Every time, when you browse the Internet with your web browser lots on unwanted ads keeps annoying you? It is possible that you have the VPNTop adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) installed on your computer. The VPNTop adware can end up on your machine in various ways. Most often is when you download and install freeware and forget to uncheck the box for the optional apps installation. Don’t panic because we have got the solution. Here’s a instructions on how to uninstall VPNTop and thus get rid of any undesired ads from the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge and other internet browsers.
It’s probably that you might be bothered with the VPNTop ad supported software that causes internet browsers to show unwanted pop up ads. You should not disregard this unwanted software. The adware might not only display undesired advertisements, but redirect your web browser to misleading web pages. What is more, the adware can analyze your browsing, and gain access to your privacy information and, later, can sell it to third party companies. Thus, there are more than enough reasons to remove VPNTop from your machine.
Most often, the ad-supported software hijacks the most common web-browsers such as the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. But such the harmful software as well may affect another web browsers by modifying its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web browser’s shortcut). So every time you start the web-browser, it’ll redirect to the annoying VPNTop ads. Even if you setup a new startpage, an annoying site will be the first thing you see when you launch the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
Instructions that is shown below, will help you to clean your PC from the adware as well as get rid of VPNTop undesired ads from the Chrome, Firefox, Edge and IE and other web browsers.
Remove VPNTop adware (removal guidance)
Most often ad-supported software requires more than a simple uninstall with the help of Windows Control panel in order to be fully deleted. For that reason, our team created several removal solutions that we have summarized in a detailed guide. Therefore, if you’ve the annoying VPNTop on your PC and are currently trying to have it uninstalled then feel free to follow the step-by-step instructions below in order to resolve your problem. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to exit your internet browser or restart your PC system.
To remove VPNTop, execute the steps below:
- Remove VPNTop without any utilities
- VPNTop ad-supported software automatic removal
- How to stay safe online
- Prevent VPNTop from installing
- To sum up
Remove VPNTop without any utilities
Read this “How to remove” section to know how to manually delete VPNTop which causes unwanted popup advertisements. Even if the step by step instructions does not work for you, there are several free malicious software removers below that can easily handle such VPNTop ‘ad supported’ software that causes multiple unwanted advertisements and popups.
Delete VPNTop associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
Some PUPs, browser hijacking software and ad-supported software can be uninstalled by uninstalling the free programs they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed software in Microsoft Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to remove them.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will display a list of all apps installed on the personal computer.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort apps by date.
See more details in the video guidance below.
Fix web-browser shortcuts, modified by ad supported software
Unfortunately, the ad supported software which cause intrusive popup ads to appear, can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your internet browsers shortcut files), so that the VPNTop ads will be displayed when you open the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge or another browser.
Right click on the shortcut file of hijacked web-browser as displayed on the screen below.
Select the “Properties” option and it’ll open the shortcut’s properties. Next, click the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown in the following example.
Then press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web browsers which are redirected to the VPNTop ads.
Remove Ads by VPNTop from Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the internet browser’s settings such as startpage, new tab and search provider by default that have been changed by the VPNTop adware which created to reroute your web-browser to various ad sites.
First run the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will open the Google Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the add-on signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option named “Settings”.
The browser will display the settings screen. Another way to display the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation prompt as shown on the screen below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will start the process of cleaning. After it’s complete, the web-browser’s settings including newtab page, homepage and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your system.
Remove VPNTop ads from IE
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your web browser, which installed by an malicious software.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The IE will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button as displayed below.
When the task is done, press “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your PC for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your browser’s newtab, homepage and search engine by default to default state.
Get rid of VPNTop ads from Firefox by resetting browser settings
Resetting your Firefox is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your web browser program, including the redirect to VPNTop ads.
First, run the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Further, press the Help button () as displayed on the screen below
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 display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed in the following example. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the VPNTop that causes a large amount of unwanted popups. After, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted VPNTop ads opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all the tasks which have been created by the VPNTop program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will display a dialog box which called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the unwanted software, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the following example.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by the VPNTop application. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
VPNTop ad-supported software automatic removal
After completing the manual removal guidance above all unwanted applications, malicious internet browser’s add-ons and VPNTop that causes browsers to show annoying pop-ups should be deleted. If the problem with VPNTop is still remained, then we recommend to scan your machine for any remaining malicious components. Run recommended free adware removal software below.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to delete VPNTop adware
We advise using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to find and remove VPNTop ads from the Firefox, Chrome, IE and MS Edge browsers. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically check and detect all threats exist on your PC.
- Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will show the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once the downloading process is finished, please close all programs and open windows on your computer. Next, start a file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will run the “Setup wizard” of Zemana Free onto your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will start and show the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan” button .Zemana Anti-Malware program will scan through the whole system for the VPNTop that causes undesired popup advertisements. This task can take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- After the checking is done, a list of all items found is created.
- You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click the “Next” button. The tool will remove VPNTop that cause intrusive pop-up advertisements to appear. When that process is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the machine.
- Close the Zemana and continue with the next step.
How to delete VPNTop with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your personal computer of the ad-supported software. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It’s able to help you remove unwanted VPNTop from your computer, PUPs, malware, browser hijacker infections, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your personal computer for free.
- Visit the page linked below to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM). Save it on your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web-browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the download is done, please close all software and open windows on your computer. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) onto your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the MalwareBytes will run and open the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan Now” button for checking your PC system for the VPNTop ad-supported software that causes multiple intrusive ads and popups. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes program is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified as threat.
- When the scanning is complete, MalwareBytes Anti Malware will open a list of detected threats.
- Review the report and then click the “Quarantine Selected” button. Once the clean up is finished, you may be prompted to restart the system.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Scan your system and get rid of VPNTop with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and use to get rid of VPNTop that causes lots of undesired pop up advertisements, hijacker infections, malware, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your computer. You may run this utility to detect threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of AdwCleaner for Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 28, 2022
Download and run AdwCleaner on your computer. Once started, press “Scan” button for scanning your system for the VPNTop that causes multiple unwanted advertisements and pop-ups. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your system and the speed of your machine. When a malicious software, adware or PUPs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished.. After finished, AdwCleaner will open a list of detected items. Once you have selected what you want to remove from your computer, click Clean button.
All-in-all, AdwCleaner is a fantastic free tool to clean your PC system from any unwanted apps. The AdwCleaner is portable program that meaning, you do not need to install it to run it. AdwCleaner is compatible with all versions of MS Windows operating system from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 10. Both 64-bit and 32-bit systems are supported.
How to stay safe online
It is also critical to protect your internet browsers from malicious web-sites and ads by using an adblocker program such as AdGuard. Security experts says that it will greatly reduce the risk of malware, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard may also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
Download AdGuard program on your system by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the downloading process is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is finished, you will see a window as displayed in the following example.
You can click “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or click “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 system, AdGuard will start automatically and block advertisements, as well as other harmful or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
Prevent VPNTop from installing
The majority of ad supported software is bundled within freeware or even paid applications that Internet users can easily download online. The installers of such applications, most commonly, clearly show that they will install additional apps. The option is given to users to block the installation of any third-party apps. So, in order to avoid the setup of any adware: read all disclaimers and install screens very carefully, select only Custom or Advanced installation mode and uncheck all additional applications in which you are unsure.
To sum up
Once you’ve finished the tutorial shown above, your PC should be clean from VPNTop that causes a huge number of intrusive popups and other malicious software. The Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge will no longer reroute you to VPNTop ads. Unfortunately, if the step by step guide does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.