What is Scoreboard Tab?
Scoreboard Tab is a rogue browser extension that we discovered while checking out deceptive software-promoting websites. Our analysis of this Scoreboard Tab revealed that it operates as a browser hijacker - modifies browsers to cause redirects.
Scoreboard Tab browser hijacker overview
Scoreboard Tab reassigns the URLs of browsers' default search engines, homepages, and new tabs/windows. Typically, browser hijackers reset them to the addresses of fake search engines. However, with Scoreboard Tab installed: new browser tabs/windows opened and Web searches performed via the URL bar - resulted in redirects to the genuine Bing search engine (bing.com).
In some cases, developers of browser-hijacking software push legitimate websites to acquire illegitimate commissions for the promotion. However, this is typically done by abusing affiliate programs and without the developers' approval.
Additionally, browser hijackers often use persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent browser recovery, and Scoreboard Tab is not an exception.
Furthermore, Scoreboard Tab likely spies on users' browsing activity. Browser-hijacking software usually targets the following data: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related information, and so on. The collected data can be monetized via sale to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
In summary, the presence of software like Scoreboard Tab on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Scoreboard Tab|
|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
This software usually appears legitimate and offers various functionalities. However, these features seldom work as advertised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational. It must be stressed that regardless of whether a browser hijacker is functional - its presence on a browser/system endangers device and user safety.
How did Scoreboard Tab install on my computer?
We obtained Scoreboard Tab from a deceptive webpage. It is worth noting that software of this kind is also promoted on its "official" download pages and scam sites. Users typically access such webpages via redirects caused by mistyped URLs, websites using rogue advertising networks, intrusive ads, spam browser notifications, or installed adware.
Furthermore, browser hijackers can be bundled (packed together) with unwanted/malicious additions. Downloading from dubious channels (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushing installation (e.g., using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.) - increase the risk of allowing bundled/harmful content into the device.
Intrusive adverts distribute browser-hijacking software as well. When clicked on, some of the ads can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading only from official/verified sources. Installation must be approached with care, e.g., by reading terms, inspecting possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all supplementary apps, extensions, tools, etc.
We advise caution when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears legitimate. For example, intrusive advertisements may look harmless yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., adult-dating, pornography, gambling, etc.).
In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this type, check the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Scoreboard Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by Scoreboard Tab browser hijacker:
Deceptive website promoting Scoreboard Tab browser hijacker:
Appearance of Scoreboard Tab browser hijacker causing a redirect to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Scoreboard Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Scoreboard Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Scoreboard Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove Scoreboard Tab homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Scoreboard Tab redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Scoreboard 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, "Scoreboard Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Scoreboard 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 "Scoreboard 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 "Scoreboard Tab", look for the promoted URL (hxxp://www.bing.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 "bing.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 scoreboard tab 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 "Scoreboard 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 "Scoreboard Tab", remove hxxp://bing.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 scoreboard tab 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 scoreboard tab 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 bing.com website?
Cyber criminals (i.e., developers of browser hijackers) generate revenue through redirects.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are mainly spread via bundled program installation setups, deceptive promotional webpages, freeware and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (e.g., Torrent clients, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), online scams, spam browser notifications, and intrusive advertisements.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Scoreboard Tab browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate installed browser-hijacking applications. It must be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might be ineffective, especially when multiple browser hijackers have infiltrated the system. Since after one is removed - the others may simply re-install it. What is more, browser-hijacking software might be able to restrict access to removal-related settings. Hence, browser hijackers must be removed thoroughly and all at once.