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.
|Name||TOPFlix DNS Ads|
|Short Description||The 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.|
|Symptoms||The 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 Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss TOPFlix DNS Ads.|
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)
- Web beacons.
- 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
Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of TOPFlix DNS Ads from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase TOPFlix DNS Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall TOPFlix DNS Ads from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate TOPFlix DNS Ads from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TOPFlix DNS Ads
Step 2: Uninstall TOPFlix DNS Ads and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by TOPFlix DNS Ads on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by TOPFlix DNS Ads there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of TOPFlix DNS Ads from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall TOPFlix DNS Ads and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove TOPFlix DNS Ads via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase TOPFlix DNS Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall TOPFlix DNS Ads from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove TOPFlix DNS Ads from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the TOPFlix DNS Ads will be removed.
Eliminate TOPFlix DNS Ads from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.