Topic Torch Virus

Topic Torch Virus Description

The Topic Torch Virus is a browser hijacker associated with the Topic Torch website, a Web page used as a destination for this and several other browser hijacker infections. Criminals use malware like the Topic Torch Virus to force computer users to visit websites against their will. This allows criminal gangs dedicated to distributing malware to generate impressive profits from advertising revenue and pay-per-click marketing plans. The main symptom of a Topic Torch infection involves having your browser forcing you to visit Topic Torch's website repeatedly. Other symptoms of a Topic Torch Virus infection include unsolicited alterations to your system settings and browser, poor browser and system performance and the appearance of pop-up windows and suspicious error messages on your computer. The Topic Torch Virus can be stopped with the help of a reliable, fully updated anti-malware application.

Advertising revenue is what keeps most websites afloat. The legitimate way of generating advertising revenue is by providing a reason for computer users to visit and stay at your website. This is done by providing useful services, interesting content or a unique experience. However, criminals do not go to the trouble of putting in the work necessary to attract visitors to a website. Instead, they create malware that takes over victims' computers and forces their browser to take the computer user to sponsored websites repeatedly. This is the main purpose of the Topic Torch Virus; the Topic Torch Virus takes computer users to the Topic Torch filter where they are exposed to advertising and pay-per-click marketing schemes.

The Topic Torch Virus causes redirects by changing how your computer connects to the Internet. This malware infection changes your HOSTS file, a fundamental change to how your computer establishes a connection with a particular website. Because of this, removing the Topic Torch Virus requires the help of a system wide malware scan. Simply trying to reinstall or change your Web browser will do nothing to stop the Topic Torch Virus infection on your computer. Removing malware installed on your hard drive and reverting your system settings to normal should stop symptoms associated with the Topic Torch Virus from appearing.

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  • Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
  • Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in 'Safe Mode with Networking' and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
  • IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.

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Technical Information

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File System Details

Topic Torch Virus creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 TopicTorchSetup.exe 816,240 11c3c8e0b59d13343e578045ae79f5ae 91
2 %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\nekfpeeokbbbemkdhejniljaaakanjkd 81
3 %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\nekfpeeokbbbemkdhejniljaaakanjkd 80
4 %PROGRAMFILES%\TopicTorch 76
5 chrome-extension_nekfpeeokbbbemkdhejniljaaakanjkd_0.localstorage 70
6 %PROGRAMFILES%\TopicTorch\TopicTorchUninstall.exe 240,409 2711bcb58fb9b9144adbcf96f90af74c 23
7 %PROGRAMFILES%\TopicTorch\TopicTorchbho.dll 249,632 e00dd7c9da6af3ac40422e96455efb09 11

Registry Details

Topic Torch Virus creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions, value: {225BFB24-8E4E-4B07-9E23-A23A686E268A}
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{225BFB24-8E4E-4B07-9E23-A23A686E268A}
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{225BFB24-8E4E-4B07-9E23-A23A686E268A}
Software\TopicTorch
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\TopicTorch
The following CLSID's were found:
HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path}
{225bfb24-8e4e-4b07-9e23-a23a686e268a}
{C4252659-61A9-40AE-86FE-7F112DDFE662}
{6ED00366-F35C-4D0D-8383-D7E224C1C25C}

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