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

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

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

Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv scam

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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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-up
Tapsnake 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 virus
Tapsnake 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. You can also delete the potentially unwanted program manually. Cybersecurity experts from[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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv from Windows systems

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

  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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv and related programs
    Here, look for Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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'

Erase Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv from Mac OS X system

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:

  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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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'

Get rid of Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv virus from Microsoft Edge

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

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, Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv 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 Tapsnake CronDNS, Dubfishicv removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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