How to remove UP Tab browser hijacker

Also Known As: coinup.org redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

UP Tab browser hijacker removal instructions

What is UP Tab?

UP Tab (also known as CoinUp) is a browser hijacker. It is endorsed as a tool, which provides current time and date straight from a browser's new tab/window. It operates by making unauthorized changes to browsers and promoting its fake search engine - coinup.org. This rogue application also has data tracking abilities, which it uses to record users' browsing activity. Due to its dubious proliferation methods, UP Tab is categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

coinup.org browser hijacker

Typically, browser hijackers are designed to target Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers. After successful infiltration, they assign their fake search engine addresses as browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. UP Tab promotes coinup.org in this way. Therefore, every new tab and window opened, and every single search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to coinup.org. These changes may seem like just a minor nuisance, however they are not easy to undo. Any user changes made to browsers can be automatically reset, if access to the settings is not limited or outright denied. The hijacking application must be eliminated in order to recover the affected browser. Most browser hijackers can track data, UP Tab is not an exception. By monitoring users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search engine history, etc.), it gathers their personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life personal details). This sensitive data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for financial gain. Therefore, presence of data tracking applications on systems can lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To protect devices from potential system infiltrations and infections, as well as ensure user safety - all suspicious apps and browser extensions/plug-ins must be be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name UP Tab
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) UP Tab
Promoted URL coinup.org
Serving IP Address (coinup.org) 104.27.138.232
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
Removal

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Browser hijackers are released by the thousand and most share certain traits. Convert My Vid SearchQuickTemplateFinderCurrent Weather App are a few examples of applications akin to UP Tab. In general, PUAs tend to be similar. Unwanted apps created by the same designers are usually identical. These applications appear legitimate and offer various "useful" and "beneficial" features, to trick users into downloading/installing them. However, these features rarely work as advertised and in most cases are utterly nonoperational. Users should note that the only purpose of PUAs is to generate revenue for their developers, aside from that they do not have any genuine value. Instead of delivering on any promises, unwanted applications hijack browsers, cause redirects to untrustworthy and malicious websites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, etc.) and collect vulnerable data.

How did UP Tab install on my computer?

Some PUAs have "official" download webpages. However, they are more often spread via download/installation setups of other programs. This false marketing technique of pre-packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". Rushed download/install processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of potential system infiltrations and infections. Intrusive advertisements are also known spreaders of these rogue apps. When clicked these ads can be triggered to execute scripts, designed to download/install PUAs without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to always research wanted content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only official and verified download sources should be used. It is ill-advised to use P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and similar channels - as they are deemed to be untrustworthy. Download/Installation processes should be treated with care. That includes reading terms, studying possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings and declining to download/install additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive adverts usually look legitimate and innocuous, however these ads redirect to various unreliable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). Should users experience ads/redirects of this type, they are strongly advised to remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with UP Tab, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

UP Tab browser hijacker asking for various permissions:

UP Tab asking for permissions

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Quick menu:

UP Tab browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

coinup.org browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "UP Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the coinup.org website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

UP Tab browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing coinup.org related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing coinup.org from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://coinup.org 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:

Removing coinup.org from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "UP Tab".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the coinup.org redirect, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing coinup.org related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "UP Tab" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing coinup.org from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "UP Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.coinup.org) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing coinup.org from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "coinup.org", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the coinup.org redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing coinup.org related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "UP Tab", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing coinup.org from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "UP Tab", remove hxxp://coinup.org and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing coinup.org from Mozilla Firefox 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: "coinup"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with coinup.org redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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