RocketTab Ads

Also Known As: RocketTab adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

RocketTab Ads removal instructions

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'.

rockettab adware

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.

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:

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RocketTab adware installer set-up:

rockettab installer setup

Updated variant of Rocket Tab adware installer:

rockettab adware updated installer

RocketTab adware generating intrusive online ads ('Powered by RocketTab'):

rockettab adware generating intrusive online ads

Quick menu:

RocketTab adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

rockettab adware uninstall via Control Panel

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.


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Remove RocketTab adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rocket tab ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "RocketTab" and disable it.

Removing rocket tab ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Rocket tab ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "RocketTab", select it and click the trash can icon.

Removing Rocket tab ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the rockettab adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Rocket tab ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "RocketTab".

Removing Rocket tab ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleMost commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.

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BA Fischer

I get the popups for Rocket Tab, but it is not installed in Programs. Is there another name it would be under?