Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is TopShape.me?
Developed by Keen Internet Technologies Ltd, the TopShape.me application supposedly notifies users of available updates to installed applications. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, many users are unaware that TopShape.me is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
The reason for these negative associations is the dubious behavior exhibited by TopShape.me, which includes stealth installation, display of intrusive online advertisements, and tracking of Internet browsing activity.
TopShape.me generates various types of intrusive online advertisements including (but not limited to) pop-up, banner, and in-text ads. These are displayed using a virtual layer, which enables placement of third party graphical content on any visited websites. They conceal underlying website content, thus diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
Most lead to websites selling various merchandise or offering certain services. Some, however, may redirect to malicious sites - clicking them can lead to further adware or malware infections. TopShape.me collects various Internet browsing-related information. The developers later share this data with third parties.
Note that the collected information (for example, Internet Protocol [IP] addresses, Internet service provider [ISP], etc.) may contain personally identifiable details. This type of information sharing can lead to privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall TopShape.me adware immediately.
Adware-type applications share similar characteristics. There are hundreds of rogue apps with virtually identical behavior to TopShape.me adware. For example, KeyStream, MyBrowser, NowUSeeIt Player, and Games Desktop also offer various useful features.
These false claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimate and useful software, whereas their true purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. After infiltration, these applications simply display advertisements and collect personal data, delivering no real value for users.
How did TopShape.me install on my computer?
TopShape.me is free for anyone to download on its official website, and yet, many users install this application inadvertently without their consent, since developers also distribute this app using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party apps with regular software/apps).
Rogue applications such as TopShape.me are often hidden within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings, and by skipping this section, users expose their systems to risk of infection.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent installation of rogue apps, be attentive when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze these processes and opt-out of all third party applications included. Bear in mind that most rogue apps are concealed, and therefore, the download and installation procedures should be performed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical'.
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is TopShape.me?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TopShape.me application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TopShape.me adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove TopShape.me ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by TopShape.me' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove TopShape.me extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
TopShape.me 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 "TopShape.me", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes TopShape.me ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove TopShape.me adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, TopShape.me did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the topshape.me 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the topshape.me 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with topshape.me 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 topshape.me 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.
Post a comment:
If you have additional information on topshape.me adware or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.
▼ Show Discussion