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Remove Taplika.com (Improved Guide) - updated Feb 2017

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

What can you expect from Taplika.com?

Taplika.com 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, Taplika.com 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, Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com virus and remove it as soon as it shows up on your browser. For that we highly recommend using ReimageIntego or other reputable anti-spyware, which is capable of dealing with such threats.

Taplika.com website screenshotTaplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com removal techniques

Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com removal approach, do not hesitate to check out the instructions we have prepared just below this article.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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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To remove Taplika.com, follow these steps:

Delete Taplika.com from Windows systems

If you haven’t got the chance to remove Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com and related programs
    Here, look for Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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 Taplika.com from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Taplika.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Taplika.com-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 Taplika.com, 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 related to Taplika.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Taplika.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Taplika.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Taplika.com infects most web browsers. IE is not an exception. Thus, in case you are infected, you should clean it from Taplika.com and its components immediately.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Taplika.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Taplika.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Taplika.com from Microsoft Edge

Clean your Microsoft browser from Taplika.com hijacker following these steps:

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 Taplika.com-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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 Taplika.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Taplika.com from Google Chrome

Want to remove Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com 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 Taplika.com, 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 Taplika.com 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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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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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