|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The extension is advertised as a free 3d tab management tool with various features.|
|Symptoms||TThe browser’s homepage, search page, new tab page are altered, and the browser’s behavior is affected.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, Mozilla Add-ons.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By FoxTab|
FoxTab Search is considered a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program. The search engine provides several search options, situated in the top left corner – Web, Videos, Images, and Games. By clicking on the Game tab, the user is redirected to http://gameoapp.com/.
Technical Description of FoxTab Browser Extension
The browser extension is available for download on the Mozilla add-ons page and has been downloaded multiple times. However, if you go through the users’ comments and reviews, you will notice that people were generally unsatisfied with it. According to our research, uninstalling the extension from the browser may not be successful.
Even though many users have found FoxTab useful, some of them have met compatibility issues and have decided to uninstall it. Others don’t recall downloading it which means that FoxTab landed on their PC in a bundled installer.
If you have noticed that your search page has been changed to search.foxtab.com and your new tab page – switched to newtab.foxtab.com, your browser’s default settings have been changed as well. Hence, FoxTab has been classified as a browser hijacker.
FoxTab may not be a malicious threat, but it may be intrusive. Once installed, the browser extension may start redirecting you to predefined pages.
Other problems pointed out by users running the extension are:
- All saved tabs are lost, since FoxTab doesn’t offer a recovery option.
- When installed on Mozilla Firefox, FoxTab may wipe out all the user’s icons.
- The Customize option may not work.
- FoxTab may interfere with the functionality of the user’s browser extensions.
FoxTab Browser Extension Removal Instructions
Several AV programs have detected possible malware in the primary executable of FoxTab – FoxTabUpdater.exe. It has been flagged as Riskware, PUP and Trojan.
All the issues we have listed above indicate that the removal of FoxTab is highly advisory. The longer FoxTab runs in the background, the more vulnerable the browser will be. To completely rid the system of it and restore the browser’s condition, removing all of FoxTab components via AV software is often required. Since the application may interfere with other extensions installed on the PC, the user may have to reinstall everything from scratch.
You can refer to the removal steps given below.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall FoxTab 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 FoxTab.
Step 2: Remove FoxTab from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select FoxTab and click “Remove”
After FoxTab is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select FoxTab 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 FoxTab 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 FoxTab
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall FoxTab. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the FoxTab 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 FoxTab.
Removing FoxTab 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 FoxTab 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 FoxTab.
Step 4: Remove FoxTab 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 FoxTab associated objects.