About Tapufind MAC Virus
Tapufind is a browser hijacker that can affect both Windows and Mac computers. Browser hijackers aim to redirect users to sponsored websites, and to do that they change browser’s settings. The hijacker will set search.tapufind.com as your homepage and new tabs, and you will constantly be redirected to that site. These changes are done without your explicit permission, as is the hijacker’s installation. They can also be difficult to get rid of while the hijacker is still installed.
Browser hijackers usually come attached to free software as extra offers, and are set to install alongside. The offers are optional but because they are hidden, users end up accidentally installing them. You can easily prevent them from installing, as long as you know how. The following section of this report will explain exactly that so carry on reading.
Virustotal Information about Tapufind
We recommend that you delete Tapufind as soon as you notice it making changes to your browser. While by itself it may not be that dangerous, hijackers can redirect to potentially dangerous websites, which could expose you to malware or scams. There’s also no reason why you should put up with the changes it does to your browser or the random redirects.
Browser hijackers use software bundling to install
More minor infections like browser hijackers, adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are added to free software as extra offers because no one would install them otherwise. This is called software bundling, and it’s a popular distribution method among unwanted program developers since it does not require a user’s explicit permission to install. Software bundling is a pretty questionable installation method, and most programs that use it are categorised as potentially unwanted programs.
You can easily prevent unwanted offers from installing together with freeware, as long as you pay enough attention to how you install programs. Read the provided information when installing something, and when given the options, opt for Advanced (Custom) settings. Those settings will make all extra offers visible and you will be able to deselect them. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes. If you continue the installation in Default settings, you will not be shown any added offers and they will install alongside the program.
Final URL: https://install.tapufind.com/?pid=11111&dr=t
Serving IP Address: 188.8.131.52
Status code: 200
Body length 2.98 KB
Body SHA-256 f3de8ebf5c39ad5ed600ba33169f5f14aed830e45c0cd928bce237d4b854ec8a
While some of the offers may seem useful, allowing them to install is not recommended. If a program wants to install sneakily, it has no place on your computer.
What does a browser hijacker do?
This particular hijacker can affect both Windows and Mac computers. It will attach itself to popular browsers like Safari, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and make changes to them without permission. The changes include setting search.tapufind.com as the homepage, new tabs and search engine. These changes will be irreversible until you get rid of the hijacker because it will just keep changing everything back. So until you remove Tapufind, you’re stuck with the changes.
The website looks like a regular search engine website. It evidently tries to imitate Google to make users feel more secure. There will be a search box displayed, and if you were to use it, you would be shown questionable search results that include sponsored content. Keep in mind that hijackers aim to redirect users to certain websites, and modifying search results is how they do it. Fortunately, the majority of those sponsored results will have nothing to do with what you were searching for so you’ll know what not to click on. Some of those results could lead you to highly questionable websites, such as ones hiding malware or promoting scams.
Browser hijackers also track users and collect information about them. They track what sites you visit, what you search for, what ads you click on, your location, etc. It does not collect any personal information, but the data that it does gather can later be shared with unknown third-parties.
The easiest way to uninstall Tapufind would be to use anti-spyware software. Those programs are designed to deal with these kinds of infections so it should have no issues with Tapufind. Once the infection has been removed, you can change your browser’s settings back to normal with no issues.