How to remove Kibo Web browser hijacker?

Also Known As: tailsearch.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Kibo Web browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Kibo Web?

Kibo Web promotes the tailsearch.com address (a fake search engine). As a rule, apps of this type promote fake search engines by changing certain browser settings. Also, Kibo Web collects information related to user's browsing activities. it is worthwhile to mentioned that browser hijackers are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because users download and installed them unintentionally.

tailsearch.com redirects to bing.com via my-search.com and search-checker.com

As a rule, browser hijackers are designed to change browser settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab to an address of some fake search engine like tailsearch.com. Although, Kibo Web does not always changes the aforementioned settings, but it opens tailsearch.com when users enter search queries into URL bar anyway. It is known that tailsearch.com provides results generated by Bing, it redirects users to bing.com via my-search.com and search-checker.com. It can provide results generated by Google as well, the way tailsearch.com functions depends on user's geolocation. In one way or another, tailsearch.com is a fake search engine which does not generate its own, unique results. Typically, address of a fake search engine cannot be removed from browser settings as long as a browser hijacker is installed on a browser. Therefore, tailsearch.com can be removed from settings only when Kibo Web is no longer installed. Another reason not to have Kibo Web or any other browser hijacker installed on a browser and/or operating system is that such apps tend to be designed to gather browsing data. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, etc. In some cases they can be designed to gather personal, confidential information as well. Moreover, their developers may sell collected information to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misuse it to generate it in other ways. Therefore, users who would have such apps installed on a browser and/or computer could have problems related to browsing safety, privacy, become victims of identity theft, and/or experience other issues.

Threat Summary:
Name Kibo Web
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Kibo Web
Supposed Functionality Improved web browsing experience
Promoted URL tailsearch.com
Serving IP Address (tailsearch.com) 104.27.146.124
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.
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There are many apps that are classified as browser hijackers, e.g., HDSportSearchs, AnyMovieSearch and HDMusicStreamSearch. Quite often they are advertised as apps that have some features, improve web browsing experience, and/or are useful in some other way. However, more often than not they are useless to their users and can be the culprit of various problems. In other words, most browser hijackers are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue.

How did Kibo Web install on my computer?

In some cases users download and/or install PUAs like Kibo Web via deceptive advertisements that, when clicked, execute certain scripts. Although, more often users download and/or install PUAs through download and/or installation setups that have PUAs integrated in their setups as additional offers. This distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling". Typically, offers to download and/or install PUAs can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings of setups. However, users often download and/or install software without checking and changing the aforementioned settings and that is how they give a permission for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended not to complete any software download and/or installation without checking "Custom", "Advanced and other similar settings of its setup and declining offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Also, it is advised to download files and/or programs only from official websites and via direct download links. Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients and so on, etc., should not be used. Additionally, it is common for advertisements that appear on shady pages to be designed to open unreliable, dubious websites or even cause download and/or installation of some unwanted software. Therefore, such ads should not be clicked as well. If there are some unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins) installed on a web browser, then they should be removed. The same should be done with programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Kibo Web, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Tailsearch.com provides results generated by Google (GIF):

tailsearch.com redirects to google.com

Notification saying that Kibo Web can read browsing history:

kibo web browser hijacker notification

Website promoting Kibo Web browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Kibo Web browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Kibo Web 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.

tailsearch.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Kibo Web browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing tailsearch.com 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 "Kibo Web" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing tailsearch.com 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 "Kibo Web", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.tailsearch.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:

Removing tailsearch.com 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 "tailsearch.com", 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 tailsearch.com 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 tailsearch.com 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 "Kibo Web", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing tailsearch.com 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 "Kibo Web", remove hxxp://tailsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing tailsearch.com 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with tailsearch.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, 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the tailsearch.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing tailsearch.com 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 tailsearch.com 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://tailsearch.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:

Removing tailsearch.com 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 "Kibo Web".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the tailsearch.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.

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

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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