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Search.memetab.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Memetab – a dubious search engine which increase the risk of privacy-related issues

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Memetab is a browser hijacker which is presented as a useful extension[1] to Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or other browser and modifies its settings without users’ permission. Just like the most of PUPs, this hijacker has been actively distributed via bundling – a widespread marketing campaign used by free software developers all over the world.

Internet memes originated in the early 2000s and became a viral phenomenon amongst users since. Websites like 4chan or 9GAG made these virtually-transmitted cultural symbols even more appealing as these websites grew in visitor numbers. Thus, it is not surprising that various companies are trying to monetize on their success with the help of such potentially unwanted programs as Memetab virus.

Officially, Memetab is supposed to help users browse memes directly from their browser. Nevertheless, all the search results are redirected to yahoo.com; hence it is safe to assume that developers of this browser hijacker are participating in Yahoo’s affiliate program.

Promised benefits are merely a trick as developers have ulterior motives. The only goal of Search.MemeTab.com is to generate revenue while redirecting users to sponsors’ websites and exposing them to not entirely genuine search results. Hence, it is a good idea to remove Memetab virus from your computer as soon as its presence is detected.

Research shows[2] that some redirects (several new tabs might open at the same time) might link them to dubious websites which can be potently dangerous. The main danger caused by Memetab is malware-ridden[3] websites which might infect users’ machines with various viruses, including ransomware. If you have been redirected to the unknown site, shut down your browser immediately and never click on any links.

Search.MemeTab.com hijack affects not only users’ browsers. This questionable application is known to be gathering a variety of non-personally identifiable information (IP address, geo-location, search queries, websites visited, clicks on ads, etc.) which is an extremely valuable source for marketing researchers. This way, ads, and redirects generated change based on users’ browsing habits and interests. This allows unknown retailers sell their products and services which might be utterly valueless.

Additionally, any personal data exposed while using MemeTab extension might be revealed to cyber criminals which can use this information to steal one's identity or their money. Thus, it is a good idea checking online banking history as often as possible (unknown transactions might indicate an identity theft).

If you want to laugh while checking new memes online – you better look for them yourself. There are plenty of legitimate websites which can assure safe browsing. If you do not possess a robust security software, you can install Reimage which can speed up Memetab removal significantly.

Watch out when you install new software – it can contain additional components

Extension can be downloaded officially on any of the browser stores. It is hard not to notice its low popularity, though. Hence, it is apparent that its distributors use software bundling to implement their programs into as many PCs as possible.

Free software developers agree to add additional components into their installers in exchange for monetary gain. Hence, both parties are interested in you installing other apps. So be careful when installing PDF creators, media players, free online games and similar.

When installing free software, restrain yourself from picking “Recommended/Quick” installation mode as it fails to disclose full lineup of additional programs. Instead, select “Advanced/Custom” settings and remove all the ticks by add-ons, browser extensions, toolbars, optimization tools and similar.

You can eliminate Search.memetab.com without much effort

Even if this undesired software appeared on your browser without your permission, do not ignore it. Browser hijackers and adware are known to multiply quickly and compromise computer safety. Thus, remove Memetab from your machine for good.

You can get rid of the unwanted extension by downloading and installing robust security software. If you do not possess anti-virus program, just pick one from the list below. Then, perform full computer scan and virus will be gone in only a few minutes.

MemeTab removal can also be performed by using our step-by-step guide below this article. However, if you are not sure how to handle this procedure, better rely on security software to do the job for you.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Search.memetab.com, follow these steps:

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Remove Search.memetab.com from Windows systems

  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 Search.memetab.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.memetab.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 Search.memetab.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.

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Uninstall Search.memetab.com from Mac OS X system

Follow these steps if you want to eliminate MemeTab from your Mac OS:

  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 Search.memetab.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'
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Erase Search.memetab.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 Search.memetab.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 Search.memetab.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Delete Search.memetab.com 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, Search.memetab.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Search.memetab.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 Search.memetab.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 Search.memetab.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Search.memetab.com from Google Chrome

Reset your Google Chrome settings after you get rid of all the unwanted extensions and add-ons.

  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 Search.memetab.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 Search.memetab.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Search.memetab.com 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 Search.memetab.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 Search.memetab.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 Search.memetab.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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