Music Tab browser hijacker (virus) - Free Guide

Music Tab browser hijacker Removal Guide

What is Music Tab browser hijacker?

Music Tab is not music related at all and instead hijacks users browsers to make a profit

Music TabMusic Tab is a PUP that only seems to only care about its own personal gain

Music Tab is the name of the browser hijacker that can change the main settings, like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine. More specifically, it changes the homepage to Music-Tab.com and the search engine to search.yahoo. The developers of this hijacker want to force people to use only selected channels for browsing as it can generate revenue with PPC advertising[1] and data collection.

The browser extension does not offer any additional benefits to users that would not be available on a default browser. The add-on is purely meant for fraudsters to make a profit. While the machine is affected users can experience an increased amount of commercial content and see pop-ups, banners, and surveys.

The app can also cause redirects leading to dangerous websites that can trick people into providing their personal information or downloading PUPs (potentially unwanted programs)[2] and malware. That is because the creators do not really care about user privacy or security and use rogue advertising networks that are responsible for ads.

Modified settings are not the only thing you should be worried about. The application might also use cookies[3] to collect various data about your browsing-related activities. This information can later be sold to the same advertising networks or other third parties and used to target you with ads even more. Use a maintenance tool like ReimageIntego to clear your browsers from cookies and cache automatically.

NAME Music Tab
TYPE Browser hijacker; potentially unwanted program
SYMPTOMS The main settings of the browser get changed, like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, software bundling, web stores
DANGERS The extension may lead to dangerous websites; display misinformation, inaccurate search results; track browsing, and collect data
ELIMINATION Remove the extension by going to your browser settings
FURTHER STEPS Use ReimageIntego to fix any remaining damage and optimize the machine

Infection possibilities

You might have downloaded the add-on yourself, thinking it would help you with daily tasks or you might have added it by accident without even realizing it. Putting that aside, where could you have found it? Well, often users get infected with hijackers by browsing through shady sites that engage in illegal activities. Such pages are full of deceptive ads and sneaky redirects because they are unregulated.

You might have come across a promotional page for Music Tab, that talked about all the amazing functions and features and you believed it. Fraudsters have learned how to develop professional-looking websites and how to write a convincing message and it is now up to the users to determine if the programs they want to use are safe. That is why it is always important to do your research.

Type the name of the promoted plugin into the search and see what comes up. You might notice, that when you search up the names of hijackers, not many results come up. You should also check if the add-on is listed on official websites, try to find reviews, ratings, and how many users it has. If you cannot find any of this information, it is best to stay cautious and choose an extension that has a lot of feedback instead.

Your browser also could have been hijacked by a PUA that is hiding in your system and performing all the changes stealthily. Such programs usually enter the system from freeware distribution platforms. They make money by including additional programs in the installers and not disclosing this clearly on the site, hoping that most people will not notice.

Music Tab browser hijackerMusic Tab could've had a promotional website that lured users in

Remove the unwanted extension

You can remove browser add-ons by going to your settings. Find the list of extensions installed in your browser and remove the Music Tab. We show how to do that in the guide below:

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

Safari

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

PUP elimination process

Sometimes removing only the extension is not effective and users still continue to experience unwanted symptoms. In that case, you will probably have to scan your machine for adware which is a program that hides in the background of the machine and generates commercial content. If you have it, simply removing the add-on will not be enough, and the settings will keep changing until you completely eliminate it from your machine.

One of the most common ways that these kinds of PUAs are spread is through freeware installation sites. The method is known as software bundling[4] and is very effective as most people rush through the installation process and skip all the steps. If you want to avoid that in the future, it is important to be present during the installation.

Always choose “Custom” or “Advanced” installation methods, read the privacy policy and terms of use to find out what information will be collected and what the application will be allowed to do in your system. The most important part is to check the file list and untick the boxes next to any items that you think are suspicious or unrelated.

The program that is causing the erratic behavior of the browser could have any name or icon, as crooks often disguise them as “handy” programs. If you are not sure what to do and you do not want to risk deleting the wrong files, 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. 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.

Mac:

  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 browser hijacker

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

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