What kind of application is tabs info?
Our team inspected tabs info browser extension and found that this app is designed to display annoying advertisements. Software that shows ads is called adware. It is common for adware to be distributed (and promoted) using deceptive methods. Therefore, users often install or add apps like tabs info without knowing what these apps actually do.
tabs info application in detail
Advertisements displayed by tabs info browser app conceal the contents of visited pages (those ads are intrusive). It clicked, those ads may open potentially malicious pages. Clicking them can lead to phishing websites, technical support scam pages, malicious pages, websites offering to download shady software, etc.
It is important to mention that adware can be designed to show ads capable of running certain scripts to cause unwanted downloads and even installations. In addition to showing ads, tabs info browser can read and change data on all web pages. This feature can be misused for malicious purposes (e.g., to obtain sensitive information).
Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to have tabs info browser extension added to a browser. The same applies to all adware-type applications. Our adware removal guide is provided below.
|Name||Ads by tabs info|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
Some advertising-supported apps are designed to promote fake search engines. In such cases, they change the settings of web browsers (they hijack web browsers). Usually, the affected settings include default search engine, homepage and (or) new tab page. Most browser-hijacking apps prevent users from undoing their changes.
How did adware install on my computer?
We discovered tabs info on a deceptive website that shows a message saying that a free download is ready. tabs info gets added to a web browser after completing the instructions on that page (its screenshot is provided above). Usually, pages like the one promoting tabs info get opened via pages that use rogue advertising networks and ads on them.
Also, adware is often distributed via software bundles. It is integrated into installers as an optional installation. Adware gets installed after completing installation steps without unticking certain checkboxes or changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications (and files) from official websites and stores (like Google Play). Always read reviews before downloading apps. Avoid downloading apps with no or few reviews. Do not use P2P networks, shady websites, third-party downloaders, etc., as sources for downloading software.
Always deselect unwanted applications before downloading and installing programs. Do not click advertisements and fake buttons on untrustworthy websites or allow such sites to show notifications. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive page promoting tabs info application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is tabs info?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "tabs info" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by tabs info, 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 plug-ins 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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by tabs info 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by tabs info, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
The two most common issues caused by adware are diminished web browsing experience due to annoying ads (and sometimes manipulated browser settings) and slower computer performance. Sometimes, adware can be the reason behind invaded privacy.
What does adware do?
Advertising-supported software bombards users with intrusive advertisements. Also, it can be designed to hijack a web browser and collect information about users.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Typically, adware developers monetize adware via affiliate programs. They participate in those programs to earn commissions for promoting pages, products, services, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove tabs info adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will remove adware from the operating system. It will make sure that no components belonging to adware are present after the removal (which can be a problem when trying to manually remove adware).