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Jul 15, 2016

Topsocialtabsearch.com Browser Hijacker Virus Removal Help

Hey, there. I don’t really understand how Topsocialtabsearch.com virus gets into my browser. I just saw it this morning after I visited an ad site looking for travel information on Japan. Now Topsocialtabsearch.com is starting to act as my default home website. It replaced my default start-up page without my approval! How can it do this without my permission? The most important thing now is that my Google Chrome is acting so weirdly. My Chrome continues redirecting me to visit the pop-ups on the website without asking me to click on it. I can’t use my chrome normally as usual now. What should I do? Please advise! Thank you!

What Is Topsocialtabsearch.com Browser Hijacker?

Topsocialtabsearch.com virus is newly created browser hijacker virus which is a completely detected rogue application. This virus has been reported by many users throughout the Internet around the world. This fake website pretends itself to be a legitimate and practical search engine which can provide you useful information. As a matter of fact, it is to be PPC (pay-per-click) business which can’t give anything you want. This fake virus is designed by cyber criminals with the purpose of hacking into computer users’ system and then performing their evil goals on the compromised computer. Cyber hackers used to attach this infection to a third unwanted application on the Internet, such as spam email as well as its attachments, suspicious websites, freeware downloads, and unsafe links/pop-ups/ads and so on. Therefore, this virus may get into your computer while you are visiting a phishing site, opening a junk e-mail attachment, clicking on an unknown link or downloading an application from an unsafe source, especially after you jailbreak your computer.

Once Topsocialtabsearch.com virus dives into your computer, it will take effect on the infected computer immediately. Once, the program is on your computer’s system (no matter it is Windows or Mac computer), it wipes your default homepage, search engine and a new tab page off and hammers Topsocialtabsearch.com instead. This virus has the ability to perfectly influence all the browsers on your compromised computer, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and other most widely used web browsers. What’s more, since this fake webpage becomes your default search provider, it can control what websites you are displayed. You can’t get any useful information from your research results which are provided by this fake search engine. In addition, it will show you lots of scam sites, ads, pop-ups and links which contain malicious infections (such as Trojans, spyware, adware, malware and warm etc.) In one word, once Topsocialtabsearch.com hacks your computer, you may not do anything normally on the compromised computer. It is strongly suggested to get rid of this fake application from your computer as early as you when you detect this virus on your computer.

Processing manual removal is supposed to have a certain level of computer literacy. If you are not sure how to start and are afraid of making any critical mistakes damaging the computer system, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

A Screenshot of Topsocialtabsearch.com Infection

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Basic Symptoms and Potential Risks of Topsocialtabsearch.com Infection

1. It can be added to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers without your notification.
2. You are rerouted to some unknown sponsored websites that you have never seen before when you surfing online.
3. You can get a bunch of popup ads show on the webpage which you are browsing.
4. It can be installed on your computer slightly.
5. This browser hijacker can introduce various infections and unwanted programs onto your system,
6. It can investigate your browsing behavior and gather your input information online.
7. It is also responsible for collecting computer user’s private information like IP address and online traces for unethical using of online marketing.

Note: If one of symptoms mentioned above is found in your computer, then you must know that your computer is being attacked by the browser hijacker. Since the browser hijacker is so dangerous, once your computer is infected, you should take actions to delete the hijacker. If you are not a computer expert, in case you lose your important data or damage your system, please welcome to contact Yoocare/Yoosecurity Online Expert for help now!

Manual Removal Guide:

Topsocialtabsearch.com Hijacker hijacks your default browser to redirect your web search results and modifies your default homepage and browser settings. Manual removal is the most effective way to completely uninstall it from an infected computer’s operating system, for the season that this hijacker is so cunning and dangerous, antivirus programs cannot get rid of it permanently. Here are the manual guides for users to remove the annoying hijacker.

1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions

* Internet Explorer:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options

Tools in IE

(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the dubious add-ons

* Firefox:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons

Tools in Firefox

(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable

* Google Chrome:

(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions

Customize and control Google Chrome button

(2). Disable the extensions of this virus

2. End Relevant Processes

(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab

Windows Task Manager

*For Win 8 Users:

Click More details when you see the Task Manager box

Win 8 Task Manager

And then click Details tab

Details Tab in Win 8 Task Manager

(2). Find out and end this hijacker’s processes

3. Show Hidden Files

(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel

(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization

(3). Click on Folder Options

(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window

(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window

*For Win 8 Users:

Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options

View in Computer Window

Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

View Tab in Folder Options Window

4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files

(1). Delete the registry entries related to this browser hijacker through Registry Editor Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”

While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random

(2). Find out and remove the associated files

%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Conclusion

Topsocialtabsearch.com virus is risky and annoying browser hijacker virus which can only be removed by manual. Nowadays, no antivirus can remove this virus from the compromised computer completely and permanently. The only way to remove this virus is manual removal guide which can be done by remote with the help of YooCare Expert. Once this virus sneaks into your computer, it will trace all your online activities and collect your sensitive data (such as credit card information, bank account information, trading user-names and log-in password etc.). Once this infection finds your private data, it will transfer the data to the remote cyber criminals who may use your data to do illegal thing without your knowledge. Hence, you may have to face a great potential of financial loss and the leak of other privacy security. Therefore, if you want to protect your computer and avoid the potential loss, it is highly recommended to use manual removal tips to get rid of Topsocialtabsearch.com browser hijacker virus from your infected computer as soon as you find it on your computer.

Suggestion: The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.

Published by & last updated on July 15, 2016 3:11 pm

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