What is Tail DS?
The computer security experts have determined that Tail DS is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that falls under the family of Browser hijackers. Typically, browser hijackers make changes to the default homepage and search engine of user browsers, making it difficult to change them back. Browser hijackers can also include unwanted ads and popups to show up in the infected browsers. Browser hijackers are usually installed with freeware or shareware download off from third-party web-pages; they can also be found inside legitimate web pages and programs.
If your PC is infected with the Tail DS browser hijacker you will be forced to use its own search provider. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it can display intrusive and malicious ads developed to trick you into buying certain questionable applications or products, provide search results that can redirect your web browser to certain deceptive, misleading or malicious web sites. We recommend that you use only the reliable search provider such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
In addition to the above, it can gather lots of marketing-type data about you that may be later sold to third party companies. You do not know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely don’t know what will happen when you click on any ads on the Tail DS web-site.
How can a browser hijacker get on your PC system
|Type||redirect virus, browser hijacker, search provider hijacker, home page hijacker, PUP|
|Affected Browser Settings||newtab page URL, search provider, start page|
|Distribution||fake software updaters, suspicious pop up advertisements, free software installation packages|
|Symptoms||Pop ups and new tabs are loaded without your request. Your internet browser is redirected to web-pages you did not want. There is an unexpected application in the ‘App & Features’ section of Microsoft Windows settings. An unwanted web-browser toolbar appears in your browser. Your web-browser homepage has replaced and you cannot modify it back.|
|Removal||Tail DS removal guide|
How to remove Tail DS browser hijacker (removal guidance)
The answer is right here on this web page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It will allow you easily remove hijacker from your computer or web-browser. Moreover, you may choose manual or automatic removal solution. If you are familiar with the PC then use manual removal, otherwise run free malware removal tools that are designed specifically to remove browser hijackers like Tail DS. Of course, you may combine both methods. Certain of the steps will require you to restart your PC system or exit this web-site. So, read this guidance carefully, then bookmark this page or open it on your smartphone for later reference.
To remove Tail DS, execute the following steps:
- How to manually remove Tail DS
- Automatic Removal of Tail DS
- How to stop Tail DS redirect
How to manually remove Tail DS
Most common browser hijackers can be deleted without any antivirus apps. The manual hijacker removal is guide that will teach you how to remove Tail DS browser hijacker. If you do not want to remove it in the manually due to the fact that you are an unskilled computer user, then you can use free removal utilities listed below.
Remove potentially unwanted applications through the MS Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of annoying ads or internet browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will show the Windows Control Panel as displayed below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all software installed on your device. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any questionable and unknown apps.
Remove Tail DS from Google Chrome
If you have browser hijacker problem or the Google Chrome is running slow, then reset Google Chrome settings can help you. In the steps below we will show you a method to reset your Chrome settings to original state without reinstall. This will also help to remove Tail DS from homepage, newtab page and search provider.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Chrome main menu again, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as displayed below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Get rid of Tail DS from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
Resetting your Firefox is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your browser application, including the redirect to Tail DS website. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed or cleared.
First, open the Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed below.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Tail DS hijacker from Internet Explorer
The IE reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you’ve unwanted add-ons or toolbars on your web-browser, which installed by a malware.
First, start the Microsoft 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 in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open 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 on the screen below.
After the process is complete, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s default search provider, startpage and new tab page to default state.
Automatic Removal of Tail DS
Manual removal tutorial does not always help to get rid of browser hijacker easily, as it is not easy to identify and get rid of components of browser hijacker and all malicious files from hard disk. Therefore, it’s recommended that you use malware removal tool to completely remove Tail DS off your personal computer. Several free malicious software removal utilities are currently available that may be used against the browser hijacker. The optimum way would be to run Zemana AntiMalware, MalwareBytes and Hitman Pro.
How to remove Tail DS with Zemana
Zemana AntiMalware is extremely fast and ultra light weight malware removal tool. It will assist you get rid of Tail DS browser hijacker, adware, potentially unwanted software and other malicious software. This program gives real-time protection which never slow down your PC system. Zemana AntiMalware is designed for experienced and beginner computer users. The interface of this tool is very easy to use, simple and minimalist.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of Zemana Anti-Malware for Windows. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When the downloading process is finished, close all windows on your computer. Further, open the set up file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install Zemana Anti-Malware on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware will automatically start and you can see its main window as on the image below.
Next, press the “Scan” button to search for Tail DS browser hijacker. Depending on your PC, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a malicious software, adware or PUPs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
After Zemana AntiMalware has finished scanning your PC, Zemana will open a scan report. In order to delete all items, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware will remove Tail DS browser hijacker and move the selected threats to the Quarantine. After the clean up is complete, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer.
Use Hitman Pro to remove Tail DS hijacker
HitmanPro is a free application which created to remove malicious software, PUPs, adware and hijackers from your computer running MS Windows 10, 8, 7, XP (32-bit and 64-bit). It will help to identify and delete Tail DS browser hijacker, including its files, folders and registry keys.
Click the link below to download Hitman Pro. Save it on your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
When downloading is finished, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the HitmanPro icon. It will launch the Hitman Pro tool. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to run the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Next” . HitmanPro program will scan through the whole computer for the Tail DS browser hijacker. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the HitmanPro application is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified as threat.
After the scan is complete, you’ll be shown the list of all detected threats on your PC system like below.
Next, you need to press “Next” button. It will display a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button. The Hitman Pro will begin to get rid of Tail DS browser hijacker. Once finished, the utility may ask you to restart your computer.
Use MalwareBytes to remove Tail DS hijacker
If you’re still having problems with the Tail DS hijacker — or just wish to check your computer occasionally for hijacker and other malicious software — download MalwareBytes. It’s free for home use, and finds and deletes various unwanted programs that attacks your PC or degrades PC system performance. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware can remove adware, potentially unwanted software as well as malware, including ransomware and trojans.
Installing the MalwareBytes AntiMalware is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
After the downloading process is done, close all apps and windows on your computer. Double-click the set up file named MBSetup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the Setup wizard that will help you install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is complete successfully, press “Get Started” button. MalwareBytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the Tail DS browser hijacker. Depending on your device, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the tool is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
As the scanning ends, the results are displayed in the scan report. You may remove items (move to Quarantine) by simply press “Quarantine” button. The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will delete Tail DS browser hijacker. After the clean-up is finished, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
We advise you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes to remove adware software, browser hijacker and other malicious software.
How to stop Tail DS redirect
By installing an ad blocker program like AdGuard, you’re able to stop Tail DS redirects, block autoplaying video ads and remove a large amount of distracting and annoying ads on webpages.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is done, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the image 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 guide like below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your device, AdGuard will run automatically and stop unwanted ads, block Tail DS redirects, as well as other malicious or misleading web-sites. 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.
To sum up
Once you have removed the hijacker using the steps, IE, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Edge will no longer display the Tail DS web page on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
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