Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is TopBuyer?
TopBuyer is a potentially unwanted browser extension claiming to save time and money by enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and displaying special deals/discounts available on shopping websites. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that TopBuyer is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
This rogue browser extension employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) without users' permission.
Bundling allows developers to stealthily distribute their applications together with other software, and for this reason, most users infect their computers with TopBuyer when downloading free software from freeware download websites.
Following successful infiltration, TopBuyer generates various intrusive online advertisements that include coupon, search, in-text, and interstitial ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since this PUP records various information that is likely to be personally identifiable.
For example: browser type and versions, cookies, website URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, cookies, IP addresses (to determine users' geo-locations), unique identifier numbers, and other similar software and hardware details. This information tracking may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft.
TopBuyer is similar to other adware that employs bundling as an installation method. Some examples are: Rad Rater, Malt Mark, Cinemax, and Melodx among many others.
None of these browser extensions are useful to the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected information with third parties. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate TopBuyer from your Internet browsers.
Research shows that adware such as TopBuyer is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites (including softonic.com, soft32.com, and download.com).
Download managers are used by these websites as free service monetization tools, since they offer installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
To avoid installation of TopBuyer, or other similar adware, be attentive during download of free software and click 'Decline' if installation of any additional applications is offered.
Furthermore, if you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed TopBuyer, read the removal instructions provided and remove this adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is TopBuyer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TopBuyer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TopBuyer ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove TopBuyer advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by TopBuyer from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove TopBuyer redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
TopBuyer adware 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 "TopBuyer" (or other potentially unwanted applications - at time of testing, TopBuyer ads were generated by various coupon ads-displaying adware), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes TopBuyer ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove TopBuyer adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "TopBuyer", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that TopBuyer ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the topbuyer adware, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "TopBuyer", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that TopBuyer ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the topbuyer adware, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "TopBuyer". Note that TopBuyer ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with topbuyer adware 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the topbuyer adware, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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