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How to uninstall Food Tab browser hijacker?

Also Known As: foodtab.club redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Food Tab browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Food Tab?

A browser hijacker is a type of application that changes browser's settings to persuade users into visiting a specific (usually, into using a fake search engine). Food Tab is designed to promote the foodtab.club address. It is common that apps of this type are distributed using deceptive techniques. Therefore, users often download and install them unintentionally. Apps that get downloaded or installed inadvertently are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Another detail about browser hijackers is that they often are designed to collect information related to browsing habits and (or) other data.

foodtab.club browser hijacker

Usually, browser hijackers are designed to change settings such as the address of a default search engine, homepage, new tab. Food Tab replaces those addresses with the foodtab.club address - a fake search engine designed to show results generated by Bing (bing.com). Therefore, foodtab.club gets opened when users open a new window, new tab, or enter search queries into the browser's URL bar. The foodtab.club address cannot be removed from browser' settings unless the Food Tab browser hijacker is no longer installed on a browser. It is worthwhile to mention that fake search engines can generate misleading results (e.g., promote download pages for unwanted software, various scams).

Another reason not to trust apps like Food Tab is that they can be designed to collect various browsing-related and other data. It is common for browser hijackers to be designed to gather IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, and other details related to browsing activities. Some browser hijackers can access personal details as well. For example, passwords, credit card details. Typically, apps of his type collect data to generate revenue for their developers so they could use it for marketing purposes, sell to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), or monetize it in other ways. Therefore, a browser hijacker can be the culprit of issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, identity theft, or other problems.

Threat Summary:
Name Food Tab
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Food Tab
Supposed Functionality Improved browsing experience
Promoted URL foodtab.club
Serving IP Address (foodtab.club) 54.208.77.124
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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More examples of potentially unwanted applications that are categorized as browser hijackers are MovieSearchZilla, Music Search for Chrome, and Img Preview. Quite often, they are advertised as legitimate, useful applications that are supposed to have some features or improve browsing experience in some another way. However, most of them are not only useless but also can cause certain problems. In one way or another, no browser hijacker should be trusted (installed on a browser or the operating system).

How did Food Tab install on my computer?

It is common that users download or install potentially unwanted apps together with other programs (when PUAs are distributed by bundling them together with other programs). In such cases, downloaders or installers have certain settings that can be used to decline unwanted offers. Usually, it can be done by unticking ticked checkboxes or through "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings that those downloaders, installers have. If users leave those checkboxes ticked or settings unchanged when they download or install programs, they agree to download or install included apps as well. Also, unwanted downloads or installation can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts. It is worthwhile to mention that most of those ads appear on untrustworthy websites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly advisable to download programs, files from official websites (and via direct links). Files downloaded via third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, etc., can be used to distribute PUAs, or even malicious apps. Third-party installers can cause unwanted installations too. Furthermore, downloaders and installers with settings like "Custom", "Advanced" (or other settings), or ticked checkboxes are likely to be bundled with potentially unwanted applications. Therefore, those downloaders, installers should be checked for unwanted offers before finishing downlaods, installations. Additionally, it is recommended not to click ads that appear on sites related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. It is common for those ads to be designed to open potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads or even installations. Unwanted, suspicious add-on, plug-in, or extension installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. If your computer is already infected with Food Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Foodtab.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):

food tab browser hijacker foodtab.club redirects to bing.com

Website promoting Food Tab browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Food Tab browser hijacker

Notification asking to confirm Food Tab installation:

food tab browser hijacker notification

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Quick menu:

Food 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.

foodtab.club browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Food Tab browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing foodtab.club 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 "Food Tab" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing foodtab.club 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 "Food Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.foodtab.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:

Removing foodtab.club 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 "foodtab.club", 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 foodtab.club 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 foodtab.club 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 "Food Tab", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing foodtab.club 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 "Food Tab", remove hxxp://foodtab.club and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing foodtab.club 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 foodtab.club 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 foodtab.club 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 foodtab.club 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 foodtab.club 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://foodtab.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:

Removing foodtab.club 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 "Food Tab".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the foodtab.club 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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