Boi Tab browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Boi Tab?
When searches.club is visited, it redirects to various questionable websites. What websites get opened after visiting this address depends on a geolocation of the visitor. Research shows that this searches.club appears in browser settings when the Boi Tab app is installed on it. Although, there could be other apps that are designed to promote it. Applications that are designed to promote certain addresses (mostly fake search engines) by changing browser settings are classified as browser hijackers. It is common that users download and/or install such apps unknowingly, therefore, Boi Tab and other apps of this type are called potentially unwanted application (PUA).
Typically, browser hijackers change browser settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab. The aforementioned Boi Tab app sets them to searches.club. When users enter a search query into URL bar, searches.club redirects to one or another questionable address. At the time of the research searches.club redirected to searchmes.xyz via s3arch.page, search.yahoo.com via smashapps.net and some download page for a PUA. To stop a browser from causing redirects from searches.club to other unreliable pages and remove it from browser settings it is necessary to uninstall Boi Tab (or any other app that may be designed to promote it). Otherwise it will reassign its settings after every attempt to remove, change them. It is worthwhile to mention that apps like Boi Tab often are designed to collect browsing data (e.g., IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations). In some cases they target sensitive details. Gathered information could be misused to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or in some other ways. It means that users might become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, and/or some other issues. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not download and install apps like Boi Tab.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Boi Tab (other apps may be used to promote searches.club too)|
|Supposed Functionality||Typically, browser hijackers supposed to improve web browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (searches.club)||18.104.22.168|
|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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There is a great number of potentially unwanted applications like Boi Tab, some examples are Templates Discovery Tab, My Office Tools and Access TV Streaming. Most of them are advertised as useful apps that supposed to include various features, improve browsing experience, etc. Nevertheless, more often than not they are useless and can cause various issues. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to trust apps of this type. If some browser hijacker (including Boi Tab) is already installed on a browser and/or computer, then it should be uninstalled from right away.
How did Boi Tab install on my computer?
It is common that users download and/or install browser hijackers (and other apps of this kind) when they download and/or install programs that have those PUAs included in their setups as additional offers. To be more precise, when users finish download and/or installation processes without checking and changing "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings of setups. By leaving the aforementioned settings unchanged users agree with offers to download and/or install additionally included apps. This distribution method is known as "bundling". In some cases users cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised not to use Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients and so on), unofficial websites, various third party downloaders, installers, etc., neither to download or install any software, files. It is common that they are used to distribute unwanted, in some cases even malicious files, programs. It is recommended to download software (and/or files) only from official websites and via direct links. If a download and/or installation setup has settings like "Advanced", "Manual, "Custom", then they should be checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted software. It should be done before completing download and/or installation process. Quite often intrusive advertisements that appear on unreliable websites often are designed to open pages that are unrustworthy or execute scripts that cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted software. Therefore, such ads should not be clicked. If there are any unwanted, suspicious, unknown extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser, then they should be uninstalled from it right away. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Boi Tab, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Searches.club redirects to a download page for a potentially unwanted app:
Notification saying that Boi Tab can read and change certain browser settings:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Boi Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Boi Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searches.club redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Boi Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searches.club homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searches.club redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Boi 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, "Boi Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the searches.club website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Boi 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://searches.club 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 "Boi Tab".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searches.club 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 "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Boi 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 "Boi Tab" (or other PUA), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.searches.club) 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 "searches.club", 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 searches.club browser hijacker, 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 "Boi Tab" (or other PUA), 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 "Boi Tab" (or other PUA), remove hxxp://searches.club 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 searches.club 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 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 searches.club browser hijacker, 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 searches.club browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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