Remove Ads by RightTabs Virus From Chrome/Firefox

Are you infected by Ads by RightTabs? We can help you remove Ads by RightTabs from all of your browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Remove Ads by RightTabs

Remove Ads by RightTabs

Considering you are on this page, at some point recently you began seeing a variety of different pop-ups, intrusive hyperlinks on specific keywords that suddenly open a mini-screen showing an ad… and many unnecessary prompts to view offers “brought by”, “powered by” or simply “ads by Ads by RightTabs”. The thing that’s good to know about your situation is that you were infected by an adware (a portmanteau word coming from “ad” and “malware”). Adware are generally – and perhaps rightfully – considered  the least dangerous of the viruses you can encounter in daily PC use. That’s the good news concerning your situation. The bad news is that however we spin things around, adware become more harmful the longer you let them stay. The reason for that is quite simple: they are used as a backdoor for other much more serious viruses to come through.

The malware food-chain goes something like this:

  1. On the lowest rung of the ladder, you have PUPs – Potentially Unwanted Programs. PUPs resemble Ads by RightTabs a lot, except they are easier to remove and are not as persistent in attacking you. As the name suggests they blur the line between something you probably don’t want on your PC, and something you definitely don’t want.
  2. The next step are adware themselves – they can be tricky to remove and serve as marketing tools for their masters, meaning they exist to promote certain websites and products. They are constantly changed and updated to make their removal harder, and slow down the PC significantly.
  3. Trojans – the things hackers use to gather information about you and steal what they can.
  4. And Ransomware – the proverbial boogeymen of PC viruses, they encrypt your personal files and demand money to ransom them back. Your PC becomes unusable for the duration of the virus, and if you don’t cough up money quickly, the key is destroyed.

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As we begin, understand something: viruses like Ads by RightTabs have different versions that change over time, because the people who make them want us to keep guessing how to remove them. Since we don’t know when exactly you will encounter this article, some steps may be completely unnecessary or irrelevant: just skip them and move on if that happens. If you need assistance, simply leave a comment.


Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:

Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.


Proceed to Step 2.

For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

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Proceed to Step 2.


Ads by RightTabs has likely infected ALL of your browsers. To make sure Ads by RightTabs doesn’t return, you need to apply all the instructions to each browser. Try to determine if you fell to the tricks adware present for you, and if you did, remember the names of what you installed:

  1. Were there any supposed updates for Java or Flash Player? 
  2. Any anti-virus scanners wanting to perform check ups or operations?
  3. If you clicked on the ads, were you redirected somewhere? Did your browser download any suspicious files?

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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Find Ads by RightTabs . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

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Ads by RightTabs  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.


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In  Extensions,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon   again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

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safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

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


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


(Works for Windows XP, 7,  8,  8.1)

Hold windows-buttonand R together. Write appwiz.cpl  in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by RightTabs and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall  it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstallchoose NO:


Hold windows-buttonand R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

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

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there is anything connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.


Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.


Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.


This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Ads by RightTabs remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards or important information, may be exposed to the virus.

If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful!


Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

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


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STEP 6 – Optimization

We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.