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.