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Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads and Pop-Ups Program Completely

Software known to the public as TOPFlix is advertised massively as a tool to assist users to connect to websites which are not available in their country. The program is also known as a VPN solution which is claimed to be safe. At first glance, it looks tempting to install this software, however after some time using it you may reconsider. The software is reported by ESG security experts as adware that may also tamper with your network connection, more specifically the DNS settings. All users who are affected should use this article to familiarize themselves about TOPFlix Ads and remove it completely.

NameTOPFlix DNS Ads
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe software may modifty the Internet Protocol V4’s DNS settings, rerouting the traffic and displaying custom advertisements to the user. Furthermore, it may collect user entered sensitive information.
SymptomsThe user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains and heavy advertising of third-party sites of unknown origin.
Distribution MethodVia PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by TOPFlix DNS Ads
User Experience Join our forum to discuss TOPFlix DNS Ads.

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TOPFlix DNS Ads – How Did I Get It

There are several ways this software could have gotten into your computer. One of them is called bundling. It is essentially the adding of installers to other programs like free video players, mp3 playing software, photo editors, etc. Users tend to download such programs from third-party sites that may include TOPFlix DNS Ads in their installers as a form of a free extra. This neat marketing element is concealed in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation steps of the setup, and most users tend to miss unticking it.

We urge everyone always to check thoroughly the sites from which they install programs as well as the installers themselves.

TOPFlix DNS Ads In Detail

ESG malware researchers claim that the TOPFlix adware initially may change the DNS address of the device its on and reroute the traffic through a server which may inject and display advertisements. Such ads may constantly differ since they are usually displayed based on a third-party demand.

TOPFlix is adware which has certain similarities to other DNS modifiers, like DNS Unlocker, DNS Locker, and DNS Keeper. It may use different tracking technologies to follow the user’s online behavior (clicks, location, searches, browsing history, etc.):

  • Flash Cookies (Local Share Objects or LSOs)
  • Pixels.
  • Web beacons.
  • Tags.
  • Session cookies.
  • Tracking cookies.

The ads displayed by the program may not differ from your regular advertisements initially. However, the software may redirect to various third-party domains that may be dangerous in different ways when visited:

  • Scamming sites that may trick inexperienced users to enter identifiable or financial information.
  • Fraudulent tech support sites that may charge the user high rates for an expensive phone call.
  • Web beacons.
  • Dangerous websites that redirect users to malicious URLs which may directly infect the computer with malware, like CryptoWall, TeslaCrypt, etc.

Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads

To remove TOPFlix DNS ads completely from your device, it is important to know that you do not have to reinstall your OS. Such programs usually create Registry entries for their executables to remain after uninstall. To remove them successfully, you just need to scan for and remove all associated files with them simultaneously with an advanced anti-malware software automatically. You can also follow the step-by-step removal instructions mentioned below.

After removal of the software, we strongly advise cleaning up your registries.

Delete TOPFlix DNS Ads from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall TOPFlix DNS Ads in Windows

Remove or Uninstall TOPFlix DNS Ads in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall TOPFlix DNS 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 TOPFlix DNS Ads.

    2.Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads from Your Browser

    Remove TOPFlix DNS 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

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select TOPFlix DNS Ads and click “Remove

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    After TOPFlix DNS 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

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate TOPFlix DNS Ads and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After TOPFlix DNS 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 TOPFlix DNS 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’.

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    After TOPFlix DNS 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.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on TOPFlix DNS Ads
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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

    Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove TOPFlix DNS Ads.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any TOPFlix DNS Ads files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to TOPFlix DNS Ads in the future

    Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by TOPFlix DNS Ads.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from TOPFlix DNS Ads.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from TOPFlix DNS Ads is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by TOPFlix DNS Ads should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads Using Other Alternative Tools

    STOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all TOPFlix DNS Ads associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the TOPFlix DNS Ads threat: Manual removal of TOPFlix DNS 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.
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    Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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