This article aims to help you by showing how to detect and remove the Chill Tab redirect “virus” completely from your computer system and stop it from reappearing on your web browsers Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.
A notorious “virus”, known as Chill Tab has been reported to create various different files on the computers on which the suspicious software is installed and in addition to this, to perform various different activities that may be unhealthy to your computer. One of those is to cause redirects to various third-party websites that may or may not be malicious and affect your PC negatively. Since the third-party websites to which this unwanted software may lead you may be harmful, it is considered a low-level threat and it’s removal is advisable.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Short Description||Aims to lead the user to various different websites by displaying browser redirects and different forms of advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Sets the home page to the suspicious hoax search engine search(dot)chill-tab.com and displays different forms of advertisements on the computers affected by it.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.|
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Chill Tab “Virus” – How Did I Get It
Unwanted programs, like Chill Tab often use different techniques to slither onto the computers of users who do not even suspect it. The main of those is known as bundling and it is used by most free software providers. This eventually results in you installing Chill Tab, believing it is a useful program or simply by not even noticing it on one of the installation steps of the program you are trying to install. Since you may miss it, Chill Tab is usually located somewhere in the Advanced or Custom installation steps and the software is advertised as a useful extra.
Chill Tab Hijacker – More Information
As soon as this unwanted program is installed on your computer, it may begin to perform various unwanted activities, like change your web browser’s home page and default search engine to it’s own one:
Now a new search engine is not something dangerous, but the search engine to which Chill Tab changes your default one is a risky one. The first very important detail that shows that is that it does not even have HTTPs connection – something that is a must for each search engine to have in the first place:
In addition to this, a lot of cookies are used by the search engine of Chill Tab, some of which you can see below:
This results in various different risks, such as the search engine collecting different information from your online activity, like:
- Online search history.
- Online browsing history.
This information is usually used in order to display targeted advertisements of different kinds, such as:
- Web browser redirects.
- Ad-supported search results.
Remove Chill Tab Completely from Your Computer
In order to remove this browser hijacker from your computer, it is strongly suggestible to follow the removal instructions below. They are specifically created in order to help you remove Chill Tab either automatically or manually. For maximum effectiveness it is advisable to download an advanced anti-malware software which is created in order to detect and delete all objects created by this unwanted program and protect your computer against future intrusive apps as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Chill Tab from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Chill Tab from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Chill Tab from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Chill Tab from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Chill Tab from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Chill Tab from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Chill Tab from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Chill Tab from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Chill Tab
Step 2: Uninstall Chill Tab and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Chill Tab on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Chill Tab there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Chill Tab from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Chill Tab and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Chill Tab via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Chill Tab files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Chill Tab, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Chill Tab from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Chill Tab from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Chill Tab from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Chill Tab from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Chill Tab will be removed.
Eliminate Chill Tab from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.