MediaTabTv “Virus” Removal (May 2018 Update)

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

MediaTabTv “Virus” may look like a great web search tool once you first encounter it. However, In reality, you should better stay away from this page-redirect and its suggested search engine or homepage. According to security experts, MediaTabTv “Virus” should be regarded as a browser hijacker because, the moment it becomes part of your system, it can impose changes to your browser, show you changed search results and redirect you to sponsored sites. Such activity is used for the purpose of gaining money, collected as a result of an increased visitor traffic or generated via pay-per-click ads. If your homepage or your default search engine have recently been replaced with new ones, which are unfamiliar to you, this is a clear indication that your browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera or any other) has been hijacked by MediaTabTv “Virus”. In such a case, you should take care of your computer without wasting time. The easiest way to do this is by scanning it with a trusted malware removal tool or use the manual instructions in the Removal Guide, which our “How to remove” team has provided below. 

MediaTabTv “Virus”

How can MediaTabTv get into your system and what could it cause?

Generally, you can install a browser hijacker on your computer without even realizing it. Such software is usually promoted as an additional component of download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software, and similar free program bundles, which contain more than one application inside their setup.

Once in the system, a program like MediaTabTv usually changes the home page, the default search engine, and the new-tab page. As a result, the victim cannot avoid this hijacker’s annoyance because it occurs whenever you open your browser. Typically, with every search query, the hijacker may redirect you to certain websites, pop-up links or ads, full of shortcuts leading to all sorts of places on the Internet. And while some sites are definitely reliable, others may not be. This is why it is not advisable to click on these shortcuts. You never know when you may unexpectedly be redirected to shady sites, some of which may even contain malware such as Ransomware, Trojans and other viruses. The same may happen when you use the search engine, provided by the hijacker. This is a risk that cannot be predicted but only prevented by uninstalling the redirecting software on time.

 

MediaTabTv “Virus” Removal

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


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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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 MediaTabTv 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 MediaTabTv from Firefox:

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

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

WARNING!
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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!

MediaTabTv “Virus”, in particular, does not typically aim to expose you to malicious content or cause any type of harm. It usually seeks to redirect the web users to specific sites in order to bring web traffic to these sites or to generate profits via pay-per-click campaigns. This is a common online marketing practice, which a lot of online-based businesses employ, in order to increase their exposure and advertise their items. According to the law, this is completely legitimate and hijacking the people’s browser via programs like MediaTabTv  “Virus” is not a crime. Keep in mind, though, that some of the redirects may lead to risky web locations or be compromised. That’s why our opinion is that MediaTabTv’s search engine may not be reliable and you should not as a replacement of your regular search engine. If you have just discovered the hijacker in your browser, you should better remove it. You can easily do that using the professional MediaTabTv “Virus” removal tool or the instructions in the Removal Guide below.

How is this program spreading?

You can allow MediaTabTv to appear on your computer if you install programs without being careful during the installation process. Unfortunately, some users believe that everything they need to do in order to install a program is to click the “Next” button during the setup. This, however, is totally incorrect because installing programs in this way can easily install in your computer system unnecessary and even potentially unwanted programs. Then what is the right way to install programs on your computer? Well, there is one very important thing to note here – when you run the installer of any software, do not hurry – instead, take your time to examine the setup options. It is highly recommended that you review the documents provided, taking into account the privacy policy and the rules of use. See if there were any dubious claims that made you reconsider the credibility of the chosen program. Then, instead of choosing automatic or default installation, select the detailed or manual installation. By selecting these settings, you will see a list of bonus applications, added to your download. These are most probably potentially unwanted programs. Simply unmark them and proceed with the installation as usual.

How do I remove MediaTabTv from my browser?

To fully remove the page redirect, you need to uninstall all of its components from your computer. To do this, you need to check several different computer locations, including browser settings and a list of recently installed programs. You can find detailed instructions below. To complete the removal of MediaTabTv and prevent it from returning to your browser, scan your computer with a trusted anti-malware removal tool and make sure you delete everything that gets detected as undesirable.

SUMMARY:

Name MediaTabTv
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You may begin experiencing sudden page redirects as well as notice changes in your homepage or search engine. 
Distribution Method Spam messages, free download platforms, ads, pop-ups, email attachments, free download links, software bundles and others.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.