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Search.chill-tab.com redirect. How to delete? (Removal tutorial)

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Chill Tab browser hijacker causes troubles for the virtual community

Search.chill-tab.com homepage

Chill Tab operates as a search engine based on Safe Finder virus and designed specifically for Mac OS users. If you deliberately add it to your browser or enable it accidentally, soon the search engine will bother you with ‘scanning for Browser updates’ notifications. After the invasion, your default search engine will be replaced to hxxp://search.chill-tab.com in all browsers detected on your Apple computer.

Chill-Tab browsing engine came to attention in July 2017 when users submitted their complaints online about constant redirections and commercial ads caused by this search tool. The tool is also affiliated with these questionable instances:

  • MacSearch
  • hkijingy.me
  • updates.ijnewhb.com
  • cdn.macapproduct.com

You might catch a glimpse of these in the browser as well. Thus, it is of utmost necessity to eradicate them as well. Speaking of this browser malware, it falls under the category of browser hijackers. They are designed to direct users to sponsored domains and display certain commercial content. In addition, others gain such label due to the tendency to occupy a browser by disguising under insignificant add-on pinned to the installation wizard of freeware.

In relation to the recent news when felons made use of browser‘s search result strategy to direct users to infected domains, browser hijackers are more likely to engage in such activity. The developers of such PUPs are only interested in making a profit and disregard the proper cybersecurity of their products.

Alternatively, some of them deliberately cooperate with questionable advertising partners to increase revenue. However, such commercial deal only has quite a negative impact on users.

Likewise, while using search.chill-tab.com browsing engine, there is a high probability that you may be redirected to a website advertising corrupted browser extensions and programs. Regarding the fact that fraudsters foist crypto-coin miners under the misleading label and place them in legitimate websites, search.chill-tab.com redirect should not be ignored. Therefore, it would be a wiser decision to eradicate the hijacker. You may do so with the assistance of Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. Either of the programs accelerates search.chill-tab.com removal process.

Common behaviour of the hijacker

Each time you are about to start a new browsing session, the following pop-up emerges:

Scanning for Browser updates

After the supposed scam, the PUP displays the following message:

Your browser is now up to date! Click to continue.

When your browsing engine is altered, you are likely to be encouraged to enable Chill Tab browser extension, specifically, Chill Tab – Weather and Wallpapers. Considering the bothersome pop-ups and relation to Safe Browser hijacker, make a rush to remove Chill-Tab.

Tips to prevent PUPs from entering the device

It is fortunate that this browser malware has its own official site and its browser plug-ins are available online. Likewise, dealing with them is less troublesome.

On the other hand, you should not let your guard down. Users complained having troubles determining how Chill Tab hijack occurred in the first place. Usually, hijackers also disperse as optional programs found in the installation guides of free file converters, torrent downloaders, and media players.

Therefore, paying attention to the installation process is of utmost importance. Note that opting for ‘Advanced’ settings will not limit the risk of installing Chill-tab. Some PUPs can be found under the latter installation mode. Thus, watch for optional attachments and install the primary program only when you remove the checkmarks from optional add-ons.

Perform Search.chill-tab.com removal

Chill Tab prefers targeting Mac OS users, though Windows OS users can also find its homepage and browser extension on Chrome Web Store. Chill-tab removal should not take too long if you entrust this procedure to malware elimination program. Earlier suggested Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes functions on Apple computers perfectly.

In case you do not intend to perform automatic elimination, manual instructions will be of use to use. Follow them precisely to remove search.chill-tab.com virus properly. After that, check your system whether Chill Tab 1.0 version was eliminated successfully.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Search.chill-tab.com virus, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Search.chill-tab.com in Mac OS X system

in order to eliminate Chill-Tab virus from your Apple computer, delete all elements associated to this hijacker. Look for MacSearch, hkijingy.me, updates.ijnewhb.com, cdn.macapproduct.com and similar unknown entries.

  1. Users who use OS X should click on Go button, which can be found at the top left corner of the screen and select Applications. Click on 'Go' to open a drop-down menu and select 'Applications'.
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Search.chill-tab.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on each malicious application and select 'Move to Trash'
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Uninstall Search.chill-tab.com in Windows systems

In case this potentially unwanted program settles on your browser in Windows OS, look for its components via Control Panel. You need to find programs that look shady or those you cannot remember installing, select them and click Uninstall. 

  1. Go to Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, open Add/Remove Programs).Go to 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, open 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open Quick Access Menu. Then click Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open 'Quick Access Menu'. Then click 'Control Panel' and select 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Remove Search.chill-tab.com and programs related to it
    Now, take a look at the list of programs and find Search.chill-tab.com or other programs that you do not remember installing.
  4. Right-click on these programs and select "Uninstall." Then click OK to save changes. Right-click every suspicious program and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Delete Search.chill-tab.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right-click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and click Properties. Right-click on web browsers' icon and click 'Properties'
  6. Now, go to Shortcut tab and find Target field. Then delete the URL that is associated with your virus. Open 'Shortcut' tab and erase 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other shady URL

Follow the same steps as explained above with all other shortcuts of Internet browsers, including Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Please check Start Menu, Desktop, and taskbar to find all shortcuts.

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Delete Search.chill-tab.com from Google Chrome

As for search.chill-tab.com removal in Chrome, go to chrome://extensions page. Paste this line into the address bar and push Enter. Delete the Chill Tab NewTab extension.

  1. Remove malicious extensions
    Launch Google Chrome, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Tools Extensions. Open browser's menu, then click 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Now, look for Search.chill-tab.com and other suspicious extensions and then click the trash icon to remove them. Find malicious extensions and click on the Trash bin icon to remove them
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Open menu and select Settings.
  4. Find Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup section and click Set pages. Open browser's menu, then go to 'Settings' and select 'Set pages' under 'On startup' section
  5. An additional window should pop-up. Here, remove dubious URLs and add a new page that you wish to set as a homepage. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  6. Open Chrome menu and go to Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. Once you open browser's 'Settings', click on 'Manage search engines...' button
  7. In Search Engines..., configure default search engine settings. Remove untrustworthy ones. We advise you to leave only Google or another reputable website of your choice. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  8. Reset all Google Chrome settings
    Open menu by clicking the button at the top right corner of Google Chrome, and go to Settings.
  9. Scroll down to find Reset browser settings button. Click on it. When in 'Settings', click Show advanced settings and then find 'Reset browser settings' button. Click on it.
  10. Click Reset to approve this action and finish Search.chill-tab.com removal. Click 'Reset' to finish the removal process.
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Delete Search.chill-tab.com from Safari

Delete Chill Tab from Safari by resetting the browser. Examine it and delete the following entries: MacSearch, hkijingy.me, updates.ijnewhb.com, cdn.macapproduct.com.

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Search.chill-tab.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and remove untrustworthy extensions
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Search.chill-tab.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. Go to 'General' section and find Homepage field. Delete suspicious URL and replace it with a URL of your choice.
  5. Reset all Safari settings
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Search.chill-tab.com removal process. Select all checkboxes and click 'Reset'
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Delete Search.chill-tab.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Delete suspicious browser add-ons
    Launch Internet Explorer, and then open IE by clicking on the Gear icon, which is located at the top right corner of the Internet browser. Then, click Manage Add-ons. Open browser menu and go to 'Manage add-ons'
  2. Manage Add-ons window will appear on your screen. Now, search for Search.chill-tab.com and other questionable browser add-ons. Right-click them on each of them and select Disable. To eliminate malicious applications, right-click on each of them and click 'Disable'
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Click the Gear icon at the top right corner of the Internet browser and then click Internet Options. Stay in General section.
  4. Now, delete malicious URL and enter Delete suspicious URL, type in your preferable site name and click 'Apply' to save
  5. Reset all Internet Explorer settings
    Click on Gear icon and then opt for Internet options. Then go to Advanced section.
  6. Click Reset.
  7. A new window appears, and then you have to tick Delete personal settings and click Reset to finalise Search.chill-tab.com removal. In 'Advanced' tab, click 'Reset'. Then tick 'Delete personal settings' and click 'Reset'.
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Eliminate Search.chill-tab.com virus from Microsoft Edge browser

Reset settings in Microsoft Edge (Technique No.1):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser, then click on More button, which is situated at the top right edge of the screen
  2. Select Settings from the drop down menu.
  3. When the Settings panel appears, find Clear browsing data section and hit Choose what to clear button. Open Settings and click on 'Choose what to clear' button
  4. Then mark all components that you wish to delete and after that hit Clear. Click 'Clear'
  5. Right-click the Start button (that has Windows logo on it) and choose Task Manager. Right-click the Start button again and choose 'Task Manager'
  6. Go to Processes tab and look for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and select Go to details. If there is no Go to details option, select More details and carry out previous instructions. Right-click on 'Microsoft Edge' and choose 'Go to details' option If 'Go to details' option does not show up, choose 'More details' instead
  8. Once Details tab appears, look for entries that contain Microsoft Edge name. Right-click on such individual entries and choose End Task option to terminate them. Locate all entries that relate to Microsoft Edge and click 'End Task'

Reset Microsoft Edge (Technique No.2):

In case the Technique No.1 did not help you to fix the problem, use advanced Edge reset option.

  1. Important: you must backup your files before you use these tips
  2. Locate this folder on your PC: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select all items in this folder and right-click with your mouse. Select Delete. Open Microsoft Edge folder on your PC, click every entry with the right mouse button and select 'Delete'
  4. Click on the Start button (that has Windows Logo on it) and in Search my stuff field, type in window power.
  5. With the right button of your mouse, click on every entry and select Run as administrator. Locate where Windows PowerShell is, right-click on it and click on 'Run as administrator' option
  6. Once you get Admin's rights, Windows PowerShell window should show up shortly. Paste this line:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and hit Enter. Copy and then paste the necessary command and hit 'Enter'

After completing these steps, Microsoft Edge should be Search.chill-tab.com-free.

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Delete Search.chill-tab.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Launch Mozilla Firefox, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Add-ons Extensions. Open browser menu and go to 'Add-ons'
  2. Now, locate Search.chill-tab.com and other suspicious extensions. Click Remove to eliminate them. Go to 'Extensions' and locate malicious browser add-ons. Hit 'Remove' button to delete each entry
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Open Firefox menu (click the button at the top right corner), and go to Options General.
  4. Delete malicious URL and then enter the address of the website that you want to set as your homepage.
  5. Click OK to save the changes. Open 'General' tab and delete the URL from 'Home Page' field or just simply click 'Restore to Default'. Then click on 'OK' button to apply changes.
  6. Reset all Mozilla Firefox settings
    Click on the Firefox at the top left corner and then click the question mark. Then, select Troubleshooting Information. Open menu by clicking on the indicated icon and on '?'. Then select 'Troubleshooting Information'.
  7. Reset Firefox to its default state message should appear then. You will see Reset Firefox button. Click this button a few times and finalise Search.chill-tab.com removal. Hit 'Reset Firefox' button a few times

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