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How to remove TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel?

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TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel – a highly questionable service that takes over user's Internet connection and causes unwanted ads

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Fake KMS server by TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel

Questions about TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel ads

TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel – a virtual network interface used by KMSpico to activate office using a fake KMS server. However, if you have been suffering from the pop-up offering you to install this service, you should beware that, after adding it to the system, you can start seeing numerous annoying pop-up messages on your computer. According to PC security experts, you should stay away from TAP Provider V9 and always opt for official software downloads or updates.

SUMMARY
Name TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel
Type Adware
Connected to KMSpico
Main dangers Malware infections, disclosure of personal data to unknown sources
Symptoms Compromised browser injected with ads, questionable redirects, fake search results, etc.
Distribution Software bundling
Elimination Download and install Reimage

According to users' complains, annoying “Tap Provider V9 keeps asking to install” pop-up messages can reappear 20 times in a row.[1] The biggest number of complains comes from USA and Russia,[2] but this issue can be seen on every computer that uses KMSpico to install an illegal version of office.

There is no doubt that you should use this software with extra carefulness. Don't forget that it has already been misused by hackers. In addition, we do NOT recommend installing private tunnel tool or TAP-Win32 Provider V9 Network adapters[3] as there is no explicit information about the program. Cancel such offers and check whether there is no dubious program generating these alerts.

This unwanted app should not be confused with TAP-Windows Adapter V9, which is a driver used by most of the VPN services to connect to the network services properly. Although users may encounter some problems with it, there are easy ways of fixing them – like reinstalling or disabling it. Nevertheless, this application is not malicious, and would not display any ads like TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel virus does.

Tap provider v9 for private tunnel network Adware after-effects

Once OpenVPN technologies virus[4] is installed, it starts generating third party ads. The service has been collaborating with a number of third-parties, so there is no surprise that it promotes their products and websites in the ads it generates. However, its aim is to keep the number of these ads as high as possible as the more ads the adware generates, the more chances there are for the users to click on them and brings profit. For this reason, the TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel ads tend to be very intrusive.

Do not be surprised if the pop-ups, banners, in-texts and other types of advertisements start flooding into your PC. It is all because your computer has been infected by an adware virus. In such case, you should close the browser and immediately run a scan of your computer with some reputable antivirus tool. We recommend Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes for this purpose. It will remove TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel network within a couple of minutes.

We should also warn you that displayed ads do not necessarily lead their users to the indicated sources. In other words, it is not certain that you will be lead to some online electronics shopping site after clicking on some ad, offering you almost-too-good-to-be-true deal for purchasing a smartphone or a computer.

You should not delay the elimination, as the adware negatively affects the performance of your browser. In addition, be aware of the fact that the pop-ups might direct you to browser-based tech support scams or malicious sites. Therefore, do not ignore redirects caused by TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel and proceed to the elimination of the adware.

OpenVPN technologies virus stick to the same distribution techniques

The distribution methods of adware programs are long-known for the security experts. Yet the regular users are usually unaware of the ways potentially unwanted programs can sneak into their computers.

Note that the TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel hijack cannot occur without your participation. In fact, if you see this program on your computer there are high chances that you have inadvertently installed it on your computer along with other freeware or shareware programs.

If your computer is still virus-free, you should keep it that way by obtaining a reputable antivirus software and running regular system scans. It is also important to install new programs through “Advanced” installation mode. Likewise, you will be able to spot PUP on time. Let us proceed to TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel removal options.

You need to get rid of TAP Provider V9 from the PC

If you are already fed up with the ads offering you to install TAP Provider V9 and similar pop-up messages, we recommend you to run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware and get rid of suspicious programs. It will remove TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel virus automatically, and the whole procedure will last just a few minutes.

You should remember, though, that your antivirus should be updated to the latest version to be able to detect all the junk files on your PC. Of course, you can also try removing the associated files manually; however, you should keep in mind that these files may be difficult to detect.

If you think that you are experienced enough to get rid of this PUP manually, you can follow a guide which was prepared by our experts for TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel removal. In this case, you need to perform steps that are given below and also open Task Scheduler to stop KMSpico, AutoKMS or similar entries.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel ads, follow these steps:

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Erase TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel from Windows systems

To remove TAP Provider V9 from Windows, uninstall KMSpico, AutoKMS and similar entries. Then, decide which of your browsers are affected and reset them as well.

  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 TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel and related programs
    Here, look for TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel 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'
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Delete TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel from Mac OS X system

  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 TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel 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'
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Eliminate TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel 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 TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel ads 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, TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel from Google Chrome

To get rid of annoying ads on Chrome, use the steps below to remove malicious extensions from this browser.

  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 TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel 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 TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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