The Charming Tab Virus
Charming Tab is a typical example of a browser hijacker program that redirects searches to Bing and Yahoo. Charming Tab is designed to integrate with popular browsers that support Windows computers like Firefox, Chrome, and Edge and to “hijack” their settings in order to display more sponsored web ads by changing the default search engine to Bing.
The Charming Tab Bing Redirect
Typically, Charming Tab has the ability to change the homepage URL to charming-tab.com or to replace the main search engine with Bing Redirect that redirects users’ searches to specific websites and generate sponsored pop-up messages, ads, and banners on the screen.
Reddit user complaining about the Charming Tab Virus:
it started yesterday when I tried to do a google search that I noticed. as soon as I tried to write something in the search bar, first, it took me to google, but immediately after it took me to this domain “charming-tab.com” and finally to Bing, I searched everywhere for solutions but I can’t find anyone with my same problem and I’m starting to worry.
When a browser hijacker like this one successfully integrates with your main browser, its appearance and behavior will change noticeably. For example, once Charming Tab has already been installed inside your Chrome, Firefox, or any other browser, you may start experiencing sudden page redirects to various web sites in the middle of your browsing sessions. These redirects can take place in the same window that you have opened, or your browser may automatically open a new one. Likewise, during your online sessions, you may start to see way more pop-up notifications, new tabs, banners, box messages, text links, and other kinds of advertising materials than usual.
What is Charming Tab?
All these changes in the browser’s operation can be quite irritating and serve only one purpose – profit. In particular, software developers like those behind a program such as Charming Tab will take advantage of displaying paid ads on your screen.
They may also try to earn from your clicks and sponsored website visits by automatically redirecting you to them and prompting you to click on revenue-generating ads through various tactics. You’ve probably heard of popular online remuneration models like Pay Per Click or Pay Per View, and software products like Charming Tab revolve around those models precisely. That’s why, for as long as such programs operate in your system, you may constantly be encouraged to click on the various banner ads, pop-up messages and redirect links that appear on your screen just when you are about to click somewhere else.
Unfortunately, uninstalling the browser changes that the Charming Tab virus has imposed and having the nagging ads permanently removed may be way more difficult than you can imagine. For this reason, the safest way to get rid of a program like the Charming Tab virus is to use a professional removal tool or a step-by-step removal guide like the one that can be found below this article.
Of course, we need to say that Charming Tab is not a virus, or a malicious program (such as Ransomware, a Trojan horse, etc.) and does not attempt to compromise your computer in any way. However, since it does not provide any functions that could benefit the end-user in a significant way, experts tend to classify this software as potentially unwanted.
There are, of course, other explanations for that as well. For example, most browser hijackers can disturb the regular web surfing activity of users by causing sudden browser crashes, unexpected freezing of the screen, or unresponsiveness to user commands due to overload with aggressive advertisements. Sometimes, it may take ages for users to load the page they want and to avoid the automatic redirects of the intrusive program. Furthermore, browser hijackers are correlated to some degree with viruses because they could reroute you to unsafe web pages. And that could lead to an unexpected encounter with dangerous malicious code like Trojans, Ransomware, and viruses. That is why we advise you to uninstall Charming Tab from your system and remove its browser changes so that you don’t have to always worry about being exposed to questionable content. The quickest way to do that is by following the guide below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Ads and pop-ups all over the screen, automatic redirects to sponsored pages, unwanted browser alternations.|
|Distribution Method||Browser Hijackers are commonly bundled in free software packages and distributed as additional or bonus components to the main install.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
How to Remove Charming Tab
To remove Charming Tab virus:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Charming Tab extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Charming Tab by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Charming Tab and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Charming Tab removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Charming Tab from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Charming Tab from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Charming Tab from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!