Serasearchtop.com is a browser-hijacking PUP that shows pay-per-click ads, banners, and pop-ups in the default web browser. Serasearchtop.com may also install a new search engine or homepage, which changes the way the browser normally operates.
If you are not aware what a PUP is, you should know that this refers to a Potentially Unwanted Software that may easily be confused for malware but actually is not. Serasearchtop.com, in particular, hijacks the users’ browsers and displays an endless stream of pop-ups, banners, redirect links, and pop-under advertisements during the browsing sessions. Furthermore, web-based applications such as Serasearchtop.com may be used with any web browser so even browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, which are considered safe may be hijacked.
Other than changing the default search engine and homepage to a sponsored one, most browser hijackers tend to spam the screen with various redirect links and ads that lead to random websites. The good news is that the browser modifications imposed by Serasearchtop.com or Lookaside.fbsbx.com are not in any way harmful to the system. Still, as a result of these modifications, the user’s computer may potentially be exposed to a broad variety of other online threats. That’s why the general course of action for people who have a program like Serasearchtop.com on their system is to uninstall it.
If the Serasearchtop hijacker on your computer is not removed as soon as possible, at some point you may notice that your browser may become slow, unresponsive, or unstable. You may also repeatedly experience interruptions of your browsing sessions with a variety of odd adverts from Serasearchtop.
It’s also possible that such software may alter the browser’s settings in such a way that it starts to redirect you to unrecognized and, perhaps, dangerous websites.
The random pop-ups and advertising that appear on your screen may also land you on a phony site that may be used as a “phishing” page intended to steal personal information, or distribute malware like viruses, Trojans and Ransomware.
If you follow the instructions in the Serasearchtop.com removal guide below, however, you will learn how to remove Serasearchtop.com and uninstall all of its components from your computer entirely. Once the hijacker is removed, the ads and the annoying random redirects should stop.
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Serasearchtop.com!
How to remove Serasearchtop.com Virus
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Serasearchtop.com in the programs list that would show up.
- Select Serasearchtop.com from the list and click on Uninstall.
- Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.
Remove Serasearchtop.com from Chrome
- Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
- Go to more tools
- Now select extensions
- Remove the Serasearchtop.com extension
How to get rid of Serasearchtop.com on FF/Edge/etc.
- Open the browser and select the menu icon.
- From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
- Look for the Serasearchtop.com extension
- Get rid of Serasearchtop.com by removing it from extensions
How to Delete Serasearchtop.com
- Open task manager
- Look for the Serasearchtop.com process
- Select it and click on End task
- Open the file location to delete Serasearchtop.com
How to Uninstall Serasearchtop.com
- Click on the home button
- Search for Startup Apps
- Look for Serasearchtop.com in there
- Uninstall Serasearchtop.com from Startup Apps by turning it off
How to protect from browser hijackers like Serasearchtop.com
The “custom settings” option in an installation package or the aggressive pop-ups that various websites present on your screen when you access them are common means of distribution for browser hijackers.
This means that you may be infected with a hijacker by downloading and installing a piece of software from a software bundle. It’s fairly common for software like Serasearchtop.com to be included in the installers of other, more desirable software products as an “extra component”.
Unchecking these extra components from being installed is usually enough to prevent them from being installed. To do that, just go to the Advanced/Custom installation options that most users don’t bother with and uncheck any checkboxes related to the potentially unwanted program.
Also, when browsing online, pay attention to pop-ups that seem to be captchas because sometimes they may actually be permission buttons that enable a browser hijacker to take control of your browser and apply its modifications.
As a general rule, it’s always a good idea to avoid browsing random websites and carefully install any new software using the most thorough settings. This will keep your computer and personal information safe from viruses and malware like Trojans, Ransomware, and Spyware. Also, keep in mind that many sophisticated threats can only be detected and removed by a professional anti-virus application, so thinks about investing in such software in the long run.