The Tab Recovery redirect is a new web threat which we have received security reports about it. It is being spread using a multitude of delivery mechanisms and once it is installed on a given computer it will execute a lot of malicious actions. It can hijack data, modify system settings and deploy other threats.
|Name||Tab Recovery redirect|
|Short Description||Tab Recovery is a web page, caused by a browser hijacker. It is unwanted, because it may lead you to dangerous sites.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser may start to behave in a strange way. You may receive redirects and other types of ads and your PC’s performance may sharply decline.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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Tab Recovery Redirect Overview
The Tab Recovery redirect is a new browser-based threat which is actively being distributed against end users via a targeted attack campaign. There are multiple popular infection strategies that can be used for this purpose. Probably the most popular way of getting infected with this is to create malware-containing browser plugins and upload them onto various repositories and sites. They will look like useful extensions and when viewed by the users they will promise new feature additions or performance enhancements.
These plugins and virus code can be placed in various SPAM email messages or hacker-controlled sites. They are created by the hackers in order to impersonate well-known web services or companies. This is done by creating similar looking content that can be hosted on safe sounding domain names.
The dangerous plugins and associated virus files can be made part of infected data, it can be spread on hacker-controlled sites or uploaded to file-sharing networks where pirate and legitimate data is often shared.
When the Tab Recovery Redirect is installed on a given web browser the typical behavior will be to change the default options in order to automatically redirect the users to the hacker-designated page. This includes the default home page, search engine and new tabs page. Hijackers and redirects also include the capability to extract browser data: cookies, bookmarks, history, cache, cookies and stored passwords.
Tab Recovery redirect code is often used to trick the visitors into falling victim to various phishing scams. As the shown web pages will show pages that look like legitimate portals or search engines the linked contents may show affiliate, scam or virus-infected links. Many viruses of this category are as mechanisms to spread other threats. An example is the cryptocurrency miner, a small script capable of downloading performance-heavy tasks. When such a task is reported as completed the hackers will receive a reward in the form of cryptocurrency.
Standalone viruses will most likely be either a Trojan horse client or a dangerous file encrypting ransomware. They both can be very dangerous to the victim sites and if configured can infect other machines as well. We remind our readers that at any time the Tab Recovery redirect behavior may change.
How to REMOVE Tab Recovery
The removal of Tab Recovery may be a very tricky process, because of the fact that the unwanted program introducing this scam page may have files spread all of your hard drive. This is the main reason why we strongly advise you to follow the removal steps below. They are made so that if the problem persists after step 1 and 2, you can use a powerful anti-malware software(recommended). Be advised that security professionals often advise victims to remove this adware via an advanced anti-malware program. This will help save you significant time and will make sure that all of the persistent files and objects of Tab Recovery are fully gone from your PC.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Tab Recovery redirect from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Tab Recovery redirect from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Tab Recovery redirect from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Tab Recovery redirect from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Tab Recovery redirect from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Tab Recovery redirect from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Tab Recovery redirect from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Tab Recovery redirect from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Tab Recovery redirect
Step 2: Uninstall Tab Recovery redirect 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 Tab Recovery redirect 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 Tab Recovery redirect there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Tab Recovery redirect from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Tab Recovery redirect 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 Tab Recovery redirect 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 Tab Recovery redirect files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Tab Recovery redirect, 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 Tab Recovery redirect 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 Tab Recovery redirect 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 Tab Recovery redirect 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 Tab Recovery redirect 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 Tab Recovery redirect will be removed.
Eliminate Tab Recovery redirect 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.