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Remove AmazingTab ads (Removal Guide) - updated Jun 2018

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

 AmazingTab – fake tool that makes unwanted changes to your browser

AmazingTab adware
AmazingTab is a hijacker that claims to be useful
AmazingTab is a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] that at first glance looks like a useful website. However, it has features of adware and a browser hijacker[2]. Therefore, after the installation, you might find unwanted changes on the browser and increased amount of commercial content popping up on your browser's screen. Additionally, it might appear on the browser without your knowledge to due actively used software bundling technique.

Summary of the PUP
Name AmazingTab
Type Adware and browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Might take control over the browser and redirect dangerous sites
Distribution The official website and software bundling
Affected browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.
Symptoms Changed browser's startup and default search engine, increased amount of ads and browser redirects to sponsored sites
To uninstall AmazingTab, install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and run a full system scan

AmazingTab promises to enhance your web browsing experience. However, you should not believe what this application promises to do – it hardly fulfills its promises. This is what this rogue application states about itself on its official website:

AmazingTab is a metro style Chrome new tab page, which organize all your favorite links in one place. Customize wallpaper, arrange your favorite links in groups and enjoy our recommended apps.

As you can already see, AmazingTab gives you a hint that it is going to make you “enjoy recommended apps.” Be careful, because it means that this application is going to promote various freeware and shareware, brought to you by third-party sponsors. It is important to know that such programs can be very risky and even contain malicious components.

AmazingTab hijack
AmazingTab virus - a PUP that is developed for displaying advertisements

However, users are not likely to download it themselves. Usually, it appears on the system unnoticed and surprises people with changed homepage or search engine. The app is actively advertised in software bundles, and can sneak into the machines unnoticed. For this reason, this cyber threat is often called as AmazingTab virus.

The term virus is too aggressive to describe a potentially unwanted program. It cannot cause direct damage to the system. However, having it installed does not mean that your computer is safe. This PUP might trick you into visiting potentially dangerous sites.

AmazingTab virus
AmazingTab virus - adware that infects your system without your consent

After the AmazingTab hijack, you might have to deal with the following problems and activities:

  • Your internet browser’s default homepage, search engine and new tab are set, or;
  • You see new toolbars or bookmarks added to your browser;
  • Your browser starts to work sluggishly;
  • You get redirected to questionable websites every time you click on a page;
  • You see an increased number of advertisement in a pop-up, banner, and other forms.

Immediately after infiltration, the program starts tracking search-related information in order to provide accurate and interesting ads. Such data collection activities make people more eager to remove AmazingTab from their browser. The amount of pop-ups, banners and other types of ads increase each time you open your browser. And every click on redirect causes more of them. 

AmazingTab virus
AmazingTab virus - intrusive additional program and it makes your browser slow

One of the most threatening aspects of the AmazingTab ads is that some of them might be malicious or redirect to phishing or infected sites. Developers of destructive programs and viruses often create malware-laden ads and place them with the help of such shady PUPs.

To protect from cyber attacks in the future and stopping unwanted activities on the browser, you have to proceed with AmazingTab removal. The quickest way to do it is to use anti-malware tools, like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. It can help to delete every little piece related to this PUP and in this way prevent other possible threats.

AmazingTab hijack
AmazingTab - browser hijacker that changes your browser settings

People are lured into installing unwanted programs by deceptive techniques

Experts at[3] report that despite this PUP has an official website; direct downloads is not the main method of distribution. This application spreads just like many other hijackers or adware-type threats – bundled with freeware and shareware.

AmazingTab browser hijacker
AmazingTab virus- fake search engine that collects your information

Software bundling is a very popular technique to trick users into installing apps they do not need. This usually happens when people do not pay attention to freeware installation. Often users choose unreliable download sources and do not read Terms and Conditions where information about partners' software and data tracking peculiarities are explained. 

Another problem is that users do not choose the right installation settings. Always choose Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick; when you have the opportunity to see what you are installing de-select boxes with additional ones.

Get rid of AmazingTab right from the browser

The quickest AmazingTab removal option is scanning the affected machine with anti-malware or anti-spyware software. This method will ensure that you have no traces of any unwanted program left. Also, these tools can be an excellent addition to your computer’s security system to prevent infiltration of undesired apps in the future.

If you do not want to remove AmazingTab automatically, below you can find manual elimination instructions, but you have to be very attentive. Any traces left can be a source of infection repetition. Clean your browser extension settings often and make sure that you are not downloading anything from dubious websites.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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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AmazingTab ads snapshot
AmazingTab virus

To remove AmazingTab ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate AmazingTab from Windows systems

Get rid of browser hijacker from your Windows

  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 AmazingTab and related programs
    Here, look for AmazingTab 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'

Uninstall AmazingTab from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for AmazingTab 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'

Get rid of AmazingTab from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove AmazingTab from your Internet Explorer

  1. 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'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for AmazingTab and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete AmazingTab removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase AmazingTab ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. 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'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. 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
  8. 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'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

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

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. 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'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. 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, AmazingTab should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove AmazingTab from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow these steps and delete AmazingTab from Firefox completely

  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 AmazingTab 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete AmazingTab removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete AmazingTab from Google Chrome

To remove all PUP-related entries from Chrome follow these steps

  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 AmazingTab 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete AmazingTab removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate AmazingTab 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 AmazingTab or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 AmazingTab removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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