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Remove (Improved Guide) - updated Feb 2017

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

What can you expect from virus (also known as Taplika and Taplika Search) happens to be an internet search website that users may be redirected [1] to against their will. If that is already happening on each of your browsers (Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.), it means that your PC is affected by a potentially unwanted program (PUP) which is categorized as a browser hijacker [2]. Such programs are not as dangerous as rogue anti-spyware or ransomware [3]. Nevertheless, they may be capable of making various modifications behind your back. As soon as this potentially unwanted program enters computer, it initiates the changes of the start page and default search engine. Of course, is the one that becomes the default search engine and the homepage. As soon as these changes take place, you may start noticing various issues occurring during your browsing. Typically, redirect users to unfamiliar websites, generates continuous pop-up ads [4], slows down the search process, etc. Though such activity doesn’t seem very harmful, you shouldn’t deal with. Eventually, you may be tricked into visiting suspicious websites filled with questionable content, such as questionable programs and viruses and infect your computer. Please, stay away from this suspicious search engine and remove virus and remove it as soon as it shows up on your browser. For that we highly recommend using Reimage or other reputable anti-spyware, which is capable of dealing with such threats. website screenshot developers are denying the fact that this search engine is malicious, though the stealthy ways this program reaches computers prove otherwise. Do NOT use this site for the regular web search and replace it with reputable search engines instead.

Another important aspect we should warn you about is the data tracking [5] in which malware is extensively involved. In fact, the site creators do not even try to hide it and reveal all of the details in their Privacy Policy. Of course, they claim to collect the non-personal information for the service improvement purposes, but later add that this information may also be shared with third-parties and affiliates. You can only imagine the consequences of such collaboration if the parties in question are focused on spreading malware or simply flood users with annoying ads. Having this in mind, we can only repeat ourselves and urge you to take care of the removal as soon as possible.

How does this search engine infect computers?

Taplika redirects may start bothering you as soon as related browser hijacker is capable of entering computer. It can be installed in a bundle with free software, such as freewares and sharewares. If you want to prevent infiltration of Taplika Search, you should try to be very careful when downloading freeware from the Internet. By saying “careful” we talk about reading end-user license agreement, choosing Custom or Advanced installation option, following each of installation steps and reading all details that are given during it. Of course, you should also check what other people say about the program that you want to install. Please, stay away from “Quick” or “Basic” installation option because you may be tricked into changing your system settings or installing suspicious browser add-ons, extensions, plugins or toolbars. No matter that these methods may seem quicker, they may lead you to various issues that may require spending longer hours for being fixed. If redirects are already bothering you, you shouldn’t ignore them because, as we have already said, you may be tricked into visiting unsafe websites. Of course, the easiest way to stay safe is to remove from the system. For that you can use automatic removal tools or a step-by-step guide that is given below.

Learn about the best removal techniques virus hijacks systems without asking people’s permission. Luckily, it can hardly pose as much harm as viruses do. However, we recommend avoiding this search site and remove like you should do with all hijackers that infect your system. You may get rid of the virus quite easily. Just launch a powerful antivirus and the virus will be gone in minutes. If, however, you prefer a manual removal approach, do not hesitate to check out the instructions we have prepared just below this article.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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, follow these steps:

Delete from Windows systems

If you haven’t got the chance to remove manually, follow these manual hijacker elimination instructions we have prepared below this article.

  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.

Erase 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 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'

Uninstall from Internet Explorer (IE) infects most web browsers. IE is not an exception. Thus, in case you are infected, you should clean it from and its components immediately.

  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

Eliminate from Microsoft Edge

Clean your Microsoft browser from hijacker following these steps:

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) may be one of the reasons your Mozilla Firefox works sluggish and you cannot browse properly. Thus, you should remove all the components related with and reset your browser to its default settings. Here is how it is done:

  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

Get rid of from Google Chrome

Want to remove from your computer for good? Uninstall unfamiliar or suspicious add-ons from your Google Chrome browser and reset it to the initial state.

  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

Delete 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

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  1. Henriette says:
    February 10th, 2017 at 8:48 am

    completely fraudulent site. Popped up on PC out of nowhere

  2. bobo411 says:
    February 10th, 2017 at 8:49 am

    It looks nice but doesnt do anything. Ads all over the place

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