A browser hijacker closely associated with the suspicious search engine, called Search.top-arama.com is an ad-supported software that is numerously and repeatedly reported to collect personal information from users. Virus researchers warn that since it collaborates with third-party websites, the browser hijacker may pose an indirect threat to users in the form of online scams or malicious links.
|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.|
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Search(.)top-arama(.)com Browser Hijacker– How Did I Get It?
Bundling downloads is the primary method of distribution for unwanted programs on the user PC and this also may include Search(.)top-arama(.)com. It is provided by third-party software hosting sites that often become the place where average users download their favourite programs – audio players, multimedia software, optimizers, antiviruses, torrent software and others. Experts recommend to always check for ‘free extras’ when you download software from such websites and also to always check the ‘Custom’ or ‘Advanced’ install option of installer.
Search(.)top-arama(.)com Browser Hijacker – More About It
This is the first symptom to get rid of this hoax search engine. Besides it, the connection to it is not encrypted which is highly untypical for search engines. And also what is more is that this particular search engine does not have its own search database and uses google redirects to display results.
But all these are not the main risk associated with this software. Users should orient towards deleting it mainly because this browser hijacking code may display a lot of advertisements by any third-parties. And given that many scammers and malware writers use PUPs such as Search(.)top-arama(.)com browser hijacker to spread malware on user PCs, it is recommended to check your computer for malware immediately. The dangers by third-party sites can be categorized primarily as two types:
- Sites that infect affected PCs with malware.
- Websites that scam users out of their information or money.
Either way, cyber criminals have become increasingly cunning, infecting PCs on a massive scale with all types of malware, adware and introduce new scams using newer and newer methods that are often unnoticed.
Removing Search(.)top-arama(.)com Completely
In order to remove this unwanted program from your computer, one must act swiftly. First, you should follow the step-by-step manual for uninstallation. However, it is highly recommended to automatically scan your computer with an advanced anti-malware program in order to remove all associated objects with Search(.)top-arama(.)com browser hijacker and any other malware that may be present on your computer already.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Search(.)top-arama(.)com 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 Search(.)top-arama(.)com.
Step 2: Remove Search(.)top-arama(.)com from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Search(.)top-arama(.)com and click “Remove”
After Search(.)top-arama(.)com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Search(.)top-arama(.)com 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 Search(.)top-arama(.)com 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 Search(.)top-arama(.)com
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Search(.)top-arama(.)com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Search(.)top-arama(.)com will be removed.