MusicDiscoveryTab.com is the online address of a browser hijacker redirect. When you do a search will get you redirected to various websites. The redirect you will see going through the most is that of SafeFinder that is another browser hijacker. Both redirects will filter your searches. MusicDiscoveryTab.com can change the homepage, new tab and search engine of all browsers you own. To remove the hijacker and all of its files, you should read the whole article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||All browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker redirects you and filters your searches.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which will be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab. You could witness sponsored content and targeted advertisements when you browse.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by MusicDiscoveryTab |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MusicDiscoveryTab.|
MusicDiscoveryTab.com – Distribution
MusicDiscoveryTab.com has different distribution ways. Its software can get into your computer via third-party installations. Applications which are bundled with others or some that are freeware can distribute this hijacker to your computer. Setups like these usually have extra components for installation, by default. The hijacker could switch browser settings before you know it. To avoid installations of this sort is manageable if you find a Custom or an Advanced options menu in the setup.
MusicDiscoveryTab.com may use other methods to distribute its search engine around different browsers. One of the ways is through an extension located in the Google Chrome web store as seen above. Redirect links, plus advertisements are used for distribution, as well. Opening suspicious websites and clicking on banners, pop-ups and other types of ads is a common distribution method, too. This hijacker might distribute itself with the help of websites which are affiliated and partnered up with MusicDiscoveryTab.com. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
MusicDiscoveryTab.com – In Detail
MusicDiscoveryTab.com is the main domain of a browser hijacker redirect that has the same name – MusicDiscoveryTab. The name comes from its function which is to redirect to a different music artist every time you open a new tab window. You can see the search page of the hijacker in the below snapshot:
As viewed above, MusicDiscoveryTab.com will redirect you to its search page at “http://search.cubokit.com/?q=”. The search is simply a blank, white background with a search bar. That’s all there is to it, except the logo at the top of the tab, which looks exactly like the one of the SideCubes.com browser hijacker.
Your new tab page, homepage and search engine for the entirety of your browser applications will be altered and redirect you to different places. The hijacker might tweak the preferences of browsers, as well.
An extension related to the hijacker exists, and can be found on the Google Chrome web store among other places. There might be other extra components present on your computer system that can generate redirects and advertisements. Redirects can land you on suspicious websites or such that deliver third party content. Websites owners of those sites could be partnered or affiliated in more than one way with MusicDiscoveryTab.com.
This is what the browser extension does:
- Read and change your data on the websites you visit
- Read your browsing history
- Display notifications
- Communicate with cooperating websites
Your new tab will be changed to feed.musidiscoverytab.com as well as the homepage of the affected browser.
In the image seen up above, you can see the search results of MusicDiscoveryTab.com. You will be redirected to the search results page of Yahoo, but that is just scratching the surface. One step before ending up on that side of the redirect, you might notice that you go through a domain of SafeFinder, which is another browser hijacker. Ending up on a reputable search engine’s page with results is just a mere trick used by hijackers, to make people trust them.
MusicDiscoveryTab.com can obtain various sorts of information about you from your music preferences, through your search queries to your private information. The servers of this hijacker and these of SafeFinder are the ones gathering all that information. You could read more details about the Safe Finder hijacker redirect in the article found on our blog.
Information which can be collected by MusicDiscoveryTab:
- Type of browser
- The type of the user’s device
- Technical information
- Language preferences
- Time stamps
- Clicks and visited pages
- Search logs
- The operating system
- Utilized internet service provider
- Other similar information
Information which can be collected by SafeFinder:
- Browser (type and language)
- Operating System (type and language)
- Your name and address
- Geo location and IP address
- Date and time of access
- Your time zone
- Advertisements viewed
- Offers and services that interest you
- Default search
- VPN and Proxy services
- Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Interaction with social networks
- Screen Resolution
- Search quires and browsing history
- Pages browsed and content viewed
Remove MusicDiscoveryTab.com Completely from Your PC
To remove MusicDiscoveryTab.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 and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure in the future.