Remove TabTab Search (

By | Posted on July 10, 2016 |

TabTab is identified as browser hijacker, which can alter your homepage and reroute it to This adware was made to generate online profit through plenty of advertisements it will issue on the affected browser. It is obvious that TabTab brings nothing but annoyances, thus, removing this adware is the only option to prevent the irregularities.

Freeware or shareware are the common distributor of unwanted search like TabTab. Relevant adware like Ustart and Start4U may also drop this threat onto the computer. Installation of mentioned programs is matching with other adware. All of them including TabTab set and configured to run on the computer without asking for user’s approval. Once running, adware starts to execute its task including homepage hijacking and displaying a barrage of advertisements.

Ads projected by TabTab are in various patterns. It displays pop-ups, banners, in-text, contextual, and so on. Apart from that, TabTab is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) with the function of planting internet cookies. This is vital for its monitoring tasks. It records your browsing habit; logs search inquiry, and may steal sensitive data from the computer.

TabTab Search

Networks or advertisers providing marketing materials for TabTab are quite unknown. No one knows whether it conform to safety internet standards. Some ads can be maliciously published to spread programs that threaten the security of your computer. It is too risky to follow links originated from search results provided by TabTab. They may lead to website that convey malware or virus infection.

Online Security Scanner Report for

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 July 10, 2016
MCAfee Site Advisor Link is safe Feedback: No data July 10, 2016
AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Feedback: No data July 10, 2016

TabTab Browser Hijacker Removal Procedure

This section contains comprehensive guide to help you remove threats from the affected computer.

It is highly suggested that you carry out all the steps in exact manner to effectively get rid of malware.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

This rootkit and virus removal tool is free and easy to use. It scans, detects and removes any rootkit, malware as well as threat like TabTab home page hijacker. The tool is powerful enough to find malicious items that are hidden on the computer.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file to your Desktop so that we can access the file easily.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, navigate to the file location and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.


3. On initial launch of the program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.


4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before Sophos Virus Removal Tool can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.


5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display InstallShield Wizard Completed. Just leave the Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool with a check mark. Then, click Finish.

6. The tool will download necessary updates so Internet connection is required at this point. Lastly, Sophos Virus Removal Tool displays the welcome screen.


7. Click on Start Scanning button to begin checking the system for presence of rootkit and virus. The tool reveals items that were found linked to TabTab. It also detects and removes other malicious files.


Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.


4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to TabTab. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Stage 3: Remove TabTab Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted TabTab from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of TabTab on the affected browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from TabTab

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with TabTab. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to TabTab. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual add-on removal from this link.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Reset Firefox to its default state. Click the Reset Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Reset Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. TabTab home page hijacker should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference.

Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain it the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by TabTab and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see view instructions here.

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