The article will help you remove Handy-Tab.com completely. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions given at the bottom of this article.
Handy-Tab.com is the official domain for a browser redirect. The related extension hosted on that website and on other places, will hijack your browser and redirect you to unknown websites and sponsored content. From there, you can find yourself landing on pages with lots of advertisements that go through this hijacker. The hijacker will modify the start page, new tab, and search settings for the browser applications you have on your computer system.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Each browser application on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and will display lots of advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine and the new tab.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Handy-Tab.com |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Handy-Tab.com.|
Handy-Tab.com – Distribution Methods
Handy-Tab.com might be distributed via various methods. One of those methods is through third-party installations. Those installer setups come from bundled applications and freeware that could be set to install additional content by default on your computer system. Typically, that might happen without any notification. You might have tried installing a media player or free software and got your browser settings modified by the hijacker. To avoid unwanted programs from affecting your PC is doable if you find Custom or Advanced settings. There you should be able to deselect additive content.
The browser hijacker redirect is also distributed via the Chrome Web Store under the name Handy Tab as seen from the below screenshot:
Handy-Tab.com could be distributed via other methods, like add-ons or browser extensions which install on your browser (as the one shown above). Other distribution ways use advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, and redirect links. Sponsored advertisements, including targeted content on suspicious websites could distribute the hijacker, too. These websites might also be partners or affiliates of the Handy-Tab.com website and services. These browsers could be affected: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer.
Handy-Tab.com – Technical Insight
Handy-Tab.com is a browser hijacker redirect. You will get redirected when you are using its services, from links, ads and pages hosted by its search engine. The main page can be viewed from the screenshot given right down here:
The Handy-Tab.com browser hijacker will redirect you if you use its services and interact with links, ads and other content from its search pages. If you are using its search engine to browse the Web, you will be redirected to its page with search results.
Be aware that each search that you do on its pages will be sending information to servers connected to this Handy-Tab.com hijacker. The pages displayed in the above and bottom image can replace the homepage, new tab and default search of every browser that you have installed.
If you have the Handy-Tab.com extension related to the hijacker on your personal computer, all affected browsers will be modified by the malicious application as it will:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Read and change your browsing history
- Read and change your bookmarks
- Manage your apps, extensions, and themes
The screenshot that is shown underneath the paragraph shows what is one of the results when you try to make a search query through the Handy-Tab.com search page. It redirects you to a widely popular search engine, and in this case – Google. However, every search query in the search results will get filtered and sent to servers associated with the developers of this malware. In the end, everything that you provide as information will be gathered by the browser hijacker or more specifically – by its owners.
A chance exists that another search engine loads rather than Google, in which case the website could load even more advertisements and redirects that place browser cookies on your computer to track your online habits. Other, more advanced tracking technologies could have been used, too. Be wary of the information you provide on such search pages, especially on ones, associated with Handy-Tab.com. Refrain from clicking on suspicious advertisements and links that can appear.
The following information can be collected from you, according to the Policy:
Anonymous User Information
- Your IP address
- Referral Data
- Browser and platform type
- Date and time you visited Handy Tab
- Your search terms
- Links you choose to click on
- Information you provide (including surveys etc.)
Individual User Information
- Your Name
- E-mail address
- Shipping Address
- Zip Code
- Household Income
- Age and gender
- Information you provide (including surveys etc.)
Cookies connected to the browser hijacking site and services of Handy-Tab.com are also dropped by them to acquire more information related to your internet activity and habits. The Handy-Tab.com service could collect even more data with which you could be identified.
In the end, you should be wary of what information you give out to search engines and websites. In case you do not like the idea of any information to be acquired about you by this browser hijacker or its services, you should consider removing it.
Remove Handy-Tab.com Completely
To remove Handy-Tab.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.