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 malware |
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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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MusicDiscoveryTab from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MusicDiscoveryTab from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MusicDiscoveryTab from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MusicDiscoveryTab from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MusicDiscoveryTab from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MusicDiscoveryTab from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MusicDiscoveryTab from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MusicDiscoveryTab from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MusicDiscoveryTab
Step 2: Uninstall MusicDiscoveryTab 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 MusicDiscoveryTab 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 MusicDiscoveryTab there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MusicDiscoveryTab from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MusicDiscoveryTab 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 MusicDiscoveryTab 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MusicDiscoveryTab 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 MusicDiscoveryTab 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 MusicDiscoveryTab 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 MusicDiscoveryTab 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 MusicDiscoveryTab will be removed.
Eliminate MusicDiscoveryTab 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.