Tab Search Google Chrome Virus

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Tab Search Google Chrome

Tab Search Google Chrome is a malware app capable of placing ads all over your browser screen and manipulating the search engine to show more advertised results. Usually apps like Tab Search Google Chrome do not damage the system or its data but could still end up rerouting your browser to some Trojan Horse or Ransomware-filled site.

The Virus

The annoyance that the online ads of the virus in your browser can cause is something that isn’t easy to avoid nowadays. There will always be some site or page that tries to flood the screen of your computer with randomly generated advertising messages.

Still, adding an ad-blocker to your browser and trying to avoid sites that show too many ads may help you stay away from the invasive commercials during most of your web browsing. However, even this may not be enough to stop the swarm of advertisements that are targeting your Firefox, IE or Chrome (or another) browser if a piece of software of the browser hijacker has infiltrated your computer and imposed changes to the search engine tool of your browser or to its homepage and new-tab page address.


NameTab Search
TypeBrowser Hijacker
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Tab Search Google Chrome!

How to remove Tab Search Google Chrome

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Tab Search Google Chrome in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Tab Search Google Chrome from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Tab Search Google Chrome.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Tab Search Google Chrome.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Tab Search Google Chrome from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Tab Search Google Chrome extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Tab Search Google Chrome and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Tab Search Google Chrome on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Tab Search Google Chrome extension
  4. Get rid of Tab Search Google Chrome by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Tab Search Google Chrome” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Tab Search Google Chrome

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Tab Search Google Chrome process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Tab Search Google Chrome
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Tab Search Google Chrome” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Tab Search Google Chrome

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Tab Search Google Chrome in there
    4. Uninstall Tab Search Google Chrome from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Tab Search Google Chrome-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Tab Search Google Chrome in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is Tab Search Google Chrome?

    Unwelcome changes introduced by the Tab Search Google Chrome virus are likely to cause uncontrolled generation of page-redirects, banners, pop-ups, pop-unders and other invasive advertisements that you won’t be able to stop in any way other than eliminating the software that’s causing them. In fact, the removal of one recently discovered app called Tab Search Google Chrome, Captcha Glow that can be categorized as a browser hijacker is the main reason behind the writing of this article. The guide that we will show you on this page and the professional tool for detecting and uninstalling unwanted software in it are both effective methods of getting rid of hijacker apps and will help you eliminate the invasive Tab Search Google Chrome. It is likely that the majority of the people who are reading this write-up have ended up here because their main browser has recently gotten invaded by the irritating Tab Search Google Chrome.  The good news is that, though this piece of software may seem like a dangerous malware virus similar to a Trojan Horse or maybe an infection with a Ransomware, it is actually more annoying than harmful and you should have no problem removing it if you follow our guidelines.

    Is Tab Search Google Chrome dangerous?

    Despite the fact that the focus of this article, the Tab Search Google Chrome browser hijacker, is not a program intended to harm you in any way or to threaten the safety of your machine, we must still warn you about some potential risks that many computer experts relate to the browser hijacker software category. The main problem that we must tell you about is the potentially dangerous adverts that may end up on your screen after getting generated by Tab Search Google Chrome. This doesn’t mean that the hijacker was specifically programmed to expose you to danger by spamming you with hazardous content but unsafe ads may still come to you in this way since there is usually not much control over the quality and the reliability of the different ads that get shown to the users or of their sources. This is yet another good reason why it’s better for the sake f your virtual safety and privacy to remove the invasive app even if it is not the same as a Ransomware infection or a Trojan Horse malware program.

    About the author

    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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