Tabsearch.net is an unwanted add-on for popular browser that hijacks the search engine of the browser it is installed on and begins to inject ads in it. Tabsearch.net also puts a new starting page in the browser so that it can more effectively promote the sites that sponsor it.
If your personal computer is flooded with a ton of ads or pop-up windows, banners or some other forms of sponsored commercials, it is very likely that you have installed a program called Tabsearch.net on your system. This kind of programs are referred to as Browser Hijackers and they are created for a solely commercial purpose. In many cases, such pieces of software are intelligently sneaked along with other software, which may be free or useful, but instead of offering a real functionality they tend to take over your browser with aggressive ads. The moment the disturbance caused by the Ads exceeds the benefits of using the application, you can say you are dealing with a Browser Hijacker. The most efficient method to handle these applications is to get rid of them quickly and, on this page, we will show you how to do that.
Whenever people encounter pieces like the Tabsearch.net or Theresults.net they typically inaccurately believe their device has been attacked by a malicious program. The Browser Hijacker, however, is not a PC virus because it does not share any of the malicious features that typical viruses have. At its worst, such software could perhaps irritate you showing tons of advertisements on your screen, but that is as far as it goes. A real virus, such as a Ransomware, for example, not only can sneak inside people’s machines without being detected but also can make all of their files inaccessible until a ransom is paid for their liberation. Compared to that, a hijacker is more a source of annoyance rather than a real hazardous infection. In fact, a lot of anti-virus programs do not take any action against widely known Hijacker programs for the fact that the latter are allowed by the law. Yet, despite lacking the harmful abilities of a Ransomware, such software should still be removed from the computer with the help of a trusted removal tool or a dedicated removal guide such as the one below.
There are hundreds of Browser Hijackers around the web and the Tabsearch.net is certainly not the only one that you will meet. The essential thing to remember about this type of programs is to never click and explore any of the pop-ups they display. In case you are being spammed with ads related to specific items that you would like or that you’ve bought recently, then this is most likely because the Tabsearch.net has read throughout the registry files, kept in your browser, and has acquired information about your recent Internet searches. Quite a lot of organizations collect data using this method – Google itself is known for doing it – but at least these companies are public and have a popularity to defend against a scandal. Browser Hijacker developers are usually small and unknown, giving them the power to sell and resell the information that they have acquired from you to whoever is interested in paying for it. Another thing to be aware of is that not every advert, displayed by the hijacker, is reliable. The possibility of opening something dangerous is high – you could lose your money on a low-quality product that doesn’t actually work or worse. That’s why it is just better to remove the unwanted program as soon as possible.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Different aggressive ads may spam your screen and may redirect you to unfamiliar websites.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, ads, free downloads, torrents, automatic updates, shareware sites.|
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To try and remove Tabsearch.net quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Tabsearch.net extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Tabsearch.net by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Tabsearch.net and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Tabsearch.net removal guide below.
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
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
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:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Tabsearch.net from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Tabsearch.net from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Tabsearch.net from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!