How to Remove The Yellow Tab

The Yellow Tab is an unwanted search engine that appears genuine, useful, and operational. On the contrary, malware experts categorized this unsolicited add-on as a browser hijacker or potentially unwanted program (PUP). It uses unpleasant ways to enter the computer. Thus, most computer users got this search tool even without their consent. In most instances, it comes packed with freeware and shareware. Because of the intrusive character of The Yellow Tab, some web users perceive it as a computer virus.

The Yellow Tab homepage and search

The main hint that a browser hijacker is hitting your computer is when you see the default home page suddenly replaced with an unwanted search. Using resources from this dubious search engine may cause some issues, like browser redirects and dealing with intrusive advertisements.

Screenshot of The Yellow Tab Homepage
Homepage and Search of The Yellow Tab

Like other adware from the same threat family, the primary goal of this potential computer threat is to generate revenue by endorsing products and services online. In order to enhance its advertising campaign, it digs out information from affected browsers. It records and collects all details relating to your internet surfing activity. Some of these are web sites you often visit, search queries, online purchases, and other vital data you submitted to The Yellow Tab. Later on, the collected information is processed to deliver personalized advertisements in the form of pop-ups, redirects, and banners.

While the Yellow Tab is running on the computer, bringing the browser back to its previous settings is impossible. You have to first eliminate the adware program, which is at the root of all issues. This is the only way to stop all unwanted functions and behaviors in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Microsoft Edge. To successfully get rid of the Yellow Tab hijacker, you may use the guides included on this page. As recommended, thoroughly scan the computer with effective anti-malware and anti-virus tools.

How is it installed on the computer?

Unwanted installations of The Yellow Tab are usually caused by downloading and installing free or shareware software from untrusted sources. These programs usually come with adware installed as a way for developers to make money. Users may unknowingly install The Yellow Tab alongside the software they are trying to install by simply clicking on installation prompts without looking at them carefully.

In general, adware infections can also be caused by visiting malicious websites or by clicking on misleading advertisements. These ads could redirect the browser to a webpage that promotes or encourages the installation of The Yellow Tab, as shown in the image below.

Screenshot of The Yellow Tab Download Page
Download Page for The Yellow Tab

In addition, malicious email attachments or links can be used to infect users with adware. Phishing emails may appear to be legitimate messages from trustworthy sources, but they can be used to lure recipients into clicking on links or downloading attachments that include adware or malware. Once opened, these attachments can start installing adware on the user’s system without their knowledge.

Old software or operating systems are also a vulnerability that adware distributors can exploit. Without regular updates or patches, users are at a greater risk of adware and other malware infections.

The Yellow Tab Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of unwanted programs from compromised Windows computers. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting browser hijackers and pop-ups. In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process exactly.

Quick Fix - Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner for Windows

Combo Cleaner is a trusted PC security and optimization tool equipped with powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of browser hijacker like The Yellow Tab through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

CC for Windows Installation

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the signature file, please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like The Yellow Tab, click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

CC for Windows Start Scan

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete The Yellow Tab hijacker including all malicious objects from the computer.

Free features of Combo Cleaner for Windows includes Disk Cleaner, Big Files finder, Duplicate files finder, and Uninstaller. To use antivirus, privacy scanner, and to delete identified threats, users have to upgrade to a premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if your are comfortable to manually get rid of the threat and malicious items linked with it.

Step 1 : Delete The Yellow Tab Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to The Yellow Tab. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Remove the The Yellow Tab Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open your Google Chrome browser.

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

Chrome URL

3. Find The Yellow Tab or any relevant entry and remove it from the Google Chrome browser.

Uninstall the The Yellow Tab Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

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

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions from the sidebar menu.

Screenshot of The Yellow Tab Add-On for Firefox

4. Look for an object that pertains to The Yellow Tab and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that pop-ups and other troubles will be gone from the internet browser.

Remove The Yellow Tab from Microsoft Windows and Edge Browser

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R and then, type the appwiz.cpl command.

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

Add-Remove Malware

3. Select The Yellow Tab or a recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

If The Yellow Tab is still present on the browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups, another option is to remove the browser hijacker from the browser settings.

4. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

5. Input edge://extensions/ in the URL bar and press Enter on the keyboard.

6. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for The Yellow Tab from the Installed Extensions area. Additionally, delete the same object from the Search Providers section by executing the Hijacker Removal Procedure for Edge.

7. Close the window and restart Microsoft Edge.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Sophos Antivirus

To remove The Yellow 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 The Yellow 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.

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 The Yellow 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 The Yellow 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 The Yellow 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 The Yellow 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 The Yellow 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.

Image of AdwCleaner Dashboard

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to The Yellow 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 The Yellow 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 The Yellow Tab. The procedure below discusses on resetting various browsers to their default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to its default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extensions, such as The Yellow Tab. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty removing unwanted extensions.

1. Open the Google Chrome internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press the Enter key.
3. Click on Reset Settings on the sidebar and choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. On the confirmation window, click the Reset settings button to clear all entries for The Yellow Tab.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed the The Yellow Tab extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extensions from Firefox that may be related to The Yellow 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 a specific extension, please see the manual removal of add-ons from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on the Firefox web address and press Enter on the keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section in the upper-right corner of the screen stating, Give Firefox a tune-up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If a 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. The Yellow Tab should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Microsoft Edge to Default Settings

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
2. On the address bar, please input edge://settings/reset and press Enter on the keyboard.
3. Once you are on the Reset Settings page, click on Restore settings to their default values.
4. A confirmation window will appear; click on the Reset button to continue.

Your data, like favorites, bookmarks, and history, will remain in the browser. However, this process will delete add-ons by The Yellow Tab and other unknown objects.

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