Mytab App browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Mytab App?
Applications like Mytab App are designed to promote fake search engines (their addresses) by changing browser settings. It is common that users download and install them unknowingly, therefore, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is worthwhile to mention that browser hijackers can be designed not only to promote various fake search engines but also to function as data collectors.
Typically, browser hijackers change browser settings such as the address of a homepage, new tab and default search engine so that users would be forced to visit a certain address when they open a browser, open new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Mytab App is designed to promote tailsearch.com, however, it does not always change the aforementioned settings. In cases when it does not do that, it detects when users enter search queries into URL bar and opens tailsearch.com anyway. Depending on user's geolocation, tailsearch.com redirects either to google.com or bing.com (via my-search.com and search-checker.com). In one way or another, tailsearch.com provides results generated by another, legitimate search engine, it does not generate unique results and that is why it is called fake. Most browser hijackers do not allow users to remove address of a fake search engine from browser settings unless users uninstall it. Furthermore, it is common that browser hijackers are designed to collect information related to user's browsing habits (e.g., addresses of visited sites, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses). Some browser hijackers are capable of reading sensitive details. The problem with browser hijackers being able to collect various data is that their developers could misuse it to generate revenue. For example, they could sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). In such case users may experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, or even become victims of identity theft. These are the main reasons why it is not recommended to have any browser hijacker installed on a browser and/or the operating system.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Mytab App|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (tailsearch.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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It is common that browser hijackers are advertised as useful, legitimate applications that supposed to include some features, improve browsing experience, etc. However, their main purpose is to generate revenue for their developers by promoting some fake search engine and/or gathering various data. In other words, most browser hijackers are useless to their users and can cause them various problems. A couple of examples of other browser hijackers are New Tab Theme Buddy, AllStreamSearch and PDFConverterSearch4Free.
How did Mytab App install on my computer?
In some cases users download and/or install browser hijackers and other types of PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to cause it by executing certain scripts. Although, more often users download and/or install such apps alongside with programs that they download and/or install willingly. It happens when developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" to distribute PUAs. In such cases they distribute PUAs by including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. Usually they can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of download and/or installation setups. When users download and/or install programs without changing them (or unticking certain checkboxes), they allow for integrated PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended not to download or install any programs through third party downloaders, installers, via torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), from unofficial websites, etc. Files, programs should be downloaded from official pages and via direct download links. Also, it is advised to check all download and installation setups for offers to download and/or install additionally included apps and decline them (if there are any). Typically, it can be done by using "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes. Also, it is recommended not to trust advertisements that appear on questionable websites. When clicked, they can open various untrustworthy websites or cause download (and/or installation) of some unwanted software. Any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that already are installed on a browser should be removed. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Mytab App, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Mytab App browser hijacker:
Notification saying that Mytab App can read browsing history:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Mytab App?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Mytab App application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Mytab App browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove tailsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove tailsearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove tailsearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
Mytab App 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, "Mytab App"), 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.
Mytab App browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "Mytab App" 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 "Mytab App", 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:
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 "tailsearch.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 mytab app 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 "Mytab App", 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 "Mytab App", remove hxxp://tailsearch.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 mytab app 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 mytab app 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.
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://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:
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 "Mytab App".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mytab app 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.
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.
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