What is Search.topsafetab.com
Technically, Search.topsafetab.com is a hijacker infection, it is not a virus. Once started, the browser hijacker infection modifies internet browser’s settings. Once this browser hijacker gets installed on your system, it alters the settings of all your internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. It will set Search.topsafetab.com new tab as your start page, search provider by default. Thus, if you launch any of the browsers, it will always be show this unwanted web page. Moreover, when you create a new tab, the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge can be also redirected to Search.topsafetab.com.
The Search.topsafetab.com infection usually affects only the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The hijacker infection will perform a scan of the PC system for web-browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the browser shortcuts, it will add the argument like ‘http://search.topsafetab.com’ into Target property. So, each time you run the web-browser, you will see the Search.topsafetab.com unwanted search.
As mentioned above, Search.topsafetab.com hijacker also alters the browser’s search engine. So, your internet browser, when searching something, will show a hodgepodge of advertising links, links to malicious and misleading web sites and search results of a big search engines like Google or Bing. As a result, actual use of a browser’s search becomes impossible, it may also lead to slowing or even a computer browser to freeze.
Also on the computer together with Search.topsafetab.com infection can be installed an adware, which will insert a tons of advertising banners directly to the pages that you view, creating a sense that ads has been added by the creators of the web-page. Moreover, a legal advertising may be replaced on the fake advertising links, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the Search.topsafetab.com browser hijacker has the ability to collect a huge amount of personal information about you, which can later transfer to third parties.
How to Search.topsafetab.com hijacker infection get installed onto personal computer
Probably this web-browser hijacker get installed onto your system when you have installed a free applications like E-Mail checker, PDF creator, video codec, etc. Because, most commonly Search.topsafetab.com is bundled within the installation packages from Softonic, Cnet, Soft32, Brothersoft or other similar web-sites. Even removing this program, your internet browser settings will not be restored. Therefore, you must follow the steps below to restore your homepage, search engine by default.
How to manually remove Search.topsafetab.com
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Search.topsafetab.com from Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge.
- Remove Search.topsafetab.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search.topsafetab.com startpage
- Remove Search.topsafetab.com homepage from Google Chrome
- Remove Search.topsafetab.com startpage from Firefox
- Remove Search.topsafetab.com startpage from IE
Remove Search.topsafetab.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Click “Uninstall a program” It will open a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search.topsafetab.com new tab
During the installation, this browser hijacker may also change the browser’s shortcuts, adding “http://search.topsafetab.com” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the browser, it will open this annoying page.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text “http://search.topsafetab.com” that has been added here. You need to remove it. When the text is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove Search.topsafetab.com homepage from Google Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thus restore the homepage, new tab page and search engine by default that have been modified by the Search.topsafetab.com hijacker.
Start the Google Chrome. Click on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter. The internet browser will display the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown below and click on the “Reset settings” button. The Google Chrome will display the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action. Press on the “Reset” button. The program will start the process of cleaning and when it is finished, the internet browser settings including startpage, new tab page and default search engine back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your PC.
Remove Search.topsafetab.com startpage from Firefox
If the FF settings such as start page, search provider by default have been changed by the infection, then reseting it to the default state can help.
Run the Firefox and press button to open the Tools menu. It displays the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Click on the Help button (). In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type about:support in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. It will show the confirmation dialog box. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the Search.topsafetab.com browser hijacker infection. Once, it’s done, press the “Finish” button
Remove Search.topsafetab.com startpage from IE
Run IE, press ). Click “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next press Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button. You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove Search.topsafetab.com browser hijacker, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s home page to default state.
How to remove Search.topsafetab.com with Antimalware
Remove Search.topsafetab.com browser hijacker manually is difficult and often infection is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the MalwareBytes Anti-malware Free that are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free software will help you to remove adware and toolbars that your system may be infected too.
- Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM) from the link below. Malwarebytes Anti-malware
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- Close all programs and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that named mbam-setup.
- Click Next and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is complete, click on the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your computer for Search.topsafetab.com infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
- When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Remove Selected”. Once disinfection is completed, you may be prompted to Restart.
Block Search.topsafetab.com and other similar malicious sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying advertisements and malicious web-pages, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous advertising and sites. Moreover, the software can block the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program using the following link.
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After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. After installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, sites such Search.topsafetab.com, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Remove Search.topsafetab.com hijacker and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot remove this browser hijacker infection, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijackers, adware, PUPs, toolbars. Also you can ask for help our Myantispyware team below.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Once finished, open a directory in which you saved it. You will see a icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Press “Start” button to perform a system scan for Search.topsafetab.com adware and malicious extensions. Once AdwCleaner has finished, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Cleaning” button. It will display a prompt.
Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your personal computer.
When your PC system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
How to ask for help the Myantispyware team
If you are seeking a help for Search.topsafetab.com removal then follow these steps.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop. HijackThis download
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon, and click the button labeled “Do a system scan only”.
- Once the scan is complete, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with Search.topsafetab.com removal.
Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.