Search.chill-tab.com Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
Other names: Chill-tab.com
 

Search.chill-tab.com can occupy your web browsers and cause some real headache, because this so-called “useful tool” is a genuine browser hijacker, one of the most common type of malware. If you have discovered that this infection is operating on your computer, just keep on reading and we will provide you with all needed information to solve this problem.

Update of Search.chill-tab.com virus

Search.chill-tab.com has an end user license agreement which is very similar to another suspicious software application called Utilitool. They both fail to reveal their owners and are distributed in rogue pop-ups. You should be aware of the position that security researchers have about programs that are recommended via online ads, especially the ones that are suggested completely randomly.

Search.chill-tab.com virus remove


This product is also hosted on the same web server as Search.sidecubes.com and Search.snap.do. Therefore, we can predict that their owners are calling themselves a number of different names, like Veristaff Ltd. or Pinwid Ltd. It is unclear whether all of the search platforms are generate by the same vicious developers, but we are sure that they definitely are affiliated.

Search.chill-tab.com virus is enjoying a 585,747 position in the global rankings of the top-visited domain. However, this browser hijacker is mostly active in United States of America. Also, some web traffic derives from United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia.

Furthermore, we also figured out that Search.safensearch.com is associated with Search.chill-tab.com malware infection. Search.moccini.com is also hosted on the same web server and its owners are indicated to be a company called CodeSet. However, all of their main features carry similarities. Therefore, we are fairly certain that the same shady developers are referring to themselves by different names to conceal their true identities. Nevertheless, Veristaff is the title we notice the most often. It has been identified as the owner of such browser hijackers like Search.soundrad.com and Jamboxlive.com.

After looking at the DNS record analysis, we noticed two hosts of this Chill-tab.com virus. One of them was searchportal-southcentralus.cloudapp.net which opens a search engine from ReSoft. In addition to this, we found that a target of another host is Snapdo-searchportal.trafficmanager.net which proves that the search engine is associated with Snap.do infection.

General info about this infection

This website is described as useful and free tool that will enhance your web browsing experience, but it is not true and you should not trust it. Search.chill-tab.com looks like regular search engine, but in reality it is useless. First of all, if you try to search for something using this website, your search will be redirected to Yahoo. So why this add-on is considered to be malicious?

Well, first of all, it is because the way it gets installed on your computer. Since you can not download it from their official website, it is distributer using some shady methods, such as bundling (62% of the Top 50 Download.com applications bundle toolbars and other PUPs) I.e. when you download some free software from the Internet, you will be offered to install additional tools or add them to your web browser. Most of the time such an option is default, so if you do not change anything during the installation, settings on your web browser are likely to be changed automatically. After this, it might be difficult to change those settings back – it can be done only after you completely remove the infection from your computer.

It might be confusing, because there are two different websites under the same domain name – search.chill-tab.com and chill-tab.com. However, whois information is hidden by proxies and you can’t recognise who is hiding behind this piece of malware (Differences between different viruses) since there is no information about their identity on the Privacy Policy page. That is a really huge cyber security risk – to let software operate on your computer while you don’t know why and how it was created, who is holding the responsibility.

We also have discovered that Search.chill-tab.com is somehow affiliated with Safe Finder malware, since you can see their logo when executing a search.

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It is not clear where Safe Finder comes from neither, yet it is malicious and therefore makes Search.chill-tab.com even more unwanted. So if your computer is infected with chill-tab, there are chances then the other will be installed on it too. This infection is listed as an adware and once inside of your system will flood your web browsers with various ads in all kinds of forms, such as pop-up, pop-under, in-text, banner or contextual advertisements. New tab or even window with ads on it can be opened at any time too.

In case you are considering removing Search.chill-tab.com from your computer and web browsers, do not hesitate – do it right now. All you need is a decent anti-malware application, such as Reimage. Install it on your computer and then run a full scan of all files stored on your hard drive. Either one of them should detect and eliminate the virus instantly. There is also a way to remove this infection without downloading anti-malware software – manually. We have developed Search.chill-tab.com manual removal guide to assist you through this process of virus removal, so just try to complete all steps correctly and you should be able to erase this infection by your own. Instructions can be found below this article.


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Manual removal of Search.chill-tab.com virus

How to remove chill-tab virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Chill-tab.com install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Search.chill-tab.com virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing chill-tab virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Search.chill-tab.com virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.chill-tab.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Search.chill-tab.com virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Search.chill-tab.com virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.chill-tab.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Search.chill-tab.com virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Search.chill-tab.com virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the chill-tab virus from the list.

How to remove Search.chill-tab.com virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Search.chill-tab.com virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to chill-tab virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Search.chill-tab.com virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Search.chill-tab.com virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Search.chill-tab.com virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Search.chill-tab.com virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to chill-tab virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove chill-tab virus, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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July 19, 2017 03:34, October 9, 2017 07:24
 
   
 

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