Unit Conversion Tab browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Unit Conversion Tab?
Unit Conversion Tab is a browser hijacker which is designed to change certain browser's settings to unitconversiontab.com, an address of a fake search engine. It is common that browser hijackers gather various information too. Since users tend to download and install such apps inadvertently, accidentally, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Like most browser hijackers, after installation Unit Conversion Tab modifies setting such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. It sets them to unitconversiontab.com so that users would have to visit this address when they open a browser, new tab and/or enter search queries into URL bar. Typically, fake search engines display results generated by some other, often legitimate search engine. Also, they may be designed to generate misleading results. Unitconversiontab.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com, which means that it provides users with results generated by Yahoo. Either way, it does not generate any unique results and is worthless. In most cases browser hijackers do not allow users to remove address of a fake search engine from browser's settings as long as they are installed. It can be done only by uninstalling a browser hijacker, in this case Unit Conversion Tab. Moreover, browser hijackers often are designed to collect information related user's browsing habits. More often than not they target details such as IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, etc. Although, such apps may be designed to record sensitive information as well. There is always a possibility that gathered data could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) and/or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Browser hijackers can cause problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other problems. It is possible that their users may become victims of identity theft too. These are the main reasons why browser hijackers like Unit Conversion Tab should never be trusted (installed).
|Name||Unit Conversion Tab|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Unit Conversion Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to function as unit converter|
|Serving IP Address (unitconversiontab.com)||184.108.40.206|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Some examples of other browser hijackers are Tab Recovery, Shipment Trackers and Coupon Search. Most of them are designed to force users to use some fake search engine. Also, they often are designed to gather various information. Either way, most browser hijackers do not deliver any value (features) and can be the reason behind various issues. That is why neither Unit Conversion Tab or any other app of this type should be downloaded and installed. If it is already installed, then it should be removed right away.
How did Unit Conversion Tab install on my computer?
Sometimes PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed by clicking intrusive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. However, more often it they get downloaded and/or installed during download and/or installation processes of other programs. To be more precise, when they are included in their download and/or installation setups. This distribution method is known as "bundling". This method is being used to distribute several programs through a single setup. In most cases offers to download and/or install additionally included apps can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of setups. However, users often leave those settings unchanged. By leaving default settings unchanged they allow for additionally included apps to be downloaded and/or installed together with programs that they download and/or install willingly.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to always check download, installation settings for "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other settings and make sure that they do not have any unwanted apps included in them. If setups contain offers to download and/or install unwanted apps, then such offers should be declined before completing downloads and/or installations process. Additionally, software should be downloaded from trustworthy, official websites. Other channels like torrent clients, eMule (other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, and so on, cannot be trusted. Intrusive ads should not be clicked, especially if such ads appear on shady pages. Quite often advertisements of this kind open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. If there are any unwanted or suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on a browser, then they should be removed from it as soon as possible. The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Unit Conversion Tab, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Notification saying that Unit Conversion Tab can read and change various data:
Website promoting Unit Conversion Tab browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is Unit Conversion Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Unit Conversion Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove unitconversiontab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Unit Conversion Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove unitconversiontab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove unitconversiontab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Unit Conversion Tab 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, "Unit Conversion Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the unitconversiontab.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Unit Conversion Tab 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://unitconversiontab.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 "Unit Conversion Tab".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the unitconversiontab.com 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.
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 "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Unit Conversion Tab" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Unit Conversion Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.unitconversiontab.com) 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:
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 engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "unitconversiontab.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the unitconversiontab.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Unit Conversion Tab", as well as 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 disable "Unit Conversion Tab", remove hxxp://unitconversiontab.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with unitconversiontab.com redirect 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the unitconversiontab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove unitconversiontab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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