It is certainly unpleasant to have your device invaded by some sort of unwanted software that invades your Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser, replacing its customary homepage and search engines and redirecting you to sites that you don’t want to visit. This is why the aim of this article would be to help you deal with applications that cause that by giving you instructions on both how to remove them and how to avoid landing them ever again. Generally, software that tends to do that is referred to as Browser Hijackers and recently, a new application that seems to fall under this category has been released. It’s name is Taporinx Virus and it will be the main focus of this article.
Can Taporinx Virus be harmful?
If you already have this software on your smartphone or tablet, you might think that the device has been invaded by some sort of a serious and noxious malware such as a Trojan horse or Ransomware virus, for example. If that’s your case, you’d be relieved to learn that most of the time, Browser Hijackers are not actually harmful themselves. Most of those apps are used as a way of generating income through online advertising, which is why they are so annoying, but as far as the safety of your device is concerned, you should probably be in the clear. This, however, does not mean that there are no issues whatsoever that can come from a Browser Hijacker such as Taporinx Virus, which is why our advice for you would be to see to its removal if you indeed have had it installed on your device. The banners it generates and the redirects it causes could potentially expose your device to more serious online hazards like viruses, which is certainly something that you would not want to happen.
Keeping Hijackers away
Before you get to the actual uninstallation and removal guide, you must first get a general idea about how to protect your smartphone or tablet from any potential future Browser Hijackers coming your way. Since most software that falls under the Hijacker category tends to be distributed as an integral part of other apps, the best way to keep Taporinx Virus and other similar software away would be to be very careful and thoughtful regarding the applications you install on your device. First of all, we advise you to use only the Google Play Store or AppStore to decrease the chance of installing some shady app. Additionally, it is a good idea to always research applications that you are not certain about even if they are from the Store. That way, you will significantly reduce the chance of getting Taporinx Virus or any other Browser Hijacker installed on your smartphone/tablet.
Taporinx Virus Removal
iOS Removal Guide
First you need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.
- If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
- If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.
In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:
- On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.
Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:
- Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
- Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
- Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
- Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/
Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with.
Android Removal Guide
Whether you use the default “Internet” App for browsing or a different browser like Chrome you need to go to:
Locate the Browser/App in question and tap on it.
Now the method is effectively the same for users using both “Internet” and Chrome/Other Browsers, yet for more clarity we have provided instructions for both:
For “Internet” Browser Users:
Tap the Force Stop button.
Now tap the Clear Data and Clear Cache Buttons.
For Google Chrome Users:
Click on Force Stop.
Then click on Clear Data and Clear Cache.
Restart your Browser. It might be a good idea to Reboot your Android device, just in case.
If you are still seeing Ads in your browser, it is likely they are generated by the websites you visit and there is nothing you can do about it.
However, if you are seeing Adverts outside of your internet browser, then one of your installed Apps contains the problematic Adware. In this case you need to take a look at this guide.
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