Turaddoptle Virus

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Turaddoptle is browser hijacker – a piece of software responsible for unwanted browser changes, sudden page-redirects to questionable sites, and generation of aggressive ads/pop-ups. Turaddoptle is not damaging by itself, but it could potentially put your system at risk, so it needs to be uninstalled.


There’s hardly a more widespread form of unwanted software than the browser hijackers. Since they are technically not viruses and antivirus program oftentimes don’t flag them as threats, those undesirable apps are often able to find their way into the browsers of millions of users and remain there indefinitely, until the user has had enough and has taken it upon himself/herself to get rid of the hijacker.

You could encounter a browser hijacker on any browser – Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Edge, and more. Even Mac users sometimes get hijackers added to their Safari browsers, so nobody’s immune to the search engine and homepage changes or the avalanche of ads and page-redirects that apps like Turaddoptle are known for. 

The good news here is that, if you have a browser hijacker on your PC, you’ll know it. As we mentioned, software of this type would constantly try to barrage your browser with different types of advertisements with the aim to promote certain sites, services, or software products. In most cases, the user is given no control over the advertising functions of the hijacker, which means that the aggressive promotion of different forms of content won’t cease until the rogue app is removed.

Keeping hijackers away in the future

Removing Turaddoptle is just as important as it is keeping your PC clean in the future. Therefore, remember to never download any questionable software and to avoid suspicious sites and content while you are on the Internet. Also, if you are about to install a new app or program on your PC, be sure to perform the installation through the Advanced/Custom setup menu, to see if there aren’t any potentially unwanted apps added there, that you may need to manually uncheck.


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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Turaddoptle!

How to remove Turaddoptle

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Turaddoptle in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Turaddoptle from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Turaddoptle.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Turaddoptle.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Turaddoptle from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Turaddoptle extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Turaddoptle and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Turaddoptle on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Turaddoptle extension
  4. Get rid of Turaddoptle by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Turaddoptle” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Turaddoptle

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Turaddoptle process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Turaddoptle
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Turaddoptle” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Turaddoptle

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Turaddoptle in there
    4. Uninstall Turaddoptle from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Turaddoptle-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Turaddoptle in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    How Turaddoptle could expose your system to risks?

    At the start of this post we mentioned that Turaddoptle, itself, is not a damaging app, but this does not mean you can ignore its presence on your computer and let it stay there. While most browser hijackers like Turaddoptle and Your Captcha Now lack the ability to encryption-lock your files like Ransomware or take over your entire system like Trojan Horse viruses, they could sometimes make it easier for such more serious threats to enter your computer. You see, most browser hijackers are known for changing different browser and system settings which helps them with their agenda, but also has the potential to compromise the system’s security and this make it more vulnerable to malware attacks. Furthermore, the very content that the browser hijacker could expose you to may be unsafe and could potentially lead to security issues. You see, phishing sites and malware-distributing sites are often promoted by hijacker software, so it’s perfectly possible that you end up on some rogue site if you accidentally click on a link provided by Turaddoptle or even if you get automatically redirected by the hijacker. Therefore, it’s crucial that you eliminate the rogue app before it has caused any more serious issues, and the guide in the second half of this post will show you how to do that.


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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