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How to remove Tapufind from Mac and Windows OS

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Tapufind – a browser hijacker that acts like a legit search engine compatible with Mac and Windows

TapuFind fake search engine virus is a browser hijacker that affects your time online.

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Tapufind (alternatively called as macappextensions) is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that can sneak into the system unnoticed and hijack popular web browsers on Windows and Mac operating systems. Right after that, the browser hijacker immediately sets as the default search engine and new tab URL address without leaving users a chance to switch back to their preferred search provider. As seen from the appearance, Tapufind virus might look just like any other search engine – Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. However, the usefulness of this search engine is highly questionable. The research has shown that it is related to another browser hijacker – Safe Finder. Besides, most of its search results are sponsored. Do not install this PUP!

Name Tapufind
Type Browser hijacker
OS affected Windows OS, MacOS
Installed together Safe Finder, Agent folder, Macappextensions
Redirects to
Main risks The loss of personal information, being redirected to a malicious site
Elimination Delete Tapufind from the system by using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner 

Once Tapufind virus gets onto your system, it might start the following activities:

  • Collects non-personally identifiable information, such as browsing history and clicked ads;
  • Offers various enhancements, such as live sports, live weather, discount offers, banners, etc.;
  • Displays many intrusive advertisements;
  • Modifies search results;
  • Prevents users from resetting homepage and search engine and forces to use only.

Tapu find pretends to be a “browser experience enchanting tool.” However, the negative features listed above tells opposite things. The hijacker causes numerous unwanted features in order to control the user's browsing sessions. However, it might also put the computer's security and user's privacy at risk. search engine
Tapufind is a browser hijacker causing continuous redirects to search engine without user's approval

Tapufind malware can also cause redirects to third-party websites which are also concerning. The analysis of this rough search tool has revealed that clicks on ads and links might trigger redirects to highly suspicious websites, such as technical support scam, phishing[1] or sites used for spreading malicious programs.[2] One of them is claiming and has the potential to initiate another malicious download to the system:

Your browser is now up to date

However, in the EULA, the developers of this PUP are stating that they are also likely to include links to third party content which they have no responsibility for:

“The Product includes links to third party sites or content, as well as content provided by our Service Providers.

You acknowledge that we have no control over and assume no responsibility for Third Party Content. You assume all responsibility and risk in connection with your use of Third Party Content and we hereby disclaim any and all liability to you or any third party in connection thereto.”

Therefore, you should not risk your security and use this search tool. If your homepage was hijacked by the unknown search tool, you should take some actions immediately. To remove Tapufind malware from the homepage, you can either follow the manual removal guide at the end of the article. If it keeps installing, you need to double check the system for related components, such as Safe Finder.

Tapufind virus
Tapufind virus - a PUP that can redirect you to affiliate sources

However, we recommend speeding up Tapufind removal with trustworthy anti-spyware/anti-malware software. By scanning the Mac or Windows system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another security software, you will be able to clean your PC within a couple of minutes and enjoy browsing the web again.

Besides, if you have been a user of recently, this browser-hijacking app might provide you with offers to get rogue security software on your machine/device. We have discovered that this program offers to download a questionable anti-malware tool named Reason Antivirus for PUP removal.

You should not take this or any other types of offers that come from Tapufind. Developers might use this browser hijacker to promote other potentially unwanted programs. Rogue security software,[3] also known as scareware, usually provides a long list of errors found after a system scan and aims to convince users to purchase its licensed version for “fixing”.

Tapufind browser hijacker
Tapufind virus infects Mac and Windows OS with the help of bundling.

Reason Antivirus might have a really nice description, however, you should not fall for its claims. We have searched for this tool on the browser hijacker page and found out that Tapufind promotes this software like this:

Reason Antivirus scans your computer and provides the most advanced proactive protection against all emerging threats, including ransomware, spyware, identity theft and many more.

Tapufind Mac virus causes more and more problems for Apple computer users

Most of the time browser hijackers target Windows machines and web browsers installed on them. However, this browser hijacker seems to be a huge problem for Mac users.[4] Many people have contacted us with problems while trying to perform Tapufind Mac removal. According to researchers, the main problem related to this PUP is that it typically installs numerous additional components, e.g. Safe Finder, to the browser or system which act as protection and prevent virus removal.

However, if you are facing problems while trying to remove Tapu Find from Mac, you should know that it can be solved with anti-malware software and browser reset. After scanning the system with security software, you should reset all of the browsers installed on your Mac computer. It doesn't matter whether you use those browsers or not. Some components may have been installed to the too.

Tapufind browser hijacker

Browser hijack can be avoided

One of the main reasons why the hijacker is often called a “virus” is that users do not understand how Tapufind hijack occurred. However, its distribution method is quite simple but sneaky. These type of infections are bundled within download managers for free software online.

After downloading free software from the Internet, follow these security tips:

  1. Always use Advanced/Custom options instead of Recommended/Quick installation settings.
  2. When in advanced mode, untick every preselected add-on or program, which would otherwise get installed on your device. The key to computer safety is cautiousness.
  3. Read EULA[5] and Privacy Policy to make sure that you do not agree to install any suspicious tools together with a primary program.

Security specialists from[6] also suggest avoiding visiting questionable sites that might promote such shady applications. Additionally, if you are redirected to a page that asks to install particular add-on – leave it immediately and scan your browser with reliable security software.

Explanation on how to get rid of Tapufind

It might be quite tricky to remove browser hijacker if you are not aware of its hiding spot. The easiest way is to use professional anti-spyware software and scanning the system with an updated tool. However, we are aware that automatic Tapufind removal is not suitable for everyone.

To help you to remove Tapufind (macappextensions) manually, our team has prepared a step-by-step guide which is given below. Please follow each of the steps carefully to find all components that could be related to the browser hijacker. In this case, you should delete the agent folder which is created right after the virus gets onto the MacOS. Additionally, check your system for Safe Finder. Otherwise, you might find the same PUP on your system right after rebooting it.

For an easier removal, click on the video below

Our security experts have created a video guide on the removal process of Tapufind browser hijacker. If you are here looking for an accurate and simple elimination guide, you will find the instructing steps in a video below. Follow all of the instructions exactly as shown in the video clip and the browser hijacker should leave you shortly.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

To uninstall Tapu find manually, use the guide is given below. Please be attentive in order not to overlook any hijacker-related components:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall from Mac OS X system

To get rid of the virus from MacOS, use the following instructions. You need to get rid of Safe Finder, macappextensions, and other PUPs that you don't know or cannot remember installing:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete from Internet Explorer (IE)

Reset Internet Explorer to delete tracking cookies and similar components related to the PUP.

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of Firefox extensions and uninstall Tapu find or similar unknown entries. Then reset the browser:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate from Google Chrome

Follow these steps to remove from Google Chrome entirely:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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