7/17/2013

Remove Topic Torch - Completely Delete and Get Rid of Topic Torch Toolbar

The following statement is from one of victim of Topic Torch:“ Hi, I have Windows 7  with Mozilla fox browser, which is what has got me scratching my head. To the best of my knowledge I haven’t downloaded any spam software rubbish, most recent I updated my Silver light software via mozilla plugins. Now I have topic torch running banners across the bottom of my page, I ran Avast & Malwarebytes. MB found a Trojan which I have deleted, but I’m still getting the topic torch banner. Any suggestions may appreciate?” If you have the same question, please read this post carefully.

What is Topic Torch virus?


Topic Torch is a potential unwanted program, and it is also classified as an adware which is known that is created by Yontoo LLC. This company tries to design some programs which claim to enhance, extend and personalize user’s browsing experience. And the Topic Torch is one of those programs, and it has been utilized by some users. But the truth is that this program is useless at all, for it never enhance the browsing habits. In turn, this program may cause more problems to your computer. 

In the first side, this virus can display annoying ads and malicious links which are controlled by the remote hackers who add the codes onto those programs. Then they can use them to do more illicit thins on your system. It may modify your system settings, and create the new files and registry without the requirements. Once those changes happen, your system will be easy to crash down, or freeze. Also, it leads to the system files missing, and block some tasks of your system which results into the unable to use your computer normally. 

In the second side, this program is closely related to Yantoo program which is a adware. Once Topic Torch launched into the target computer, it can adds-on, and plug-ins to the default browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. When you open a new website, you will see the Topic Torch toolbar adds-on the Internet Explorer. In addition, this program will modify the browsers’ settings and DNL settings and default search engine. Whenever you open a new tab, or a new homepage, you will redirect to the unwanted websites. Those websites are bundled with Topic Torch which collects the cookies and other information to support their advertising alliance. 

Moreover, this virus can enter into the compromised computer without your knowledge or consent. Topic Torch and its related programs are usually bundled with other free programs which contain some malicious ads or links. When download or update those programs, this virus can ran into the system. To keep the computer safely, please get rid of this virus from your computer quickly.


Risks caused by Topic Torch


•Topic Torch can redirect you to malicious websites with numerous pop up ads to interrupt and stop you  from doing anything on your computer;
•Topic Torch can turn your computer to run slowly
•Topic Torch can introduce more unwanted viruses and ransomware to do further harms;
•Topic Torch can help cyber criminals track your online activities and capture significant personal data to cause you a loss of value.
•Topic Torch can change your default DNS configuration and block you accessing your favorite sites.
•Topic Torch forcibly customizes the default homepage, search engine and bookmarks of your computer.
•Topic Torch can add additional toolbar or plug-ins to the attacked computer.


Guide to remove Topic Torch manually step by step


Method one: Add / Remove Program

Most of the time, we can use Add / Remove Program to remove the programs we choose, for it is a built-in program which helps Windows users to manage their PC. Also, with the help of it, you are able to add or delete program as you want.

1. Find the “start” button on the lower left corner of your monitor, and then click it.

2. Find and double click the button “Control Panel”.

3. Find “Add / Remove Program” icon in the control panel, and then double click it.

4. When the windows pop up, find Topic Torch Topic Torch icon in the list, and then select it to start uninstalling it from your computer by clicking “Remove”.


5. When it is finished, reboot your computer to take effect.

Method two: General removal

1: To stop all Topic Torch, press CTRL+ALT+DEL to open the Windows Task Manager. Click on the “Processes” tab, search Topic Torch then right-click it and select “End Process” key.


2: Click “Start” button and selecting “Run.” Type “regedit” into the box and click “OK” to delete all Topic Torch registries



3: Remove all Topic Torch associated files

%AppData%\ Topic Torch.exe
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\ Topic Torch.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\22find.lnk
c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\ Topic Torch.xml


Note: Manual removal of files and registry entries is very effective to get rid of this annoying threat Topic Torch. Anyhow, it requires skills & experience, and any wrong operation or even any deviation from the instructions during the manual removal could result in irreparable system damage. To make sure complete deletion, it is recommended to contact an expert online for tech support.

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