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Remove Chrome-tab.com Redirect Effectively

remove Chrome-tab.com redirect effectively

This article provides step-by-step removal for Chrome-tab.com. Follow the guide below to remove the redirect entirely from Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari, and Windows system.

Chrome-tab.com is a website of unknown origin that affects commonly used browsers in an attempt to push its rogue search engine. Chrome-tab.com may be spread with the help of various shady techniques. In case of infection, you may see its main page set as a homepage, new tab page, and its search engine as a default one. Chrome-tab.com acts like a typical browser hijacker that may cause privacy issues and serve as a gate for severe malware infections.

Threat Summary

Name Chrome-tab.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The domain Chrome-tab.com can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers can display the main page of Chrome-tab.com redirect. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Chrome-tab.com – Distribution Methods

Chrome-tab.com may be spread with the help of various shady techniques. Hackers often use compromised software installers to deliver the redirect unnoticeably on the system. The setups of various free apps provide additional potentially unwanted programs like Chrome-tab.com. Most of the times the installation of such other components happens by default. So if you follow the regular installation steps and just click the Next button, there is great chance to see Chrome-tab.com in your browser after you click the Finish button. To prevent the nasty redirect from infecting your system and browser always look for the Advanced or Custom install options. Once you find them make sure to review the information they provide. It should present all setup components and give you the opportunity to choose whether you want the additional ones or not.

Chrome-tab.com may slightly infect your system via different kinds of online advertisements – banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, new tab pages, sliders, links to sponsored content. The ads can be set to land you on a corrupted web page that downloads the redirect automatically. They may also be designed to install a suspicious browser extension or a toolbar that affect the browser with Chrome-tab.com.

Chrome-tab.com – More Details

Chrome-tab.com is a website of unknown origin that affects commonly used browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) in attempt to push its rogue search engine. In case of infection, you may see its main page each time you open the browser as the redirect may modify homepage, the new tab page, and default search engine settings.

Currently the main page of Chrome-tab.com provides several elements. The primary elements are a search field and a few recommended links to popular social media channels and services below the field. The additional features include customizable clock and date form as well as options to change background wallpaper and preferred theme. Below you can see a picture of the redirect’s homepage:

Chrome-tab.com redirect main page

It all seems alright, but there are some details about the redirect that can remain out of sight. First is the fact that Chrome-tab.com tracks all search queries you enter in its search filed as well as your browsing history and many other details which you can see in the next paragraph of the article.

The second thing is that the search engine provided by Chrome-tab.com is a rogue one as it does not have its own database to generate search results but redirects to Yahoo search instead.

Last but not least is the wave of annoying advertisements that the redirect may generate in your browser. They cannot remain unnoticed as you may see them all over your browser. Consequently, the browser’s performance may become sluggish while new pages may load slowly.

Even though you may think that Chrome-tab.com is a reliable website with a good reputation, the analysis of its behavior show that it acts like a typical browser hijacker that may cause privacy issues and serve as a gate for severe malware infections.

Chrome-tab.com – Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy is a page that notifies how Chrome-tab.com receives, collects and uses information from you as a user of its services. The section can be found in the bottom of Chrome-tab.com main page.

In accordance with the Chrome-tab.com’s policy, the website may obtain and record personal information that may directly or indirectly identify you such as:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Information you provided in public forums and/or social networks
  • Information you provided us including your device identifier or IP address when you use the Site

As well as anonymous information that does not directly or indirectly identify you, like:

  • The number of page views
  • Link clicks
  • Login times
  • Your browser type and language
  • Access times
  • Software installed upon and/or devices connected to your computer and/or device, and the referring website address

In addition, the website owners allow third-parties, including authorized service providers, parent and subsidiary companies, affiliates, advertising companies, and ad networks, to display advertisements or place ad tags on or via Chrome-tab.com. These companies also use tracking technologies to collect information about your online behavior. The data can be then used to deliver you targeted advertisements.

In case that you do not agree with the collection of all personally and non-personally identifiable details mentioned above you need to remove the Chrome-tab.com redirect from the affected machine.

How to Remove Chrome-tab.com Redirect Effectively

The removal steps for Chrome-tab.com redirect are listed below. If you don’t feel quite comfortable with the manual removal approach you can choose the automatic. For maximum efficiency and the complete removal of Chrome-tab.com from affected browsers and Windows system it is good to fulfill all steps.

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How to Remove Chrome-tab.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Chrome-tab.com

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Chrome-tab.com 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Chrome-tab.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Chrome-tab.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Chrome-tab.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Chrome-tab.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Chrome-tab.com and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Chrome-tab.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Chrome-tab.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Chrome-tab.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Chrome-tab.com 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Chrome-tab.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Chrome-tab.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Chrome-tab.com, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Chrome-tab.com:


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Remove Chrome-tab.com 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.


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Erase Chrome-tab.com 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.



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Uninstall Chrome-tab.com 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.



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Remove Chrome-tab.com 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Chrome-tab.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Chrome-tab.com 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.


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