How to eliminate browser redirects to Taplika.com?
What is Taplika.com?
The Taplika browser toolbar claims to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by allowing instant access to popular social networking websites (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and displaying advanced Internet search results. This toolbar is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Although this may appear to be a useful and legitimate browser extension, Taplika is referred to by most users as a redirect virus or browser hijacker. These associations are made since this rogue browser add-on employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers without users' consent. Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute additional applications together with the chosen software, and therefore, most users inadvertently install Taplika during download of free software from freeware download websites.
Today, most popular freeware download websites (for example, download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc.) use small download programs called 'download managers' or 'download clients' as free service monetization tools. These programs allow distributors to install additional applications (toolbars, widgets, browser add-ons, etc.) together with the users' chosen free software. Although it is stated that these applications are '100% legitimate and virus-free', reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections that are likely to cause intrusive online advertisements, privacy issues, or in the case of Taplika.com, unwanted browser redirects.
The Taplika browser hijacker was developed by IronSource Ltd. There are many dubious browser extensions similar to Taplika including Groovorio, BuenoSearch, Enhanced-Search, and Royal-Search. These potentially unwanted programs generate intrusive online ads and modify Internet browser settings. Although Taplika.com poses no direct virus or malware threats, most users are redirected to this website without their consent. If your homepage, default search engine, and URL settings for new tabs are set to taplika.com without your permission, read the following removal guide to eliminate this browser hijacker from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Taplika.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WSE_Taplika application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Taplika.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Taplika.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Taplika.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Taplika.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Taplika.com browser hijacker removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "WSE_Taplika", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (that causes browser redirects to the Taplika.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Taplika.com homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:
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Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Remove Taplika.com related Internet Explorer add-ons:
Click the "gears" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for the "Taplika Toolbar" and "Taplika Helper Object", select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.taplika.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter 'about:blank' to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove "Taplika".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the taplika.com virus, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Remove Taplika.com related Google Chrome extensions:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Taplika New Tab" and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.Taplika.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
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" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Taplika" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the taplika.com virus, 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:
Remove Taplika.com related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Taplika Newtab" and "taplika.com".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://taplika.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open every time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "taplika"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with taplika.com virus 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 taplika.com virus, 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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