If you’re reading this post, the chances are, you are doing so through the web-browser that has been hijacked with something called Untabs.html hijacker. The “Untabs.html” is a new browser hijacker from the big family of malicious software. Most often it is installed without your permission. It takes control of your Google Chrome web-browser and alters your start page, new tab and default search engine to its own. So, you’ll find a new homepage and search engine installed in the Chrome internet browsers.
If your machine has been infected with Untabs.html browser hijacker infection, every time you open your web browser you will see this site. Of course you can setup your homepage again, but next time you run a browser you will see that Untabs.html return. As mentioned above, the hijacker can alter the default search engine on this unwanted web site too, so all your search queries will be redirected to unwanted page. Thus the authors of the browser hijacker may gather the search terms of your queries, and redirect you to annoying pages.
Some hijackers like Untabs.html hijacker also contain adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) which may be used to open unwanted ads and or gather a wide variety of user info which can be used for marketing purposes. These unwanted ads can be opened as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page advertisements. Most of the adware is designed to display advertisements, but some adware is form of spyware that often used to track users to gather a wide variety of personal information about you.
We strongly advise you to complete the guide which follow below. We’ll show you how to remove hijacker and thereby remove Untabs.html from your Google Chrome and other internet browsers forever.
Remove Untabs.html (removal guide)
There are a few methods that can be used to get rid of Untabs.html. But, not all PUPs such as this browser hijacker can be completely removed using only manual methods. Most commonly you are not able to delete any browser hijacker utilizing standard MS Windows options. In order to remove Untabs.html you need complete a few manual steps and use reliable removal tools. Most IT security specialists states that Zemana Free, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner tools are a right choice. These free applications are able to scan for and get rid of Untabs.html from your PC system and revert back your web-browser settings to defaults.
Remove Untabs.html homepage without any utilities
The useful removal guide for the Untabs.html redirect. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Untabs.html let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Remove Untabs.html related software through the Control Panel of your machine
First of all, check the list of installed programs on your PC and remove all unknown and recently installed applications. If you see an unknown application with incorrect spelling or varying capital letters, it have most likely been installed by malware and you should clean it off first with malware removal tool like Zemana Anti-malware.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed in the figure below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of software installed on your personal computer. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop ups and web browser redirect to the annoying Untabs.html page. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as displayed on the image below.
You will see a list of software installed on your system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of pop up advertisements and browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the program which you need to delete is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ like below.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by Untabs.html
Unfortunately, the browser hijacker can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your web browsers shortcuts), so that the Untabs.html page will be shown when you open the Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer or another internet browser.
Open the properties of the browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of infected web-browser and choose the “Properties” option and it will display the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field like below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts which have been altered by malicious software like Untabs.html hijacker usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as displayed in the figure below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks such as …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address like below.
In order to fix a shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been altered by hijacker infection.
|Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|FF||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Microsoft Internet Explorer||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is complete, click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers which are rerouted to the Untabs.html unwanted page.
Remove Untabs.html from Google Chrome
In order to be sure that there is nothing left behind, we recommend you to reset Chrome internet browser. It’ll revert back Chrome settings including new tab page, start page and search engine by default to defaults.
First start the Google Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web browser will open the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as displayed in the following example and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will display the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web browser will run the procedure of cleaning. After it is finished, the browser’s settings including start page, new tab and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Untabs.html automatic removal
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove hijacker infection from the infected computer. So, we recommend to check your computer for any remaining malicious components with free hijacker removal software below.
Automatically get rid of Untabs.html homepage with Zemana
Zemana Anti-Malware is a tool that can remove adware, potentially unwanted programs, hijacker infections and other malicious software from your PC easily and for free. Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of machine resources.
Download Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) by clicking on the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Once the download is finished, close all windows on your personal computer. Further, run the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana AntiMalware on the PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will automatically launch and you can see its main window as displayed below.
Next, click the “Scan” button. Zemana Free program will scan through the whole computer for the hijacker which alters internet browser settings to replace your homepage, new tab and default search provider with Untabs.html. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the Zemana program is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
Once Zemana has completed scanning, a list of all threats detected is produced. Review the results once the utility has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will delete hijacker infection that causes browsers to open undesired Untabs.html page. After that process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC system.
How to automatically remove Untabs.html with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC of the hijacker infection. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal program designed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you delete hijackers, potentially unwanted software, malicious software, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
- Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
- After downloading is complete, close all software and windows on your machine. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, press the “Scan Now” button for checking your PC for the browser hijacker which alters web browser settings to replace your homepage, newtab and search provider by default with Untabs.html. Depending on your machine, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes Free is checking, you may see count of objects it has identified either as being malware.
- After MalwareBytes Free completes the scan, a list of all items detected is produced. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected”. After the task is finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer.
The following video offers a tutorial on how to remove browser hijackers, ad supported software and other malicious software with MalwareBytes.
Scan your PC and delete Untabs.html with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and run to delete hijackers, adware, malicious software, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and other threats from your PC. You may use this utility to scan for threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: July 4, 2018
After the downloading process is finished, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the utility is launched, you will see a screen as shown in the following example.
Further, press “Scan” button . AdwCleaner tool will start scanning the whole system to find out Untabs.html hijacker infection and other web browser’s harmful add-ons. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your machine and the speed of your PC. After finished, AdwCleaner will show you the results as displayed on the screen below.
Next, you need to click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt as displayed on the image below.
You need to click “OK”. Once finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your PC system. When your PC system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Run AdBlocker to block Untabs.html and stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your personal computer against new annoying ads and harmful web pages, you need to run ad blocker application that stops an access to malicious advertisements and pages. Moreover, the program can stop the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocker program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard on your personal computer from the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After the download is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions like below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your personal computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop ads, pages such Untabs.html, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
Tips to prevent Untabs.html hijacker and other unwanted applications
Many unwanted software such as Untabs.html hijacker come from browser toolbars, web browser extensions, BHOs (browser helper objects) and optional applications. Most often, these items claim itself as programs which improve your experience on the Net by providing a fast and interactive home page or a search engine that does not track you. Remember, how to avoid the unwanted programs. Be cautious, run only reputable applications which download from reputable sources. NEVER install an unknown and suspicious application.
To sum up
Once you have finished the step-by-step guide shown above, your PC should be free from Untabs.html browser hijacker and other malware. The Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge will no longer display intrusive Untabs.html page on startup. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.