How to remove FullTab Adware
What is FullTab:
Threat Classification: Adware/PUP
The FullTab adware (a.k.a. FullTab Direct Search or FullTab DS) is showing the most irritating web Ads by FullTab and could easily make web browsing almost impossible on the infected machine. If your browser starts opening new tabs, which are looking like the image above and you also noticed a lot of the very irritating Ads by FullTab, this usually means, that your computer is infected with the FullTab adware. The FullTab is using a malicious browser extension, that shows FullTab Ads on almost every web page you visit and it is also responsible for changing your URL for New Tabs . Distribution of the FullTab adware is usually done by some suspicious and questionable software bundles, which were configured to install additional adware and browser hijackers and are usually configured to install everything in silent or stealth mode on the victim’s computers, so that they won’t noticed it until they are already active, which makes the removal very hard. According to the majority of the reputable malware researchers from the anti-malware industry, the FullTab Adware is related to the FullTab.com, NewTabTvPlusSearch.com and the FullTabSearch.com browser hijackers. If you saw FullTab Ads or your web browser New Tabs are looking like the image above, our security advisers strongly recommend you to run a full system malware scan, using some reputable and reliable anti-malware product, like the award-winning anti-malware software SpyHunter4. The FullTab adware is compatible with all popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Usually, users that have FullTab adware installed on their computers might experience various intrusive and very irritating pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim should consider, that the search results have being compromised as well, most likely overloaded with SPAM and other 3rd party advertising.
FullTab is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and has being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of FullTab varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove FullTab adware:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove FullTab adware Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect FullTab and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). We strongly recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove FullTab adware Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove the FullTab Adware manually, however, you should go ahead at your own risk. Any of the manual interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove FullTab Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to FullTab, like the Content Protector, FullTab.com, ShowBox Ads, FullTabSearch.com, NewTabTvPlusSearch.com, Optmz.online, Cpmofferconvert.com, Dingit.tv, Popads.net, Syndication.exoclick.com, 1.loadblanks.ru, Outbrain.com, AdsKeeper.co.uk, Traffic-Media.co, KMSpico, Ludashi, Dashlane, Search Manager, Playbar.biz, Searchguide.level3.com, Ttwifi adware or any other third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. We recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed near the date your computer has been infected or within a day or two after that! If you find any – just right-click on it and try to uninstall them. Although, please mind that these are real infections and you may not been able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove FullTab from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit the Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit the Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and will go ahead with the reset. Once it’s completed, a new window will list all imported data. Click the Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Remove any folders or files related to FullTab by checking the following locations: