How to remove TampaSystem (Virus Removal Guide)

The TampaSystem virus is a term used to identify a file titled tampasystem.dll, possible malware, and potential unwanted programs, mostly in the adware or browser hijacker categories of computer threats. The tampasystem.dll file is usually a sign of a computer infection or intrusion. Symptoms may include pop-up advertisements and browser redirects to sponsored webpages.

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What is TampaSystem?

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  • TampaSystem creates a directory path.
  • tampasystem.dll bundles with third-party malware, malicious files, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with TampaSystem can read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with TampaSystem can read and change your browsing history.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with TampaSystem can manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Programs and browser attachments associated with TampaSystem can manage your downloads.

How does TampaSystem get on a computer?

The TampaSystem virus is usually contracted without knowledge alongside downloadable content, such as freeware, shareware, torrents, and other items. In many cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline a custom offer to install this program; However, the offer to decline the program from installing is often ignored or presented in a deceptive manner.

How to remove TampaSystem

Step 1: Remove TampaSystem add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the TampaSystem extension and other suspicious extensions. Remove them individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the TampaSystem add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Step 2: Uninstall TampaSystem

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. In the list of installed programs, search for TampaSystem and other unwanted programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Scan your computer for malware

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential TampaSystem malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall unwanted programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential TampaSystem malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.