This page aims to help you remove Tapufind “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari,Chrome, Firefox as well as every version of Windows and Mac OSX.
Tapufind “Virus” is an application which may mess with your browser in a very strange and intrusive way. Once installed on your PC, this application may immediately get added to the browser you normally use (it doesn’t matter even if you are using a highly secure browser like Chrome, Explorer, Firefox or another one) and make changes to its settings. For instance, you may notice that your homepage or search engine may get replaced with different ones and that some new toolbars and buttons may appear on your taskbar. Such changes are usually not a reason for panic because they are not caused by some nasty computer virus or malware (such as a Trojan Horse, a Ransomware or a Spyware), however, a lot of users tend to get concerned when they notice them. Another reason for frustration is the excessive generation of various aggressive commercials (ads, pop-ups, banners, page redirect links, etc.) on the screen during web browsing. Apart from the browser changes, Tapufind may start to spam every page that you visit with different promotional messages that constantly prompt you to click on them. In this way, the application may constantly interrupt your normal web browsing and may create a lot of irritation.
Since you have landed on this page, the chances are that you have already found Tapufind “Virus” on your computer and are probably looking for effective methods to remove the nagging ads and uninstall the imposed browser changes. What you may not know, however, is that you are dealing with a browser hijacker and if you want to get rid of it successfully, you may need to follow certain specific steps in order to successfully uninstall the undesirable app. That’s’ why, in the removal guide below, we have described all the instructions that you need to follow in order to remove Tapufind and all of its traces. If you are not a computer expert, don’t worry – we have also included a professional removal tool for automatic uninstallation in the guide in case that you need to eliminate the hijacker quickly and don’t think you can fully complete all of the manual steps.
How To Remove Tapufind “Virus”
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Tapufind software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Tapufind on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Tapufind in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Tapufind and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Tapufind in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
What is Tapufind?
Experts in the cyber community classify Tapufind as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) from the browser hijacker category. The purpose of this application is to advertise some sponsored content in the form of links, ads, pop-ups, different platforms, products, services, etc., with the help of your browser. While operating on your system, the hijacker is unlikely to cause damage to your data and your software because it lacks the typical harmful code that threats such as Ransomware, Trojans and Viruses have, but it may create a lot of browsing disturbance by placing some potentially unwanted changes onto the main browsing browsing. This is usually done in order to ensure that you get exposed to as many advertisements as possible and click on them because the owners of the application earn revenue from that on a pay-per-click basis. This is a common marketing strategy that helps many online-based businesses and vendors to promote their ads directly on the users’ screen. However, despite the significant irritation caused by hijackers, technically, there’s usually nothing illegal about this strategy. Still, understandably, some users may find the ad’s exposure and redirects to be highly aggressive and disturbing. That’s why they usually seek methods to bring their browser settings back to normal and get rid of the hijacker.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.