Adware is still a predominant way to drive traffic to third-party websites without the users’ permission, because it causes pop-ups, redirects and other types of ads even if you have ad-blocking software and this makes it a profitable business. One such program is called VPNTop and it pretends to be a useful software, while it may display different types of ads under the “Ads by VPNTop” caption. Since experts believe this software may do more harm than good, it is advisable to remove it preferably by following the removal instructions in this article.
|Short Description||Adware that pretends to be VPN software, but aims to display various types of advertisements and cause browser redirects.|
|Symptoms||The adware aims to perform various types of activities that allow it to display different forms of ads.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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VPNtop Scam – Spread
In order for this adware to be installed on your computer, you most likely have to have downloaded a free program from a third-party software providers. This is because most software providing websites bundled their installations with other programs, pretending they are added as free extras.
Usually those websites tend to promote legitimate programs, but some suspicious sites may embed in the installers unwanted applications, such as the VPNTop in order to make profit by slithering it on your computer as a form of aggressive advertising. Usually the installation can be found in either the “Custom” or “Advanced”installation option and it may pretend to be added as a free extra to the installation.
In addition to being installed on your computer via bundling, VPNTop can also be situated in it via other means, such as having other adware or malware on your computer which may download and install it without your knowledge or consent.
VPNTop Adware Scam More Information
VPNTop is the type of program which may do more harm than good on your computer system. The application may drop it’s installation files in your %Program Files% folder after which the program may also add itself as a browser extension on the web browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Edge
- Internet Explorer
In addition to being added to your web browser, this “virus” may also perform a set of other activities such as:
- Collect your web browsing history.
- Collect data about your online clicks and web searches.
- Gather information about your computer system.
Such information may be used primarily to display advertisements to you in a targeted manner. For example, if you are searching for smartphones to buy, the ads may display smartphone retailers to you. However, those online stores may be fake and may only be looking to collect your financial information when you type it, or scam you by never delivering what you ordered.
Other web pages to which VPNTop may redirect you are tech support scam pages, which only pretend that you have a virus on your computer in order to get you to purchase a fake software, but also try to convince you to call tech support numbers that scam you out of your money.
Besides suspicious pages of scamming nature, VPNTop may also lead you to malicious websites that may infect your computer with malware.
Remove VPNTop from Your Computer
For the removal process of this software to be performed correctly, you will need to remove all of it’s malicious files and objects. This can happen manually or automatically and we have prepared instructions for both removal methods below. Be advised that since VPNTop may create a lot of objects on the victim’s computer, the best way to remove it is to do it automatically by scanning your computer using an advanced anti-malware software. Such will also ensure that other programs and malware are detected and removed on your computer and in addition to this and that your PC stays protected against future infections as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove VPNTop from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of VPNTop from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove VPNTop from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase VPNTop from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall VPNTop from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove VPNTop from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate VPNTop from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove VPNTop from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove VPNTop
Step 2: Uninstall VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 VPNTop there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of VPNTop from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 VPNTop files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as VPNTop, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 VPNTop 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 VPNTop will be removed.
Eliminate VPNTop 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.