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Remove Charming Tab (Virus Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Charming Tab is a suspicious extension for Chrome that generates advertising revenue from sponsored ads and traffic redirects

Charming Tab hijacker

Charming Tab by T.M.D.S. Technilca Management Limited has been developed as a New Tab for Chrome, though it turns out to be a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program (PUP). Although it is officially distributed on Chrome Web Store, people reported it on Reddit[1] to be distributed via third-party apps, such as Volume Amplifier, bundles. 

It's represented as a Chrome background changer, which is supposed to change the default background image of the start page to a “nice random landscape picture.” Upon installation, it fulfills its promise, though users have condemned it for intrusive performances as well. The so-called Charming Tab virus is accused of browser's hijack and unapproved redirects to and Bing search. Consequently, ever web search via Google reroutes the traffic to third-party servers and makes people see sponsored search results. 

Those who keep experiencing Charming Tab redirects should not worry since this extension is not a virus. It's set to generate advertising revenue through advertising of the affiliates, so it cannot steal your credentials, spy on you, or lock data. However, keeping it is not recommended due to a slight risk of misleading content that its affiliates may represent. For instance, people can receive doubtful software update offers, prize giveaways, surveys, or encounter links to adult sites. Therefore, in this article, we will try to explain to you in a comprehensive manner how to remove Charming Tab from Chrome and recover the system's settings. 

Name Charming Tab
Developer T.M.D.S. Technilca Management Limited
Classification Browser hijacker/redirect virus
Symptoms Replaced Chrome's background image
Altered web browser's settings (new tab, search engine, start page, etc.)
Continuous redirects to third-party websites via server
Intrusive ads on random websites
Chrome delivers Bing search results by default 
Compatibility The extension has been developed for Chrome browser
Danger The extension itself is not dangerous. However, third-party links and ads that it may deliver are in question regarding security
Elimination Manual Charming Tab removal can be performed manually. However, if you have installed it via freeware bundle, it's advisable to use a robust anti-malware because disabling the extension won't be sufficient to stop intrusive browser-based activities
Malware damage Every time when malware settles down on the system, it initiates changes within Windows registered that are not restored by malware elimination. In order to ever unwanted system changes, we recommend taking advantage of ReimageIntego tool

Charming-Tab malware is a suspicious extension for Chrome that may display misleading third-party content to generate advertising income, boost traffic to phishing websites. See an excerpt from the Privacy Policy[2]

Our Site includes links to other Web sites whose privacy practices may differ from those of T.M.D.S. TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT LIMITED. Our service may also be linked to sites or services operated by the T.M.D.S. TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT LIMITED affiliates or third parties, and may carry advertisements or offer content, functionality, games, rewards programs, newsletters, contests or sweepstakes, or applications developed and maintained by third parties including, any online store. 

In other words, the extension is too simple to cause any damage to the machine. The risk that it initiates is related to the Charming Tab redirects and ads that disrupt web browsing and keep rerouting the traffic to rogue pages that offer to subscribe services, buy something, or download software. 

Charming Tab Privacy PolicyCharming Tab Privacy Policy informs people about possible third-party links and attempts to gather browser-based data

For displaying the content that its affiliates want, the extension initiates several unwanted browser-based changes:

  • In addition to Chrome's background changes, it sets as a start page;
  • Google search is replaced by Bing without permission;
  • New tab window may open questionable third-party sites that keep displaying a pop-up “XXX wants to show notifications;
  • Tracking cookies may be installed to spy on user's web browsing activities.

According to experts from[3], Charming Tab removal will stop related third-parties from seeing what websites you are visiting or what ads you are clicking on. Although recording such activity logs is not illegal, such data allows advertisers to improve their schemes and apply them to individual users. Consequently, more appealing ads may show up during web browsing, thus increasing the chances that you will click on them. 

In order to keep browsing history unleaked, you should remove Charming Tab virus and similar extensions from the system. Since suchlike PUPs are typically brought be freeware, the best way to get rid of them is to run a scan with a reliable anti-malware tool. 

Upon Charming Tab removal, we recommend resetting the web browser's settings and scanning the system with ReimageIntego repair tool. A full guide on how to disable unwanted extensions and eliminate malware scroll down to this post. 

Charming Tab PUPCharming Tab Chrome extension is sponsored by third parties and the content it delivers should not be trusted

Chrome Web Store promoted extensions are not necessarily useful

The thinking that all extensions and plug-ins distributed on legitimate sources like Chrome Web Store or Play Store is not right. Keep in mind that hundreds of PUP developers gain the license and spread unwanted apps via the mentioned sources to gain the user's trust. 

Nevertheless, downloading questionable extensions, add-ons, toolbars, or whatnot without reading comments and reviews on them is risky. That's because they may be malware that aims to change browsers settings to display ads and collect browsing-related data for marketing purposes. 

Charming Tab malwareCharming Tab is considered to be a virus since it spreads bundled with freeware and gets installed without asking for permission directly

The same applies to freeware and shareware. The latter are often sponsored by third-parties for the distribution of browser-based applications in one package with the main installer. Luckily, freeware bundles can be decomposed if the user selects Advanced installation, monitors the installation setup, and remove ticks marked alongside additional installers. 

Eliminate Charming Tab malware to stop intrusive redirects and ads

The developers of the Charming-Tab malware claims that the extension is currently used by over 50,000 users. However, this fact is provided out of nowhere and is not likely to be realistic. Nevertheless, even if this number is real, then we feel the responsibility to help people get rid of intrusive advertisements and unwanted search sites from their web browsers. 

To remove Charming Tab virus safely, we recommend scanning the machine with a professional anti-malware program in the first place. The community has reported that most of them downloaded this unwanted extension along with other extensions and freeware. Thus, make sure to get rid of malware in the first place.

Charming Tab promotes sponsored Bing searchCharming Tab can redirect to Bing search instead of Google all the time

Upon the Charming Tab malware removal, analyze the extensions installed on Chrome and disable those that you are not familiar with. Finally, reset browser settings and optimize your machine with ReimageIntego

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To remove Charming Tab, follow these steps:

Get rid of Charming Tab from Windows systems

If you ended up with Charming Tab redirect virus right after the installation of freeware, it means that you have been tricked to install malware. To eliminate it, from Windows, follow this guide. 

  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 Charming Tab and related programs
    Here, look for Charming Tab 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 Charming Tab 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 '' 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.

Erase Charming Tab from Mac OS X system

Mac OS users are not immune to the Charming Tab download. In case this extension causes problems on your machine, that's what you should do:

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

Remove Charming Tab from Applications folder:

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

Remove Charming Tab 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 Charming Tab 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,
  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 Charming Tab removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Charming Tab 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 Charming Tab-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

Delete Charming Tab from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Charming 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
  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 Charming Tab removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Charming Tab from Google Chrome

The easiest way to eliminate Charming Tab Chrome extension is to reset web default web browser's settings as explained below.

  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 Charming 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
  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 Charming Tab removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Charming Tab 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 Charming Tab 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 Charming 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
  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 Charming Tab removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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