Taplika.com Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: Taplika.com virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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.

taplika.com redirect

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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Quick menu:

Taplika.com browser hijacker 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.

taplika.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Remove Taplika.com related Internet Explorer add-ons:

Remove Taplika browser hijacker from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gears" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing taplika.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing taplika.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Optional method:

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.

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:

Remove Taplika.com related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing taplika.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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:

Removing taplika.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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:

Removing taplika.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the taplika.com virus, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove Taplika.com related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Remove Taplika browser hijacker 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 on "Extensions" and remove "Taplika Newtab" and "taplika.com".

Change your homepage:

Removing taplika.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing taplika.com from Mozilla Firefox 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.

Optional method:

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, 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 browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

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

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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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AC

Thank you so much. I had already done a "refresh" to my computer that went back to the factory setting but didn't delete any of my documents and thought it was fixed. Then I saw Taplika opening again in new tabs. Your article is set up so nicely and was easy to follow for someone who is terrible with computers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Eddie C.

thanks for the guide to removing "Taplika"! wondering if you have a solution for removal of: AppData\Local\ARCADE~1\AGHelp.dll that keeps popping up since the Taplika.com started.

G'man

Noticed taplika showing up on several computers on my network. Although undetected by Symantec.cloud, symptoms are change of IE home page and Sharp network copier continuing to show "out of paper" and not allowing print jobs. Removing taplika, resetting IE settings, and deleting/re-adding network printer resolved our issues. Good write-up.....thanks!