Topfindings.net Browser Hijacker is potentially hazardous ad-supported software that may set the site as a home page as well as new tab page of the user browser. The connection to the suspicious search engine is not secure and it also may use third-party links that may collect different information from users. Security researchers strongly advise to remove this malicious application in case you detect it on your PC by following the guide at the end of this article.
|Name||Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to start a discussion about Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker.|
Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It?
One method of distribution that PUPs, like Topfindings.net Browser Hijacker use to slither onto your system is by bundling downloads. Some users do not download programs from their official site and instead they go to software providing third-party sites. Such third-party sites provide to them the software they want with one pretext – to include other programs in the installer, such as Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker as a ‘free extra’. This type of aggressive marketing strategy is very effective because most inexperienced users tend to miss out the installation steps and let it slip into their PCs.
Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker – More about It
Once installed on your computer the software may set topfindings as your default browsing software. What is more, it may run active processes in the Windows task manager and situate objects in the following locations:
The software may also create registry entries that may allow it to run on system startup in ‘Current Version\Run’ in HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Once it has modified the necessary settings it may set Topfindings(dot)net or its associated website HotSearchResults(dot)com
After that, the software may begin to collect different user information and start displaying advertisements of different forms (pop-ups, banners, highlighted text on a website, ad-supported search results, etc.)
The website Topfindings.net itself does not provide a secure connection which is very typical for sites associated for browser hijacker and is a ‘must not have’ in search engines anywhere. What is more, this particular site also mentions that it does not hold any responsibility for information collected by third parties and that it may collect any user entered information, whether it is personal or not.
We have also managed to discover, that unlike its partnering website HotSearchResults(dot)com, Topfindings(dot)net dos not provide any results, which means that it may be specifically modified to provide search results only if a browser hijacker is installed onto the user PC. This is very typical symptom for a strategy called black SEO – replacing original search result links with ad-supported ones.
The browser hijacker was most likely created to make profits to cyber criminals by generating traffic to either them or their clients’ websites. What is worse is that the software may display ads and redirects to vendors who scam users using fraudulent retailer, tech support or survey and registration websites or cyber crooks that infect user PCs with malware.
Removing Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker and All Associated Files
Removing this hijacker from your computer may be tricky. Do NOT attempt to remove it manually by deleting its files one by one. Instead, it is highly recommended to follow the step-by-step instructions below in order remove it safely. After uninstalling the software from the computer, it is highly advisable to scan it with a powerful anti-malware program and remove any left-over objects by Topfindings(dot)net browser hijacker. The software may also detect malware in case your PC was exposed to malicious web links caused by Topfindings hijacker and protect your PC against future intrusions of other hijackers and malware.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Topfindings(dot)net Browser Hijacker will be removed.