How To Remove TabSent.com

 

TabSent.com Overview

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).

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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

STEP 1: Removing The Virus From Windows

Substep 1. 

 For Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Users:

First, click the Start button (the windows key) —–>Control Panel —–> Programs and Features or (for Windows XP) Add/Remove Programs.pic 1

Proceed to Substep 2.

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 For Windows 8 users:First, right click down on the left side of your screen. The Quick Access Menu should appear —–> Control Panel —–> Uninstall a Program. Proceed to Substep 2.

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For Mac (OS X) Users:

Click Go at the top left —–> Applications.

Proceed to Substep 2.

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Substep 2.

For all Windows Users:

Look for the virus and click Uninstall.

Sometimes the virus will operate under a different name. If you can not find it under its normal name, click on the column titled Installed On. This will arrange programs by their installation date. Look for all recently added programs that seem suspicious and click Uninstall on them.

You are not done, however. Proceed to STEP 2.

For Mac (OS X) Users:

Find the malware, then right click on it and select Move to Trash.

If you can not find such a program, click the Date Modified column, and look for recent additions of programs you don’t know about. Right click on each of them—–> Move to Trash.

Proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Removing TabSent.com from your browser(s)

For Internet Explorer Users:

Open the browser, then click on the small Gear icon on the top right —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Once there, you should look for TabSent.com or any other extension or plugin you feel may be unsafe. Click Disable on it/them.

If for some reason. you Home Page was changed from the one you prefer (viruses, especially adware, tend to do that) click on the Gear icon —–> Internet Options. From there you just edit the URL box, dispose of the unwanted link, and put in what you like, then click Apply.

Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open the browser, click on the Menu icon on the top right (three lines) —–> Add-ons.

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Then you just click Extensions.

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Here you should find  the malware or anything you think may be a virus, then click Remove.

Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Google Chrome Users:

 

Enter the browser. At the top right click on the Menu icon —–>Tools —–> Extensions.

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Once in Extensions, find  the threat and anything you believe may be dangerous, and click the little Trash icon on the right.

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You are almost done! Now click on the Menu icon on top for a second time, and go to Settings. In Settings, find the Search section (the fourth one from top),then click Manage Search Engines. In there you should remove any search sites you do not use.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click the Safari button on the top left —–>Preferences —–> Extensions

Find the virus and/or other possible virus extensions, then click Uninstall.

Proceed to STEP 3 .

STEP 3: Checking For TabSent.com Leftovers

For All Users:

You should do the following for ALL browsers you have installed. Browser hijackers infect everything while in your system. You need to manually get rid of it from each shortcut. You should do the following:

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
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Alternatively, if you have your browser pinned down to the taskbar, you Right click it, then Right Click again on the Small Browser Icon —–> Properties

NOTE: Below, we are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.

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Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe”

 

What this does is remove  what the virus did from your shortcuts.

  • Warning! There is a step 4, but you should proceed with it ONLY IF your efforts up until now failed to remove  TabSent.com
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STEP 4: Reset Your Browser (OPTIONAL)

Step 3 optional guide

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