Do you know what Search.tapufind.com is?
Search.tapufind.com is a new surprise from Israel, which can put your virtual security at risk. Our researchers have labeled this search site as a browser hijacker since it can set itself as your homepage in your main browsers and you may not even notice this. Of course, usually even browser hijackers notify users about the coming browser setting changes; however, this may be done in a concealed manner so that unsuspecting users would not spot it preferably. But there are the ones that do not even bother to inform you. In any case, you may not even notice the change because this search site actually looks very normal and simple just like Google. Unfortunately, this hijacker can show you questionable search results that may result in further infections or online scams if you happen to engage with them. Therefore, we believe that it is best to remove Search.tapufind.com as soon as you can.
This browser hijacker cannot be found officially advertised and promoted as a standalone browser extension. This is already suspicious and makes you wonder how on earth it may still show up on your computer. Well, the answer is more simple than you think. The creators use software bundling to spread this potential threat source on the web. Bundling is a deceptive "art" to distribute all kinds of potentially unwanted applications as well as malicious software installers. Of course, originally, bundles were harmless. However, with time, schemers saw an amazing opportunity to fool unsuspecting users and have them install several threats in one go by default.
There are a number of ways how you can infect your computer with a malicious bundle. For example, you may be searching the web for a free file to download and you choose to click on a result that leads to an unfamiliar and shady file-sharing website. You click on one of the four download buttons offered on the page not knowing that three of those could be fake buttons, i.e., third-party contents to drop malicious threats onto your machine in a bundled format. But torrent and freeware pages may promote such bundles by default, too. You also should be careful with your clicks whenever you are surfing the web because third-party ads can always be risky to click on as you could open new tabs with malicious content and this is how you could also drop a bundle without even knowing. Yet another option is that your PC is already infected with adware and this is how you are exposed to unsafe third-party ads. All in all, it is important that you scan your system deeply with a reliable malware scanner after you delete Search.tapufind.com.Search.tapufind.com screenshot
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This is not the first questionable product from Israel. As a matter of fact, we have found that search.snapdo.com, feed.sonic-search.com, and search.sidecubes.com are very similar threats. This new browser hijacker looks very simple and this may be the reason why you may not even notice the change. It modifies, or rather, hijacks your homepage URL, which means that every time you launch your main browsers, this page would come up. The problem is that this search engine cannot be trusted. It redirects your queries to a manipulated Yahoo search results page, which could introduce you to unreliable third-party ads and sponsored links leading to fake or malicious websites operated by cyber criminals. If you click on such content, chances are you will end up on being scammed or you may also infect your computer with other threats. Therefore, the best thing you can do for your safety is to remove Search.tapufind.com right now.
Finally, it is time to take action. Hopefully, you understand by now what you are up against. If you would like to eliminate this threat source, all you need to do is follow our instructions below this report. Changing your homepage settings in the affected browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) should be sufficient. In case you may still see this browser hijacker in your browsers, you should consider resetting them. Do not forget about the other possible threats that may also require your immediate attention. If you want to be thorough and effective, we suggest that you employ a decent anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter.
Search.tapufind.com removal from your browsers
- Press Alt+T and select Options.
- Choose General on the left.
- Click Restore to Default.
- Press Alt+T and select Internet options.
- Choose the General tab and click Use default.
- Press OK.
- Press Alt+F and select Settings.
- Select Manage on startup pages under the On Startup section.
- Mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
- Open the menu next to the homepage URL.
- Pick Edit.
- Replace the homepage URL.
- Press Save.
In non-techie terms:
Search.tapufind.com is a new threat that can sneak onto your system and hijack your main browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Our researchers say that this is a browser hijacker that comes from Israel. It may strike you first as a legitimate search engine like Google; however, this one indeed shows you altered Yahoo search results. This means that you could be presented with search results containing promoted affiliated ads and links to their sites, which could be risky to click on. Since this browser hijacker can slither onto your computer in a freeware bundle, chances are there are other malware threats on your system threatening your virtual security. Thus, we suggest that you remove Search.tapufind.com as soon as possible. You can choose to do this automatically and protect your PC from future threats as well by installing a professional anti-malware program.