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Chrometab.online. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

Chrometab.online redirect virus is used for displaying ads on the affected web browser

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Chrometab.online is a domain used by an adware program to redirect users to various commercial websites and displays ads on websites. Therefore, if you noticed sudden browser redirects, you should check the system for the potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Chrometab.online virus travels in software bundles as an optional component. Thus, if you haven’t removed the ticks from pre-selected programs during the installation of freeware or shareware, this unwanted app may have sneaked into the system too.

After the Chrometab.online hijack, the ad-supported application might alter Windows registry and each of the affected browser’s settings. The PUP might modify Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other popular browser’s settings. As a result, you might notice these problems:

redirects to suspicious domains that promote bogus software or updates, inform about detected computer viruses or provide other misleading information;

  • an increased amount of aggressive ads that are displayed on each website you visit;
  • random texts on news portals and similar sites turned into hyperlinks;
  • installation of unknown browser add-ons, extensions[1] or plugins.

Adware does not belong to the most dangerous cyber threats. However, due to Chrometab.online redirect tendencies, your chances to suffer from ransomware, trojan or other malware increases a lot. This ad-supported application might display malware-laden ads or redirect to infected sites. Thus, it’s important to stay away from the commercial content.

Furthermore, Chrometab.online adware might be capable of using cookies or other tracking technologies to collect various information about users. Typically, it is interested in browsing-related information which allows delivering targeted ads. However, no one can ensure that it does not try to steal sensitive information.

Additionally, aggregated details might be shared with third-parties. Usually, they are advertising networks. For this reason, you will eventually start seeing more ads and pop-ups. To avoid this situation, you should remove Chrometab.online immediately.

Nevertheless, it’s possible to get rid of adware manually; we recommend opting for automatic Chrometab.online removal. Once you scan the system with Reimage, all adware-related components will be wiped out from the system. You will need just to reset the affected web browser.

Incorrect installation of freeware helps adware to get into the system unnoticed

Chrometab.online hijack is often a surprise for the computer users. However, the problem is that they do not know how to these applications spread and how to protect themselves. The key of a PUP-free computer is a correct installation of freeware[2] or shareware.

The research from viruset.no[3] security team tells that the majority of people install programs from random sources and rely on Quick installation settings. In this way, users can install more dangerous apps than adware or browser hijackers.

To avoid problems with your privacy, information and computer’s security, you have to download software from the legitimate developer’s website and use Advanced installation settings only. However, you have to carefully follow each of the steps to unmark the ticks from pre-selected third-party apps.

Delete Chrometab.online virus from the computer and get rid of unwanted ads

To remove Chrometab.online ads and stop browser redirects to suspicious sites, you can use a reliable anti-malware software or follow manual removal guide at the end of the article. If you choose the previous method, you should not forget resetting each of the affected browsers too.

If you decide to opt for manual Chrometab.online removal, you have to be very attentive. It’s important to uninstall all programs related to PUP and get rid of questionable browser extensions. Follow our prepared instructions carefully because if you leave some of the entries, you will continue dealing with browser redirect problems after restarting your PC.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Chrometab.online, follow these steps:

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Remove Chrometab.online from Windows systems

To eliminate Chrometab.online adware from the Windows OS, follow these steps:

  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 Chrometab.online and related programs
    Here, look for Chrometab.online 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'
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Uninstall Chrometab.online 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 Chrometab.online 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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Get rid of Chrometab.online from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Chrometab.online 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 Chrometab.online 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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Delete Chrometab.online 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, Chrometab.online should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate Chrometab.online from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

After Chrometab.online hijack, follow these steps to fix Mozilla Firefox:

  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 Chrometab.online 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 Chrometab.online removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Chrometab.online from Google Chrome

In order to get rid of ad-supported application and all its activities, you have to uninstall suspicious add-ons and reset Google Chrome:

  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 Chrometab.online 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 Chrometab.online removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Chrometab.online 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 Chrometab.online 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 Chrometab.online removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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