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Remove TapBreaker ads (Jun 2016 update) - Jun 2016 update

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

Are TapBreaker ads as innocent as they look?

If you or your child is an online gaming enthusiast, you should be aware of the TapBreaker virus. The cyber security experts may not consider this infection especially dangerous, but it can be annoying and expose you to a variety of risks while browsing online. If you end up on this site, you may not even suspect something is off. is colorful, offers hundreds of fun games and, frankly said, does not differ from other free gaming sites. The site even offers the user to obtain the TapBreaker extension to make the gaming experience even more accessible and emerging. However once installed this extension starts working as an adware-type program, injecting ads into your frequently visited website and causing a variety of other problems on your computer. If you are still using this application for gaming, we strongly recommend you stopped. You should remember that TapBreaker hijack the computers against the users’ will. This alone should put this program on the list of potentially unwanted programs to have on your PC. There are better and legitimate gaming applications you can use instead of this one. Besides, the TapBreaker removal is easy. All you have to do is obtain a reliable antivirus solution, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner and scan your system.

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Questions about TapBreaker ads

The major problem that arises regardless of whether you voluntarily download this extension, or it appears on the browser by itself is the TapBreaker redirect issue. This program generates a large amount of ads which initiate unpredictable redirects when clicked. You can never be sure if these ads will not lead you to dangerous sites, involved in malware distribution. To avoid being redirected, you should stay away from ads labeled “TapBreaker Ads”, “Ads by TapBreaker” or any other notifications that look suspicious. Bare in mind, that the ads may be specifically tailored to your interests as the adware is capable of gathering information about your browsing activity and using this information to create targeted ads. If that does not worry you either, slow system performance will definitely encourage you to remove TapBreaker from your computer without a delay.

How did this adware appear on my PC?

The annoying TapBreaker ads are generated by an adware which may enter your computer with other free software you download from the Internet, such as video/music players, download managers, PDF creators, etc. Users rarely pay attention to the installation and rarely choose advanced settings when setting up new software. The developers of potentially unwanted programs noticed this tendency and started spreading malware, attaching it to the freely downloadable programs. This way, the unwanted programs can install without requiring a straightforward permission. However, you are not obliged to allow such programs on your computer. You can cancel them in the advanced installation more and proceed only with those applications you will really find useful.

Best TapBreaker removal tactics:

TapBreaker may be annoying once it infects your PC, but it can be banished from it in just a few minutes. It is made possible with the help of professional antivirus scanners which automatically locate the source of the issue and decontaminate it. We recommend you to obtain one too and simply enjoy a virus-free computer without breaking a sweat. Alternatively, our team of virus analysts has prepared manual TapBreaker removal instructions to guide you through the process. You will find these instructions provided below.

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To remove TapBreaker ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall TapBreaker from Windows systems

  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 TapBreaker and related programs
    Here, look for TapBreaker 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'

Eliminate TapBreaker 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 TapBreaker 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 TapBreaker 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 TapBreaker 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 TapBreaker removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of TapBreaker 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, TapBreaker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase TapBreaker 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 TapBreaker 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 TapBreaker removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove TapBreaker from Google Chrome

  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 TapBreaker 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 TapBreaker removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall TapBreaker 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 TapBreaker 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 TapBreaker removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

About the author

Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. Trenton2666 says:
    June 22nd, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I was totally tricked into installing an ADWARE on my pc…

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