How can I get rid of the Taplika virus?

Episode 1250 (1:22:47)

Steve from Woodland Hills, CA

Steve bought a Lenovo Windows 7 PC a few years back. He recently wound up getting the Taplika virus with non stop pop up ads in his browser. Leo says he'll need to install "VPlay" from Add/Remove programs and then remove Taplika from his browser. Technically it's not a virus, but a browser hijack and that should get rid of it. VPlay is a Windows service, and that is very insideous. It's going to make it harder to get rid of. He can find more information at

At the end of the day, the best way to get rid of it will be to back up his data, format his hard drive, and reinstall Windows from a known good source. Because there's no way to know what else it's doing and there could be other malware there. Or, at the very least, if he tries to remove it with MalwareBytes, it could cause the system to become unreliable. So Leo suggests nuking it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.