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Remove SmashTab (Free Guide) - Removal Instructions

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

SmashTab is the extension that changes default search engine and bookmarks on the browser without permission

SmashTabSmashTab – the toolbar that is considered a browser hijacker because it affects every online search by delivering sponsored content on the list. The application can be promoted as a great tool, useful addition to your web browser, but it manipulates settings, so every browsing session turns into redirections with commercial content and sponsored pop-ups. If you install this Toolbar yourself, you agree with those changes and other alterations that the program can make automatically. It is possible to fall for the false claims and add the extensions on purpose, but the main way to spread this intruder is software bundling. 

This potentially unwanted program gets called a SmashTab virus for the unwanted changes and permissions that the intruder gets from the user using deceptive techniques and misleading methods. This is not a harmful program, but you can end up on malicious sites unwillingly and trigger malicious program infiltration without realizing that. This is why you should pay close attention and make sure to clear the system to avoid further damage.

Name SmashTab
Type Browser hijacker/ Potentially unwanted program[1]
Symptoms  The program creates issues with online searches because it sets itself as a default search engine and redirects all the sessions through its own engine, so commercial material is more often injected into the list of results
Distribution  You cannot change default preferences back to what you need, so the PUP itself controls traffic
Issues Online traffic gets rerouted through the engine that is not providing improved results. It shows sponsored material instead and tries to expose users to possibly dangerous content online
Eliminate SmashTab removal is the process that requires additional help from the security tools that can clear the machine automatically
Repair The system can be repaired when you suffer from the infection. ReimageIntego can find and restore some features, functions, programs that get altered by the threat or the PUP itself

SmashTab is the intruder that triggers problems with the machine because it promotes the shady search engine and other programs, but all of them are considered potentially unwanted and possibly harmful. Data tracking issues and advertising campaigns[2] that can lead to more issues with the pop-ups and redirects are not useful at all.

You should think about the fact that SmashTab is similar or close to other intruders of the same type because it acts on the principle to redirect users' traffic and affect the performance this way. DictionaryBoss ToolbarBabylon Toolbar, and Inbox Toolbar all can change settings and alter preferences on your web browser. 

SmashTab PUP can trigger additional installations of programs and applications, browser-based programs, so the machine is significantly affected this way. You should remove all the possible intruders, so once you run SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes and the list of programs and files appear, cleared them off of the PC.

SmashTab ToolbarSmashTab is a potentially unwanted program that can be downloaded on purpose. Even though there are sources that promote SmashTab PUP and distribute the program as a proper application or browser-based programs, you shouldn't fall for those claims on random sites and pay closer attention to material that you end up seeing online. Never install a program that is not delivered from an official site or a reliable source.

You should avoid such silent and automatic installation, so you do not need to remove SmashTab in the future when it triggers unwanted damage and changes important PC settings without your permission. You can avoid these PUP infiltrations, so the search engine is not set to behind your back.

However, if this happens, and you additionally experience issues with the speed, performance, other program installations, you might suffer from a more intrusive cyber threat and need to rely on powerful tools that can help with SmashTab removal procedures. Pay attention to any speed issues, internet traffic, additional installations, preferences manipulation, so you can react as soon as possible.

You should block any changes that SmashTab wants to make and block any promotional pop-up ads when they appear on the screen for you. You might allow toolbar installs, bookmark, browsing history, search setting permissions without noticing, so keep security tools and run those as often as experts[3] recommend. Make sure to repair the functions of your device using ReimageIntego.

SmashTab PUPSmashTab is the program that can affect your time online significantly with all the commercial pop-ups.

Keeping the machine clear of PUPs can improve the speed and performance 

If you pay attention to content that you end up seeing online, you can avoid cyber threat installations and make sure to keep the machine free of viruses. There are various pages and promotional sites that can automatically trigger installs, so you should rely on proper programs and visit only trustworthy platforms.

Also, every freeware installation process can affect the machine if you skip through steps and do not choose the proper options like Advanced or Custom. These installation methods allow you to control the process fully, so when the PUP developers include additional applications, you can see them on the list and de-select them if needed.

Internet is a place that has many things, including malicious programs and sites where PUPs can b distributed. You should consider this and never rely on promotional ads or free download pages, torrent platforms.

Terminate any programs related to potentially unwanted programs and uninstall SmashTab Toolbar

You might claim that SmashTab virus affected your device significantly out of nowhere, but there are more ways to get the intruder on the machine. One of them includes torrent sites, downloading licensed versions of programs, or illegal activation tools from pirating or rogue pages.

If you notice the changed appearance of your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or another browser, you should pay close attention and check for intruders using proper security tools. If you do so, and the programs get indicated on the list, make sure to remove SmashTab as the tool suggests. 

SmashTab removal performed with such anti-malware or security tools can give the best results because, you find and remove all the applications that are possibly related to this PUP or another cyber threat. Your machine should get significantly speedier after general cleaning.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 SmashTab, follow these steps:

Get rid of SmashTab from Windows systems

Make sure to clean the machine properly, so you can avoid additional damage related to SmashTab PUP

  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 SmashTab and related programs
    Here, look for SmashTab 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 SmashTab 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.

Uninstall SmashTab from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove SmashTab from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for SmashTab-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 SmashTab, 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 related to SmashTab and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the SmashTab-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete SmashTab from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for SmashTab and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete SmashTab removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase SmashTab from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from 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 SmashTab-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

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

Remove SmashTab from Google Chrome

Reset the browser to avoid additional issues regarding the SmashTab hijacker

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

Get rid of SmashTab 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 SmashTab 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 SmashTab, 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 SmashTab removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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