- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.tappytop.com is an annoying search website that emerges in your Google Chrome browser after installing a potentially unwanted program (PUP) called TappyTop. Based on the behavior this infection showed during our tests, we have categorized it as a browser hijacker since it is capable of changing your homepage setting. Since cyber criminals may take advantage of this hijacker, you could be presented with unreliable third-party web content every time you use this search page. It gets even worse because when you notice this browser hijacker in your Chrome browser, it is quite likely that you will find other malware threats on board as well. You should be aware that all these infections can expose you to unsafe web content. Engaging with such can put your virtual security in danger. Therefore, we advise you to remove Search.tappytop.com, the PUP as well as all other infections you may detect on your system. Time is of the essence here; the more you wait, the more chances these threats have to cause security-related issues for you.
One way you can get infected with this browser hijacker is to visit the official webpage of TappyTop at tappytop.com and download this PUP. This application is actually a Chromium-based browser that resembles Google Chrome a lot. In fact, this PUP is promoted as “the web’s best” and “risk free”; however, the opposite is true because this is a potentially unreliable program that also promotes a browser hijacker and sets Search.tappytop.com as its homepage after making itself your default browser. It is also important for us to mention that if your computer is protected by a security tool, you may not even be able to download the installer as it gets flagged in the process as a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Linkury.M, which is a potentially unwanted application. We hope that it is getting clearer why we suggest that you should delete Search.tappytop.com and the related applications as well.
Of course, there is little chance that you actually visit the official site and you install this browser hijacker through this source. We have found that it is more likely that you download it through a freeware bundle packing several malware threats. Such a package can contain adware programs, browser hijackers as well as potentially unwanted programs. These can all put your system at risk to different extents. You should know that the most likely way for you to infect your computer with such a malicious bundle is to click on compromised third-party ads. You can be exposed to such ads if your system is infected with ad-supported programs or you land on shady file-sharing sites, such as torrent, freeware, and porn sites. This is why you need to be extra careful when presented with third-party content because you can never trust where you might end up by clicking on them. If this hijacker sneaked onto your PC this way, you should run a malware scanner to identify all potential threat sources after you delete Search.tappytop.com.
Our research shows that this browser hijacker comes from the same creators as Search.safefinder.com. This infection hijacks your Google Chrome homepage so that you would be exposed to this unreliable search page every time you start up your browser. This malware can collect information about your online activities and use this to target you with customized ads and links it can display through modified search results pages. This browser hijacker redirects your queries to search.yahoo.com but do not be misled by finding yourself on a reputable search engine page. Since you arrive there through this infection, there is a chance that certain elements on the page could take you to potentially harmful websites. Clicking on content on modified search results pages can open new tab pages with malicious websites or even drop infections onto your computer. If you do not want to let more threats onto your system or end up being scammed out of your precious money, we recommend that you remove Search.tappytop.com right away.
If you want to make sure that your computer is secure, we suggest that first you remove TappyTop application via Control Panel. Then, you can simply restore the homepage setting in your Google Chrome browser. We have included the necessary instructions for you to accomplish these tasks even if you are not an experienced computer user. Please remember that your system security may require more attention from you since there may be other infections endangering your PC. It is important that you keep all your drivers and programs regularly updated so that criminals cannot so easily exploit security holes and attack your system. Nevertheless, the best protection you can give your computer is using a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. But the choice is yours really; you can find a lot of good and powerful security tools to protect your system. However, before installing one, make sure it is not a rogue application, which could cause you further security issues instead of eliminating them.
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