TopFlix removal instructions
What is TopFlix?
TopFlix is a dubious application that supposedly allows users to enter U.S. websites that are blocked in other countries - "Using our DNS service, you can access U.S. restricted content." By giving these fake promises, TopFlix gives the impression of legitimate and useful software. In fact, this app usually installs without users’ permission, continually monitors browsing activity, and displays various intrusive online advertisements. For these reasons, it is classed as a potentially unwanted adware-type program (PUP).
TopFlix employs a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, banner and other intrusive advertisements. Ads displayed using the virtual layer do not originate from visited websites and conceal underlying content. This significantly diminishes the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, it is highly probable that some of the displayed ads will lead to malicious websites - clicking them risks further high-risk adware or malware infections. As well as generating ads, TopFlix tracks Internet browsing activity by collecting IP addresses, geo-location, browser type, operating system, visited websites, and so on. This collected data might contain personal details that developers of TopFlix share with third parties to generate revenue. Therefore, data-tracking apps such as TopFlix pose a direct threat to your privacy. We strongly advise you to uninstall this PUP immediately.
This bogus application is virtually identical to DNS Unlocker, DNS-Keeper, and a number of other PUPs. All are presented as legitimate and claim to provide valuable features, however, none deliver any real value for users. TopFlix, and other similar applications, are created only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing the functionality promised, they simply generate intrusive online advertisements and track Internet browsing activity.
How did TopFlix install on my computer?
Research shows that developers of TopFlix distribute this app using using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party software with regular software/apps. Developers hide TopFlix within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings of the download/installation processes. By paying little attention when downloading and installing software, many users rush these processes and skip most/all steps - often leading to inadvertent installation of bogus programs. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of further infection and put their privacy at risk.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The details regarding installation of PUPs are often concealed. For this reason, it is very important to closely observe each step of the download/installation processes. Select the the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, follow each step, and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Bundled software is mostly rogue and, thus, should never be installed.
TopFlix adware installer set-up:
Screenshot of TopFlix application:
- What is TopFlix?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TopFlix application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TopFlix adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove TopFlix ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by TopFlix' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove TopFlix ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
TopFlix adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "TopFlix", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes TopFlix ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Download remover for Ads by TopFlix
1) Download and install 2) Run system scan 3) Enjoy your clean computer!
Remove TopFlix adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, TopFlix 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 ads by topflix, 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 ads by topflix, 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 ads by topflix 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by topflix from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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