TappyTop Browser Adware

Also Known As: search.tappytop.com redirect
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

TappyTop Browser removal instructions

What is TappyTop Browser?

TappyTop is a dubious chromium-based web browser that claims to enhance web browsing safety. By giving these fake promises, TappyTop often tricks users to install. Research shows that TappyTop is also likely to infiltrate systems without direct user-permission. Furthermore, it causes unwanted browser redirects, delivers intrusive online advertisements, and collects various web browsing-relating information. For these reasons, TappyTop is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

TappyTop Browser adware

Following infiltration, TappyTop generates various intrusive online advertisements displayed in a number of browsers. To achieve this, TappyTop employs a 'virtual layer' - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, third party advertisements often conceal underlying content of visited websites. Furthermore, some lead to malicious websites - clicking them can lead to further high-risk computer infections. TappyTop also causes unwanted browser redirects to search.tappytop.com without users' consent. Continual display of unwanted ads and unwanted browser redirects significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, the Internet browsing experience is continually monitored, since TappyTop records geographic location, IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, browsing history, and other similar information. This information might be personally identifiable and shared by developers of TappyTop with third parties who misuse private details to generate revenue. Thus, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues. You are strongly advised to uninstall this potentially unwanted program immediately.

TappyTop is identical to Protectium and also very similar to Olcinium, Wind, Chromodo, and many other chromium-based browsers. All offer 'valuable features', however, claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimate software. Adware is designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Most deliver no real value for regular users. Apps such as TappyTop cause unwanted browser redirects, collect personally identifiable information, and deliver intrusive online advertisements, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and putting users' privacy at risk.

How did TappyTop Browser install on my computer?

This bogus application is distributed using an official promotion website and a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of PUPs with regular applications/software. Bundling is the main reason why many users install this application inadvertently. Bundled applications are often hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. Many users skip this section, thereby exposing their systems to risk of various infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Many potentially unwanted programs are distributed using the bundling method. Therefore, each step of the download/installation processes should be analyzed. Select the 'Custom/Advanced' settings, observe each step, and cancel all third party applications listed for download and/or installation.

TappyTop Browser installer set-up:

Installer used to promote TappyTop

Screenshot of TappyTop Browser application:

Potentially unwanted program TappyTop

TappyTop Browser causing unwanted browser redirects to search.tappytop.com:

TappyTop Browser causing unwanted browser redirects

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Quick menu:

TappyTop Browser adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

TappyTop Browser adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "TappyTop", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes TappyTop Browser ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove TappyTop Browser adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, TappyTop Browser did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing TappyTop Browser ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing TappyTop Browser ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.tappytop.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing TappyTop Browser  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing TappyTop Browser ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.tappytop.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing TappyTop Browser ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing TappyTop Browser ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.tappytop.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.tappytop.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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