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Remove Shoppers Tab ads (Removal Guide) - Oct 2017 update

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ShoppersTab adware makes a comeback in October, 2017

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Shoppers Tab (also known as virus) is considered to be a highly annoying potentially unwanted program (PUP) which has adware and browser hijacker characteristics. Once installed, it starts to load useless ads for the user in a form of pop-ups or banners and also changes default browser's start page domain to www[.]shopperstab[.]com/ext/index.html. It usually adds Shopping New Tab – B extension to victim's browsers as well.

There are two main reasons why ShoppersTab ads might disturb your browsing sessions. One of the reasons is that you might have installed this suspicious application to your computer that offers to deliver great offers for online shopping.

Another reason is that some adware[1] program sneaked inside your computer and caused chaos on your browser. Nevertheless, this application promises to provide links to the online coupons and cash-back[2] providers, various online shopping deals based on your recent product searches and other offers. However, the application is not worth trusting.

Shoppers Tab generates intrusive online ads that prevent from normal browsing the web. Pop-ups, discount coupons, banners and other advertisements might cover the whole screen, do not have a close button and follow you wherever you go. These ads desperately seek your click.

Developers of the ad-supported programs generate revenue from the clicks, and that explains an excessive amount of commercial content on the browser. However, the biggest problem is with PUP's redirect tendencies. These ads are supposed to redirect to the third-party websites where you can get your promised discount or purchase a particular product.

Though you might end up on phishing site[3] or get infected with malware. Instead of being useful, these ads might be dangerous. Bear in mind that adware employs “virtual layer” that allows delivering ads even on a legitimate and reliable websites.[4] Thus, you can easily get tricked into clicking a malware-laden ad[5].

What is even worse is that in 2017 the program was updated and started changing victim's homepage to This questionable domain suggests using a search engine which always appears in browser whenever the user launches Chrome, Firefox or another browser. Also, the search engine attempts to persuade the victim to use it daily as it also sets itself to appear on the default new tab page as well.

Please, do not ignore the suspicious activity of the described program and remove virus as soon as you can. This way, you will get rid of unwanted browser hijacker and adware which will result in safer and faster browsing experience.

Questions about Shoppers Tab ads

Shoppers Tab virus
Shoppers Tab virus adds Shopping New Tab - B extension to victims browsers and changes default homepage address to Consequently, it starts serving bothersome ads in a form of pop-ups, banners or search results.

Questionable tracking activities

ShoppersTab virus not only floods browsers with online ads but also collects some information about the users. There’s no surprise that developers use cookies and other tracking techniques to collect particular information about the users. It allows creating users’ profiles and delivering targeted ads.

In the Privacy Policy, it is noted that collected information might be used to send periodic emails, process payments, to provide interested and personalized content, and to share information with third-parties. Nevertheless, developers claim that they are only sharing non-personally identifiable information; this activity should not be tolerated. In order to avoid unwanted privacy-related issues, you need to remove Shoppers Tab from the computer.

If this program sneaked inside your PC without asking permission, we recommend scanning the computer with Reimage or other reputable anti-malware/anti-spyware program. There’s a possibility that other potentially unwanted programs found the way to your PC too. However, if you prefer, you can get rid of the virus without additional software. At the end of this article, you will find manual Shoppers Tab removal instructions.

Spyware sneaks into computer systems without user's notice

Many computer users claim that the described adware started intrusive activities out of nowhere. However, it’s not true. People always participate in virus or PUP infiltration directly or indirectly. This cyber infection is not powerful enough to spread and attack computers on its own; thus, it uses a help of other programs.

Nevertheless, this application has an officials website; direct downloads are not the main distribution way. Usually, Shoppers Tab hijack occurs when a user installs freeware or shareware using Quick or Standard installation settings that do not openly disclose about additional downloads.

Using this setup, all optional components, attached to the software package, are installed by default. To stop adware and other potentially unwanted programs from entering the system, you have to opt for Custom/Automatic setup and monitor the process.

Get to know Shoppers Tab removal options

Shoppers Tab virus, just like any other potentially unwanted program, can be eliminated from the system in two ways. The first method is manual. It requires to investigate computer’s system and look for the adware-related components. Once you find them, you have to delete them.

Manual Shoppers Tab removal might seem like an easy task; though, you might be surprised how many third-party apps were installed PC and your browsers without your knowledge. Our illustrated instructions below will guide you through this procedure.

In case this task seems complicated or requires too much effort, opt for the second method and remove Shoppers Tab automatically. Install anti-malware program and scan the computer. Don’t forget to update the program first!

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 Shoppers Tab ads, follow these steps:

Remove Shoppers Tab from Windows systems

Carefully follow the instructions. If you leave some of the adware-related components, these annoying ads might appear again. Don't forget to check all your web browsers, not the one you always use.

  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 Shoppers Tab and related programs
    Here, look for Shoppers Tab 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 Shoppers Tab 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.

Get rid of Shoppers Tab from Mac OS X system

It's uncommon that Mac OS X users encounter ads by Shoppers Tab; however, if you see them, please follow these steps to get rid of them. 

  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 Shoppers Tab 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'

Erase Shoppers Tab from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove Shopping New Tab – B and other suspicious add-ons from the Internet Explorer as shown below.

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

Uninstall Shoppers Tab ads from Microsoft Edge

You should fix Microsoft Edge as soon as you notice traces of the described hijacker in the browser. The guidelines below will help you to do that.

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, Shoppers Tab should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Shoppers Tab from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of extensions and remove all suspicious extensions, plugins, and other similar entries. Look for the ShoppersTab and similar applications.

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

Delete Shoppers Tab from Google Chrome

From the list of extensions, remove Shopping New Tab – B, Shopping New Tab – D and other suspicious entries. They might be responsible for flooding your Google Chrome with an excessive amount of ads.

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

Remove Shoppers Tab from Safari

Uninstall all unknown extensions from Safari. They might be responsible for delivering the annoying ads.

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

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  1. jim says:
    March 8th, 2017 at 10:16 am

    thanks for clear explanation how to remove shoppers tab ads.

  2. Reese says:
    March 8th, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I though its a useful service…

  3. bob says:
    March 8th, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I thought I am the only one who deals with these annoying shopping offers… Well, Im not! Honestly, I feel better know.

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