RocketTab Ads

Also Known As: RocketTab adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
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.

Threat Summary:
NameRocketTab adware
Threat TypeAdware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
SymptomsSeeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageDecreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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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:

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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

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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.

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 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

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

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove rockettab adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
If you have additional information on rockettab adware or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Rich

I had a RocketTab infestation in Google Chrome (both Windows 10 and Linux). After experimenting with disabling all my extensions and re-enabling them one at a time, I discovered the culprit was the "Tab Manager" extension. Apparently this extension has RocketTab secretly embedded in it. The support web site and GitHub repository for this extension are no longer active (as of Feb. 2018). As an alternative to "Tab Manager", I am now using "Tabli".

BA Fischer

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

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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