TapSnake “Virus” Removal (Mac Guide) April 2018 Update

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This page aims to help you remove TapSnake “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Mac.

Nowadays, thousands of users all over the web experience a common browsing disturbance, caused by programs known as Adware. In this article, we are going to focus our attention on one specific representative of this software group called TapSnake. This program is an ad-generating piece of software, which may be the reason for your recent browsing irritation and ad disturbance.

In brief, Adware programs are a type of software which may affect all the popular browser apps such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox and others. It may make them a lot of online ads, pop-ups, new tabs, blinking banners and boxes, which may cover your screen every time you try to search for something on the web. If you stay with us, you will find out how to remove these annoying ads and uninstall TapSnake from your system, as well as how to protect your PC in the future. Just make sure you read the information that follows and take a look at the Removal Guide below.

What could be expected from an Adware like TapSnake?

The representatives of the Adware category typically have one primary task – to generate many different ads in various shapes and forms inside the window of your browser or on the webpages you visit. These pieces of software are typically legal and their goal is to serve the needs of the online advertising industry by ensuring the effective promotion of different services, products, web pages, and software tools. Many marketers and software developers work together for the popularization of their products with the help of programs like TapSnake. The more ads the Adware displays, the more the exposure for advertised items is and, respectively, the greater the chance for sales and profits.

Is it easy to remove TapSnake from your system?

Adware could get removed from any computer fairly easily and without any serious consequences. In fact, everyone can do that if they follow some basic instructions. In the Removal Guide below, we have listed the exact steps on how to detect and uninstall TapSnake from your system, so make use of them if this program is causing you any irritation.

TapSnake “Virus” Removal

Step1

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The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.

Step2

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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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Step3

The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.

Step4

Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
Step5

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Privacy in Safari

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove TapSnake From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove TapSnake From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

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Software bundles – the main source of ad-producing programs

Programs like TapSnake are often distributed with the help of some other applications, which are free or attractive for the web users. Many games, free apps, software optimization tools, converters, audio or video players may contain some ad-producing program inside their setup package and when the users download the package and install it, they automatically end up with a software like TapSnake or some similar ad-generating component. Fortunately, there is an easy way to prevent the installation of the bundled added components and in the next paragraph, we will tell you more about it.

How should software bundles be installed?

No matter what kind of software you want to install on your PC, the moment the installation wizards starts, you should carefully read the EULA and all the installation options that are available in the menu. Usually, there are options labeled Automatic/Standard/Quick which are “recommended” and they install the entire setup package. If you want to avoid the automatic installation of programs like TapSnake, however, you should select a more detailed installation option which give you full control over the setup process. Such options are typically labeled as User/Manual/Custom and they give you the chance to opt-out of the installation of any potentially unwanted applications, which may modify your browser or your computer system in general.

Is TapSnake harmful? Could it cause issues to my system?

As we said above, TapSnake is a typical representative of the Adware category. Now, Adware could be seen as very annoying but, fortunately, it is normally not harmful. The programs of this type would typically not damage your device or conduct any and harmful activities. For this reason, the security experts simply classify them as potentially unwanted, and not as malicious. The programs, which represent a real threat for your PC typically belong to categories such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojan horse viruses as well as other similar virus types. These pieces of software can really damage your computer, your files, and mess with your virtual privacy. They may blackmail you, steal your money or passwords and secretly run various malicious processes from your PC. In contrast, TapSnake shouldn’t really be capable of doing anything that might lead to direct harm or damage to your system and data.

SUMMARY:

Name TapSnake
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Various ads, pop-ups and banners may start disturbing your normal browsing. 
Distribution Method Software bundles, free installation packs, ads, free download links, torrents, spam messages, email attachments. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.