If you don’t know why TopStreamsSearch is on your browser, perhaps it’s time to remove it. This potentially unwanted program might expose you to various websites that could be part of a malware distribution network. It doesn’t mean that TopStreamsSearch is malicious or anything like that, but when a program is unwanted, it shouldn’t be left to its own devices. Thus, the sooner you get rid of this extension, the better. Should you have questions about this app or its removal, feel free to leave us a comment at the bottom of this description.
Some users are bound to say that TopStreamsSearch is a browser hijacker because it modifies the default search settings and sets feed.topstreamssear.com as the main search provider. However, you have to understand that the extension does so with your permission. It doesn’t get added to your browser stealthily. You agree to have this application, but perhaps you are not aware of that. Now, how does that even happen? To understand that, we have to take a look at all the different ways TopStreamsSearch and other similar extensions can reach a target computer.
First, there’s always the official route. There’s the official website via portal.topstreamssearch.com. The portal looks like a custom search engine. It doesn’t look like it can add the extension to your browser, but the point is that the website doesn’t hide its presence. It also comes with shortcuts to a PDF converter, currency converter, cryptocurrency converter, a calculator, and an additional bar that you can customize and add your own bookmark to. It also shows the local time and the support email for the TopStreamsSearch team. All in all, it looks like a genuine website that can improve your web search experience.
Aside from the main portal, it is also possible to find TopStreamsSearch at the Chrome Web Store. And since the extension is available out in the open, it is hard to say that it is a security threat. Of course, the official sources can be just a pretty cover-up for the main distribution network. Since users often add TopStreamsSearch to their browsers accidentally, it is very likely that this application is distributed via pop-ups and redirects.
Think of all the websites that you often visit. Do they have pop-up ads? Does clicking anywhere on those sites open redirect windows? If the answer is yes, it is not surprising that you have TopStreamsSearch on your browser. One of those pop-up windows must have carried a notification about the extension, and you clicked the “Add” button in order to close the window. Of course, the window closed, but now you have TopStreamsSearch on your browser, and what does that entail?
As mentioned, the extension comes with a search portal, and it looks like a genuine website that you can use for your web queries. However, when we tried to look for something via TopStreamsSearch, we have found that this portal simply redirects us to Yahoo! Search. So, what’s the use of employing this app when it just outsources another search engine?
What’s more, we believe that TopStreamsSearch can monitor your browsing history, as it needs to collect its development costs somehow, and so, it is very likely to indulge in third-party advertising. There is nothing malicious about it, but we have to remember that these ads are not reviewed. So, if you click them and you land on some dangerous website, TopStreamsSearch cannot be blamed for it.
You have to be responsible for your system and your personal data security whenever you browse the web, so it would be smart to avoid unfamiliar content. And removing TopStreamsSearch would definitely help you, too.
You will do yourself a favor if you reset your browser to default. It will remove TopStreamsSearch along with all the tracking cookies and other unwanted extensions that might have been added to Chrome over the course of time. Aside from that, investing in a licensed security tool is also a good step to take care of your system’s security. You can run a full system scan with the security application of your choice and see if you have more unwanted programs installed. This way, you will be able to protect your personal data and your computer from malicious exploitation.
How to Delete TopStreamsSearch