What is Tapxchange.com?

Tapxchange.com is one browser hijacker that is distributed using deceptive methods and is set to become your browser’s homepage without your authorization. Removing it is of utmost importance, because its search results may contain promotional links and advertisements that can be malicious. Furthermore, our researchers have found that this hijacker’s search function does not really work all that well. So you may be subjected to unreliable content if Tapxchange.com’s search works or it may not work at all. Either way, this search engine is unreliable and you should delete it as soon as possible.test

What does Tapxchange.com do?

Like all browser hijackers, Tapxchange.com is set to automatically change your browser’s homepage to its own Web address and force you to use its search engine, thus generating web traffic to its promoted websites and making money for the promoted parties as well as this hijacker’s developers. We have an issue with these promotions as there is no way of knowing which are legitimate and which should be avoided. Also, this hijacker can collect information about you, which includes your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, page views, website navigation paths, and so on. All of this information is used to personalize the ads and promotions in order to increase profits. However, it must be said that while testing this hijacker, our researchers found that it only displays three links in its search results. All of them redirect to Yahoo.com. So, effectively, you are using a modified version of Yahoo.com.

Where does Tapxchange.com come from?

This is the first time we have encountered a browser hijacker of this making. So we are not aware of any of its clones provided that it actually has any. Obviously, the people that created this browser hijacker chose to stay in the shadows, so there is no information about its developer whatsoever. Even though there is no concrete information about Tapxchange.com’s distribution methods we think that it is probably bundled with malicious software installers and put up for download on illegitimate software distributing websites. Therefore, if you have this hijacker on your computer, then it is quite possible that it also contains additional malicious software that you should remove manually or with the help of an anti-malware tool.

How do I remove Tapxchange.com

So if your browser’s homepage was changed to Tapxchange.com, then it was probably done while you were installing a malicious software bundle. This hijacker replaces the default homepage without your knowledge or consent, and is set to redirect all searches to a modified Yahoo search engine. Since this search engine is modified to display promotional links, your computer’s security may be compromised since the promotions come from unknown and potentially malicious sources. Therefore, we advocate for the removal of Tapxchange.com. Our malware researchers say that you should be able to get rid of this hijacker by simply changing your browser’s homepage. However, it that is not the case, then you should use an anti-malware program to remove it for good.

Tapxchange.com removal instructions

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Click Set pages and enter a new homepage address.
  3. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+T and click Options.
  2. Select the General tab.
  3. Type a new homepage address.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and select Internet Options.
  2. Type a new homepage address.
  3. Click Apply.
  4. Click OK.
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