How to Remove “Search My Tabs” (Oct. 2017 Update)

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

“Search My Tabs” is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) of the browser hijacking type that can sneak in the system and install some unwanted applications in your Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer browser, which may disturb your normal web activity. This program is presented as a tool that detects and generates various ads, pop-ups, and banners that you might be interested in. When users start their browsers, they may often find that their primal homepage or search engine has been replaced and that their web searches are now redirected to various sponsored sites. Such actions could easily be mistaken for a virus infection and many people may get panicked when they fail to remove the imposed browser changes. Fortunately, this software is not a virus and will not cause serious harm to your PC or your system, but there might still be some reasons for which you may want to uninstall it. In the next lines, we will tell you more about them and will help you remove “Search My Tabs” if you feel that you need to.

How did “Search My Tabs” get on my PC?

Browser hijackers are usually distributed in free download links, torrents, shareware or freeware sites, ads, spam messages, and attachment or free software packages. Their creators mostly use software bundling to distribute their apps. Software bundling is a marketing method that allows any application to be added as an additional component in a software package of another program. In this way, the bundled program can sneak in the system by default, the moment you agree to install the given software setup package where the program is bundled.

“Search My Tabs”, as well as other potentially unwanted programs, can be added to any free software. Thus, users who are not careful when installing new programs may become victims of browser hijackers like this one and unconsciously allow the installation of other suspicious programs. To prevent that when installing new programs, you must choose Advanced / User Settings because they reveal the list of “optional downloads” or “bundles”. The Quick/Suggested settings do not have this option and install third party components by default. However, just choosing Advanced Settings is not enough. You should also carefully follow each step and uncheck all pre-selected entries. Additionally, you should also read the Terms and Conditions, the End User License Agreement, and the Privacy Policy of the downloaded program. This will help you make sure that you will not agree to install “Search My Tabs” or other potentially unwanted applications by default.

How to Remove “Search My Tabs”

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.


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

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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 “Search My Tabs” 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 “Search My Tabs” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Search My Tabs” 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

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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!

What may happen when “Search My Tabs” gets installed on your PC?

Once it gets installed on your PC, “Search My Tabs” starts showing various ads, sponsored sites, banners and redirect links. It may also replace your homepage or search engine with some sponsored ones with the idea to manipulate your searches and redirect you to more ads. This activity may, at first sight, look suspicious, however, it does not intend to harm your PC or infect you with Trojans, Ransomware, and other nasty viruses. Its role is to generate pay-per-click revenue for the developers of the program and increase traffic and clicks to certain sponsored sites, products or services. 

Despite not being malicious, many people feel invaded by the browser hijacker and want to remove it as they often get disturbed by its nagging, never-ending ads. Some people also get concerned about the sudden redirects. Many times, they may land them on web locations that are unfamiliar or look sketchy and users are afraid that they may bump into security hazards and nasty virus infections. Such risks do exist, especially if you click on all these randomly generated ads, links and popping notifications without having a way to check their legitimacy. Therefore, in order to avoid the potential infection with a tricky Trojan, Ransomware or some other malicious software, you should better consider uninstalling “Search My Tabs”. It is enough to remove this program from the Programs List in the Control Panel to make all of its nagging ads and browser modifications disappear. However, sometimes it manages to appear again.

This app may install additional components to help it get reinstalled after being deleted. For this reason, we advise you to scan your computer with the professional removal tool or another trusted malware removal program. This method ensures that all components associated with the browser hijacker will be completely removed from the system. The elimination of “Search My Tabs” can also be done manually with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below. We also recommend that you look for other suspicious apps that may have crawled into your computer. There is no need to say that you need to uninstall them as well. Then check all your browsers and remove any suspicious extensions. We also advise you to reset your browser settings to get rid of all virus-related records. Still, if this dubious tool continues to appear, do not hesitate to use extra help and proceed to the automatic removal tool.

SUMMARY:

Name “Search My Tabs”
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This program may impose new homepage or search engine settings, initiate various page reidrects and expose you to intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners.
Distribution Method Software bundles, ads, free download links, torrents, freeware platforms, shareware sites, spam messages and automatic installers. 
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.