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Remove GetTab virus (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2019

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

GetTab virus – a web browser extension that might negatively impact your browsing habits

GetTab virusGetTab - a browser hijacker that is promoted on the official Google Chrome online store

GetTab virus, also known as GetTab New Tab by Nevada Enterprise Ltd, is a suspicious extension that operates as a browser hijacker[1] and is available on the Google Chrome web store. If you ever encounter it on the web store, you see that it includes many attractive features such as free setting customization, viewing weather and news within one click, easily accessing to-do lists, managing background images, etc. However, the main goal of this potentially unwanted program is to modify the main engine and homepage to After, the hijack happens, be prepared to face unexpected changes in your browsing speed, experience unwanted adverts, and similar.

Name GetTab
Alternative name GetTab New Tab
Creator/developer Nevada Enterprise Ltd
Available on Google Chrome store, can also be installed via bundling
Search engine
Main activities Modifying browser settings, forcing redirects to affiliate sources, loading intrusive advertising posts, tracking non-personal information
Distribution techniques Online store, software bundling, on unprotected networks
Prevention tips Reading users' reviews about particular programs before downloading them to the system, opting for th Custom/Advanced installation mode, preventing entering bogus websites
Elimination tool Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego that should help you to investigate suspicious content on your computer system. Afterward, use automatical or manual removal guidelines to get rid of the cyber threat completely

Once inside the computer, GetTab virus might alter Windows Registry,[2] the Task Manager section, and browser’s settings in order to become default startup page and prevent users from the elimination. Thus, once it is installed, users see the new search engine as soon as they launch the browser and are forced to use it every time while completing browsing sessions.

However, GetTab extension is not that useful as it might seem for a number of users from the first view. The main thing it does is providing search results from a well-known browser engine – Bing.[3] So, why not use just Bing instead and prevent other potentially suspicious activities from interrupting your computing work and slowing you down?

The application is presented as a tool that allows customizing Chrome web browser with nature pictures. It also offers quick access to popular websites, apps, and bookmarks, as well as many other features. However, in exchange for that, the app wants:

  • Read and change your data on all sites
  • Replace the page you see when opening a new tab
  • Read your browsing history
  • Communicate with cooperating native applications

All these activities mean one major thing – GetTab New Tab virus might control your browsing experience and the content you see on websites. However, most of the time these activities are related to marketing. The hijacker is most likely to be used for generating pay-per-click revenue or collecting income from gathered data. GetTab New Tab virusGetTab - a browser extension that might take control over the browser and control user's browsing habits.

According to the Privacy Policy that is provided by GetTab developers, the plug-in is capable of collecting different types of data after it is installed on the browser application. This information usually refers to content found on particular websites visited, users' reviews on pages and networks, hyperlinks clicked, and similar details:

When you use GetTab plugin, we may collect information about the websites you visit and the advertisements that you see on those websites, the searches you perform using search engines, the ways in which you use various features, and the pages you view (especially social media pages). For example, we may collect information about page views, impressions and clicks, as well as similar web usage information. 

Nevertheless, GetTab virus might place third-party ads on each website you visit some of which might promote unreliable security services, etc. Additionally, it might redirect you to commercial sites from the search results page. The biggest problem is that you can never be sure of what websites you might land. Some of them are shady and might be infected with dangerous malware forms.

To avoid privacy-related issues, intrusive advertising moves during your browsing activities, or decrease the risk of unintentional installations of malicious programs, you should remove GetTab from the browser. However, some hijacker-related entries might be left on the system. Thus, you have to delete them as well.

The quickest and simplest GetTab removal solution is system scan with anti-malware, for instance, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. However, you can uninstall the extension manually by following our prepared guide at the end of the article. These instructions are here to help you to clean web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari from potentially unwanted content.

GetTab hijackGetTab is a potentially unwanted program that provides search results straightly from Bing

Explaining how the hijacker can get installed silently

Some browser-hijacking programs have official websites and can be found in the Chrome Web store[4] under Productivity category. Always check the reviews of an application that you are wanting to download to your computer system. If you doubt the usefulness or security of the program, do not download/install it.

However, browser hijackers and similar potentially unwanted programs can invade the system by using other stealth and secret techniques. For example, developers very often employ bundling – a software marketing method that allows spreading the app with the help of other free programs in one solid package.

You can find a bogus component offered to download in a software installer if you opt for Advanced/Custom installation and be able to prevent its downloading process from continuation or just deselect it from the list. Otherwise, if you rely on Quick/Recommended setup, the hijacker might be installed without your knowledge.

Security experts from Los Virus[5] warn that the latter settings do not openly disclose about third-party programs that are included in the software package. Thus, using them is not recommended. Besides, you need to be very careful while using third-party platforms and services as they might also include suspicious content in hyperlinks and similar locations.

GetTab browser hijackerElimination of GetTab New Tab browser hijacker

Uninstalling the extension might not be enough to remove GetTab entirely. The application may have installed related components to the system as well. Sometimes, potentially unwanted content such as bogus registry keys and processes might come unexpected and be placed in the Windows Registry and Task Manager sections.

Our team has also provided manual GetTab removal guidelines at the end of the article. There you will find instructing steps available for different browser types, including Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, and Safari. However, if the instructions seem too complicated or you want a quicker solution, opt for the automatic elimination method.

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To remove GetTab virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of GetTab from Windows systems

Browser hijackers often install additional components or helper objects to remain on the system as long as possible. Thus, in order to remove it entirely, you have to follow the guide and make sure that all these entries are terminated.

  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 GetTab and related programs
    Here, look for GetTab 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 GetTab 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.

Eliminate GetTab from Mac OS X system

If you found GetTab on Chrome, you should also investigate Mac OS X to look up for other hijacker-related entries. Then, remove them as shown below.

  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 GetTab 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'

Delete GetTab 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 GetTab 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 GetTab removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase GetTab virus 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, GetTab should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove GetTab from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can clean your Mozilla Firefox web browser from unexpected content with the help of the below-provided guidelines. Complete all steps in order to reach the best results possible.

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

Uninstall GetTab from Google Chrome

First of all, uninstall GetTab from Google Chrome. Then look up for other unknown plugins, add-ons or extensions. Finally, reset the browser.

  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 GetTab 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 GetTab removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of GetTab 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 GetTab 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 GetTab, 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 GetTab 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 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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