Close your Tab adware (virus) - Free Guide

Close your Tab adware Removal Guide

What is Close your Tab adware?

Close your Tab is a bogus extension used by crooks to spam users with ads

Close your Tab adwareAdware can cause pop-up spam, banners, and redirects

Close Your Tab is a deceptive browser extension that provides no benefits. Instead, it functions as adware,[1] bombarding users with commercial content such as intrusive pop-ups, banners, and redirects. Regrettably, unscrupulous individuals may take advantage of rogue advertising networks that display advertisements that lead to dangerous websites.

As a result, unsuspecting people may be directed to scam sites designed to trick them into disclosing personal information, downloading potentially unwanted programs (PUPs),[2] or even downloading malware. It is strongly advised to remove this application as soon as possible because it fails to deliver on its promised functionalities.

Furthermore, this app may display pop-ups promoting adult websites, bogus antivirus software, software deals, surveys, and giveaways. This could result in financial losses, identity theft, or damage to the operating system. Furthermore, if others, particularly children, use the affected device, they may be exposed to inappropriate content.

NAME Close your Tab
TYPE Adware
SYMPTOMS Annoying pop-ups and other types of advertisements start appearing on the screen
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS Links embedded in the ads might lead to dangerous websites
ELIMINATION Eliminate the extension through your browser settings; scanning the machine with anti-malware tools is recommended
FURTHER STEPS Use FortectIntego to get rid of any remaining damage and to optimize the machine

Distribution methods

applications like Close your Tab frequently have deceptive “official” promotional websites that boast about non-existent features. Users typically come across these sites while browsing unregulated and dubious web pages. Illegal streaming sites, for example, are notorious for hosting deceptive advertisements and clever redirects.

It is critical to avoid visiting unfamiliar websites and to avoid clicking on random links and advertisements, even if they appear to promote legitimate products or services. It is always best to go directly to the official source. It is also strongly advised to download applications from official app stores or developer websites.

Applications that are listed on reputable digital marketplaces go through a rigorous review process. However, a few rogue apps do manage to slip through the cracks every now and then. To reduce risks, we recommend conducting extensive research prior to clicking the “Download” button. Read reviews, evaluate ratings, and consider the number of users.

Choose applications with a high number of positive reviews and a large user base. Furthermore, read the application descriptions carefully, as fraudsters frequently make grammar or spelling errors that can serve as red flags.

Close your TabUsers frequently get infected with adware from shady sites

Freeware installations

Another scenario to consider is the unintentional installation of Close Your Tab adware on your computer. This situation may arise if you frequently use freeware distribution platforms that include supplementary programs in their installers, often without clear disclosure.

As previously stated, when installing software, it is best to stick to official sources. Furthermore, always use the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods, read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use carefully, and, most importantly, review the list of files. To prevent the installation of unrelated applications, uncheck any boxes next to them.

Remove Close your Tab adware

Close your Tab adware can be removed by going to the browser settings and looking at the extension list. We recommend removing plugins one by one to see if you notice any changes.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • 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

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

MS Edge (Chromium)

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

Mozilla Firefox

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


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

Protect your privacy

The majority of websites and web applications require your acceptance of cookies[3] via intrusive pop-ups that obstruct your view. Unfortunately, many people simply click “Accept” in their haste to move on. However, if you were encountering unexpected pop-ups, it is possible that you were browsing questionable sites that were potentially tracking your online activities.

Cookies can store a variety of data, such as the websites you visit, the links you click, your search input, and your online purchases. This information may be used or sold to advertising networks or other third parties. To resolve this issue, we recommend using a reputable repair tool such as FortectIntego, which can automatically clear your browser's cookies and cache, free up storage space, repair corrupted files and system errors, and optimize your device's performance.

Scan your system with anti-malware tools

If you completed all the previous steps but you still experience unwanted symptoms, you should check your system for other PUAs. We suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools that will scan your machine, eliminate it, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a PUP can make any changes.

Manual removal of potentially unwanted programs can sometimes result in the renewal of the infection as users often fail to eliminate all the related files and entries. Besides, crooks often disguise them as “handy” tools so it can be difficult to identify them. If manual removal is what you still prefer, we have instructions for Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  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

Windows 7/XP:

  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.


  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
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How to prevent from getting adware

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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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