Remove Targetop Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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I wrote this article to help you remove Targetop Virus. This Targetop Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Despite the promises of Targetop to provide you with the best shopping deals online, while at the same time saving you plenty of time, you definitely should not trust this program and remove it from your PC as soon as possible. In another case, the adware tool might cause you various security problems, frequent system crashes and significantly slow the performance of your computer. Besides, if you click on a pop-up provided by Targetop, you’ll face a problem with your security, because the adware puts your system in danger. Therefore, if you want to avoid threatening your personal and financial privacy, you should remove Targetop from your PC without any hesitation.

Targetop uses various, but well-known methods to infiltrate your virtual machine. Most often, the adware application enters the system bundled with other freeware and starts operating as a browser extension. So, even if you do not remember having installed Targetop on your computer, most probably you have gone through the process without even realizing it.

Often, computer users do not read all the terms and conditions provided by the program they want to set up on the system and agree to everything in a hurry. In this way, they let the adware on the PC themselves and risk their own security not having a clue about it. Thus, you should be extremely careful every time you install new software on your computer and read all the instructions displayed by the set up wizard. Otherwise, your sensitive data might be stolen by cyber criminals who can use it for malicious purposes. Besides, you might let other potentially unwanted applications on the system. So, if you want to avoid unwillingly installing adware or letting some dangerous infections in the system, remember that haste, naivety, and distraction will certainly not help you at all.

The main problem with the displayed advertisements is that they could infect your PC with additional malware. Apart from this fact, Targetop is capable of collecting data about your browsing history, bookmarks, cookies, search queries, etc. This information is used to provide users with customized adverts in order to provoke their interest. Though, opening them might threaten the security of the system.

Be aware that every click on an advert provided by Targetop brings profit to the third parties hiding behind the adware program and continues its existence. The only way to terminate all the useless adverts is to remove Targetop from your PC. For that reason, deleting this application from the system is highly recommended.

If your browsing sessions have been transferred to untrusted websites, compromised files, it is very likely that computer viruses may have managed to penetrate into your virtual machine. As a result, infections may be now hidden into the system and they can allow some cyber criminals to gain access to your PC and steal your sensitive data. In case this happens, the only way to erase any threats and viruses from the system entirely and protect your personal data from being stolen, is to use an automatic security program. By using it, all hidden infections can be located and deleted at once. Though, opening them might threaten the security of the system.

The good news about Targetop is that its removal is not a hard process. You can delete the adware program along with its advertisements either manually, or automatically. The manual removal instructions are provided bellow this article. Though, even if you have completed the manual removal process, you still have to run a full scan of your PC in order to identify any registry leftovers or temporary files. You can do this by installing a reputable antimalware tool which will erase all the existing threats at once and will protect your system against malware 24/7 a day.

Targetop Virus Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still cannot remove Targetop Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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