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Suddenly Search.top-arama.com took over your homepage and you cannot remove it.
How did I get infected with?
Is this the most intrusive question in your head right now? If not, it should be. In order to prevent future threats of this kind, you have to know what you did wrong this time. Now, although it’s rather hard to tell precisely how the hijacker got to you, there are some extremely popular infiltration methods in the world of cyber parasites. Hackers never stop working on new techniques but you have to keep in mind that the old ones are still as efficient as always. Take spam messages/email for example. If you ended up infected with the Search.top-arama.com virus, you might have clicked some of those open and that simple action was more than enough for the hijacker to get installed. Do you see how effortless it is to download a virus? All you need is one careless click. Voila. Another effective distribution method is freeware bundling. Again, all it takes is a single moment of distractions and negligence to let all types of parasites enter your PC. That is why it’s highly recommended to select the Custom or Advanced option in the Setup Wizard because this way you remain entirely in control of the installation process and decide which program is reliable enough to be downloaded. It’s either you or cyber criminals who make that decision. It better be you. One more rule of thumb for the future – make sure you go through the Terms and Conditions of what you install unless you’re willing to accept some devious term or condition that will cause you a great headache later on. Remember, you can never be too careful when browsing the Web.
Why is this dangerous?
Why would you think that a nasty hijacker could be safe? It isn’t. The first thing Search.top-arama.com does after its successful infiltration is to replace your default homepage and search engine with its own domain. You don’t get to say whether you like the upcoming changes in the browser settings or not. The virus makes them anyway. As you can see, this is quite a rude intrusion but the hijacker’s manipulations go much, much further. Once it has affected Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer, the parasite starts redirecting you. Get ready to be seeing completely random search results that may have nothing to do with what you’re actually searching for. Of course, hackers don’t care about your browsing experience. They care for money. Every web link the hijacker displays is sponsored and it could easily be corrupted so you CANNOT trust absolutely anything on your PC screen after the machine has been compromised. In addition, the personal data that Search.top-arama.com sneakily steals might end up in the wrong hands and you don’t want to know all the possible scenarios that this may lead to. Trust us on one thing though – the fact that crooks have access to your passwords, usernames, email-addresses and even your browsing history can’t end well for you in any of these scenarios. It goes without saying that due to the parasite’s malicious presence, your computer speed will be deeply affected as well so every task will inevitably take much longer to accomplish that it should. Have you had enough with Search.top-arama.com’s trickery? Then hesitate no more and do yourself a favor. You could either delete the hijacker automatically or manually and if you decide to remove the pest yourself, please follow the instructions below.
How to Remove Search.top-arama.com virus
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Search.top-arama.com infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.
The Search.top-arama.com adware is specifically designed to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.
STEP 1 : Uninstall Search.top-arama.com from your computer
Simultaneously press the Windows Logo Button and then “R” to open the Run Command Window
navigate to HKCU\software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Modify the string with a value data and set it to google.com for example.
STEP 2 : Remove Search.top-arama.com homepage from Chrome, Firefox and IE
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the Search.top-arama.com by clicking on the little recycle bin
- Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind
Open Mozilla Firefox
- Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
- Disable the unwanted Extension
- Go to Help
- Then Troubleshoot information
- Click on Reset Firefox
Open Internet Explorer
- On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
- Click on Internet options
- go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
- Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset
- Restart Internet Explorer
How to Permanently Remove Search.top-arama.com Virus (automatic) Removal Guide
To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.