Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus (Virus Removal Instructions) - updated Apr 2019

Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus Removal Guide

What is Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus?

Tapsnake virus is a bogus message that prompts users to download potentially harmful software

Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv scamTapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv is a scam message that might pop-up on any browser that is infected with adware application.

Tapsnake is a fake alert that users might encounter while browsing the internet on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another browser. This social engineering attacks typically starts with adware[1] infection – these ad-supported applications enter computers without permission and modify web browser settings in order to link users to predetermined websites. Tapsnake is actually a fake virus, and the name of such malware does not exist.

However, those who are less experienced might get convinced that their device is exposed to potential harm and download the promoted software, such as MacKeeper or PC Keeper to allegedly save their systems from virus destruction. Do not believe these claims, as Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus scam is merely a browser infection that can be terminated relatively easily, without downloading the unwanted apps pushed by such fake alerts.

Name Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus
Type Online scam (redirected by adware)
Main dangers Exposure of personal details, malware infections, loss of money
Symtoms Excessive ads, redirects; slowdown of the browser, etc.
Distribution Software bundling, questionable websites
Elimination You can download and install FortectIntego or check our manual instructions below

Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus can affect any browser, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. The fake message can occur at any time, showing the following text:

Your Computer is heavily damaged! (33.2%) Please download PC Keeper™ application to remove (3) Viruses from your Pc. VIRUS INFORMATION
Virus Name: Tapsnake; CronDNS; Dubfishicv Risk: HIGH Infected Files: /windows/apps/hidden/system32/X/snake.exe; /windows/local/conf/keyboard/retype.exe ; /windows/remote/conf/services/defrag.exe… Download and Repair Windows 10 VIRUS REMOVAL
Application: PC Keeper™ Rating: 9.9/10 Price: Free

As you can see, cybercrooks are trying to make users believe that Tapsnake; CronDNS; Dubfishicv names are real and that their PCs are heavily damaged. It is not true, and the message is a scam! Simply close down your browser, and proceed with Tapsnake virus removal.

Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus fake pop-upTapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus is a fake alert and a scam that should never be trusted. The mentioned viruses do not exist and your machine is not infected with anything serious.

The primary goal of adware creators is to generate revenue by advertising various products or services of less-known retailers. In such cases, users are exposed to a variety of pop-ups, offers, deals, coupons and other ads. This is done to boost traffic and sales of partners. In return, adware authors receive the monetary benefit.

Sometimes though, ad-supported software might use dirty tricks to make users install bogus software or purchase other products. Tapsnake fake virus is one of the examples of an online scam. There are plenty others created, such as Your Windows Computer Is Infected With (4) Viruses, Your system is heavily damaged by (4) virus! and many others.

The mentioned scams are called tech support scams[2] and urge users to contact cybercrooks via a provided telephone number. In Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv case, users are prompted to install fake software that might damage their PC. Typically, these programs will flash various messages that the PC needs fixing. For that, users are then asked to buy licensed version of the program.

Tapsnake is a non-existent virus that is not only used in Tapsnake, CronDNS, Dubfishicv scam, but also by Don't Restart Your Computer scam that targets Mac users. The pop-up message states the following:

*** Don’t Restart Your Computer ****

Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection, The Infections detected, indicate some recent downloads on the computer which in turn has created problems on the computer. Call Mac professionals at +1-800-865-4168 and share this code B2957E to the Technician to Fix This.


The Don't Restart Your Computer was also used by Zeus trojan virus scam. As evident, do not trust this technical support scam and do not contact any fake technicians. Instead, remove Tapsnake bogus alert by terminating adware that is redirecting you to suspicious websites.

Tapsnake virusTapsnake is a name used in multiple scam schemes. If you see this name while browsing the internet, immediately scan your device for adware and never install the suggested software

Regardless of which type of scam you encounter, it is never a good idea to proceed with what is being asked for. Nothing good will come out of it, and you might simply lose your money or even disclose sensitive information, which might later be used for illegal activities.

You should remove Tapsnake virus using a robust security tool, such as FortectIntego. You can also delete the potentially unwanted program manually. Cybersecurity experts from virusler.info.tr[3] warn that even if you ignore fake alerts, the suspicious app will:

  • Spam your browser with other ads and redirect you to questionable websites;
  • Collect non-personally identifiable information[4] about you and share it with third parties;
  • Any personal data disclosed might be stolen by cybercrooks;
  • Additional add-ons, toolbars, search engines, etc. might be installed without your permission;
  • Your browser might become slow and struggle to load pages, etc.

Thus, do not hesitate whether or not you should execute Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv removal.

The way adware infects users' computers

It is extremely doubtful if there are people who look for ad-supported software themselves (unless they are tricked into it, like in case of online scams). Therefore, PUP authors need to find efficient ways to get their programs into users’ machines.

One of the most effective adware and PUP distribution methods is software bundling. Freeware developers inject their installers with additional components and hope that users will pick Recommended/Quick mode during the installation. Users are also prompted to tick the “By downloading this software, you agree to Terms and Conditions.” And who reads Terms and Conditions? Not many – although they should.

As soon as users click “Next” several times they already missed the opportunity to decline optional programs. Thus, users should always select Advanced/Custom installation mode and get rid of every additional application.

Terminate Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv fake virus by removing adware secretly installed on your computer

Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus removal can be executed either manually or automatically. Regardless if it sounds serious, adware is typically not that difficult to eliminate – even manually. So pick the best option for you.

First off, you should know that if you want to remove Tapsnake manually you should have some basic computer skills. Also, this procedure might take awhile. If you are up for it, go ahead and check out illustrated instructions below.

For those who want to get rid of Tapsnake virus quickly, we suggest downloading and installing security software that can take care of everything automatically.

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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

To terminate Tapsnake virus from Windows OS, follow these steps:

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

If your macOS is redirecting you to predetermined websites and claims that your device is affected by Tapsnake virus, perform these steps to stop the unwanted activity:

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

You need to reset MS Edge as soon as all the PUPs are deleted:

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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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