If your new tab, start page and default search provider keeps changing back to the intrusive site named GetTab New Tab,then it’s a sign that your internet browser has become the victim of the PUP (potentially unwanted program) from the browser hijacker family. It’s a type of undesired software. Scammers use malicious software to take control of your PC’s internet browser and modify how and what it displays when you’re surfing the Internet. If you’re already a victim of GetTab New Tab browser hijacker, then the following tutorial may assist you free the Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome from the hackers, boost web browser security and revert back browser settings.
The GetTab New Tab browser hijacker can also modify the default search engine that will virtually block the possibility of finding information on the Internet. The reason for this is that the GetTab New Tab search results can show tons of ads, links to undesired and ad web-sites. Only the remaining part is the result of your search request, loaded from the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Although, GetTab New Tab browser hijacker is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it alters current settings of web-browsers. Moreover, an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) can be additionally installed on to your computer by this browser hijacker infection, that will show lots of advertisements, or even massive full page ads that blocks surfing the Internet. Often such these ads may recommend to install other unknown and undesired software or visit malicious web pages.
A malicious software that may make some unwanted changes to current settings of all your typical browsers on GetTab New Tab mostly affects only Google Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer and Firefox. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The GetTab New Tab browser hijacker may change the Target property of browser’s shortcuts, so every time you launch the web browser, instead of your home page, you will see a completely different page.
It’s important, do not use GetTab New Tab web-site and do not click on advertisements placed on it, as they can lead you to a more harmful or misleading web-pages. The best option is to use the instructions posted below to free your personal computer of browser hijacker, get rid of the GetTab New Tab homepage, and thereby return your previous start page and search provider.
Remove GetTab New Tab (removal guide)
There are several steps to uninstalling GetTab New Tab , because it installs itself so deeply into Windows. You need to uninstall all suspicious and unknown applications, then remove harmful plugins from the MS Edge, IE, Google Chrome and FF and other internet browsers you have installed. Finally, you need to reset your browser settings to remove any changes GetTab New Tab hijacker has made, and then check your computer with Zemana Free, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) or AdwCleaner to ensure the browser hijacker is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove GetTab New Tab, perform the following steps:
- Manual GetTab New Tab removal
- Scan your system and get rid of GetTab New Tab with free utilities
- How to block GetTab New Tab
- Prevent GetTab New Tab browser hijacker from installing
- To sum up
Manual GetTab New Tab removal
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to delete the GetTab New Tab homepage from the Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome web browsers.
Uninstall GetTab New Tab associated software by using MS Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the system cleanup is to delete unknown and questionable programs. Using the MS Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded applications can clean up the Firefox, IE, Chrome and Microsoft Edge from popups hijackers and so on.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all programs installed on your system. Scroll through the all list, and delete any dubious and unknown apps. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort software by date in the Control panel.
Disinfect the web browser’s shortcuts to delete GetTab New Tab
Unfortunately, the hijacker that designed to redirect your internet browser to the GetTab New Tab page, can also hijack Windows shortcut files (mostly, your browsers shortcuts), so that the GetTab New Tab start page will be displayed when you run the Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome or another internet browser.
To clear the browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text like “http://site.address” that has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcut files of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove GetTab New Tab from Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer browser settings such as default search provider, newtab and home page having been hijacked, then you may revert back your settings, via the reset web-browser process.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then click the “Internet Options” as displayed below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown in the following example.
When the procedure is finished, press “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s new tab, homepage and search provider by default to default state.
Remove GetTab New Tab from Google Chrome
Like other modern web browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the internet browser default search engine, new tab page and home page that have been modified by the GetTab New Tab browser hijacker.
First start the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will show the Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed plugins. If the list has the addon signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option called “Settings”.
The web-browser will show the settings screen. Another way to display the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box as shown in the following example.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web browser will run the procedure of cleaning. After it’s finished, the web-browser’s settings including home page, new tab page and search engine back to the values which have been when the Chrome was first installed on your machine.
Remove GetTab New Tab search from Firefox
If the FF web browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring FF settings like search engine, newtab page and homepage to its default state. It will save your personal information like saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown on the image below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Firefox browser settings to its original state.
Scan your system and get rid of GetTab New Tab with free utilities
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely delete browser hijacker from the infected system. So, we suggest to check your machine for any remaining malicious components with free browser hijacker removal software below.
How to remove GetTab New Tab with Zemana
Zemana is a free program for Windows OS to search for and remove potentially unwanted software, ad supported software, malicious web-browser addons, browser toolbars, and other undesired programs such as hijacker infection that designed to redirect your web-browser to the GetTab New Tab page, installed on your computer.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of Zemana Anti Malware for Windows. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Once downloading is finished, close all software and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as on the image below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you setup Zemana on your machine.
Once installation is done, you will see window like below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana Free program will scan through the whole computer for the GetTab New Tab browser hijacker and other web-browser’s harmful plugins. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the Zemana is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
After Zemana has finished scanning your PC, you can check all items found on your personal computer. Next, you need to click “Next” button.
The Zemana will remove hijacker infection which changes web browser settings to replace your startpage, newtab and search engine with GetTab New Tab web site.
Use Malwarebytes to delete browser hijacker
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to scan for and remove GetTab New Tab redirect from your computer. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the computer.
Installing the MalwareBytes is simple. First you’ll need to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
Once the download is finished, close all windows on your PC. Further, run the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install MalwareBytes on the personal computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes Free will automatically run and you can see its main window as on the image below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes utility will begin scanning the whole system to find out GetTab New Tab browser hijacker and other web-browser’s harmful add-ons. While the MalwareBytes Free utility is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being affected by malware.
Once the scan get finished, you will be opened the list of all detected threats on your machine. Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will remove browser hijacker infection responsible for redirecting user searches to GetTab New Tab and add items to the Quarantine. When disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes to delete browser hijackers, ad supported software and other malicious software.
If the problem with GetTab New Tab home page is still remained
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool. It removes PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software, hijackers and unwanted web browser plugins. Video tutorial available here. It will identify and remove hijacker infection responsible for redirects to GetTab New Tab. AdwCleaner uses very small PC system resources and is a portable application.
Installing the AdwCleaner is simple. First you’ll need to download AdwCleaner on your MS Windows Desktop by clicking on the following link.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: September 3, 2018
Download and use AdwCleaner on your system. Once started, click “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the hijacker infection that responsible for web-browser redirect to the unwanted GetTab New Tab web-page. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. .
After the scan get finished, AdwCleaner will display a list of all threats detected by the scan. Once you’ve selected what you want to remove from your machine, click Clean button.
All-in-all, AdwCleaner is a fantastic free tool to free your computer from any undesired apps. The AdwCleaner is portable program that meaning, you don’t need to install it to run it. AdwCleaner is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows XP to Windows 10. Both 64-bit and 32-bit systems are supported.
How to block GetTab New Tab
Using an ad blocker program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad-blocking applications will also protect you from malicious advertisements and web sites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to GetTab New Tab and similar web-pages.
Download AdGuard from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After the downloading process is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is finished, you will see a window like below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your system, AdGuard will start automatically and block popup advertisements, GetTab New Tab redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which may be found on your desktop.
Prevent GetTab New Tab browser hijacker from installing
To sum up
Now your system should be free of the hijacker responsible for redirects to GetTab New Tab. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana (to periodically scan your computer for new browser hijackers and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you block annoying ads and harmful web sites). Moreover, to prevent browser hijacker infections, please stay clear of unknown and third party programs, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to search for potentially unwanted programs.
If you need more help with GetTab New Tab related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.