What kind of software is Travel Tab?
Our research team discovered the Travel Tab browser extension while investigating questionable websites. It is promoted as an easy-access tool for news relating to travel and hotels.
After analyzing this piece of software, we determined that it is a browser hijacker. Travel Tab modifies browsers to endorse (via redirects) the traveldailydiscounts.com fake search engine.
Travel Tab browser hijacker overview
Browser hijackers assign the addresses of promoted sites as browsers' homepages, default search engines, and new browser tab/window URLs.
Travel Tab changes the settings to traveldailydiscounts.com. Hence, new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries entered into the URL bar – result in redirects to the traveldailydiscounts.com website.
Fake search engines usually cannot provide search results, so they redirect to legitimate Internet search engines. At the of research, traveldailydiscounts.com redirected either to Bing (bing.com) or Google (google.com). However, it could land elsewhere since redirects may depend on factors like user IP address.
Browser-hijacking software commonly uses persistence-ensuring techniques to complicate its removal and prevent users from recovering their browsers.
Furthermore, Travel Tab likely has data-tracking capabilities. Information of interest includes: browsing and search engine histories, Internet cookies, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, and so forth. The collected information can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
In summary, the presence of software like Travel Tab on devices can 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)||Travel Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to travel/hotel news|
|Detection Names (traveldailydiscounts.com)||Criminal IP (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (traveldailydiscounts.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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).|
|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
We have examined countless browser hijackers; To Do Search, Zen Searcher, Cityscapes, and Retro Car Cover are merely some examples. Browser hijackers usually appear legitimate and harmless. They also promise a wide variety of useful and advantageous functionalities, which are typically fake and nonoperational.
Keep in mind that even if a piece of software works as indicated by its promotional material – that is not a guarantee of either legitimacy or safety.
How did Travel Tab install on my computer?
We obtained Travel Tab from its "official" promotional webpage, and we discovered a deceptive site endorsing this extension. Most visitors access such pages via redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Browser-hijacking software can also be bundled with ordinary programs. The risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system is increased by downloading from dubious sources (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and by rushing through installation processes (e.g., ignoring terms, skipped steps, using "Easy/Express", etc.).
Intrusive advertisements proliferate browser hijackers as well. Once clicked on, some of these adverts can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We highly recommend researching software and downloading only from official/verified channels. When installing, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt out of all supplementary apps, extensions, tools, etc.
Another recommendation is to be careful while browsing since fake and malicious online content usually appears legitimate and harmless. For example, while intrusive ads may look innocuous – they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such adverts/redirects, check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Travel Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by Travel Tab browser hijacker:
Travel Tab browser hijacker's "official" promotional website:
Deceptive website promoting Travel Tab browser hijacker:
Appearance of traveldailydiscounts.com redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Travel Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Travel Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove traveldailydiscounts.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove traveldailydiscounts.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Travel 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Travel 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 "Extensions" and click "Manage Extensions". Locate "Travel 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 "Travel Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.traveldailydiscounts.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 "traveldailydiscounts.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 traveldailydiscounts.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 "Travel 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 "Travel Tab", remove hxxp://traveldailydiscounts.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 traveldailydiscounts.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 traveldailydiscounts.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 traveldailydiscounts.com website?
Cyber criminals (e.g., developers of browser hijackers and fake search engines, etc.) generate revenue through redirects to sites like traveldailydiscounts.com.
Is visiting traveldailydiscounts.com a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. Websites like traveldailydiscounts.com usually collect (and sell) visitor data.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily distributed via online scams, bundled installers, dubious download sources (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.), spam browser notifications, and intrusive ads.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Travel Tab browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate installed browser-hijacking applications. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (performed without security tools) might be ineffective, especially when multiple browser hijackers are present. Since after one is removed – the others may simply reinstall it. Furthermore, removal-related settings might be inaccessible with browser-hijacking software present. Therefore, it is essential to remove browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.