How to remove search-tap.com from the browser's setings
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What is search-tap.com?
While testing the search-tap.com search engine, our team discovered that it includes advertisements in its results and generates questionable results. Thus, search-tap.com should not be used to browse the Internet. Typically, questionable (or fake) search engines are promoted by browser hijackers that modify the web browser's settings.
Search-tap.com in detail
After entering a search query, search-tap.com displays results containing advertisements. It can be assumed that search-tap.com is operated by affiliates who earn a commission for promoting other pages, services, products, etc. Since search-tap.com is not a reliable search engine, it may include links to untrustworthy pages in its search results.
In addition to generating questionable results, search-tap.com may be collecting browsing data and other information. Its creators may misuse obtained data for marketing purposes or sell it to third parties. Either way, it is recommended to use only legitimate search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
|Name||search-tap.com browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Accurate search results|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about browser hijackers
Browser hijackers promote untrustworthy search engines by changing the browser's settings. They replace the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page with a fake search engine. Usually, changes made by such apps cannot be undone while these apps are present. It is worth mentioning that not all browser hijackers modify the settings to promote fake search engines.
More examples of fake search engines promoted by browser hijackers are search.emailchecktoday.com, search.shiny-searches.com, and upsearches.com.
How did search-tap.com promoting software install on my computer?
It is common for browser hijackers to be distributed by bundling them with other software. Downloaders and installers used to distribute questionable apps have "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other settings. Browsers get hijacked after finishing software installations without changing those settings.
Also, users install/add browser hijackers via deceptive pages, fake installers, and advertisements designed to run specific scripts. Either way, most users download and install apps of this type inadvertently.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Use legitimate/official websites and stores as sources for downloading applications and files. Do not download them from unofficial pages, third-party stores, P2P networks, third-party downloaders, etc. Also, do not download or install software without checking its downloader or installer for optional (unwanted) downloads or installations and deselecting them.
Do not click on advertisements that shady pages have on them as well. Never agree to receive notifications from suspicious websites. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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- What is search-tap.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search-tap.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove search-tap.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove search-tap.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
search-tap.com redirect removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search-tap.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
search-tap.com redirect removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable the malicious extension (if present), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search-tap.com) below the "Open a specific or set of pages" option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select "Remove".
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search-tap.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search-tap.com browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable malicious extension (if present), remove hxxp://search-tap.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and press Enter. Click "Accept the Risk and Continue".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled". Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with search-tap.com browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search-tap.com browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit search-tap.com website?
The creators of this search engine aim to make it more popular because their income depends on it (on the count of users).
Is visiting search-tap.com a threat to my privacy?
Questionable search engines tend to be designed to gather information about their users. Obtained data can be misused for malicious purposes, which may cause problems related to online privacy.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
In most cases, users add or install browser hijackers via deceptive pages, browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, and software bundles.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove a browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can detect and remove browser hijackers. It can remove multiple browser hijackers at once, which is useful when added browser hijackers are designed to reinstall one another to prevent users from removing them manually.
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