We have observed a growing trend among malware developers as many of them switch to making browser hijackers. Tapxchange.com is a new browser hijacker that you ought to remove as soon as possible. This hijacker doubles as a search engine that is supposed to help you search for information online. However, it only serves to obstruct the whole browsing experience as it only a gateway to a modified Yahoo.com search engine that is likely to contain promotional links to partner websites. In truth, Tapxchange.com can compromise your computer’s security as its promotions come from unknown sources. We think that it may promote shady software downloads and malicious websites. Please read this whole article for a more detailed description.
Tapxchange.com comes from an unknown background, and up until now we have not encountered a browser hijacker such as this one. This new browser hijacker may be the first of many to come in the near future. We think that Tapxchange.com has a very broad dissemination area. We are not exactly sure how it is distributed, but it is most likely bundled with shady software that is hosted on questionable software sharing websites. This hijacker does not seem to have an accompanying program to prevent you from removing this hijacker. Therefore, it is dependent on the software installer to inject it into the browser.
Once Tapxchange.com is injected it will automatically change the homepage and search engine of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. This is done for the purpose of generating web traffic. This hijacker’s developers want you to conduct your searches with it so that they could get paid as Tapxchange.com is bound to contain promotional links. This browser hijacker is set to gather specific information that includes but is not limited to your IP address, browser type, operating system type, browsing history, and your approximate location in order to customize and tailor to make them more appealing.
Tapxchange.com states that “Each search engine has its own method of searching and each will return different results.” It is also claimed that it returns the best search results from “leading search engines.” So this supposed search engine should provide you the best search results that come from different search engines. However, all we have seen are search results from Yahoo.com. So why not just use Yahoo.com instead of this homepage hijacking search engine.
This search engine only serves the interests of its developers. Developers of legitimate search engines never resort to browser hijacking as a means to attract users. However, since Tapxchange.com’s developers employ such techniques it is plain to see that it is unreliable. Its developers claim that this search engine presents the best search results from leading search engines, but our research has revealed that it only shows results from Yahoo.com. Also, the results may be unreliable as they may be tampered with by Tapxchange.com’s developers. Furthermore, this hijacker collects information about you in order to tailor the ads. the collected information is not sensitive, but you may be reluctant to share it with shady software developers that are only interested in making money without having any regard for the security of ordinary users. So feel free to use our guide to remove Tapxchange.com.
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