Remove uTop.it – WOW Search homepage hijacker (Virus Removal Guide)




utop.it virusuTop.it is the homepage hijacker which is installed by browser extensions or addons and replaces your default search engine with wow.utop.it. This homepage hijacker is bundled with freeware to promote uTop.it Search and to make money using advertisements within the search results.

Once this uTop.it browser hijacker is installed on your computer, the default search engine and homepage for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is replaced with uTop.it. This uTop.it homepage is not malicious process itself and may not be called a virus, but it does change security settings within your favorite browser and is distributed by freeware. uTop.it also hijacks the shortcut of your favorite browser and adds a extra uTop.it argument behind the executable. By doing this hijacking the uTop.it website always opens when you open the browser, even as you replaced your default homepage with a website of your choice. It’s a very nifty and nasty method of forcing to drive web-traffic to their website.

Please be aware what you install on your computer. The uTop.it browser hijacker is most likely installed by the computer user itself because it’s offered during the installation process by malicious or free software.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast through the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers an Advanced, Custom or Decline button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.




Remove uTop.it homepage

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Please note that all the software we offer to remove uTop.it is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. We do not supply any shareware which detects the threat and asks a license in order to remove uTop.it. Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfuly remove uTop.it and it’s shortcut hijack. This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop.

Step 1 – Uninstall uTop IT malicious software

Step 2 – Remove uTop.it Shortcut Hijack

Step 3 – Reset your Browser

Step 4 – Remove uTop.it registry items and extensions using AdwCleaner

Step 5 – Remove uTop.it infected files using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove uTop.it from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser.

computer_icon_32Uninstall Malicious uTop.it software from your computer

Windows XP or Windows 7

Goto Start – Control Panel – Programs – Uninstall a program

Remove uTop.it

Search for uTop.it and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for Plugins and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for Download and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for High Solution and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process

windows 7 - uninstall button

* software might have a different name, look carefully and follow all steps as described in our instruction if you cant find malicious software.

Windows 8

Open Charms goto Search type Control Panel (or goto Apps – Windows System – Control Panel)

Remove uTop.it

Goto ProgramsUninstall a program

Search for uTop.it and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for Plugins and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for Download and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process
Search for High Solution and select Uninstall/Change then follow the uninstallation process

windows 8 - uninstall button

* software might have a different name, look carefully and follow all steps as described in our instruction if you cant find malicious software.

ShortCut CleanerRemove uTop.it Shortcut Hijack

This is a important step!! Follow it, otherwise uTop.it comes back every time you start your browser.

The uTop.it adware replaces all the shortcut’s from your favorite browser, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox with a extra argument behind the executable. By doing this the uTop.it homepage is ALWAYS your default homepage, you need to remove the extra argument in order to restore your favorite browser to default settings and to use it again as you want it. We think this is a very nasty way of forcing users to your website and should not be allowed. Please follow this easy instruction to remove the uTop.it browser hijack from your favorite browser(s).

Tip: it’s easier to remove all shortcut’s you have from your browser and create them again.
It’s your choice, edit or remove and create them again.

If you want to edit them, follow this instruction below; otherwise remove the shortcut(s) and create them again.

Internet Explorer

  • Open your Internet Explorer shortcut, in taskbar, on desktop. Wherever you have a shortcut edit it.
  • Right click on Internet Explorer shortcut
  • Select Properties
  • Goto Tab Shortcut
  • Remove uTop.it behind executable “iexplore.exe” in Target http://wow.uTop.it (remove text in blue)

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Google Chrome

  • Open your Google Chrome shortcut, in taskbar, on desktop. Wherever you have a shortcut edit it.
  • Right click on Google Chrome shortcut
  • Select Properties
  • Goto Tab Shortcut
  • Remove uTop.it behind executable “chrome.exe” in Target http://wow.uTop.it (remove text in blue)

google chrome utop hijack

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open your Mozilla firefox shortcut, in taskbar, on desktop. Wherever you have a shortcut edit it.
  • Right click on Mozilla firefox shortcut
  • Select Properties
  • Goto Tab Shortcut
  • Remove uTop.it behind executable “firefox.exe” in Target http://wow.uTop.it (remove in blue)

mozilla firefox utop hijack

Reset browser settings

Follow this instruction to reset your default homepage and Search engine in your favorite browser.

Reset Internet Explorer homepage

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Goto tab General
  5. Replace uTop.it homepage with one of your choice. DO NOT CLICK use Default or Use current.

Reset Internet Explorer homepage

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Manage Addons
  4. Goto Search Providers on the left
  5. Select Bing with right mouse button and select “set as default

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings
  5. Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button
  6. Click Reset once more

Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  3. Select Help > Troubleshooting information
  4. Select Reset Firefox
  5. Confirm Reset Firefox
  6. Select Finish
  7. Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart

Remove uTop.itRemove uTop.it using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

Remove uTop.it - AdwCleaner

If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

Remove uTop.it

Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

Remove uTop.it

AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

Remove uTop.it

AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free Remove uTop.it hijack with using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

  • Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
  • Perform a Quick Scan
  • when scan is done, right click in the results and select “Check all items
  • Click “Remove Selected” button

Remove malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free

  • Reboot your computer
  • Enjoy a malware free computer.

Article published on — by Max Reisler

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