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GetTab Removal (Nov. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove GetTab. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Is there a nagging stream of ads, pop-ups, and banners that has been stopping you from using your browser normally? Is your Chrome, Explorer or Firefox browser constantly redirecting you to various aggressive sites without your approval? Or your homepage or search engine has mysteriously been replaced? If yes, then there might be a browser hijacker in your system. In case that most of the ads you see contain a small text stating something like “Ads delivered by GetTab” or “GetTab generated ads”, then you surely are dealing with a browser hijacking program called GetTab. In the article that follows, we are going to discuss all the characteristics of this program. In case you want to remove it, there is also a detailed removal guide available below with all the necessary instructions. Do not hesitate to use it if this program is causing you disturbance.

What do we know about GetTab?

If you have done a bit of research on the web before you landed on our page, you have probably found out that some sites call this program a dangerous virus, while others refer to it as a potentially unwanted browser hijacker. Is this program really a virus and how may it affect your PC? This is what we are going to discuss in the next lines. Fortunately, we cannot classify GetTab  as a threat to your PC because this software does not contain malicious scripts. Unlike real viruses such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, and others, a program with these characteristics is seen more as a source of browsing irritation than an actual threat. The reason is it may affect only your browser and nothing else on the computer. Usually, GetTab “hijacks” your Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla or any other browser by placing a new search engine or a homepage, installing a new toolbar or initiating sudden page redirects to certain sponsored websites.

GetTab Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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:

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.



  • 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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove GetTab 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 GetTab from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove GetTab 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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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

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!

It does that with the sole aim to advertise certain products, offers or services and make you click on their sites. Such activity is seen as a common marketing strategy and many advertisers use it to promote their items or earn from the clicks and the traffic. The browser hijacker cannot encrypt your data like Ransomware, corrupt your system or collect credentials such as passwords, banking details or other sensitive information the way that Trojans do. It could only interrupt your browsing with various aggressive redirects and popping banners, links, and ads. Still, the security experts do not recommend you keep such software on your PC and there are a few reasons for that.

Despite not being malicious, a program like this may certainly interfere with your normal browsing. What can be seen as dangerous here is the redirecting activity. Some ads may really be interesting and useful for you, but keep in mind that along with the legitimate ones, there might be some misleading or infected links, banners, and pop-ups that you may unknowingly come across. Unfortunately, there is no way to distinguish the real ones from the potentially malicious, that’s why our general advice is to avoid them all. The most reliable way to remove all the notifications is to uninstall their source – in your case, this is GetTab. 

How can GetTab be removed successfully from your system?

Usually, browser hijackers can be removed fairly easily. The only thing is you may need to follow some special instructions in order to detect and uninstall all the related scripts. In the guide below, we have provided all the necessary steps with detailed screenshots, so even a non-professional user can manage to eliminate GetTab with their help. For those of you, who find it challenging to handle the removal of the browser hijacker manually, there is also an automatic removal tool, which can rid you of the annoying software in just a few clicks. Choose the method that works best for you and let us know if you face any difficulty. To keep your PC away from future infections with browser hijackers, we suggest you adopt some safety rules when browsing the web as well as to be very careful when installing new software on your computer. Most programs of this type can often be found inside the installers of other popular or free software, that’s why you should always pay attention to what bundles a given setup may contain. Select options like Advanced/ User/ Manual instead of the Automatic/ Quick ones and make clever choices regarding your software sources. Shareware and torrent-sharing websites are not the most trusted, and so are the spam messages and email attachments that you may get in your inbox. That’s why we advise you to stay away from them and always stick to reputed sources, which have a clear policy about their ad generation methods.


Name GetTab
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browser may suddenly start to generate various intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners, your homepage or search engine may be replaced.
Distribution Method Spam messages, torrent and file-sharing sites, ads, free software installers and bundles, email messages and attachments.
Detection Tool

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