What is Key Tab browser hijacker?
The main purpose of the Key Tab browser hijacker is to promote a fake search engine (keysearchs.com). It changes the web browser's settings to promote that search engine. Most users install browser hijackers inadvertently. Thus, Key Tab is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).
Key Tab browser hijacker in detail
Key Tab changes default search engine, new tab, and homepage. It sets them to keysearchs.com. Keysearchs.com does not generate results - it shows results generated by Bing, Google, and probably some other search engines. Keysearchs.com could show results containing links to potentially malicious websites.
Keysearchs.com cannot be eliminated until Key Tab is uninstalled. Another reason to get rid of the Key Tab is that it could be designed to collect browsing-related data or personal information like credit card details and login credentials. A step-by-step removal guide for this browser hijacker is provided below.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Key Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (keysearchs.com)||Fortinet (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (keysearchs.com)||22.214.171.124|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Browser hijackers in general
Most browser hijackers are useless to their users. Their main purpose is to generate revenue for their developers by promoting fake search engines. More examples of applications designed to hijack browsers are WebMusicSearch, VideoSearchCenter, and SearchConvertersOnline.
How did Key Tab install on my computer?
Key Tab could be distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs. Those downloaders and installers have "Custom", "Advanced", or other options that can be used to deselect unwanted applications. Apps like Key Tab get permission to be downloaded or installed with other programs when users leave the settings mentioned above unchanged.
Also, browser hijsckers are distributed through deceptive advertisements that can execute certain scripts or fake installers. Fake installers are promoted on shady websites. They can be used to distribute malicious software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Third-party downloaders and installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, and other sources can be used to distribute PUAs. It is advised to download apps and files from official websites. Also, users should not download or install programs without checking their downloaders and installers for "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings.
Advertisements appearing on dubious websites should not be trusted - those ads could open other shady pages or download (or install) unwanted software. If your computer is already infected with Key Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Keysearchs.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Website promoting Key Tab browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Key Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Key Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Key Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove keysearchs.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove keysearchs.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Key Tab browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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, "Key Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the keysearchs.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Key Tab 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 "Key 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 "Key Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.keysearchs.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 "keysearchs.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 keysearchs.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 "Key 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 "Key Tab", remove hxxp://keysearchs.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 keysearchs.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 keysearchs.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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit keysearchs.com website?
Individuals behind keysearchs.com profit from website visits. They make more money when a higher number of users visit this page and vice versa.
Is visiting keysearchs.com a threat to my privacy?
Websites like keysearchs.com can be designed to collect various information about their visitors. Therefore, these pages could be a threat to online privacy.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are often distributed using social engineering tactics, such as browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, etc. Also, they are distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs and promoted on deceptive websites
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Key Tab browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate detected browser hijackers (and other unwanted software). Manual removal may not work if there are multiple browser hijackers present - they could reinstall one another. Also, it could be not possible to modify some settings while a browser is hijacked. Therefore, all apps of this type should be eliminated at once.