Here is a short overview before you set out to remove the virus:
- TabSent.com is a malware of the browser hijacker class. It will change your home page, your search engine, and in time, it will start flooding you with advertisements and banners.
- There is no built-in way to shut off its activities without fully uninstalling it.
- TabSent.com’s biggest threat is that it will trick you into installing other viruses.
- You should not trust any updates or messages about missing plugins your PC shows you – these are likely fakes the virus presents.
- There are several ways it uses to infiltrate you, the most prominent of which is through another program (being installed as a bonus content).
There is more data on each of these points in case you are interested. I recommend you at least skim through the details – I hope they will definitely be useful in avoiding viruses in the future.
How TabSent.com Works
Shortly after a browser hijacker is installed, there are always a few things that invariably happen. Your search engine, new tab/window page, and homepage will be changed to whatever the respective malware represents. A barrage of pop-ups and ads will poison all active browsers and make a living hell out of browsing, since the hyperlinks and intrusive banners will be displayed every time on every single page. Also, you should remember – never, under any circumstances, should you trust the search engine results of TabSent.com. It works as a promotion tool for its masters, so it will position their websites whenever you search for something. These websites may even be completely unrelated to your search terms, but they will still show up. This is because the people who created it are trying to use you to help them promote their affiliate websites.
How TabSent.com Entered My Computer
TabSent.com basically has three discernible ways to enter: one is through spam email. It shouldn’t need explaining never to open email from addresses you don’t know, even if they pose as legitimate institutions. The second ways is through corrupted links and banners. There isn’t anything you can do about that, really, except to be conservative about the websites you visit and install a reputable antivirus program. The third way TabSent.com has, is by far the most frequent – through another program, especially a free one. In this case, the setup has to inform and ask you, but since many users try to expedite the process by clicking Next all the time, they never really notice. I know this has also happened to me a few times :). At any rate, from now on always choose Custom Install and look out for nasty surprises each time before you click Next.
How To Remove TabSent.com
Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker – you might want to see if you’re not infected with it as well.
You can find the removal guide here.