How to remove the Space Tab browser hijacker and the redirects it causes
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Space Tab?
Our researchers discovered the Space Tab browser extension while inspecting deceptive websites. After analyzing this extension, we learned that it operates as a browser hijacker. Space Tab makes changes to browser settings in order to cause redirects to the find.gsearchwithus.com fake search engine.
Space Tab browser hijacker overview
After being installed onto our test machine, Space Tab assigned find.gsearchwithus.com as the browser's default search engine, homepage, and new tab/window URLs. Therefore, when we opened a new browser tab/window or typed a search query into the URL bar - it resulted in redirects to the find.gsearchwithus.com site.
Additionally, browser-hijacking software tends to employ various persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent browser recovery, and Space Tab is not an exception.
Illegitimate search engines usually cannot generate search results, so they redirect to genuine ones. Find.gsearchwithus.com redirected to the Bing search engine at the time of research. However, it might land elsewhere since it may depend on factors like user geolocation.
Furthermore, Space Tab likely has data tracking functionalities. Browser hijackers usually collect the following information: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, etc. The gathered information can be monetized via sale to third-parties.
In summary, the presence of software like Space Tab on devices may lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Space Tab|
|Detection Names (find.gsearchwithus.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (find.gsearchwithus.com)||188.8.131.52|
|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 hijacker examples
Cool baro, Motorsports Start, EmailCheckToday, and CoolADSBlockSearch are just some examples of browser hijackers we have analyzed recently.
This software typically appears legitimate and innocuous. Users are lured into download/installation with promises of various "handy" functionalities. However, these features seldom work as advertised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.
How did Space Tab install on my computer?
We acquired Space Tab from a deceptive site. In addition to online scams, browser hijackers can also have "official" download webpages. Most users access websites of this kind through redirects caused by pages using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, misspelled URLs, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Additionally, intrusive advertisements are used to proliferate browser-hijacking software. Once clicked, some of the ads can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
Browser hijackers can also be bundled (packed together) with regular programs. Download from dubious channels (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations (e.g., skipped steps, used "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified sources. Installation must be approached with caution. Therefore, we advise reading terms, studying available options, and using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings to opt-out of all supplementary apps, extensions, tools, etc.
Another recommendation is to be vigilant when browsing since illegitimate and malicious material usually appears harmless. For example, intrusive adverts may look ordinary yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., adult-dating, gambling, pornography, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads/redirects, check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Space Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by Space Tab browser hijacker:
Deceptive websites promoting Space Tab browser hijacker:
Appearance of find.gsearchwithus.com redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Space Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Space Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Space Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove find.gsearchwithus.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove find.gsearchwithus.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Space 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, "Space Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the find.gsearchwithus.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Space Tab browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Space Tab browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:
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 "Space Tab" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Space Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.find.gsearchwithus.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 "find.gsearchwithus.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the find.gsearchwithus.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 extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Space Tab", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "Space Tab", remove hxxp://find.gsearchwithus.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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 find.gsearchwithus.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 find.gsearchwithus.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 to visit find.gsearchwithus.com website?
Cyber criminals (i.e., developers of browser hijackers and fake search engines) generate revenue through redirects to sites like find.gsearchwithus.com.
Is visiting find.gsearchwithus.com a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. Websites like find.gsearchwithus.com usually collect (and sell) visitor data.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily proliferated via bundled software installers, misleading promotional webpages, freeware and third-party sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, online scams, fake updates, spam browser notifications, and intrusive adverts.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Space Tab browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate detected browser-hijacking applications. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be an ideal solution. In cases when multiple browser hijackers have infiltrated the system, after one is removed - the others may simply re-install it. Additionally, this software might prevent access to removal-related settings and/or undo user-made changes. Hence, it is paramount to remove browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.
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