Search.tapufind.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: TapuFind browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search.tapufind.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.tapufind.com?

search.tapufind.com is a fake search engine (virtually identical to search-me.club, search.hogwarin.com, miksearch.club, and many others) that is promoted using the TapuFind browser hijacker. This app is supposedly capable of delivering improved search results, however, it is also categorized as a potentially unwanted app (PUA) that most users install unintentionally. Once installed, TapuFind modifies browser settings and gathers browsing-related information.

search.tapufind.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Generally, hijackers such as TapuFind target popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. Once installed, TapuFind assigns search.tapufind.com as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL setting. Therefore, users of a hijacked browser are forced to visit this website when a new tab/web browser is opened or a search query is entered into the URL bar. It is impossible to undo these changes as long as the browser hijacker is installed. Like most unwanted apps of this type, TapuFind reverts these settings when attempts are made to modify them. Note that search.tapufind.com is promoted as a 'useful search engine', but this is nonsense: once a search query is entered, it simply displays results generated by Yahoo (a legitimate search engine). Therefore, it redirects users to search.yahoo.com and displays Yahoo results. Another downside of using the TapuFind browser hijacker (and the associated search engine) is that it collects browsing-related data. Gathered data usually includes IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, and so on. These apps often record personal/sensitive details as well. Developers of these apps share the data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, having PUAs such as TapuFind installed might cause problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy, or even more serious issues such as identity theft. We recommend that you uninstall TapuFind (and other installed browser hijackers) immediately.

Developers promote PUAs as 'useful tools' that provide various features, however, PUAs generally deliver none of the functionality promised. They are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Having browser hijackers such as TapuFind installed simply causes privacy/browsing safety issues or more serious problems.

How did search.tapufind.com install on my computer?

TapuFind is promoted using an official download website, however, people usually install browser hijackers or other potentially unwanted apps inadvertently. This happens when they skip download/installation steps without making any changes. To trick users into installing PUAs, software developers use a marketing method called "bundling", whereby they hide these rogue apps in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings/options of the download/installation set-ups. By skipping steps, information regarding the inclusion of unwanted apps can easily go unnoticed. In some cases, these inadvertent installations can be triggered by clicking intrusive (deceptive) ads designed to run scripts that download and install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official and trustworthy websites. Avoid using dubious websites, third party downloaders, installers, and so on. Do not skip download/installation steps. Check "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" and other settings (and all available checkboxes), deselect any additionally-included (bundled) apps and only then complete the process. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, especially those displayed on suspicious, untrustworthy websites. Many ads of this type lead to potentially malicious websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.). If you encounter these ads or redirects, unwanted applications might be installed. Check installed extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins installed on your browser, and programs on your computer. Uninstall any unwanted/unknown or suspicious apps and programs immediately. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting search.tapufind.com (TapuFind browser hijacker):

Dubious website used to promote search.tapufind.com

TapuFind browser hijacker extension in Google Chrome:

tapufind browser hijacker extension in google chrome

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects to search.tapufind.com using Combo Cleaner:

search.tapufind.com redirect removal:

Remove search.tapufind.com-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX","NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove tapufind browser hijacker related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

TapuFind browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove tapufind browser hijacker related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove tapufind browser hijacker related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove tapufind browser hijacker related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.