In today’s article we are discussing Untabs Virus – a type of a browser hijacker. What characterizes these programs is that they could only infect all kinds of browsers – Firefox, Chrome, Explorer, and inflict some changes in their settings. As a result, your browser may start to authorize unwanted redirects; your search engine could be exchanged for another one; and many pop-up ads might begin to show up on your screen. More details about the nature and the effects of that program are available below. Also we will provide provide instructions on how to remove Untabs.
Are hijackers only capable of the abovementioned activities? Is it possible that they can be dangerous? What about Untabs Virus?
The aforementioned characteristics are typical for any hijacker. This is briefly what such a program is able to do to your browser apps. In fact, you have nothing to worry about. Of course, you might be annoyed by the possible alterations that might come from the activities of any browser hijacker, but nothing really malicious could result from that. To illustrate the difference between Untabs Virus (or any other hijacker) and any dangerous computer virus, we have prepared the comparison below:
*Browser hijackers are only capable of:
– causing all the abovementioned modifications to your browsers, whatever type you have installed. What’s more, the displayed ads may be based on your real searches/interests, as Untabs Virus may be able to access your browser history data, and base the ad suggestions to all your common search requests. The entire activity of this program might result in a system slowdown as a lot of resources are exploited for the production of ads.
* Real viruses are able to:
– harm your files or encrypt them (as Trojans and Ransomware viruses do). The malware infection could result in identity theft, file encryption, system crash, destruction of data and an extensive spying on your personality.
Untabs Virus in particular may have all the characteristics features of browser hijackers in general. It is also considered a potentially unwanted program because of its ability to distribute many ads and to track your tastes. It could not be identified as malicious or dangerous, though.
How could you get infected with such an annoying program as Untabs Virus?
It could be a little relieving to know that you are not dealing with a malicious program. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that you need such programs on your computer.
Browser hijackers love lurking inside:
– Program bundles: such software mixes are normally offered for free. They may consist of games, new apps, various programs and often – ad-producing software like Adware and browser hijackers.;
– Torrents/ web pages/ shareware: such ad-generating programs could be incorporated into websites, torrents and shareware. You may get infected if you load them, visit them or use them.
Such bundles get created against the law, don’t they?
Not really, because the programmers who create them do not usually put anything malicious inside them. They may just use a tricky way to make you install such a bundle and as a result – get contaminated with Untabs Virus. The basic and most important piece of advice here is not to install the whole content of any bundle, but only the component you need, and to avoid the ad-showing program inside such combos.
For that purpose, when you venture into installing any downloaded bundle; and you see the installation wizard on your monitor, look for the options that provide a detailed installation process. Such a feature is either named Advanced or Customized. Make sure that you go with these only. All the others you will see inside the installer are NOT going to give you the chance to choose what to get installed on your computer, and what to just ignore in the process.
What you should consider if you want to avoid any infections with hijackers:
You should always keep your anti-malware tool updated and ready to scan your PC and defeat any upcoming threats. What’s very important – please, be picky about the locations you go to while browsing as some of them may be contagious. Another helpful tip is not to download anything from illegitimate or suspicious sources. Turning on your pop-up blocker might also help, but remember that such a tool only prevents the webpage-hosted ads from popping up.
In case you need something to remove the hijacker infection
We suggest that you go with the instructions in our guide that is available below. We have strived to come up with useful and easy steps so that you will not be alone in the fight against Untabs Virus.
Untabs Virus Removal
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.