Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is RocketTab?
Rocket Tab is a browser add-on developed by Rich River Media. The software claim to make the Internet browsing experience more productive by enabling multiple site search capabilities and providing the convenience of searching popular local sites without having to open additional windows or tabs.
Although this functionality may seem legitimate, this plug-in is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Rocket Tab installs on browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.
This browser extension is often installed inadvertently with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this browser plug-in generates intrusive ads during Internet searches using Google. Moreover, it tracks Internet browsing activity by recording URLs visited and keywords searched.
Clicking on Rocket Tab ads can lead to high-risk malware and virus infections, and therefore, users who notice these ads appearing when searching the Internet should use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from their computers.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Rocket Tab is similar to other adware (that installs on users' Internet browsers together with free software downloaded from the Internet) including, for example, Internet Blast, Searchadence, and Shopping Suggestion. While developers of these browser plug-ins claim that they are useful additions, in fact they are only created to generate revenue from the display of dubious ads.
They add little or no value, and furthermore, their presence can lead to malware and virus infections. To avoid installation of Rocket Tab, or other potentially unwanted applications, express caution when downloading and installing free software.
Today, most freeware download websites use deceptive 'download clients' offering installation of promoted browser plug-ins (usually adware) with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections. To avoid this situation, cancel installation of advertised browser extensions by clicking the 'decline' button.
If you observe Rocket Tab ads when searching the Internet with Google, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in RocketTab adware distribution:
RocketTab adware installer set-up:
Updated variant of Rocket Tab adware installer:
RocketTab adware generating intrusive online ads ('Powered by RocketTab'):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Rocket Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall RocketTab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove RocketTab adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove RocketTab ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by RocketTab from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove RocketTab adware from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
RocketTab adware 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 "RocketTab", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Rocket Tab, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove RocketTab adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "RocketTab" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the rockettab adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "RocketTab", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the rockettab adware, 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". Click "Extensions" and remove "RocketTab".
Computer users who have problems with rockettab adware 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 rockettab adware, 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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