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Rocket Tab. How to Remove? (Uninstall Guide)

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Rocket Tab keeps coming back? Find out why it doesn't want to leave your PC:

Rocket Tab virus is a highly annoying and potentially dangerous program, and you should make every effort to protect your PC from it. Besides, this program can hijack your computer system not alone - it often comes accompanied by the infamous DNS Unlocker virus. Using a computer compromised by these two potentially unwanted programs can become a nightmare. Both programs promise to enhance the browsing experience, but in reality, they diminish it. For example, as soon as RocketTab hijack takes place, web browsers start to function in a suspicious way. Users complain about the generous amount of ads that appear on their screens at random times. Typically, these ads are marked with the following labels: RocketTab powered by DNSUnlocker or ads by RocketTab. We have noticed that this browser hijacker-type program triggers more ads when the user browses through online shops or sites that sell various services. Besides, some users complain that these pesky parasites manage to increase the number of ads served through legitimate sites like Spotify. In general, the aim of this vague software is to flood you with ads from third-party partners, so that you would click on them (with or without intention to do it), and visit sponsors' websites. Each unique visit generates pay-per-click revenue for authors of these objectionable ad-supported programs.

Although technically RocketTab spyware does not belong to malware category, you should stay clear of it. After attempting to download it to our test computer, we were redirected to hxxp://dx0f2a229w0d1.cloudfront.net/release/rt-installer-c.exe, and at this point we were stopped by Google Safe Browsing barrier, which notified us that site ahead contains harmful programs. In our opinion, such notification is a good reason to remove RocketTab hijacker from the computer in case it has compromised it already.

This suspicious browser hijacker can also severely affect your web search experience. It might adjust home and new tab page settings for its own benefit and also replace default search engine settings. Our research shows that it seeks to convince victims to use search.rockettab.com or find.rockettab.com search engine, which is also used as a tool to provide third-party ads. Beware that results this search engine provides might be filled with sponsored links pointing to possibly dangerous sites. In most of the cases, such sites seek to increase their page rank or sales, but there is no guarantee that they won't trick you into installing suspicious software on your computer. The clearest sign showing that this PUP is hiding in your computer is continuous Rocket Tab redirects that may try to interrupt each of your search sessions. However, some part of people who have been affected by this hijacker have also warned us about browser slowdowns and unwanted pop-up ads that have also been interrupting them. If you want to avoid them, you should carry out RocketTab removal without wasting your time. In order to get rid of this program for good, you should download Reimage, update it and then run a full system scan.

How can Rocket Tab hijack my computer?

You can download RocketTab on your computer as a tool that promises to make your browsing more convenient. However, in most of the cases Rocket Tab is distributed in a bundle with freeware and shareware and is reportedly spread along DNS Unlocker adware. Of course, you can avoid its infiltration, you just need to know some things. First of all, you should pay more attention to the installation process of the freeware (choosing a Custom or Advanced installation process helps). In addition, you should find the checkmark that agrees to install RocketTab on the system. If you missed it, you can expect discovering this search engine instead of your start page and default search engine. Besides, in order to make money from advertising, this potentially unwanted program may track your online activities. Keep your computer protected; use a reliable security tool, avoid downloading unfamiliar programs and eliminate such intruders if they manage to end up on your computer system. In order to remove it from there, follow the instructions we provide.

Get ready to block RocketTab ads

If you have already noticed that your start page or default search engine has been changed to Rocket Tab or another unknown search site, realize that this search engine is already hiding inside your computer. To remove RocketTab virus from there, follow the instructions placed down below. However, we must inform you about several things before you start Rocket Tab removal procedure. This PUP is one of the most aggressive spyware variants, and it adds certain Registry values to Windows OS. These should be removed with extra caution. In general, it is safer to clean your system using anti-malware tools than try to delete hazardous entries manually.

You can remove Rocket Tab automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, PlumbytesWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Quick menu: manual Rocket Tab removal guide
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Remove Rocket Tab from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

Using instructions provided below, remove all suspicious programs from your PC. Main targets should have such or similar names:

  • BrowserSafeGuard with RocketTab;
  • DNS Unlocker;
  • RocketTab. 

Uninstalling RocketTab

DO NOT forget to reset your web browsers and remove similarly titled add-ons or extensions from them!

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').

Remove Rocket Tab from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'. Uninstall Rocket Tab and related programs
  • Here, look for Rocket Tab or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall' Remove Rocket Tab from Windows shortcuts
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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Remove Rocket Tab from Mac OS X system

Remove apps that have such or similar names:

  • BrowserSafeGuard with RocketTab;
  • DNS Unlocker;
  • RocketTab.

Clean your browsers from related extensions and revert modified homepage, new tab page and search engine settings then.

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Rocket Tab or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Remove Rocket Tab from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Rocket Tab and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable' Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Rocket Tab removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Rocket Tab from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):
  • Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  • Click Settings to open more options.
  • Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option.
Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  • Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear.
Select 'Clear' button
  • Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager.
Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  • When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  • Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps.
Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details'Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  • When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  • Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  • Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option.
Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  • Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  • Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  • Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Rocket Tab should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Rocket Tab from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select Rocket Tab and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Rocket Tab removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove Rocket Tab from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select Rocket Tab and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Rocket Tab removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Rocket Tab from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extensions and look for Rocket Tab or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Rocket Tab, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Rocket Tab removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button
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After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Rocket Tab registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: Reimage, PlumbytesWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.
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Comments on Rocket Tab

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anonymous
Hi guys, for me the simplest solution was to remove google chrome extensions, it appears some of them are bein naughty and including unnecessary advertising in chrome

worked great for me
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Shar
This was very helpful. I have found that many of my apps have been corrupted. Im guessing I have to reinstall an OS system. Malware Bytes got most of Rocket for me and I will be buying the software.
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Karthik H M
Thank you..!!!!!!!!!
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rick king
I somehow have gotten Rocket Tab on my Win 8.1 machine. I uninstall it via the control panel and it is successful HOWEVER it disables my internet connection! So I do a system restore and I am able to get back on the internet. I have also used Malwarebytes as well with the same results. In fact Rocket Tab, Groovorio, and OneSoftperDay all have exhibited the same behavior. I am at wits end.
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JR1488
Thank you so much!! Im very annoy it!!!
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Jeba
Thanx a lot!!
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Samir Roy
I have been able to remove "Rocket Tab" with Malwarebytes Antimallware successfully.
For your information I like to add the following things, which I believe has been done by this filthy Progm. to my P C.
1. I located R.Tab in my Programmes 86 in C drive and nowhere else - not in any Browser add-ons.
2.For some suspicious activities in my P C , I restored C drive to an earlier date on 28-08-14 and on 29-08-14 Boot-time Scan was done by AVAST
-anti virus installed in my P C. There is Super Antispyware installed but R. Tab managed to enter and install itself in my P C on 29-08-14.
3. Now, the most interesting part I faced : a] no mention of RocketTab in Control Panel and [ b] all the recent Restore Points are missing.
THEREFORE I COULD NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS BLOODY THING. Ultimately after installing and scanning by Malwarebytes
the thing was removed.
4. However, I am yet to get back my "Restore Points" AND Installed Programmes in the "Control Panel" [ more than half are missing].

I would be obliged to get any help.








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anonymous
A Google chrome extension is responsible for this you need to move them one b y one till you find culprit
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Scheduled Tasks
This malware also installs a scheduled task named like a {GUID}, you will want to remove it as well.
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The Bobster
You should tell us that SpyHunter will scan but wont repair until you pay them money.
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paresh
yes it scan but cant repair without pay money.
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ALEx
thanks, this was really helpful and i finally got rid of that horrible program, thanks!

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