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Remove PopToTop Ads from Your Computer

NamePopToTop Ads
TypeAdware PUP
Short DescriptionThis software may display different type of advertisements and may collect different user information
SymptomsThe user can experience a slowdown of the web browser or his PC. Intrusive ads.
Distribution MethodBundling or downloaded via redirects or mislead advertising.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By PopToTop Ads

p12_0000In case, you have experienced heavy advertising administered ‘by PopToTop’ it is highly likely you may have PopToTop Ads on your computer. This particular adware resembles more a money-making scheme than an actual software that may be of use to you. Its developers may have had in mind to spread the application with the purpose of earning money by generating traffic to affiliates and vendors as well as organic traffic by clicks on pop-ups and highlighted text displayed in websites that the user opens. Security experts strongly advise against keeping Potentially Unwanted Programs(PUPs) such as PopToTop on a computer since they may conceal some indirect risks to the user via the ads they display.

PopToTop Ads – How Did I Get It?

One way you may have gotten PopToTop Ads is being misled by an online ad and installed it. However, the most effective ways that may distribute PopToTop Ads on your computer is called bundling. It involves the adding of PopToTop “as a free extra” to other programs that users download online. Such program installers are mainly provided by third-party sites that have a database of the newest versions of free software and offer it to users via their domains. It is critical to take your time while you perform an install and always to download programs from their official providers’ sites and not third-parties. In case you download third-party sites, make sure they are reputable and have high star rating in Google.

PopToTop Ads – What Can They Do?

Once installed on your computer, this adware code may begin to collect different user information. Such can be your IP address, email, location information, website browsing history. It also may employ tracking technologies such as session cookies, pixels, beacons and other that follow online clicks and highlight text on the sites you visit. Highlighted text-based advertisements are related to ads that are immediately generated by the program.

This can result in numerous drawbacks for the user PC, one of which is the slow-down of its performance. You may also experience the ‘Not Responding’ pop-up from time to time. However, this is not the main problem related to ad-administering programs, like PopToTop Ads. The main problem with this unwanted program is third-party sites that may appear on the advertisements it could display so vigorously to users.

Some of the third-party sites may want to boost traffic to their domains for malicious purposes. There are fake retailing websites as well as fake tech support and SMS scamming sites that con the average user. But there are also websites that may directly employ malware on the user PC, and this is particularly dangerous for both the user and his information.

Removing PopToTop Ads

To successfully remove PopToTop Ads, experts advise following the step-by-step removal manual below. It is also recommended to install a powerful anti-malware program that will assist the detection of any leftover files by PopToTop Ads on the user PC. By doing so, you also ensure that you have automatic and maximum protection in the future.

IMPORTANT: It is recommended to back up your data and passwords before attempting any manual removals, because if your PC has a virus already, you may lose them at any given time. Always use external memory carrying devices to store your data. Also, make sure you have more than one copy of your important files.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall PopToTop Ads 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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall PopToTop Ads.

    Step 2: Remove PopToTop Ads from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select PopToTop Ads and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After PopToTop Ads is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate PopToTop Ads and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After PopToTop Ads is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select PopToTop Ads 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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After PopToTop Ads has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on PopToTop Ads
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall PopToTop Ads. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the PopToTop Ads will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove PopToTop Ads automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all PopToTop Ads associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the PopToTop Ads threat: Manual removal of PopToTop Ads requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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