Topflownews is a piece of software that is able to generate a relentless stream of supported advertisements on your web browser’s screen. In addition to that, Topflownews can make changes to your browser’s preferred search engine and homepage and redirect you to various pages without your approval.
Such activity can easily frustrate anyone. Especially users who use their web browser for work, studies and even for simple web surfing because they may constantly be forced to deal with hundreds of on-page banners, pop-up notifications and links that prompt them to click on something or redirect them to other websites. Before you conclude that this could be the result of an unpleasant virus infection, however, let us shed some light on the browser hijackers’ features and their abilities.
The representatives of this software category normally affect the settings of web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and other popular browsers. They typically install components that support the generation of numerous pop-ups, banner advertisements, text messages and page-redirect links on any web page you visit, even on websites that are not usually ad-sponsored. Apps like Topflownews can also attach an unwanted URL to the users’ default homepage and install a new search engine inside the main browser without asking for authorization.
Topflownews.com is not intended to harm your operating system and your data and as soon as you remove it, you will be able to use your browser and surf the web as nothing has happened. Until you eliminate the hijacker from the system, it is a good idea to avoid interaction with any of its ads.
Despite being quite intrusive, however, browser hijackers are not identical to online threats like computer viruses, or malware similar to Ransomware or Trojans. The worst that you can expect from them is to contribute to occasional website redirects and to spam the screen with intrusive ads. That is still enough to deem hijackers as potentially unwanted and can be a good reason to uninstall them without feeling sorry. Besides, it may be difficult to manage the continuous streaming of advertisements provided by the hijackers, particularly if you spend a lot of time surfing the web and constantly get distracted or diverted to pages you never intended to see.
The main problem with these programs is that they cannot be removed like most other applications on your computer. They don’t have a quick uninstallation menu and the users normally need to navigate to specific system locations in order to find and delete all the files and components that support the hijacker’s activity. This is the reason why, in the following paragraphs, we will assist you in deleting Topflownews and uninstalling all changes that it has made without your permission.
Fortunately, even if you are not an expert and have not dealt with browser hijackers before, you have a great chance to successfully handle this type of software because it is not as difficult to detect as, let’s say a Ransomware or Trojan virus. This is because if you are not careful, you may bump into false or deceptive commercial messages and links that can expose your computer to online danger.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Intrusive ads and random pop-up messages can frequently disturb your web browsing activity.|
|Distribution Method||It is common to install this software from free program bundles, shareware sites, torrents and spam.|
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Topflownews Virus Removal
To try and remove Topflownews quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Topflownews extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Topflownews by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Topflownews and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Topflownews removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Topflownews from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Topflownews from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Topflownews from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!