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This article has been created with the sole purpose of helping you by showing how to remove the Searchtab(.)net redirect “virus” completely from your computer system.

Suspicious software, believed to be installed in the form of toolbar associated with the name Searchtab(.)net has started appearing on unsuspecting users computer, displaying various different types of advertisements. The software aims to modify the browsers of the affected computers by it and may change their homepage to Searchtab(.)net – a suspicious website which uses over 16 tracking technologies to collect information from your computer. Since this software may slow down your computer with various third-party advertisements, it is often regarded as a low-level threat. However, since it can also lead you to suspicious third-party websites that in some cases may even be malicious, it is recommended to read the following post and learn how to remove Searchtab(.)net from your computer.

Threat Summary

TypeBrowser Hijacker/PUP
Short DescriptionDisplays suspicious advertisements on your computer, which may eventually lead to infection with malware. Collects information.
SymptomsA lot of advertisements, slow PC, changed browser home page, browser redirects.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Searchtab(.)net “Virus” How Did I Get It

The main method which could be used by the one spreading this suspicious software could be to utilize a rather aggressive strategy for marketing, also known as bundling. Bundling is basically to include the program files of hijacker in the installers of other programs. The software may not even be seen in the installer, but if noticed, it may look like it is added “as a free extra” to the current installation.

Besides this method, there are other ways by which this suspicious software could have slithered into your system, such as:

  • Other adware or malware that has previously infected your PC.
  • Being downloaded by landing on a redirect or advertised page.

Searchtab(.)net “Virus” – Analysis

Generally the Searchtab(.)net software is not regarded as malicious, since it does not perform any administrative modifications on your computer that may be harmful to it or your files. However, we have detected that the software may modify various aspects of your web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and change their settings to it’s interests. This means that your web page that is set as default, may be changed to Searchtab(.)net, for starters:

Another activity done by this so-called “virus” may be to install suspicious browser extensions on your favorite web browsers which additionally stuff it with unnecessary ads, causing your computer to run slower than usual.

But this is not all. When we take a look at the website itself, we have detected at least 16 different tracking technologies, such as:

  • Pixels.
  • Tags.
  • Cookies.
  • LSOs (Local Shared Objects).
  • Other.

The tracking tech used by the company, behind the Searchtab(.)net website, called “Apply Advanced Mobile Technologies Inc.” may be used to obtain your:

  • IP address.
  • Location.
  • Language.
  • MAC address.
  • Browsing History.
  • Online clicks history.
  • Search history..

The company may even collect personal information and disclose it, while hiding it with clever words under it’s privacy policy, as you can see below:

Reality may be that this information may be used to target you with suspicious advertisements that may either boost someone’s third-party website by having you clicked on the ads or causing browser redirects. The bad news here is that the software works with various third-party websites, which may also result in redirecting you to malicious or phishing websites, that could infect your PC with malware or trick you into entering your financial information, for example. This is the main reason why security experts recommend removing the related virus from your computer.

Remove Searchtab(.)net Fully from Your PC

If you are seeing all of the symptoms of this suspicious software above, bear in mind that it creates multiple different objects on your computer which prevent it to be deleted the conventional ways. This is why we recommend removing the virus thoroughly by following our removal instructions below.

For maximum effectiveness and fastest removal, be advised that experts recommend using an advanced anti-malware software which will automatically perform all of those activities automatically.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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