Abstracthd-tab.com (Free Guide) - Virus Removal Instructions

Abstracthd-tab.com Removal Guide

What is Abstracthd-tab.com?

Abstracthd-tab.com is an untrustworthy browser extension that poses danger

Abstracthd-tab.com redirect virus

Abstract HD is a dubious Google Chrome extension created by Extinns Ltd. This suspicious application relies on impressive Graphical User Interface (GUI), so there is no surprise that it has fooled hundreds of PC users. After gaining access to victim's computer, Abstract HD hijacks the browser and starts redirecting its victim to sponsored websites. Hence, it has been categorized as a browser hijacker.

Visually Abstracthd-tab.com looks like a useful browser add-on, offering these features:

  • Quick access to the most popular social media and shopping websites on the Internet (like Youtube, Facebook, Gmail, Amazon, etc.)
  • Information about weather conditions (there is an option to choose the specific location)
  • Different look every hour or day (the wallpaper changes automatically).

However, these useful features are not the only ones you will get after downloading this shady app to your computer. Soon after hijack occurs, it will set your homepage, new tab URL and search engine to hxxps://abstracthd-tab.com/search.php?q=. As a result, you will be forced to use this corrupt search engine while trying to find needed information on the Internet.

Beware that this search engine can easily show you sponsored search results. After entering the search query, you might end up on unknown sites that are affiliated with Abstract HD developers. Typically, they use this strategy to increase visitors' traffic and generate the profit. However, we can assure you won't get any benefit from services provided by Abstract HD virus. Instead, you may put yourself at risk as you can be redirected to the malicious website.

Redirects can end up on a phishing, fake tech support and other malicious website which can be filled with malware, adware or similar PUP. So, there is no doubt that you should consider Abstract HD removal from your computer. Additionally, make sure you avoid clicking on intrusive ads as they can lead to same consequences. To get rid of them, we recommend resetting the affected web browser.[1]

Abstract HD extension on Chrome storeAbstract HD extension can be dowloaded from Chrome store or together with free software

In their privacy policy, Extinns Ltd. states that the user agrees to let the developer collect non-personally identifiable information (search queries, cookies, IP address, etc.) for advertising purposes, as well as collect and record personal information in the following ways:

  • If the user decides to participate in a survey or contest;
  • If the victim uses Tell-a-friend referral service;
  • If the user chooses to contact Extinns Ltd personally.

Be aware that this company cannot be liable for any personal information that might be disclosed to third-parties. We are more than sure that this suspicious extension compromises your privacy and increases the risk of getting infected with malware. If this add-on appeared on your computer out of nowhere, you should remove Abstract HD from your machine immediately. We suggest using FortectIntego or any similar security software to do that in seconds.

Questionable distribution tactics have been used to spread PUPs

Although this extension can be downloaded and added to the system via Google Chrome web store, most of the users will find themselves obtaining it without installing it.That's because this PUP has also been spreading through third-party software which can be easily obtained online.[2]

To prevent this from happening, never rush through installation procedure of the free software and do not leave check marks that agree with the installation of optional components. Instead, make sure you always use Advanced/Custom settings to find unwanted programs as hidden additions to the free software.

Additionally, always download software from trustworthy sources and avoid using third-party content. If you find yourself on a dubious website which undertakes some suspicious activities (for example, opens multiple tabs open at once), make sure you close your browser immediately and initiate a full system check to make sure that there are no malicious programs on it.

Uninstall Abstracthd-tab.com from your computer permanently

If you do not wish to suffer from constant redirects, ads and suspicious activities on your browser, we can help you remove Abstract HD from your computer. However, note that using standard uninstall procedure may fail to help you get rid of this pesky hijacker and that it might show up again once you re-open your browser. Therefore, we suggest you proceed with the following methods.

First of all, you can delete Abstract HD virus manually. All you have to do is follow our step-by-step guide below. Please make sure you execute the procedure correctly as failure to do so might result in reappearance of the virus or accidental system damage.

You can also proceed with automatic Abstracthd-tab.com removal. This option does not require any proficient knowledge from computer users as the procedure is implemented automatically. However, we still recommend resetting browser settings after you perform the removal procedure.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of Abstracthd-tab.com. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

To uninstall this hijacker from Windows OS, make sure you erase Abstract HD, Abstracthd-tab.com, and other suspicious entries that you can find in Control Panel.

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

To fix Chrome and get rid of Abstract HD, you should reset this browser.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

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 Abstracthd-tab.com 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: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting stealing programs

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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