According to security specialists, TopicLookup is potentially unwanted application (PUA) or adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). You can search whether there is adware in your Finder or unwanted extension on your browser. If any, you should first uninstall it from your MAC.
How can TopicLookup adware be dangerous to your MAC OS? Adware software presents undesired advertisements on your computer. Some of these advertisements are scams or fake advertisements designed to trick you. Even the harmless advertisements can become really irritating. Adware software can be installed unintentionally and without you knowing about it, when you open email attachments, install free programs.
Another reason why you need to delete adware software is its online data-tracking activity. Adware is often harmless, but sometimes the adware you inadvertently download can also be spyware. Spyware can sometimes seek out your privacy information stored on the MAC OS, gather this information and use it to steal your identity.
It’s very important to pay attention to additional checkboxes during the installation of free software to avoid installing of potentially unwanted programs, adware or other unwanted programs. Never install the optional software that the program wants to install with it. Inattentive free programs download can result in install of potentially unwanted apps and adware.
|Type||adware software, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop-ups, pop-up ads, pop-up virus|
|Removal||TopicLookup removal guide|
Therefore it is very important to follow the few simple steps below without a wait. The steps will assist you to remove adware as well as clean your MAC system from the TopicLookup ads. What is more, the step-by-step guide below will help you remove other malicious programs such as undesired toolbars and browser hijackers, that can be installed onto machine along with the adware software.
How to remove TopicLookup adware
Not all undesired applications such as TopicLookup adware are easily uninstallable. You might see popups, deals, text links, in-text ads, banners and other type of advertisements in the Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari and might not be able to figure out the program responsible for this activity. The reason for this is that many unwanted apps neither appear in the Finder. Therefore in order to fully get rid of TopicLookup ads, you need to execute the steps below. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to exit your browser or restart your computer.
To remove TopicLookup, perform the following steps:
- Manual TopicLookup adware removal
- How to automatically get rid of TopicLookup
- How to block TopicLookup adware software
- To sum up
Manual TopicLookup adware removal
To remove TopicLookup adware software, adware software and other unwanted applications you can try to do so manually. Unfortunately some of the adware software won’t show up in your application list, but some adware software may. In this case, you may be able to get rid of it via the uninstall function of your MAC system. You can do this by completing the steps below.
Remove TopicLookup related apps through the Finder
Check out the Finder (Applications section) to see all installed apps. If you see any unknown and suspicious programs, they are the ones you need to delete.
Make sure you have closed all internet browsers and other programs. Next, delete any undesired and suspicious software from MAC OS using the Finder.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
Look around the entire list of apps installed on your MAC OS. Most probably, one of them is the TopicLookup that cause undesired advertisements to appear. Select the dubious application or the application that name is not familiar to you and remove it.
Drag the questionable program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, don’t forget, select Finder -> Empty Trash.
Delete TopicLookup adware from Safari
If you find that Safari web browser settings having been changed by TopicLookup that causes web browsers to open annoying popup ads, then you may return your settings, via the reset web-browser procedure.
Click Safari menu and choose “Preferences”.
It will open the Safari Preferences window. Next, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for unknown and suspicious addons on left panel, choose it, then press the “Uninstall” button. Most important to get rid of all unknown extensions from Safari.
Once complete, click “General” tab. Change the “Default Search Engine” to Google.
Find the “Homepage” and type into textfield “https://www.google.com”.
Get rid of TopicLookup adware from Firefox
Resetting Firefox web browser will reset all the settings to their default state and will remove TopicLookup adware, malicious add-ons and extensions. However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu like below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as shown in the following example.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Mozilla Firefox web-browser settings to their default state.
Remove TopicLookup from Google Chrome
Run the Reset browser tool of the Chrome to reset all its settings like search provider by default, new tab page and start page to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of unwanted ads like the TopicLookup ads.
- First start the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed addons. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is finished, your web-browser’s search engine, start page and new tab will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
How to automatically get rid of TopicLookup
If you’re unsure how to remove TopicLookup adware easily, consider using automatic adware removal software that listed below. It will identify the TopicLookup and delete it from your MAC for free.
How to get rid of TopicLookup with MalwareBytes
Delete TopicLookup manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to run the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, this free program will allow you to delete malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and browser hijacker infection that your MAC system can be infected too.
MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) can be downloaded from the following link.
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Update: September 10, 2020
Once downloading is finished, close all software and windows on your Apple Mac. Run the saved file. Follow the prompts.
The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan” button . MalwareBytes Free tool will start scanning the whole MAC system to find out TopicLookup adware software. Depending on your Apple Mac, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware tool is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software.
As the scanning ends, MalwareBytes will show a scan report. Review the report and then click “Remove Selected Items” button. The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will delete TopicLookup adware.
How to stay safe online
The AdGuard is a very good adblocker application for the Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome, with active user support. It does a great job by removing certain types of undesired ads, popunders, popups, unwanted newtab pages, and even full page ads and web-page overlay layers. Of course, the AdGuard can stop the TopicLookup adware software automatically or by using a custom filter rule.
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard on your Windows Desktop from the following link.
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Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
Once the download is finished, run the downloaded file. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide. Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your MAC, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, block harmful or misleading websites.
To sum up
Now your MAC system should be clean of the TopicLookup adware software which developed to reroute your internet browser to various ad web-sites. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted ads and undesired malicious web sites) and MalwareBytes Free (to periodically scan your computer for new adwares and other malware).
If you are still having problems while trying to delete TopicLookup adware from the Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox, then ask for help here here.