About “Top Results” “Virus”
There are many forms of software that you wouldn’t want to have on your computer – Trojans, Ransomware encryption-viruses, Rootkits, Spyware and so on and so forth. However, not all unwanted software is necessarily harmful. There are many apps and programs out there that aren’t really programmed to harm your computer, yet, because of their invasive nature, they are still better left outside of your computer. “Top Results” is one such software piece and it belongs to the infamous Adware category of software. This app got loaded on your machine and when you bring up Safari your Extensions screen pops up asking you to approve “Top Results” as an extension. The app doesn’t show up in my Applications folder and it doesn’t appear as a program running when you try to force close. This nagging app is know for its ad-generating abilities. In most cases, the adware apps need a browser “host”. Browsers like Chrome and Firefox are the perfect hosts for “Top Results” and other similar software. Once inside such a browser, the adware would begin to show different forms of advertisements and it would also initiate a page-redirecting service that opens new pages and tabs inside the user’s browser. Now, this may not sound like a big deal to someone who hasn’t dealt with an adware app before. However, if you currently have “Top Results” in your computer, you probably know just how irritating this app could be in reality. It’s frequent generation of different pop-ups, pop-unders, colorful banners as well as its tendency to redirect your browsing to sites you don’t want to visit is more than enough of a reason for most users to want to uninstall the adware. However, this is where one may encounter a problem. You see, since adware apps make money through the ads that they show you, the creators of these applications would want the adware to remain on your computer for as long as possible. This is why most software components like “Top Results” are made difficult to remove. We, however, can help you overcome this predicament by presenting you with a removal guide for “Top Results” that you can find on this page:
You may be wondering if the adware can harm your computer in any way and in most cases the answer here would be that such apps cannot cause harm, at least not directly. What we mean by that is an adware like “Top Results” isn’t an app that is programmed to damage anything in the computers it gets installed on. However, due to the random and oftentimes questionable nature of its advertisements, certain security hazards may arise if you keep an adware component inside your system for an extended period of time. After all, the use of misleading and fake ads and online prompts is a popular malware-distribution methods that hackers tend to use for getting more and more machines infected with Trojans, Rootkits, Worms, Ransomware and more. The best thing you can do to save your computer from threats like these is to eliminate the adware so that it no longer displays ads on your screen and the chances of you clicking on some misleading and unsafe advert are greatly decreased. “Top Results” is very similar to another Mixbuilder .
I can’t get rid of an application named “Top Results” on my Mac. Cant send it to the trash because Finder warning say it is Open. When I click on it to open nothing happens. I never installed it and after it appears my Safari opens with Yahoo search instead of Google. I would like to know if it can be something dangerous for my data and passwords and how I get rid of it.
|Type||Browser Redirect or Adware for Mac|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Your screen may get constantly spammed with various ads, pop-ups and banners.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling and free automatic installers are the main distribution method of this program.|
Remove “Top Results” “Virus”
Step 1: Closing Safari (or any other browser that you may be using at the moment)
First, you will need to close your browser if it is still open. If you can’t do that normally, you will need to Force Quit it:
Open the Apple Menu and select Force Quit to do that. You can also use the ⌘ key + Option Key combination to open the Force Quit Applications dialog box. In this box, select the Safari browser (or whatever browser you are using) and then click on the Quit button. Confirm the action by selecting Force Quit again.
Step 2: Killing suspicious processes
Open Finder and go to Applications > Utilities and then open Activity Monitor. Now take a careful look at the processes there – look for any that seem suspicious, unknown and questionable. If you think that a given process may be the culprit behind the issue or may at least be related to it, highlight it with the mouse and select the i option at its top.
In the box that opens, click on Sample.
Scan the sample files with the online scanner we have on this page and if any of them get flagged as malicious, delete them and then kill their processes.
Step 3: Safely launching the browser
Hold the Shift from your keyboard and then launch Safari – holding Shift will prevent any previously opened pages to load again, just in case any of them were related to the problem.
If any problematic pages still load after you safe-launch the browser, then do the following:
Force-Quit the browser (Safari) again and then turn off your Wi-Fi connection by clicking on the Wi-Fi off option from the Mac Menu. If you are using cable Internet, simply disconnect the cable from your Mac.
Step 4: Uninstalling suspicious extensions
After you safe-launch Safari and are sure none of the previously opened pages load now, go to Preferences > Extensions.
Select and uninstall (by clicking on the Uninstall button) all extensions there that are unfamiliar to you or that you think may be suspicious. If you are not sure about a certain extension, it’s better to uninstall it – no extension is required for the normal functioning of the browser.
Step 5: Cleaning Safari
If you have other browsers aside from Safari, do the following:
In Safari, open Preferences from the browser’s menu and go to Privacy.
Select Remove All Website Data and then Remove Now. Note that this will delete all stored site data including any saved passwords and usernames. In other words, you will have to manually log-in to every site where you have a registration so make sure you remember your usernames and passwords.
Back in Preferences, click on General and see what your Safari’s homepage is. If it has been changed without your permission, change it back to what it used to be or to whatever you like it to be now.
Now go to the History menu and select the Clear History option.
Do the same to all other browsers you may have in your computer – here are examples with Chrome and Firefox.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Next, from the main menu, go to Settings and type Manage Search Engines in the search bar. Open the result that shows up and then delete all search engines other than the one you normally use by clicking on the three-dot icon next to the other ones and selecting Remove from list.