settings to take effect.
How to reset Internet Explorer Settings to default

How to reset Internet Explorer Settings to default

* 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.

** Make sure to select Delete personal settings checkbox, because this option defines the removal of all customized browser settings.

*** At the end, restart Internet Explorer in order to activate the New Settings.

Reset Google Chrome settings to default

If you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default, we strongly advise you to use the Google Chrome Cleanup tool, however, the tool requires Windows 7 and above, for earlier Windows versions, proceed with manual reset – use the instructions below.

  1. Open the Google Chrome Menu, by clicking on the  icon, which is located on the top right side of the main Chrome window.
  2. When you are in the Google Chrome Menu, click on the Settings.
  3. A new Settings tab will open – scroll down to the bottom and click on Show advanced settings … link.
  4. In the newly reopened Settings tab, scroll down to the bottom and click on the Reset Settings button.
  5. A Reset settings confirmation window will request a confirmation – go ahead and click the Reset button.
How to reset Google Chrome settings to default

How to reset Google Chrome settings to default

* In order to activate the new settings – restart the Google Chrome.

Reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox Menu, which is located on the top right side of the main window Firefox Menu button
  2. When the menu opens, at the bottom search and click on the Help iconFirefox Help
  3. In the Help sub-menu click Reset with Add-ons Disabled …
  4. A Restart with Add-ons Disabled window will appear – go ahead and confirm by clicking the Restart button.
  5. Firefox SafeMode window will appear – just continue by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
  6. Finally,  Refresh Firefox window will request you to confirm, that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default – go ahead and click Refresh Firefox button.
How to reset Mozilla Firefox Settings to default

How to reset Mozilla Firefox Settings to default

 

3. Remove TopSites Tab PUP from all web browser shortcuts

Some applications are modifying web browser shortcuts, making the web browser load a particular web page on every start. We recommend checking your browser shortcuts by hand or just using the following application to check them for you – browser shortcuts repair tool.

If you want to manually repair these shortcuts – right-click on the shortcut using your mouse and select properties – make sure that the shortcut’s Target Line doesn’t have any additional arguments, except the actual browser location. The easiest way to solve this issue is just to remove your old shortcuts and re-create them.

4. Remove TopSites Tab PUP leftovers by deleting the related files or folders in the following locations:

%ProgramFiles%

%AppData%

%ProgramData%

%LocalAppData%

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