Search.powermediatabsearch.com redirect removal instructions
What is search.powermediatabsearch.com?
search.powermediatabsearch.com is a fake Internet search engine that supposedly generates improved search results and provides quick access to various popular websites. Developers promote this website by employing a browser-hijacking application called PowerMediaTab. This app claims to allow users to watch TV directly from the web browser, however, rather than providing this feature, PowerMediaTab modifies web browser settings and continually records personal information.
Following infiltration, PowerMediaTab modifies the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine options by assigning them to search.powermediatabsearch.com. These changes may not seem significant, however, users are unable to revert them, since PowerMediaTab automatically reassigns browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are forced to visit search.powermediatabsearch.com when they search via the URL bar or simply open a new browser tab. These redirects significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, PowerMediaTab and search.powermediatabsearch.com continually gather IP addresses, search queries, websites visited, and other similar information that might contain personally identifiable details. This information is later shared with third parties who misuse personal details to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall PowerMediaTab browser hijacker and never return to search.powermediatabsearch.com.
search.powermediatabsearch.com is identical to search.rapidsearch.com, search.funtvtabsearch.com, search.funsafetabsearch.com, and many other fake search engines. All have identical appearance and behavior. By offering 'useful features', websites such as search.powermediatabsearch.com attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Fake search engines merely cause unwanted redirects and collect personal data. They are useless for regular users.
How did PowerMediaTab install on my computer?
PowerMediaTab has an official promotion website, however, it is also distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, users often install this PUP inadvertently, without their consent. Be aware that bundled programs are hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. Rushing these procedures and skipping steps often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs, such as PowerMediaTab.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Installation of potentially unwanted programs can be prevented by taking a number of simple steps. Select the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and closely analyze the download and installation processes. Furthermore, opt-out of all additionally-included programs and never allow set-ups to modify options irrelevant to installation.
Website promoting PowerMediaTab browser hijacker:
- What is search.powermediatabsearch.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PowerMediaTab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.powermediatabsearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PowerMediaTab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.powermediatabsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.powermediatabsearch.com redirect from Safari.
PowerMediaTab browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications (for example, "PowerMediaTab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.powermediatabsearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
PowerMediaTab browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.powermediatabsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "powermediatabsearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the powermediatab browser hijacker, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "PowerMediaTab", and other recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://search.powermediatabsearch.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "PowerMediaTab" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the powermediatab browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "PowerMediaTab", and all other recently-installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.powermediatabsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "search.powermediatabsearch.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with powermediatab browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of powermediatab browser hijacker be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.
If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine. Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker: your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed, appearance of new toolbars, slow performance of Internet browsers, new Bookmarks or Favorites added, you can't change your homepage or default search engine, you see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website, you get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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