Full Tab “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove the Full Tab “Virus”. These Full Tab “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

This article has been assembled to give you some essential details about the Full Tab “Virus”. This form of browser hijacker could be very annoying, because it may be able to access your favorite browsers such as Chrome and Firefox (as well as any other of the popular browsers) and:

  • Begin the production of many irritating pop-up ads, as well as box and banner ads, every time you try to access the Internet.
  • Completely replace the browser homepages and search engines you are used to seeing, thus altering the entire look of your browsers.
  • Slow down your PC a little because of all the aforementioned possible activities and/or make you unable to surf the web properly.
  • Undertake some disturbing redirecting processes and send you to various web addresses without your command to do so.

Continue reading the next paragraphs and you will find out the most important info about this kind of software, as well as some prevention and removal advice.

When it comes to browser hijackers in general…

We have some good news. If we have to classify browser hijackers, they will not belong to any malicious category. On the contrary, according to what they do, they should be regarded as marketing-driven and ad-generating software, which has nothing to do with viruses. Generally speaking, Full Tab and its brother and sister programs are really UNABLE to damage your computer in any way. They are legitimate programs, which cannot self-integrate into your system and cannot access anything different from your browser apps and their history records. However, there are some relatively “bad” news as well. As hijackers can access your browsers, it may really take over their settings and cause many changes as the ones we have listed in the introduction paragraph. These changes combined could lead to a considerable slowdown of your entire system, as a result of the increased usage of RAM and CPU for ad production, redirecting, etc. Also, we have to point out that browser hijackers fall into the “unwanted software” category, not only because of the aforementioned features, but also because of the quite questionable distribution methods they use. Generally, such software could be very tricky and could easily lead you to personally install it. 

How are browser hijackers usually spread?

Basically, browser hijackers could be included in many things that you can find online such as torrents, spam, other ads, shareware, video-streaming web pages. Nonetheless, the greatest sources of such ad-broadcasting marketing software are some software sets called bundles. What a bundle represents is a mixture of some new, or interesting apps, games and programs, bundled with ad-generating software such as Adware or hijackers, and distributed for free. In fact, such bundles are excellent means of popularizing newly-developed software and their programmers could benefit twice from them. Once – they have the chance to offer whatever they have created to the public for free, thus making it accessible and recognizable to everyone. Then, they can also get paid, very generously actually, for spreading ad-generating programs. Actually, every single produced advertisement and every single caused redirection earn them revenue. As a result, they have come up with a legal way to distribute programs like the Full Tab “Virus” – the aforementioned bundles. However, simply downloading such a software set doesn’t necessarily mean infecting your computer with Adware or hijackers. Nevertheless, you are very likely to become impatient about using a program from the mixture and complete an improper installation process, which could lead to a hijacker contamination.

How NOT to fall into the installation trap?

Simply stay calm and remember that the advice below could save you even from horrible viruses like Ransomware. Always do the following:

  • When you download such a bundle, please, stay focused and be especially careful when the installer pops up.
  • Once the wizard opens, review the offered installation features. Basically, they are two or three kinds. From all of them, always go with the ADVANCED one. It may also be named CUSTOM or CUSTOMIZED in some installers. This feature is the most detailed one, which gives you the most control over the installation process. After you choose it, you will be able to select the particular programs, games and apps from the bundle that you want on your PC. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to authorize or limit the changes they could make to your system and their features, which will be installed.
  • Do not fall into the trap of installing any newly downloaded software via one of the features in this list: Automatic/ Quick/ Easy/ Recommended/ Typical/ Default. They will perform a short and full installation of everything included in a certain bundle.

Removing Full Tab

In order to deal with this questionable program, you just need to use a reliable removal guide. Luckily for you, we have attached one to this article. Just scroll down and carefully perform all the necessary actions.

SUMMARY:

NameFull Tab
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsBrowser-related changes: appearance of pop-up ads, redirecting and new search engines.
Distribution MethodSoftware bundling; shareware; torrents sharing; movie and video-streaming web pages.
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Full Tab Virus Removal


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Full Tab successfully!

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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Full Tab from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Full Tab from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Full 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 the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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