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 TOPFlix DNS Ads|
|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.