A potentially unwanted program that has been associated with a suspicious domain has been detected in the wild. The suspicious domain aims to perform multiple different suspicious activities on the victim’s computer, among which are the creation of multiple different cookies to track information as well as causing browser redirects and multiple different advertisements on the victim’s computer. If you have received browser redirects related to the Searchtab.win hijacker on your computer, we recommend that you read the following article thoroughly.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Advertisements generated from this platform can display on other sites and redirect you.|
|Symptoms||You see adverts in your browsers, like pop-ups or other ads. Slow computer and other suspicious behavior.|
|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 Searchtab.win.|
Searchtab.win Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It
The primary method used by this suspicious software in order to be slithered into your computer is to utilize an aggressive strategy, known as bundling. This means that the Searchtab.win browser hijacker may be silently included in the setups of various different free programs you may have downloaded online. Such software is often your favorite media player, torrent program or any other app you search for to download. Some suspicious sites may include the Searchtab.win browser hijacker in the form of “a useful extra” to help improve the browsing experience. However, do not explicitly rely on that, because the program may be anything but improving and may collect multiple different details about your browsing habits and then display advertisements afterwards. Here is an example of how you may encounter the Searchtab.win hijacker in one of the steps of your installer:
Besides this main method by which this software could be spread, it could also be replicated via other methods, for instance if you already have an ad-supported program, that may automatically install Searchtab.win browser hijacker without your explicit approval or knowledge.
Searchtab.win “Virus” – Further Details
When we attempt to open the domain itself, it causes a browser redirect to Google search. However, when it’s ranking is checked, we will notice that the site has quite the high traffic with a global Alexa ranking of around the 80k mark.
In addition to this, when the actual location of the domain is analyzed, it is classified as United States Based (New Jersey) with the following IP address:
- Your IP address.
- Location and language preferences.
- Browsing history.
- Online search history.
- Online clicks.
This information may be used to display you targeted advertisements and even go as far as to cause browser redirections on your computer. What is more, we have also established that the Searchtab.win domain is related to another domain, previously associated wth unwanted software – Searchtab.com, which is now for sale:
Usually, applications such as Searchtab.win are created with the purpose to display targeted advertisements and lead you to the websites they want to (or are paid to). They drive hoax traffic to those sites and since they are classified as a low risk threat and not detected by any antivirus companies.
How to Remove Searchtab.win “Virus”
For the removal process of the Searchtab.win threat, it is essential to remove the threat so that it won’t get back again. This means removing it from every aspect of your computer. You can remove it manually, if you have the experience, but even then, chances are that you may miss some files or objects created by Searchtab.win virus on your computer. This is why experts advise automatically detecting everything related to the Searchtab.win threat and removing it thoroughly from your PC with an advanced scanner that is oriented towards securing a PC permanently.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Searchtab.win from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Searchtab.win from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Searchtab.win from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Searchtab.win from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Searchtab.win from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Searchtab.win from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Searchtab.win from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Searchtab.win from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Searchtab.win
Step 2: Uninstall Searchtab.win 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 Searchtab.win 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 Searchtab.win there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Searchtab.win from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Searchtab.win 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 Searchtab.win 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 Searchtab.win 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 Searchtab.win 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 Searchtab.win 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 Searchtab.win 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 Searchtab.win will be removed.
Eliminate Searchtab.win 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.