My Firefox is hijacked and everytime I open the page it takes me to Taplika.com. I want to get Google back as my homepage but it doesn’t allow me to change the homepage. Whenever I go online, Taplika Search will pop up and take over my browser. I don’t know how to get rid of it. I tried MalWare Bytes Anti-Malware and it didn’t change anything. I also ran AVG Anti-Virus and nothing. Is there any other way that can help remove this hijacker completely?
If your homepage is suddenly changed to Taplika.com or you are redirected to this page unexpectedly, your computer must be under attack by adware or browser hijacker now. Technically speaking, it is not a computer virus; however, browser hijacking malware can act more aggressive than a virus and it is both an annoying and a dangerous problem that can plague internet users now. It usually disguises itself to be a useful search engine and replaces your homepage and search provider without any approval. However, the truth is that this Taplika Search is a spam search and cannot provide anything reliable. All it can give to you is endless pop-up ads and sponsored links. This hijacker usually installs itself in a number of ways although the most popular method deployed is via free software downloads. It does nothing to beneficial to you. It interrupts your browsing activities and modifies your browser settings in the background in order to mess up the system. In addition, it can perform many corrupted actions on the infected computer like downloading other malicious programs, creating a backdoor in your PC security and creating advertisements.
Taplika.com hijacker can take over Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and it also can infect multiple browsers at the same time. Once hijacked, you will find this search provider very annoying as you will experience tons of redirections and receive numerous ads when you browse online. This website is a low-quality search engine that displays more advertisements than legitimate results. It can cause internet searches inputted into the browser address bar redirecting to many other malicious web pages randomly. Therefore, your computer will be more vulnerable for further attacks. You will not be able to change your desired homepage back, instead you will be redirected to corrupted websites again and again. Now adware and browser hijacker malware rapidly spread over the Internet. It can drive you crazy due to its annoying characteristics. Apart from getting unlimited advertising pop-up window, you will also find new toolbar and favorite displayed without your permission, and they keep offering you unnecessary site icons or suspicious downloads; Besides,your computer will be running slow. In a word, if you don’t pay enough attention, this virus could be a hidden danger that compromises your security and privacy. Unfortunately this kind of trap spread everywhere in the internet everyday, but it’s still impossible to be detected effectively by antivirus programs. Manual removal will be the best choice to get rid of Taplika.com hijacker.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
Browser hijacker infection like Taplika.com may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
If you open your browser window (includes IE, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.) and notice immediately that your home page has been changed to a page you do not recognize, then your browser may have been hijacked by a virus. For this type of hijack virus, it can change your homepage to Taplika.com without your permission. Other malicious activities can be shown on your computer after hijacked are listed below:
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
Taplika.com hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore they cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Taplika.com redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Taplika.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
There are some symptoms you can prognosis if your computer infected by Taplika.com. When you surf the internet, it will block you from going to the web page you want and keep displaying ads to interrupt you. Some people will ignore this abnormal phenomenon, because they will think it is a small issue as long as they could still use their computer to get online and check emails. But this is not a correct conception, cause what your thought was fitting in exactly with the virus inventor’s wishes, they’ll steal your private information day by day for they don’t have to ruin your computer at once. After they fully make use of your PC, it may end up with blue screens, system crashes, even hardware issues. Any delay in removing the virus completely will increase more risk of system failure. Taplika.com hijacker should be removed manually.
Published by & last updated on September 22, 2014 10:27 am