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Remove Combotab.com virus (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Free Instructions

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Combotab.com might become your default search engine without asking your permission

The image of Combotab.com

Combotab.com (alternatively known as Search.combotab.com) is a suspicious search engine that mimics the search giant Google. However, cyber security specialists suggest staying away from this program in order to protect your device and personal information. 

ComboTab belongs to the group of browser hijackers[1] which are known for infiltrating computers silently with the help of various free applications that users can download from the web. The virus is spread in the form of a browser extension, and, after the hijack, it might alter browser’s settings and set its domain as startup page.

The main page of Combotab.com has shortcuts to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and other popular social networks as well as shopping sites such as Amazon and Ebay. On the top page, users can find the similar bar as offered by Google. There’s also an expanded menu that offers quick access to other Google services, such as Drive, Play, Photos, etc. This search tool also has a weather widget that allows setting the location manually and provides all details related to a current weather forecast.

Judging from the first look, it might look like a useful and reliable program. However, if it hijacks your browser, we recommend scanning the computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other reputable anti-malware software. Updated security tools can quickly detect and remove Combotab from the PC. This browser hijacker might not only deliver tons of suspicious ads but suggest to fill numerous surveys or participate in questionable contests.

Search.Combotab.com generates results from Google search; thus, it’s quite safe to use. Usually, browser hijackers are capable of altering search results and including sponsored third-party links. It seems that authors of this tool are generating revenue in a different way. This potentially unwanted application (PUP) might deliver numerous ads on each visited website.

Questions about Combotab.com virus

The illustration of Combotab.com virusCombotab.com virus might alter browser's settings and set its domain as default search engine.

Clicking on misleading ads might lead you to malware-infested[2] websites causing even more trouble on your computer. Nevertheless, ads caused by ComboTab virus might look useful and offer various great deals, so you might be tempted to check them.

Do not agree to install any updates or software that fix detected viruses. Do no try to catch an unbelievable discount. All these commercial offers might be a part of malvertising[3] campaign or redirect to questionable sites. Bear in mind that there’s no other way to avoid these ads, only Combotab removal. We want to point out that ads might be displayed on legitimate and your favorite sites; thus, they might easily trick you into clicking.

The final problem related to this suspicious search engine is described in its Privacy Policy. After the virus hijacks the system, this browser extension starts spying on users and collecting information about them. According to the document, it collects anonymous user information, such as IP address, referral data, browser, and platform type.

However, occasionally it might also collect personally identifiable information such as name, email, shipping address, zip code, age, gender, occupation and household income. If you do not want to reveal such details to an unknown company or its partners, you know what you need to do.

Infiltration techniques of the browser hijacker

The PUP spreads in bundled with freeware[4] and shareware[5] as an optional component. If you install a new program under Advanced/Custom setup, you may find this extension or pre-selected statement claiming to make the unknown site your default search engine.

It goes without saying that you need to deselect such sayings and other third-party apps offered to install together with the primary program.

However, the majority of computer users rely on Quick or Standard settings which do not openly disclose about an installation of third-party apps. As a result, all PUPs get permission to enter the system. Thus, so-called Combotab virus might have infected your computer during recent software installation. Next time be more careful!

Instructions for Combotab removal

Manual Combotab.com removal instructions are presented at the end of the article. By following them, you need to delete all programs installed on your PC, as well as browser extensions installed on web browsers. Then reset web browsers in order to delete tracking cookies and other suspicious entries.

If you follow these steps carefully, you should no longer see this search engine on your browser. However, if it still bothers you, you should scan your computer with a reputable anti-malware program and remove Combotab with its help.

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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To remove Combotab.com virus, follow these steps:

Remove Combotab.com from Windows systems

Our prepared manual Combotab.com removal instructions will help you to get rid of this cyber parasite. Please follow them carefully!

  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 Combotab.com and related programs
    Here, look for Combotab.com 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 Combotab.com 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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 Combotab.com from Mac OS X system

Follow the steps below to delete browser hijacker from Mac OS X.

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

Remove Combotab.com from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Combotab.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

After the hijack, you should fix Internet Explored by uninstalling questionable add-ons and resetting the browser.

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 Combotab.com 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, Google.com).
  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 Combotab.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Combotab.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Follow the instruction to delete the virus from Microsoft Edge entirely.

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 Combotab.com-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 Combotab.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Open the list of extensions and attentively look through it. If you see Combotab or other unknown entries, uninstall them immediately. Then, reset Mozilla Firefox as shown below.

  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 Combotab.com 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 Combotab.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Combotab.com from Google Chrome

First of all, you need to remove Combotab and other suspicious apps from the Chrome's extensions. Secondly, you should reset the browser in order to get rid of tracking cookies.

  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 Combotab.com 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 Combotab.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Combotab.com from Safari

Follow the steps below to remove browser hijacker from the Safari entirely.

  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 Combotab.com 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 Combotab.com, 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 Combotab.com 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 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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Gabriel E. Hall
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  1. Hayes says:
    May 3rd, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Browser reset is all you need to get rid of Combotab.

  2. Bennett says:
    May 3rd, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Finally, I managed to delete the virus! And… I learnt my lesson to pay attention to software installation the hard way 🙂

  3. Rafael says:
    May 3rd, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Thanks for clear tutorial how to remove combotab.com manually!

  4. Shammai says:
    May 3rd, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Thanks thanks thanks! By following your guidelines, I deleted the virus. I cannot tell how happy I am. This program provided so many ads!

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