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Remove virus (Removal Instructions) - Jan 2020 update

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

Handy Tab is a browser extension that seeks to gain revenue by displaying commercial content

Different designs of search site

Handy Tab is an add-on that could be downloaded and installed from Google Chrome store. However, this application usually attaches to the browser when users download third-party applications without paying much attention to the installation process. As soon as the potentially unwanted program gets into the PC, it alters browser settings[1] and sets homepage and new tab URL to Handy Tab hijack can also fill searches with sponsored links, redirect to questionable websites and display pop-up ads on almost every visited site.

Type Browser hijacker, PUP
Extension Handy Tab
Distribution Software bundling, Google Chrome store, official website
Symptoms Altered browser settings, increased amount of ads and redirects, etc.
Main dangers Malware infection, sensitive information disclosure
Elimination Use our instructions below this article and then scan your machine using Reimage Reimage Cleaner or fix the damage done by the PUP

As soon as Handy Tab infiltrates the system and changes Windows Registry, as well as browser settings, it starts redirecting users' searchers to sponsored domains. The online advertisement is a common practice, however, aggressive ads and redirects can not only disturb daily browsing sessions but also lead to malware infection. Additionally, fake surveys and tech support scams[2] can be encountered as well. If not being careful, several redirects caused by virus can trick victims into giving out their sensitive information, which makes them more susceptible to the personal data abuse.

Handy Tab can also cause system slowdowns[3] and user's tracking. Browser hijacker authors use several data-gathering technologies (cookies, beacons, JavaScript, etc.) to harvest information, such as:

  • Search queries
  • IP address
  • Geo location
  • Bookmarks added
  • Sites visited
  • Technical information, etc.

While this data is considered to be anonymous, certain personal details can be acquired by Handy Tab while asking users to fill in surveys and participating in various questionnaires. Moreover, this personally identifiable information can be transferred to third parties in case of a business merger, or similar:

In the event Handy Tab goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, users' personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred.

It becomes clear that Handy Tab extension has been developed only with one intention – to earn money using pay-per-click scheme, however, clicking on shady paid links in search results are likely to throw you onto potentially dangerous web pages, so we strongly suggest you refrain yourself from using unknown search engines such as

Bypassing questionable search engines becomes a necessity if you are trying to keep your computer secure. To remove Handy Tab virus from your browser, you need to follow instructions prepared by our security experts (you will find the guidelines below the article).

In case you find the removal process confusing, you can always uninstall the hijacker automatically. We suggest that you use reputable security software that can detect hijackers and other PUPs, and then use Reimage Reimage Cleaner to bring Windows Registry back to normal. removal is a potentially unwanted program that can be removed either by security software or by using manual removal guide below

Beware of Recommended settings during freeware installation

The main trick that spyware developers use for promotion of questionable software is software bundling, which helps to distribute a couple of programs together. It is a must to install free software carefully; otherwise, you can end up with several unexpected programs on your computer. These tips were provided by team[4] – we find them extremely useful when trying to keep your computer at its peak performance.

  • To prevent unexpected installation of potentially unwanted software, always read what every single line provided in software installation wizard. Follow each step carefully and make a little stop on the installation settings stage.
  • Here, you need to configure the installation settings in order to install ONLY the program that you want. We strongly recommend choosing Custom or Advanced mode to install your download.
  • After selecting one or another option, you will get access to the list of “recommended” or “suggested” programs bundled with your download.
  • Deselect the checkmarks next to statements stating that you agree with the installation of a specific additional program.

Handy Tab browser extension
Although Handy Tab can be downloaded from the official website or Google Chrome store, the vast majority of infiltration are related to software bundling

Get rid of Handy Tab with only one click

A quick and efficient Search Handy Tab removal procedure requires using anti-malware software. Besides, you should make sure that the program is updated to its latest version to show you the best result in virus elimination. However, it is not the only way of deleting the unwanted browser hijacker from your computer. You can also rely on instructions prepared by our experts.

If you are willing to delete the virus manually, follow each step of the provided guide and you will complete Handy Tab removal without using anti-spyware or a computer technician’s help.

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Erase from Windows systems

If you want to uninstall the virus from Windows OS, you need to find and eliminate software that is likely to be related to it. You will find some of its components in the list of programs currently installed on your PC.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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.

Delete 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 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'

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

Eliminate 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Uninstall from Google Chrome

To remove Handy Tab from Chrome, use instructions provided below. You need to remove this extension from your browser and also reset it to its previous state.

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

Erase 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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