What is Top APP?
Top APP is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. Typically, apps of this type promote the addresses of fake search engines by changing certain browser settings.
Research shows that this PUA does not in fact change the settings, however, it detects when users search (by entering search queries) and then opens the address of a fake search engine (searchnewworld.com). Most browser hijackers promote fake search engines, but also gather browsing data.
Note that people do not generally download or install apps of this type intentionally.
Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing settings such as the address of the homepage, default search engine and new tab. The rogue software ensures that users visit the address of a fake search engine when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar.
As mentioned, Top APP might not actually change the settings to searchnewworld.com, however, it will still open this address when users enter search queries. Therefore, people are forced to visit searchnewworld.com on certain occasions.
Typically, the only way to stop a browser hijacker from opening the address of a fake search engine (and remove address of the fake search engine from the settings) is to uninstall it. Note that searchnewworld.com is classified as a fake search engine, since it does not generate unique results - it simply redirects users to bing.com, a legitimate search engine by Bing.
Furthermore, most browser hijackers gather information relating to users' browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, and so on. They sometimes collect personal, sensitive information as well.
Developers generate revenue by selling recorded data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways.
These actions expose users to risk of identity theft, problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, etc. For these reasons, do not download or install any browser hijackers. If an app of this type is already installed on the browser or operating system, remove it immediately.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Top APP|
|Supposed Functionality||This browser hijacker supposed to improve browsing experience.|
|Serving IP Address (searchnewworld.com)||18.104.22.168|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Symptoms||Manipulated internet browser settings (homepage, default internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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More examples of browser hijackers are Easy Email Login, View Free Recipes Now and Flash App+. Developers advertise them as useful apps that supposedly deliver various features. In fact, most browser hijackers are useless and simply cause problems. Therefore, never trust any PUAs.
How did Top APP install on my computer?
People often download and install browser hijackers and other PUAs through the set-ups of other (usually free) software. I.e., when PUAs are included into various download/installation set-ups. Generally, related information can be found in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" and so on.
Unfortunately, people often fail to check and change these settings, thereby allowing PUAs to be downloaded and installed with regular software. This PUA distribution method is known as "bundling". Unwanted downloads and installations can also be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements - if clicked, these can execute scripts to download and install unwanted software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Software should not be downloaded or installed from unofficial websites, through torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, installers, and so on. It should be downloaded only via direct links and official websites. Check all settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on.
Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted apps. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites - they can redirect people who click them to untrusted websites or cause download/installation of potentially malicious software.
Ensure that there are no unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) installed on the browser, or programs of this kind on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Top APP, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Top APP browser hijacker:
Top APP asks permission to read and change various data:
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- What is Top APP?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Top APP application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searchnewworld.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Top APP browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searchnewworld.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searchnewworld.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Top APP browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Top APP"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the searchnewworld.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Top APP browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://searchnewworld.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Top APP".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnewworld.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Top APP" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Top APP", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.searchnewworld.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "searchnewworld.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnewworld.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Top APP", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Top APP", remove hxxp://searchnewworld.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with searchnewworld.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnewworld.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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