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Remove Handy-Tab.com virus (Removal Instructions) - Apr 2020 update

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

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

Handy-Tab.com
Handy-Tab.com is a browser hijacker that modifies browser settings of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari settings without users' permission

Handy Tab is an add-on that can be downloaded and installed from the 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 the homepage, search engine, and new tab URL to search.handy-tab.com. Handy Tab tries to look as much useful as possible by providing a big variety of features that the users would be able to employ after downloading the extension to their browsers.

The bogus app offers to check the weather forecast, create to-do lists, write down notes, access bookmarks simply, and open various applications at a faster speed. You might get quickly attracted to Handy Tab extension, however, you should be aware that it can bring negative consequences such as altered search query results, redirects to affiliate domains filled with sponsored adverts, the constant delivery of commercial content, collecting your non-personal information and sharing it with other parties, installing additional potentially unwanted programs to the system, etc.

SUMMARY
Name Handy-Tab.com
Type Browser hijacker, PUP
Extension When the browser hijacker infects web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Safari, it adds the Handy Tab extension to them
Distribution The bogus product can be downloaded from its official website and even the Google Chrome web store. However, it is more likely that you will receive the app together with bundled freeware or shareware
Symptoms If you are infected with this browser hijacker, it will change the new tab page, homepage, and search engine of your hijacked web browser. Furthermore, you are likely to find the Handy Tab extension installed in your browser settings. Other signs might include frequent redirecting and advertising
Main dangers Beware that the browser hijacker can bring other programs to the computer system, including malicious ones. This can happen if the PUP is used as an intermediary for malware distribution or if you have landed on a malware-laden location during a redirecting session
Elimination Terminate the potentially unwanted program with the help of automatical antivirus software or use the manual instructions that have been included to the end of this article. If you have encountered any system damage, try repairing it with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

As soon as Handy Tab infiltrates the system and changes Windows Registry, as well as browser settings, it starts redirecting users' searches to sponsored domains. Most of the time, such locations will appear filled with questionable offers and deals. However, there also is a chance of landing on an infected website where malware is delivered.

Online advertising is also a common practice of browser hijackers such as Handy-Tab.com virus. However, aggressive ads and their 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. Do not provide any sensitive information if you are unexpectedly asked by some type of fake reward claim or questionnaire.

Handy Tab
Handy-Tab.com is a potentially unwanted program that can be removed either by security software or by using manual removal guide below

Furthermore, Handy Tab virus might try to earn income from displaying targeted advertising posts. The developers deliver as many attractive-looking pop-ups as possible to collect clicks on the ads. Besides being very annoying and providing fake deals and offers, the incoming advertisements might increase into such a big number that can interrupt your browsing process. This can cause browser and system slowdowns[3].

Handy-Tab.com is also interested in tracking users' non-personal information. Browser hijacker authors use several data-gathering technologies (cookies, beacons, JavaScript, etc.) to harvest information, such as:

  • Search queries
  • IP address
  • Geolocation
  • 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. This type of information can also include contact details which you should avoid to reveal as you might not even notice how your email box or mobile phone will get spammed with rogue-looking offers.

Handy-Tab.com developers have made a statement in their Privacy Policy that personal information can be shared if it comes to investigation purposes or something else that is related to the law:

We may also share your personal information if we believe it is necessary in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of Handy Tab's or such Handy Tab Extension's terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.

Be careful while revealing certain information for questionable apps such as Handy-Tab.com as you cannot know where your data might end up. Some developers are interested in sharing collected details with other parties for monetary income.

Bypassing questionable search engines becomes a necessity if you are trying to keep your computer secure. To remove Handy-Tab.com from your web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari, you need to follow instructions prepared by our security experts (you will find the guidelines below the article).

Handy Tab virus
Handy Tab is a web browser extension presented as a very handy product in order to collect a bigger number of downloads

In case you find the Handy-Tab.com 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 Intego to bring all altered system settings to normal. Even though there is no 100% guarantee that this software will work, it is still worth giving a try.

Another reason to hurry up with the Handy Tab elimination process is that the browser hijacker might let other potentially unwanted programs to get placed on your computer system. This includes various adware apps, other browser hijackers, etc. Nevertheless, some developers might find the browser hijacker as an intermediary for malware delivery and try to include virus installation in its operation module.

Beware of Recommended settings during freeware installation

The main trick that PUP developers use for the promotion of questionable software is software bundling,[4] 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 UdenVirus.dk team[5] – we find them extremely useful when trying to keep your computer at its peak performance.

  • To prevent the unexpected installation of potentially unwanted software, always read what every single line provided in the 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.

Additionally, you can also take other precautionary steps to be sure that no browser hijacker ever appears on your computer system. For this purpose, avoid visiting websites that are marked as unsafe to proceed with, do not click on unknown content that can appear in such places. Finally, make sure that you have installed reputable antivirus protection that will always protect and save you if something goes wrong.

Handy Tab browser extension

Get rid of Handy Tab with only one click

A quick and efficient Handy-Tab.com 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 that are included at the end of this informative article.

If you are willing to delete the virus manually, follow each step of the provided guide and you will completely remove Handy-Tab.com virus from your machine without using anti-spyware or a computer technician’s help. However, you should know that getting rid of the app from your operating system is not enough, you should also clean and refresh the infected web browser apps such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

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 Handy-Tab.com virus, follow these steps:

Erase Handy-Tab.com 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 Handy-Tab.com and related programs
    Here, look for Handy-Tab.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 Handy-Tab.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.

Delete Handy-Tab.com from Mac OS X system

To get rid of all potentially unwanted programs from your Mac operating system, you should complete the below-provided guiding steps.

  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 Handy-Tab.com 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 Handy-Tab.com 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 Handy-Tab.com 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 Handy-Tab.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Handy-Tab.com 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, Handy-Tab.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Handy-Tab.com 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 Handy-Tab.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 Handy-Tab.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Handy-Tab.com from Google Chrome

To remove Handy Tab from Chrome, use the 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 Handy-Tab.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 Handy-Tab.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Handy-Tab.com from Safari

To eliminate all the suspicious extensions that were brought to Safari by the browser hijacker and reverse the app back to its previous position, employ the following instructions.

  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 Handy-Tab.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 Handy-Tab.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 Handy-Tab.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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