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.

Technical Information

File System Details

Topic Torch Virus creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5
1 %PROGRAMFILES%\TopicTorch\TopicTorchUninstall.exe 240,409 2711bcb58fb9b9144adbcf96f90af74c

Registry Details

Topic Torch Virus creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
Registry key
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\{1fc376f9-6563-4e0e-8205-b2aa979c62c3}
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\{225BFB24-8E4E-4B07-9E23-A23A686E268A}

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