If your newtab, start page and search engine by default has been modified to Gifables start page or you get a large number of advertisements popping up on your system then it is a sign that your browser is infected by obnoxious unwanted software from the browser hijacker family. Browser hijacking is a form of unwanted software which introduces changes to settings of web browsers without a user permission, to reroute on malicious, undesired and misleading sites. Also, if you’re seeing that the existing homepage, error page, or search page has been changed to Gifables web-site, then you don’t need to wait . Perform the few simple steps below and delete Gifables hijacker infection as quickly as possible.
A malware that can introduce changes to settings of all your typical web browsers on Gifables usually affects only Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The Gifables hijacker can alter 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 web-page.
Table of contents
- What is Gifables
- Remove Gifables toolbar
- Manual Gifables removal
- How to delete Gifables search with free programs
- Use AdBlocker to stop Gifables and stay safe online
- How did Gifables hijacker get on your PC
- Finish words
When your system is infected with Gifables browser hijacker infection, every time you start your internet browser you will see this page. Of course you can setup your homepage again, but next time you run a browser you will see that Gifables redirect return. As mentioned above, the browser hijacker can modify the default search engine on this intrusive web-site too, so all your search queries will be re-directed to Gifables. Thus the authors of the browser hijacker infection may collect the search terms of your queries, and redirect you to annoying web pages.
Also, ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) may be installed on the PC together with Gifables hijacker. It will insert a lot of ads directly to the pages which you view, creating a sense that advertisements has been added by the creators of the page. Moreover, legal ads can be replaced on fake ads that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful software. Moreover, the Gifables hijacker infection has the ability to gather user information, which may be later sold to third parties.
It is important, do not use Gifables page and do not click on advertisements placed on it, as they may lead you to a more malicious or misleading web-pages. The best option is to use the step-by-step guide posted below to free your computer of hijacker, remove the Gifables redirect, and thereby return your favorite startpage and search provider.
Remove Gifables toolbar
Most often browser hijackers requires more than a simple uninstall with the help of Microsoft Windows Control panel in order to be fully uninstalled. For that reason, our team made several removal ways that we’ve combined in a detailed instructions. Therefore, if you have the unwanted Gifables browser hijacker on your personal computer and are currently trying to have it uninstalled then feel free to follow the steps below in order to resolve your problem. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your internet browser or restart your computer.
Manual Gifables removal
The step by step tutorial will help you delete Gifables . These Gifables removal steps work for the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, as well as every version of MS Windows operating system.
Deleting the Gifables, check the list of installed applications first
Some of potentially unwanted software, ad-supported software and browser hijacker can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove programs tool that can be found in the Windows Control Panel. So, if you are using any version of Microsoft Windows and you have noticed an unwanted program, then first try to remove it through Add/Remove programs.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will show the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all programs installed on the computer.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video guide below.
Fix infected browsers shortcuts
Important to know, most anti malware programs that are able to delete hijacker, but unable to detect and recover changed shortcuts. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcuts for your Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web browsers manually.
To clear the web-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 such as “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Get rid of Gifables from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
The FF reset will keep your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data and remove unwanted search engine and startpage such as Gifables, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
Launch the Mozilla Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the Gifables hijacker. Once, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Gifables from Google Chrome
- First, start the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete Gifables from Internet Explorer
By resetting IE browser you revert back your web-browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker like Gifables.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown in the figure below.
When the procedure is complete, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s newtab, homepage and search provider by default to default state.
How to delete Gifables search with free programs
There are not many good free anti malware programs with high detection ratio. The effectiveness of malicious software removal utilities depends on various factors, mostly on how often their virus/malware signatures DB are updated in order to effectively detect modern malware, adware, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs. We recommend to use several programs, not just one. These applications which listed below will help you remove all components of the browser hijacker from your disk and Windows registry and thereby remove Gifables home page.
Automatically get rid of Gifables homepage with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to detect and get rid of Gifables from your PC. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the personal computer.
Download Zemana antimalware by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After the download is complete, close all software and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as on the image below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana antimalware on your personal computer.
Once installation is done, you will see window as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker infection which cause a reroute to Gifables. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour.
When it has finished scanning, it’ll open a list of found items. Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-malware will start removing Gifables hijacker related files, folders and registry keys.
How to get rid of Gifables with Malwarebytes
You can get rid of Gifables search automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malicious software removal tool because it can easily get rid of browser hijackers, adware, PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 25, 2019
Once the download is complete, close all windows on your machine. Further, open the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install Malwarebytes on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you may see its main window as shown on the screen below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker . A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
Once the scan is done, it’ll display a screen which contains a list of malicious software that has been found. In order to remove all items, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing Gifables hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your computer. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to remove browser hijacker, adware and other malware.
Remove Gifables from internet browsers with AdwCleaner
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It can scan and get rid of hijacker infection like Gifables, malicious software, potentially unwanted programs and ad-supported software in Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge internet browsers and thereby revert back their default settings (homepage, new tab and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the system.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the following link.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: March 2, 2020
- Select the file location as Desktop, and then click Save.
- Once the downloading process is finished, run the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, press the “Scan” to start checking your PC for the Gifables browser hijacker and browser’s malicious extensions. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the tool is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- Once the scanning is finished, you can check all items detected on your PC system. Review the scan results and then click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to restart your personal computer, click “OK”.
The guidance shown in detail in the following video.
Use AdBlocker to stop Gifables and stay safe online
Use an ad-blocker tool like AdGuard will protect you from malicious advertisements and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and stop phishing and spam web-sites. Additionally, ad-blocker applications will allow you to avoid undesired pop-up advertisements and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once downloading is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is finished, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist 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 launch your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and block popups, sites such Gifables, as well as other malicious or misleading web-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.
How did Gifables hijacker get on your PC
The browser hijacker is usually spreads in the composition, together with free programs and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your personal computer. This happens especially when you are installing a free programs. The program installer tricks you into accepting the setup of third party software, which you don’t really want. Moreover, some paid programs may also install third-party software that you don’t want! Therefore, always download free applications and paid programs from reputable download web-sites. Use ONLY custom or manual installation mode and never blindly press Next button.
Now your machine should be free of the Gifables search. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop ups and intrusive dangerous web pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new browser hijackers, malware and adware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Gifables startpage from the FF, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.