How to remove TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel?

TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel ads Removal Guide

What is TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel ads?

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

An illustration of 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 the questionable program and always opt for official software downloads or updates.

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 anti-malware tool for this

According to users' complaints, annoying “Tap Provider V9 keeps asking to install” pop-up messages can reappear 20 times in a row.[1] The biggest number of complaints comes from the 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 a 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 as this virus does.

Adware after-effects

Once the 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 its 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 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 the virus. In such case, you should close the browser and immediately run a scan of your computer with some reputable antivirus tool. We recommend FortectIntego or 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 an almost-too-good-to-be-true deal for purchasing a smartphone or a computer.

You should not delay the elimination, as the intruder 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.

The image illustrating TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel driverIf you see alerts suggesting to install TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel, cancel them. Clean the browser as well.

OpenVPN technologies virus stick to the same distribution techniques

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

Note that the 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 reputable antivirus software and running regular system scans. It is also important to install new programs through the “Advanced” installation mode. Likewise, you will be able to spot PUP on time. Let us proceed to proper 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 the random app similar pop-up messages, we recommend you run a full system scan with reputable anti-spyware and get rid of suspicious programs. It will remove TAP Provider V9 for the 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 that was prepared by our experts for the PUPremoval. In this case, you need to perform the steps that are given below and also open Task Scheduler to stop KMSpico, AutoKMS, or similar entries.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel ads. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of TAP Provider V9 for Private Tunnel registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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