|Type||Bundler, Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||HomeTab is distributed via bundled installers and is known to affect the browser.|
|Symptoms||The browser’s default settings are changes and reversing them may be difficult.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, affiliate installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By HomeTab.exe|
HomeTab.exe is a suspicious process that has been reported to affect users on a global scale. According to research, HomeTab.exe is signed by One Floor App. One Floor App is a software developer, a distributor of ad-supported software. HomeTab.exe may have been installed by a Widdit installer used for monetization purposes, or the OneFloorApp install manager also known as SimplyInstaller. Numerous users’ complaints have been issues about the Widdit.com website and its unwanted behavior on the system.
Anything associated with HomeTab.exe, One Floor App and Widdit should be removed from the system. Additionally, running an AV scanner may also be required. Bundling is a method that may have initiated unknown processes in the background of the system.
According to independent security researchers, the hometab.exe application by the One Floor App provider has been detected as potentially unwanted and harmful by multiple AV solutions. A list of various detections is provided below in the article.
HomeTab.exe Technical Description
HomeTab is classified as a browser toolbar dsigned to modify the browser’s default settings and distribute intrusive advertising content. HomeTab has been reported to change the search provider and new tab page to the Widdit HomeTab, and the changes may be quite difficult to reverse. The toolbar is likely compatible with popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Because of its capabilities to alter the browser and introduce unwanted software to the system, the product is mostly regarded a browser hijacker. Users typically seek a way to rid their systems of HomeTab.
The One Floor App publisher is most likely linked with the following providers:
- InfoSpace LLC
- Ideakee Inc
- First Offer LTD
- One Floor App LTD
- Simply Tech Ltd
The application’s installer may be bundled with suspicious, ad-supported software by these providers. As a result of the HomeTab.exe installation, the system may have been flooded with third party products, employed for monetization and advertising purposes.
According to researchers at HerdProtect, HomeTab.exe can be detected as:
- Adware.Downware.3113 (Dr. Web)
- Win32/Toolbar.Widdit.A potentially unwanted application (ESET NOD32)
- not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.FirstFloor (Kaspersky)
- PUP.Optional.SimplyInstaller.A (MalwareBytes)
- PUP-FNE (McAfee)
- Generic PUA FL (Sophos)
HomeTab.exe Removal Steps
If you have located the application in your system, and you don’t recall downloading it personally, you have experienced a bundled download. As we have written many times, bundling is a primary culprit of adware and PUP distribution, and is applied to generate quick revenue.
Even if you succeed in removing the application, you should consider running a full system scan to make sure that your system is PUP-free.
Feel free to refer to our removal manual. If you have any questions, become a member of SensorsTech’s forums and start a discussion.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall HomeTab.exe in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall HomeTab.exe.
Step 2: Remove HomeTab.exe from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select HomeTab.exe and click “Remove”
After HomeTab.exe is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select HomeTab.exe to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After HomeTab.exe has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on HomeTab.exe
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall HomeTab.exe. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the HomeTab.exe will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove HomeTab.exe.
Removing HomeTab.exe from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing HomeTab.exe from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove HomeTab.exe.
Step 4: Remove HomeTab.exe automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all HomeTab.exe associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove HomeTab.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of HomeTab.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove HomeTab.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase HomeTab.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall HomeTab.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove HomeTab.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate HomeTab.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove HomeTab.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove HomeTab.exe
Step 2: Uninstall HomeTab.exe 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 HomeTab.exe 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 HomeTab.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of HomeTab.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall HomeTab.exe 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 HomeTab.exe 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 HomeTab.exe files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as HomeTab.exe, 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 HomeTab.exe 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 HomeTab.exe 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 HomeTab.exe 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 HomeTab.exe 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 HomeTab.exe will be removed.
Eliminate HomeTab.exe 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.