In this specific removal article, you can find more information about the unwanted application TopLookup as well as an in-depth removal guide with steps applicable to all MacOS versions.
TopLookup is an adware program that has odd behavior. It aims to infect Mac operating systems with the goal to display annoying advertisements (pop-ups, banners, in-text links, etc.) This way the program enables its owners to earn financial gains by implementing the so-called pay-per-click advertising model. Here is why the ads displayed by TopLookup may be very intrusive and aggressive.
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks Mac systems and popular browsers like Safari and Chrome installed on them. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss TopLookup adware.|
Techniques That Install TopLookup on Mac Systems
The TopLookup adware program is effectively being distributed via freeware installers, bundled packages and other undesired programs like Mac Cleanup Pro. So you might have let TopLookup run on your Mac system without your knowledge.
Software packages contain additional apps that are not always disclosed properly (or at all). So you can get tricked into installing extra apps such as the discussed PUP for Mac. Sometimes this nasty issue can be avoided if you check the Advanced or Custom option in an installation setup where you can see the full contents of what you are getting.
More Details About TopLookup Adware on Mac
Once executed on the system, TopLookup adware might drop tracking technologies and try to activate them in order to start collecting sensitive data. Then the unwanted app may transfer data records to remote servers. TopLookup owners may misuse the details for aggressive advertising and financial gains. As an adware, TopLookup is developed to generate revenue for its owners by flooding users’ machines with lots of annoying ads. The moment you click an ad pushed by TopLookup adware, the owners of the program get paid for your click.
In fact, the undesired program alters main browser settings without asking for permission in order that it can start delivering sponsored content. The ads by TopLookup may be so intrusive that your browsing may regularly be interrupted by annoying redirects to questionable websites that present “special” offers. Beware with all those ads and websites because they may expose your Mac system at risk of serious malware infections.
Even though the adware is not a malicious program, it can trick you into visiting hacked web pages. As a result, you may become a victim of a drive-by attack and then malware infection. As it appears, in the course of certain events adware can be malicious. That’s why we recommend the immediate removal of TopLookup adware from your affected Mac and Safari.
How to Remove TopLookup from Affected Browser and macOS
In order to remove TopLookup along with all entries it creates on the system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. Some of the files associated with the adware cannot be removed manually except you are an experienced computer user. So the manual adware removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall TopLookup adware 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 TopLookup adware 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: Remove TopLookup adware – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove TopLookup adware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as TopLookup adware, 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.