How to remove Streaming Lab Tab

Streaming Lab Tab is in disguise as legitimate search engine and in fact, it replaces the default settings on the homepage right after its installation. It is unfortunate for users that Streaming Lab Tab becomes part of their browser program without an approval. Therefore, computer security analyst prefers to include it under the intrusive threat family of potentially unwanted program (PUP). Being on this class does not mean that Streaming Lab Tab is only an unwanted type of software. On top of that, PUP is a threat that makes ones browsing habit too annoying. It can execute pop-ups and redirects that drive the browser pages to different kinds of unnecessary websites.

The methods that attackers are using to distribute Streaming Lab Tab are varying. Hence, it was observed that they gain higher infection rate via the technique called software bundling. This is a tactic where Streaming Lab Tab is integrated to freeware or shareware and designed to simultaneously load both the main program and Streaming Lab Tab in a single installation process. The installation of Streaming Lab Tab is however concealed because it runs the setup in the background, behind computer user’s sight.

One more thing that helps in the internet-wide propagation of Streaming Lab Tab is through malicious advertising campaign. Web users may encounter this kind of misleading ads when visiting websites that entails the illegal publication of copyrighted media like software, videos, or audio files. The pop-up attempts to deceive user with an outdated software context and advise to download the update as soon as possible. However, the downloading only gives way for Streaming Lab Tab to enter the computer and infiltrate the default internet program.

Streaming Lab Tab

Obviously, Streaming Lab Tab is an illicit type of browser extension that masquerade as search tool as part of its tricky behavior. The fact is, this unwanted program can cause not just annoyances but also identity theft because it was designed to collect browsing details from the internet software. Thus, removal of Streaming Lab Tab is highly suggested. Please execute the procedures below in exact order to properly get rid of the threat.

Streaming Lab Tab Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting browser hijacker and pop-ups.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Delete Streaming Lab Tab Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to Streaming Lab Tab.

Remove Streaming Lab Tab Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find Streaming Lab Tab or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

Streaming Lab Tab Chrome Extension

Uninstall Streaming Lab Tab Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to Streaming Lab Tab and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that Streaming Lab Tab is also gone from the homepage.

Remove Streaming Lab Tab Add-ons from Internet Explorer and Edge Browser

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of Streaming Lab Tab from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete unwanted entry from Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If Streaming Lab Tab is still present on the IE browser and there are still unwanted homepage and pop-ups, another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

5. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

6. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

7. Select Streaming Lab Tab or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Sophos Antivirus

To remove Streaming Lab Tab automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-virus tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like Streaming Lab Tab that slows down online browsing activities.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process.

Screnshot of Sophos Installer

3. On first windows of installation wizard, click Next to continue. Then, it will display the program’s License Agreement. You need to Accept the terms in order to proceed. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

Screenshot of Sophos EULA Page

4. On succeeding windows, click Next or Continue to carry on with the installation. After completing the installation process, Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

5. Internet connection is required when running this scanner in order to download important updates. Make sure that everything is up-to-date to effectively remove malicious program like Streaming Lab Tab.

6. Click the  button to  carry out the Scan. This will check the system for presence of malicious objects, malware, and viruses. The tool reveals items that were found linked to Streaming Lab Tab and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

Screenshot of Sophos Virus Scan

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the Streaming Lab Tab browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of Streaming Lab Tab on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces hijacking, redirects, and pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by Streaming Lab Tab.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to Streaming Lab Tab. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with the hijacker.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by Streaming Lab Tab. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

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

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from Streaming Lab Tab. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of Streaming Lab Tab.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed Streaming Lab Tab extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Streaming Lab Tab. 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 removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. Streaming Lab Tab 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.
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 in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by Streaming Lab Tab and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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