About the Topernews.me Virus
If your screen has recently been showered with ads, pop-ups and banners, brought to you by a Browser Hijacker called Topernews.me, then you probably are itching to know what precisely a Browser Hijacker is and how to remove it. That’s why let us tell you that this type of programs are, generally, very common tools for aggressive online advertising which the online marketing users. They typically are programmed to display different sponsored pop ups, pay-per-click ads, banners, box messages and redirect links, which promote different products, services and pages. The main reason why those unwanted ads are really problematic is basically that they oftentimes highly disturb your browsing experience and prevent you from using your browser normally. More or less everything is organized to allow the Browser Hijackers to be able to obtain the highest volume of user mouse clicks. That’s why the representatives of this software category could be very aggressive when displaying adverts. If you have a program like Topernews.me on your PC, the chances are that you’d be barely able to use your web browser because of the never-ending stream of pop-ups, box-messages and banners. This might even seem like a virus infection to somebody, who is new to such software. As annoying as a Browser Hijacker is, however, such software is generally harmless. There’s a very big difference between real security threats such as Ransomware or Trojans and programs like Topernews.me. A real Ransomware, for example, can prevent you from accessing your data while a Trojan can corrupt your entire computer. No Browser Hijacker can do that. The main objective of almost all programs of the Browser Hijacker type is to display different kinds of online adverts. This is not something that can directly harm your machine and is not considered as malicious activity. Yet, many web users face a lot of disturbance and unwanted ads interruptions to their regular web browsing activity and this is the reason they prefer to uninstall programs like Topernews.me, www2.savemax.store, Luckyguys.xyz from their system.
Potential dangers that could relate to Browser Hijackers
Nevertheless, know that despite the fact that Browser Hijackers are mostly considered non-threatening, they may indirectly contribute to the accidental exposure to security hazards and computer viruses. The main danger comes not from the software itself but from the promotional third-party content it constantly generates and redirects you to. A click on a shady advertisement, a fake link or a misleading message can certainly get you into trouble. For example, it can redirect you to unfamiliar websites or compromised pages where you may get tricked to download or buying bogus software applications and low-quality products and services. Another thing which you should keep in mind is that it is very likely that the advertisements you see on your screen might be modified for your personal preferences. This is possible because the Hijacker applications often may invade the browser’s search history so that they could find out the interests of the person who owns the computer. One more possible negative aspect which may originate from a program like Topernews.me is that the amount of the generated adverts might rise so much that they may start consuming most of your system resources and, as a result, your computer may become sluggish and unresponsive to your actual commands.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Pay-per-click ads and pop-ups may constantly spam your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, torrents, ads, free downloads, automatic installers, spam.|
Topernews.me Virus Removal
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Topernews.me software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove Topernews.me. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Topernews.me From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Topernews.me we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Topernews.me on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Topernews.me in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action. [add_forth_banner]
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Getting rid of Topernews.me from Chrome
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Removing Topernews.me From Firefox
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Removing Topernews.me From Windows Internet Explorer
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Removing Topernews.me From Windows Edge
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Topernews.me and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Topernews.me in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.