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Remove 99tab.com virus (Free Instructions) - Easy Removal Guide

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Main facts about 99tab.com browser hijacker

99tab.com virus is a program that meddles with browser’s settings without clearly notifying the user first. It is deemed to be a browser hijacker[1] related to nova.rambler.ru virus. The hijacker seeks to convince the user to use a particular search engine; therefore it sets a web page that provides it as user’s homepage and default new tab page. This page reminds us of Google homepage a bit since it has the same shortcuts to Gmail, Images, Video, and +Me, which points to Google+ page. However, the rest of this web page looks entirely different and provides numerous articles from MSN, links to Youtube videos, and more. The most suspicious thing about this search tool is that it doesn’t provide Privacy Policy or Terms of Use documents, which are essential to have because they are documents that contain a lot of legal information about the website, how it gathers user data, set the rules for using the website, and similar information[2]. Since 99tab doesn’t feel the need to provide these documents, it instantly creates an image of an untrustworthy Internet site, and we can not know how it gathers information about visitors, how it stores or shares it.

Therefore, we do not think that using this page is a laudable idea, especially because it provides nova.rambler.ru search results. This search engine is considered to be untrustworthy because of methods used for its distribution and results that mostly point to affiliate websites rather than the ones that provide useful information. That is one of the reasons why we recommend users to remove 99tab.com ASAP. That can be done using anti-malware software like ReimageIntego or removal instructions that are given below the article.
99tab.com virus

After typing a search phrase into the described search engine, you will notice that it firstly delivers images related to your search query, but then these will be pushed down by a column of sponsored search results[3]. Although these will be marked as “ads by Google,” we do not recommend trusting them. They can be modified and point to particular dangerous websites, and in fact, statistics show that sponsored search results tend to have more dangerous URLs than the organic ones. After clicking on these ads, you might be forced to visit highly suspicious Internet websites that have all kinds of goals, for instance, some of them might be interested in your name and email address[4], while others can ask you to provide even more sensitive information. We suggest keeping it for yourself. What is more, do not let suspicious websites convince you to install highly suspicious free software because we are sure that you are going to regret doing so. Usually, dangerous websites advertise ad-supported or browser hijacking programs that you definitely do not need in your life. Ergo, you might start thinking about 99tab.com removal if you do not want to come across highly dangerous websites without trying to do so.

Questions about 99tab.com virus

99Tab.com virus in a web browserBrowsers affected by 99tab.com virus will trigger redirects to suspicious search engine that is shown in this picture.

How to avoid installing browser hijackers?

To avoid installing browser hijackers[5], users should be attentive to details that software installers provide. Usually, they suggest adding a couple of extra third-party applications to the system, such as “new tab pages,” “search tools” and other programs that ostensibly can enhance user’s browsing experience. Sadly, such programs typically appear to be useless. To drop them off and install only the program that you need, we recommend choosing Standard or Custom settings for software installation. These settings are likely to provide a list of additional programs and allow you to deselect the unneeded ones. We suggest you deselect all of them and proceed with the installation.

Remove 99tab.com hijacker to block browser redirects

To remove 99tab.com virus that forces you to experience unwanted redirects, use instructions provided down below or run a system scan using anti-malware program. Using automatic spyware/malware removal tool will allow you to eliminate suspicious software components more precisely and safely. However, if you are not interested in security software, you can try to find and uninstall it manually. 99tab.com removal tutorial is already prepared by our team – we hope that you will quickly remove the infection with the help of it.

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To remove 99tab.com virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate 99tab.com from Windows systems

Before fixing the affected browser hijackers, you need to uninstall strange programs from your computer. Try to identify all suspicious programs that somehow appeared in the system without asking for your permission to enter it first.  IMPORTANT. Clean browser shortcuts as shown in the example below.

  1. 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').
  2. 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'.
  3. Uninstall 99tab.com and related programs
    Here, look for 99tab.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove 99tab.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. 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.

Get rid of 99tab.com from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove 99tab.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for 99tab.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove 99tab.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to 99tab.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the 99tab.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 99tab.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 99tab.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 99tab.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall 99tab.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the 99tab.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase 99tab.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Firefox must be fixed and not contain any shady add-ons. You will find out how to remove them by reading tutorial that is provided below.

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select 99tab.com 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
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. 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
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 99tab.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete 99tab.com from Google Chrome

Delete browser extensions that you do not use or that appeared in the Chrome’s extensions’ list without your consent.

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select 99tab.com 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
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. 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'
  5. 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
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 99tab.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate 99tab.com from Safari

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for 99tab.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by 99tab.com, 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
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 99tab.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. jord says:
    April 26th, 2017 at 8:08 am

    99tab is stuck in my browser. I dont know how did it get inside my PC. it confuses me…

  2. Loewe says:
    April 26th, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Uninstalled the virus – hopefully, my browsers wont get hijacked ever again. Gotta admit, thats annoying!

  3. Wills says:
    April 26th, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Got rid of it like a pro

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