In our article we are going to talk about one program with many possible irritating effects. Its name is Tabs 2 Grid, and it belongs to a kind of software classified as a browser hijacker, the main traits of which include integrating into all kinds of browser apps: Chrome, Explorer, Firefox, Opera; and modifying their default settings by setting new search engines and homepages, redirecting you to a broad range of websites and broadcasting a great number of online ads. As a standard browser hijacker, this program might be responsible for all the changes discussed above in all of your browser apps’ settings. Oftentimes your system may get contaminated with Tabs 2 Grid if you download and improperly install a software bundle. At times it is likely to catch this hijacker from a contagious website, various email attachments, the email letters themselves, or from torrents, video-streaming or shareware-spreading websites.
What is a program bundle?
Any software bundle is a set of all types of software that are later spread and downloaded together, as a package for free. Programmers produce these bundles for the purpose of earning extra profits to sustain their activities or companies. Program bundles are legitimate and normally consist of some original programs plus ad-related software like Adware or browser hijackers. The ads you experience are also legal because they represent more or less a standard way of promoting different products and services, and each ad generated contributes to the earnings of the developers who create and distribute ad-generating software.
Are these bundles related to any form of harmful software?
In general, these bundles are more harmless than suspicious, but could have some pretty irritating features if you don’t install them correctly like broadcasting various kinds of pop-ups at such an intense rate that your entire PC may start behaving in a sluggish way or you may be unable to reach the website you need due to the number of the broadcast ads. Nonetheless, we are not talking about a virus here. Tabs 2 Grid does not have and has never shown any malicious qualities. It never copies, steals or destroys any files on your computer; it can’t block your PC or encrypt any data which is particularly important to you. Furthermore, no harassment and blackmailing are going to result from its effects on your system. And will Tabs 2 Grid also not spy on you or the information that you access via your PC.
How may Tabs 2 Grid get installed?
The majority of infections caused by Tabs 2 Grid and similar programs actually come from performing an improper installation process. Many people may tend to install any new piece of software they download via the following options: Default, Quick or Automatic. This is not wise because it strips you of the chance to choose what exactly from a software bundle you are allowing into your system and what you would rather leave out. Always take into consideration the fact that the only really safe installation options are the ones that provide the most information about the installation process. Such options are most often labeled as either Customized, or Advanced. By utilizing them, you can save your PC from lots of possible threats (and even from some sorts of malware like Ransomware and Trojans).
Some important prevention tips
Besides the proper way of installing any software, you might need some more prevention-oriented advice to help you stay away from Tabs 2 Grid and the other hijackers from now on. The tips below are pretty generalized, however, they are still functional in terms of avoiding any ad-related software:
- Don’t load every website you come across on the Internet. Any web page may be contagious. Select only the ones that have a good reputation and are trustworthy.
- Restrain from downloading anything from platforms and sites you do not see as safe. This is a must when it comes to cyber safety.
- Simply scan your PC for potential infections all the time using your anti-malware tool. Ensure that you keep it updated and you purchase your license so that it could be fully efficient.
- At all costs avoid the suspicious pop-ups, notifications, spam letters. They could infect you with something far more dangerous than Tabs 2 Grid.
Advice on getting Tabs 2 Grid removed:
We have assembled a specialized Removal Guide to assist you in doing this safely. Read all the instructions carefully and implement them as described in the guide.
How to Remove Tabs 2 Grid
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.