UTop is a potentially unwanted program (or PUP for short) and adware that can cause a lot of problems for computer users. Malwarebytes will detect UTop as PUP.Optional.UTop. The adware is known to get onto a computer without user knowledge, create and schedule new tasks that allow it to perform certain functions, collect user browsing data, change existing internet browser settings, and display pop-up, in-text, and over-laying advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer web browsers.

Threat Details

Name(s) UTop, UTop virus, PUP.Optional.UTop
Detection Categories Adware, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Short Description N/A
Symptoms The user may experience unwanted advertisements and redirects in the web browser.
Distribution Method The adware bundles with freeware and dubious files.
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool

UTop adware will display pop-up and in-text style ads on the internet and Windows desktop. It may even show a large bar at the top of Windows desktop that contains links and a search box. Various user details may also be obtained by the adware and used for a several different purposes. The data collection is described in the product’s Privacy Policy and allotted permissions if a browser attachment is present.

UTop Removal Guide

UTop cannot usually be uninstalled manually from your computer and internet browser. However, we have provided several steps below the article to show you how remove UTop and other threats from your PC.

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Step 1: Uninstall UTop from Windows

Follow the instructions to uninstall unwanted programs from your Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computer. If you do not find unwanted programs installed on your computer but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads while you browse the web it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files.

1. Open Windows Start or Task menu and go to the Control Panel (or directly to Programs and Features).

2. In the “Programs” section click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove programs).

3. Search for unwanted programs in the list of installed programs and double click the program you want to remove to uninstall it.

Step 2: Remove unwanted browser attachments

Follow the instructions to remove unwanted extensions, as well as other attachments that it may bundle with from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer & Edge, and Apple Safari. If you do not find a UTop attachments installed on your internet browser but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads while you browse the web it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files. To remove UTop from Microsoft internet browsers you must uninstall the program.

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for unwanted extensions in the list and click the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for unwanted add-ons and click Remove next to each one.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for unwanted extensions in the list and click the Uninstall button next to each one.

Step 3: Remove UTop virus with Malwarebytes

Follow the instructions to remove UTop (PUP.Optional.UTop) with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

3. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

4. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

5. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

Step 4: Remove UTop malware with HitmanPro

Follow the instructions to remove UTop with HitmanPro second-opinion software.

1. Download and install HitmanPro second opinion scanner and removal tool.

3. Once Hitman Pro is installed, open the program and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

4. When the scan is complete, click the Next button again to delete any threats or traces on your system.

5. If you are initially using the free version, to activate it, enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

6. Restart your computer by selecting Reboot.

Step 5: Clean and repair your computer with CCleaner

Follow the instructions to clean your computer and repair your computer’s settings.

1. Download and install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Once installed, open the program and go to the main Cleaner screen and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries. If you find any thing suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. To finish things off, go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.

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