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Tabanero Search Removal (Chrome/Firefox)

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This page aims to help you remove Tabanero Search. These Tabanero removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Some Non English speaking users asked us ” Tabanero Search Eliminar? Que es Tabanero Search? “. If you are looking for an effective way to get rid of the Tabanero Search ads and page redirects, you are on the right page. There are probably changes in your browser that you have noticed, but cannot recall how they happened, nor do you remember approving them. Your browser homepage may have changed to an unfamiliar one and every time you try to search the web, you may get redirected to some unknown web pages full of ads, banners, and colorful pop-ups. A different search engine may have replaced your default one and the results it displays may not really correspond to the searches you type, but it may open a dozen of new tabs instead. Regardless of the pages you visit, they may immediately get covered with blinking boxes, links, and aggressive promotional messages. On the top of that, they may seem impossible to close, since every time you click on them, dozens more may pop-up. All this flow of ads may really prevent you from browsing the web the way you used to, but there is no need to panic. You can completely remove all this annoying activity with just a few simple steps.  There is a removal guide below, specially created to help you detect and delete the program that is causing you all this disturbance. Just read the information carefully and you will be good to go.

A browser hijacker stands behind the flow of ads.

If the activity that we just described above seems more like a virus infection to you, take it easy. Tabanero is not a virus at all, but one of the many browser hijackers. Just to make it clear, this type of software represents nothing malicious, despite the aggressive way it bombards your screen and takes over your browser.  Its sole aim is to make money for its developers through a rather irritating and disturbing, but certainly not harmful way. And unlike the malicious Ransomware that makes money through blackmailing people and encrypting their data, Tabanero Search makes money out of harmless advertisements and popping boxes through a method called Pay-Per-Click. The people who benefit from this method are not unscrupulous cyber criminals but mainly programmers and software developers. Pay-Per-Click is a quite popular and legitimate business model that helps many developers “sponsor” their software through the earnings generated from the ads that a browser hijacker program displays.

Every time a user clicks on the ads, that click turns into income. And while there is nothing wrong with that, a problem may occur when the browser hijacker becomes way too aggressive than what one can tolerate. For example, it may invade your privacy by gathering some browsing-related data – the last pages you have visited, the browser history or your latest online activity. This is done with the idea to display as many advertisements as possible, which would match the users’ latest searches and increase the chance of clicking on the ads. However, it is not really clear where the collected data goes and how is it stored. Sometimes the developers may sell it as valuable marketing information to some third parties to squeeze every cent out of it.

Another thing that may actually represent a security risk is the infamous malvertisement. What we have in mind here, is the chance of bumping into non-genuine ads or web pages, which may infect you with all sorts of malware: from viruses to Trojans and even Ransomware. However, this doesn’t mean that the browser hijacker contains such malware inside. As we already said, this type of programs does not contain harmful scripts and the risk of clicking on a misleading ad is an indirect result from the ads generating activity. And although this doesn’t happen really often, you never know when malicious hackers may employ this trick and sneak a fake ad in the flow of colorful blinking boxes you are exposed to. 

Useful tips for protection and prevention:

When it comes to this type of randomly generated content, our team would advise you to avoid interacting with the ads and pop-ups as much as possible. And in case you want to prevent getting browser hijackers on your computer again, you would better avoid the places where they are found the most. Such are the program bundles that developers distribute on open source download platforms, direct downloads, torrents, installation managers or even spam emails. Free software you may download from the web is more likely to be bundled with a program like Tabanero Search and when you install it (especially if you overlook the custom options in the setup), the browser hijacker gets installed along. That’s why we advise you to always check what programs you have in a given bundle and manually deselect the programs you don’t want to be installed. And since you have probably skipped this step the last time, now we suggest you proceed to the removal guide below and closely follow the steps to fully remove Tabanero from your system.


Name Tabanero
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A constant flow of ads, banners and pop-ups that disturbs your browsing.
Distribution Method Free software bundles, spam emails, open source download platforms, download managers. 
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Tabanero Search Removal



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).


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Tabanero may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


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:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


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.



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).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Tabanero 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 Tabanero from Firefox:

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

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

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



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 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

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