This page aims to help you remove Topreward.site. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If a software piece called Topreward.site that’s been attached to your browser is bothering you and not allowing you yo use the browser normally, we strongly recommend reading the lines that follow to learn more about this app as well as to get help with its removal from your computer. Applications like this are commonplace and you can encounter them in many web locations. Since they are illegal like Ransomware cryptoviruses, Trojans and Spyware (as well as other malware), software pieces like Topreward.site get freely distributed via web ads, file bundles, updates and so on. However, despite technically being legal, they still fall under the potentially unwanted apps’ category (PUA). It’s mainly because of their tendency to invade any browser (Chrome, Opera, IE, Firefox, Safari) and show annoying ads, page-redirects and banners in it as well as adding new toolbars, search engine tools, homepage and new-tab page addresses and so on and so forth, usually, without the agreement of the user. And, to top it all, a software component like Topreward.site could actually be very, very difficult to get rid of if you haven’t previously encountered and dealt with this type of software. Due to all this, the usual term used to refer to Topreward.site and other similar software is browser hijackers – a rather fitting name. Still, there are some good news: firstly, you are not attacked by malware the likes of Ransomware, Spyware or Trojan Horse viruses. Secondly, with the help of the removal guide for Topreward.site you will find in this page, you should probably be able to handle this mess without taking your computer to a specialist from your area. And even if you find some of the instructions from the guide confusing or difficult to follow, remember that you can always tell us about it in the comments so that we can work it out together or maybe use the professional tool for removing such undesirable apps that you will see linked in the guide.
Why you must not touch any ads displayed by Topreward.site
One important rule you ought to adhere to if an app of the browser hijacker category is presently residing in your browser is to keep as far away from its ads as possible. No matter how irritating the adverts may become, you should still not click on them or interact with them in any other way as this may expose your system to different dangers. It’s just that you don’t know and cannot know what the real source of the advert is – it may be some legitimate site that sells interesting and quality products but it may as well be a shady phishing page or some site used by online hackers for spreading malware and viruses. Also, if the hijacker automatically redirects you to some of its partnering sites, it’s best if you directly close the site without exploring its pages even if it looks like its a legitimate one – the browser hijackers are following their own agenda and that is why trusting their ads or redirects is not the wisest of things you can do.
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Topreward.site 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 the virus. 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.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
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 Topreward.site 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 Topreward.site in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 Topreward.site and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Topreward.site 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.