With the quick development of computer network, more and more malware threats are rampant on the Internet, which makes it impossible for users to defend their computers effectively. And that is a common thing for users to encounter malware attacks. Top8844.com is a type of malware that can generate various issues on the infected computers. If your PC has been unfortunately infected by this browser hijacker, you can continue reading and learn how to get rid of it out of your PC.
Most users may have encountered such a problem: whenever they launch the browser, they are always redirected to a particular page instead of the page they have previously set as the browser homepage. This problem usually suggests a browser hijacker on their computers. A browser hijacker is a type of malware that modifies settings of PC users’ web browsers without any knowledge and permission, in order to inject undesired ads into their browsers, and also redirect them to its own domain page as well as other unwanted websites. Top8844.com is such a browser hijacker. The following are some details about this browser hijacker.
How Does Top8844.com Look Like?
Like many other browser hijackers, Top8844.com appears on the targeted computers in the form of a website. But different from most other browser hijackers which are simply search sites, this website belongs to the portal site category. Users can access various sources and information through this website, just as what they can do on Yahoo. However, this website does not have its own search engine; it has Google search engine on its page. This may give users an impression that it is a legitimate website. But no matter how harmless a website looks like, if it takes replace of users’ browser homepage without any consent, it is regarded as a browser hijacker. The following is a screenshot of the website “Top8844.com”:
How Does Top8844.com Spread?
Via free software: Most browser hijackers including Top8844.com get into users’ computers in this way. Creators of this browser hijacker may inject its installer into some freeware or shareware in advance. Once users download such software on their PCs, the browser hijacker comes into their machines as well.
Via malicious websites: Websites have become the popular media used by cyber hackers to infect users’ PCs with malware. When users visit such infected websites, they may be tricked into downloading malicious code of the browser hijacker or clicking on some suspicious links or ads that are actually download links of the browser hijacker.
Via spam emails: Some emails might look like they come from friends, reputable organizations, or other trusted sources, but they actually are sent by cyber hackers who attempt to trick users into opening the email attachments and clicking on links within the email messages. When users do so, the browser hijacker may be downloaded on their machines immediately.
Via P2P file sharing: P2P file sharing has become a common tactic used by cyber hackers to spread malware. For their personal gain, cyber hackers may upload malware like Top8844.com and give it a misleading or enticing name in order to mislead users into download it on their devices. When users download such files disguised by malware, their computers are infected.
What Will Top8844.com Do on Your PC?
The main goal of this browser hijacker is to promote its own website and collect users’ personal information for business and marketing purposes. Therefore, when getting installed on your PC, this browser hijacker will, first of all, make some changes to your browser settings in order to keep redirecting you to its own site. It will not only modify your homepage settings, but also alter other types of settings in your browsers, such as the security settings or the privacy settings. With your browser settings being changed, the security level of your browser may be decreased. And consequently, other malware could easily take advantage of the vulnerabilities in your browsers to attack your computer. Besides, you may also constantly receive a lot of pop-up ads when you browse the web. Clicking on these pop-ups might be a dangerous thing, since you could be redirected to some sites that contain malicious codes and further get some malware downloaded on your PC unknowingly. What’s more, this browser hijacker could collect your personal information when you access the Internet through its website. That information is collected may conclude your device information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number), log information (like your search queries, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL), and unique application numbers (for example, the operating system type and application version number). Your personal information may be shared with some advertisers, so that they can deliver tailored content to you. It seems terrible, right? Actually, most browser hijackers do these! If you don’t want your online behaviors to be monitored and personal information to be collected by this website, it is a good idea to get rid of Top8844.com from your PC right away.
How Can You Remove Top8844.com Completely?
To remove this nasty browser hijacker, please follow the manual guide given below:
Step 1: Remove the browser hijacker related program.
Step 2: Remove the browser hijacker related files.
Step 3: Remove the browser hijacker related registry entries.
Step 4: Reset the homepage settings in your web browsers.
Step 5: Clean the shortcuts from your web browsers.
Step 6: Run a full system scan with SpyHunter, Malwarebytes, or Max Spyware Detector.
Click the Start button, and select Control Panel.
Then click on Add/Remove Programs.
This will open a window that shows all programs installed on your PC. Scroll down to look for the program related to Top8844.com. Once you find one, select it, and click on the Remove button.
Click on the Start menu and click Control Panel. Locate and click Uninstall a program under the Programs category.
In the open window, search for the program that needs to be removed, select it, and click on the Uninstall button.
Press Windows key + X key together, click from the pop-up menu.
Then, look for any suspicious program from the list of your installed programs, and then click on the Uninstall button.
Open the local hard disk C.
Then navigate the folder of %Program Files% and look for if there is a folder with name “Top8844″. If you find one, delete it from your computer.
Open the registry editor by following these steps: press the Windows key + R key together, type regedit into the Run command box and click OK.
Then, click Edit, and select Find.
Enter the name of the browser hijacker into the Find what field and click Find Next.
If any registry entries related to the browser hijacker are found, delete them by right clicking on them and selecting the Delete option.
Open IE, click on the Tools menu or the gear icon, and then select Internet Options.
Under the General tab, locate the Home page section, delete the unwanted URL, type the address of the website you prefer (e.g. www.google.com), and then click OK to save your change.
Open Firefox, click on Open menu (3-bar icon) or Tools menu and then select Options.
In the open window, locate the Home page section, delete the unwanted website URL, type the address of website you like (e.g. www.google.com) into the box, and then close the window.
Click on the 3-bar icon in the top right corner of the browser window and click Settings.
Under On startup, find and click Set pages.
In the pop-up window, remove the unwanted URL, enter your favorite one and click OK.
Under Appearance, check the box Show Home button and click Change.
When a small window pops up, remove the unwanted URL from the Open this page filed, put the one you prefer there and click OK.
Right click icon of Internet Explorer browser, and click Properties.
Under the Shortcut tab, locate Target, remove the URL “http://www.top8844.comm…” and click OK.
Repeat the steps above in you other web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Once you have finished the manual removal steps above, it is necessary that you run a full system scan to check whether there are still malicoius files and registry left behind. You can try the tools listed below:
Option 1: SpyHunter:
Ddownload SpyHunter installer-exe on your PC. Double click on icon of the downloaded file and click the Run button to run this file. This will start the installation of SpyHunter.
You need to keep following the prompts during the installation process. When it comes to the last step, click on the Finish button to exit the setup. Then, SpyHunter will run automatically and you will see its main screen as shown below:
Now click on the Scan Computer Now button to start a full system scan for threats on your PC. When the scanning is done, you will be shown all detected threats. To remove all of them, click on the Fix Threats button. Once the removal finishes, restart your PC.
Option 2: Malwarebytes:
Download Malwarebytes setup file (by clicking on the link, you will be redirected to download page of this program). Then, double-click on the icon named “mbam-setup.exe” and start the installation of Malwarebytes on your computer.
Keep following the prompts to finish the installation. When it comes to the last step, make sure you check the boxes labeled Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and then click the Finish button. Malwarebytes will start automatically and now you can click the Scan Now button to run a full system scan for the potential threats.
Malwarebytes will now start scanning your system for threats. This process can take quite a while and you should be patient. When the scanning process is over, you will be shown all detected threats. To remove all these threats, please click the Remove Selected button. After that, restart your computer.
Option 3: Max Spyware Detector:
Click here to download Max Spyware Detector Manager file. Then, double click icon of the downloaded file, and click Run. This will start downloading Max Spyware Detector setup file. Once the setup file is downloaded, run the file and follow the prompts to install Max Spyware Detector on your PC.
Upon the installation finishes, Max Spyware Detector will run on and start performing a quick scan of your system automatically.
The system scanning process may take some time, and you need to wait until it is over. When the scan is done, click the Fix Issues Now button to remove all detected threats on your computer. Restart your computer to implement the removal.
In summary, Top8844.com is a harmful browser hijacker that can mess up your browser settings and may also bring other problems to you. It can enter your computer in various ways without your knowledge. If you want to avoid getting infected by this browser hijacker, you need to use caution when surfing online. Don’t download anything or click on any link that is too good to be trusted. Also, you need to safeguard your PC with a reliable anti-malware program (click the download button below). But if your computer has been unfortunately infected by this browser hijacker, you can just follow the instruction given above to try removing it out of your PC. I hope that this instruction will be helpful for you.
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