This blog post has been created to explain what the TapuFind browser hijacker is and how to remove this unwanted toolbar from Safari, Firefox, Chrome on your Mac.
TapuFind “Virus” App
TapuFind is another one of those low-reputation type of programs and its primary purpose is to change the settings on your web browser and then use it to show you push notifications and ads. The hijacker pretends to be a new search engine that is designed to contribute to your Mac experience in a positive way. However, the positiveness ends when you understand that this software may be the main reason why you see so many ads on your Mac and its performance is sluggish.
This is because the program may lead you to various third-party sites via it’s ads shown to you and the outcome of this is anything but positive and may even lead to malware infection with time. This is why, if you have TapuFind browser hijacker and you find it difficult to be uninstalled, we would suggest that you read this article thoroughly.
|Type||Browser Hijacker for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aims to change the settings of Safari and other web browsers installed on Macs and display a lot of third-party advertisements, some of which may be dangerous to users.|
|Symptoms||Slow and sluggish performance of the Mac. Changed browser settings. Different types of ads show uninvited.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundling or websites.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss TapuFind.|
TapuFind Hijacker – How Did I Get It
TapuFind is a program that is trying to pose as a useful freeware for Mac. One way via which you may have installed is if you believed that it is indeed useful and added it to your Mac or browser via a website that is advertising TapuFind as a program that appears to be helpful for your online searching experience.
Another very effective way by which TapuFind may be spread on your Mac is to be added to the installer of a third-party program you have downloaded from a freeware download site. Such apps often have third-party software, like TapuFind embedded in their installation steps. And it is not easy to locate it either, since the TapuFind installer is usually located in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation mode, somewhere in the installation steps where the app is advertised likely as an optional offer or a “free extra” to your current installation.
TapuFind – Furhter Infomation
Once TapuFind has been installed on your Mac, it may begin to modify your web browsers’ settings. The first thing it does is to set its own search engine as a home and a new tab page.
The search engine does not have its own actual search database and does not support encrypted connection, which is highly untypical for legitimate search engines:
On top of this, the connection to the search site of TapuFind is not encrypted either, which means that everything you do is exposed and can be stolen from you. Mix this with the tracking tehcnologies that are use by Tapufind, like cookies (on the image above) and you get a clear hoax search engine.
The tracking technologies may be used by the TapuFind browser hijacker to obtain the following types of information from your web browswer:
- Sites you have visited.
- What you have searched.
- Where you click online.
- What you type while on your browser.
- Which sites you have bookmarked.
This information may not only be seen by TapuFind but by other parties as well, since your connection to the site is not HTTPS secure. The advertisements which you may see as a result of having TapuFind on your web browser could be of the following types:
- Pop-up ads.
- Ad-supported search results.
- Banner adverts.
- Clickable highlighted text.
Most of the ads usually lead to other browser hijacker search engines or to various third-party sites as we demonstrate when we performed a search below:
As visible from the image, almost the whole first page of this browser hijacker is taken over by customized Yahoo search ads as many browser hijackers typically do. These ads may lead you to different websites, most of which may be dangerous in various ways;
- Scamming sites that may display pages that aim to trick you that your Mac is at risk.
- Phishing sites that pose as legitimate login pages for Google, Yahoo and other sites.
- Websites that aim to convince users that they are legitimate, but may contain harmful software.
- Malicious redirects that may install more adware or directly infect your Mac with viruses.
How to Remove TapuFind from Your Mac
If you want to get rid of TapuFind browser hijacker effectively, we would strongly suggest that you follow the removal manul underneath. It has been created in order to make it easier for you to remove this unwanted program either manually or automatically.
But since victims of TapuFind have reported TapuFind to be back on their computers even though they have already removed it several days beforehand, security professionals advise to scan your computer using an anti-malware scanner. It is capable of detecting all of the files, that are associated with TapuFind and removing those files permanently so that your Mac is completely rid of it.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall TapuFind and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove TapuFind via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove TapuFind – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove TapuFind files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as TapuFind, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.