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Remove TopStreamsSearch browser hijacker

By | August 6, 2020

TopStreamsSearch is a browser hijacker that hijacks the new tab, search engine, and homepage in Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chromium Edge, or Microsoft Edge browser.

After hijacking the web browser configurations, the start page and search engine will be replaced with TopStreamsSearch Search

Users’ web searches, browser history, and other sensitive information are collected by the TopStreamsSearch browser hijacker.

TopStreamsSearch is usually installed without the knowledge of the user. TopStreamsSearch is installed through rogue – malicious software installations that you can download for free from all over the internet.

Adware is a common alias for malware-type applications that infect the computer without the knowledge of the PC user and hijacks the browser settings. TopStreamsSearch adware causes unwanted changes in the web browser settings that are usually hard to find for the majority of users.

The most common signs of adware on your computer are unwanted pop-ups and redirects in your browser to suspicious webpages.

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Adware developers usually claim that the TopStreamsSearch redirect offers a number of advantages over legitimate search engines.

In reality, TopStreamsSearch is designed for in-content advertisements to generate income through pay per click ads within the search results.

The TopStreamsSearch search engine does not provide any advantage over legitimate search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.

TopStreamsSearch is only built for revenue generation purposes and is dangerous for your online privacy.

How to remove TopStreamsSearch?

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The instructions below apply to Microsoft Windows devices only. Mac OS users should use CleanMyMac or Malwarebytes for Mac to remove TopStreamsSearch. Read more in this Mac adware removal instruction.

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Uninstall adware program to get rid of TopStreamsSearch Seach

In this first removal step, we will attempt to identify and uninstall TopStreamsSearch adware that might have been installed without your knowledge on your computer.

  • Right-click the Windows Start button and Open Run from the menu.
  • Type: appwiz.cpl to open Windows Control Panel / uninstall programs and features
  • Find recently installed adware applications and uninstall the apps.

In the image, you see recently known adware applications associated with the TopStreamsSearch browser hijacker.

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Information: Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date, doing so makes it easier to detect recently installed adware applications and uninstall them.

If you don’t know what to look for, go to this removal step.

Remove TopStreamsSearch add-on from Internet Explorer

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In this first step for Internet Explorer, you have to verify if internet explorer is infected with a malicious add-on. Add-ons could be responsible for the TopStreamsSearch homepage, the search engine in the Internet Explorer web browser.

  • Choose the wrench button, and from the menu click “Manage add-ons.”
  • Check the add-on list for the TopStreamsSearch add-on in Internet Explorer, click “Disable” or “Remove” to delete the add-on.

Continue to the next step.

Remove TopStreamsSearch homepage from Internet Explorer

  • Click on the wrench button, and from the IE menu, click “Internet options.”
  • Go to tab General, remove TopStreamsSearch, and enter your preferred internet explorer homepage.
  • Save settings with OK.

Remove TopStreamsSearch search engine from Internet Explorer

  • Click on the wrench button, and from the menu click “Manage add-ons.”
  • On the left menu, click on “Search Providers.”
  • Set the search engine of your choice, Google, Bing, or Yahoo as default and remove TopStreamsSearch.
  • In order to do this, click the search engine you want as your default search “Google” and click the “Set as default” button.
  • Select TopStreamsSearch and click the “Remove” button.
  • When Google, Bing, Yahoo is not listed, click the “Find more search providers” link at the bottom of the Manage Add-ons window and add one.

Remove TopStreamsSearch extension from Google Chrome

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In this first step for Google Chrome, you need to identify and remove the browser extension responsible for the TopStreamsSearch search engine.

Some browser extensions are ad-supported, e.g., adware and might change the homepage or search settings to TopStreamsSearch.

If you didn’t install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.

  • Click on the Google Chrome menu button.
  • Click on “More tools” and then “Extensions.”

Uninstall the TopStreamsSearch extension and click the “Remove” button to remove the extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first.

Continue to the next step.

Remove TopStreamsSearch homepage from Google Chrome

  • Click on the Google Chrome menu button.
  • Click on “Settings.”
  • In the On startup section, find the TopStreamsSearch extension and click “Disable.”
  • Click the “Open a specific page or set of pages” and check for the TopStreamsSearch homepage.
  • If present, select the three vertical dots and click the “Remove” button.

Remove TopStreamsSearch search engine from Google Chrome

  • Click on the Google Chrome menu button.
  • Click on “Settings.”
  • In the “Search engine” section find the “manage search engines” button.
  • In the list of search engines, locate the TopStreamsSearch search engine.
  • On the right next to the URL, click the three vertical dots button and select “Remove from list.”
  • Click the three vertical dots next to Google, Yahoo, or Bing and select “Make default.”

Reset your Google Chrome synced profile

Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services.

If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, the homepage, and TopStreamsSearch search engine settings are synced with Google’s servers.

It is important to clean this synchronized cache.

If the user doesn’t clear the synchronized settings, the TopStreamsSearch extension and Chrome settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.

Remove TopStreamsSearch add-on from Firefox

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In this first step for Firefox, you need to identify and remove any Firefox add-on that is unknown to you.
If you didn’t install any add-on at all, remove all add-ons from Firefox.

Add-ons in Firefox could be ad-supported which basically means an add-on might have installed TopStreamsSearch in Firefox.

  • Click the Firefox menu button.
  • In the drop-down menu click Add-ons.
  • Click extensions from the left menu.
  • Identify the TopStreamsSearch browser extension.
  • Click the “Remove” button to delete the extension and get rid of TopStreamsSearch.

Remove TopStreamsSearch homepage from Firefox

  • Open the Firefox menu, which can be found in the top right corner.
  • Select “Options” from the menu.
  • In the options window, go to Home in the left menu.
  • Remove TopStreamsSearch from the Custom URLs textbox, or click the “Restore Defaults” button.

Remove TopStreamsSearch search engine from Firefox

  • In the address bar type about:config and confirm with an Enter.
  • Click the I accept the risk! Button.
  • In the search bar type: moz-extension
  • Right-click on each of the results and select Reset to restore their values to default settings.
  • Restart Firefox.

Remove TopStreamsSearch from Chromium Edge

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If you encounter TopStreamsSearch as your default homepage or search engine in Chromium Edge, follow these instructions.

  • Open Chromium Edge browser.
  • In the top-right menu, open Settings.
  • In the left menu click on Reset Settings.
  • In the Reset Chromium settings, click on Restore settings to their default values.
  • Click Reset to confirm Chromium Edge reset.

Remove TopStreamsSearch from Microsoft Edge

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If you encounter TopStreamsSearch as your default homepage or search engine in Microsoft Edge, follow these instructions.

  • Right-click the start button in Windows 10.
  • In the start menu click on Apps and Features.
  • Scroll down through the right Apps and Features list till you see Microsoft Edge.
  • Click Advanced options.
  • Click on the Reset button to reset Microsoft Edge to default settings.

Microsoft Edge reset will clear the browsing history, cookies, and settings. Not the Microsoft Edge favorites web pages.

Remove TopStreamsSearch adware with Malwarebytes

Get rid of TopStreamsSearch with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is free to use, detect and remove the TopStreamsSearch redirect from the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge web browser.

TopStreamsSearch is a browser hijacker which is a type of malware, Malwarebytes will remove the TopStreamsSearch malware from the web browser for free.

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Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start searching for the adware responsible for the TopStreamsSearch search engine in the web browser.

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Malwarebytes will start scanning for malware. Please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.

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Once the malware scan is completed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the TopStreamsSearch malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.

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Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.

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Malwarebytes needs to perform a system reboot to finish the TopStreamsSearch redirect removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.

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After the system reboot, your web browser is free from the TopStreamsSearch browser hijacker.

Max
Author: Max

Hi, I am Max. I am a computer security researcher. Every day I blog about new adware threats as they are released. I am also active in various online communities to help people with their computer problems. Stay safe!

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