What kind of application is Venus Tab?
Venus Tab is a browser hijacker designed to promote venustab.com - a fake search engine. Venus Tab hijacks a browser by changing its settings. In most cases, users install apps of this type unknowingly. Thus, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Venus Tab browser hijacker in detail
Venus Tab changes the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine to venustab.com. It pushes users to browse the Internet using a fake search engine that shows results generated by Google. It is important to know that fake search engines can redirect users to shady websites (or include these pages in their search results).
Apps like Venus Tab usually do not allow users to remove a fake search engine from browser's settings unless users uninstall those apps. A step-by-step removal guide for browser hijackers and fake search engines is provided below.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Venus Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (venustab.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|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
Browser hijackers can be designed to collect various information about users. That information could be misused for malicious purposes. Either way, it is strongly recommended not to trust any browser hijackers. More examples of browser-hijacking applications are Anywhere Search, My Togo, and Smart Search.
How did Venus Tab install on my computer?
Browser hijackers usually are distributed via downloaders and installers for other programs (by bundling them together with other programs), fake installers, certain advertisements. Users end up having their browsers hijacked when they install programs without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings available in their installers.
Fake installers are promoted on deceptive websites, for example, on pages using scare tactics. Users get tricked into downloading (and using) them. Ads capable of downloading or installing unwanted apps do that only if users click on them.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Downloaders and installers with "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings, or ticked checkboxes should be checked for optional downloads or installations. Advertisements that are displayed on questionable pages should not be clicked. Files and applications should be downloaded from trustworthy (official) websites.
If your computer is already infected with Venus Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Venustab.com redirects to google.com (GIF):
Deceptive page promoting Venus Tab browser hijacker:
Official download page for Venus Tab browser hijacker:
Browser notification containing information about Venus Tab:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Venus Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Venus Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Venus Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove venustab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove venustab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Venus 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, "Venus Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the venustab.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Venus 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 "Venus 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 "Venus Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.venustab.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 "venustab.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 venustab.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 "Venus 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 "Venus Tab", remove hxxp://venustab.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 venustab.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 venustab.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 venustab.com website?
The creators of venustab.com profit from website visits (their revenue depends on the number of visitors)
Is visiting venustab.com a threat to my privacy?
Websites like venustab.com and (or) browser hijackers used to promote them can be designed to collect various information about their visitors/users. Gathered information could be misused for various purposes.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Most browser hijackers are distributed using social engineering tactics, for example, browser notifications, intrusive advertisements. Also, they are distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Venus Tab browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate Venus Tab or other browser hijackers. All browser hijackers should be removed at once (if there are multiple apps of this type present). They could be capable of reinstalling one another and keeping their settings unchangeable while being present.