How to remove (uninstall) YourTab StartPage

YourTab StartPage

YourTab StartPage is an annoying browser hijacker that cannot be called a virus. It’s a pro and con simultaneously, and in case you're wondering why - let us explain it. The good news is that YourTab StartPage isn't dangerous by itself, meaning that it's not going to spoil customer's information or spoil the whole system as common malware does. It will display to you loads of annoying advertising content in the shape of links emerging without any logic on the monitor, huge banners and pop-ups. You may manage to refrain from clicking them all, but that’s what we call a big inconvenience. What's not good is that unlike malware, adware is rarely detected by common AV. They're unable to detect it thanks to weird behavior patterns, and can't decline its installation because victims install it in manual mode.

YourTab StartPage

YourTab StartPage is used by scammers to create some simulated views on the pages they need to promote and to advertise the merchandise that can’t be sold in a lawful way. We are talking about fake programs, cracked tools or video files, “18+” content and fake goods. Of course, the pop-ups created by YourTab StartPage are highly dubious and should not be clicked no matter what. We have already said, that YourTab StartPage isn’t hazardous on its own, but it gets perilous if stays unattended. If a hazardous program dwells for long enough within the workstation, it lends a hand for more harmful utilities to infect the PC occasionally transforming your system into a junk heap. You might see these spoiled computers from time to time, clogged with trashy programs, incapable of starting in a few minutes, constantly freezing, etc. You have to remove adware as soon as possible, to evade such issues with your own computer.

 

How to protect your PC against YourTab StartPage

Before we proceed to the elimination, you need to know how to shield the OS from adware. We're going to start from studying the manners of infection. There are plenty penetration ways that unwanted programs like, yet the most usual of them for YourTab StartPage is the bundled installation, also known as bundling. This is its method of operation:

  • When a user sees a bundle, he decides that it’s a helpful program and downloads it. Some antiviral tools warn their users about the possibly unwanted contents of an installer, but fraudsters have an ace up their sleeves to deal with this. The good programs used as titles for packages are usually the hacked variants of licensed programs. That's why users think that they will probably conflict with their antiviruses and simply disregard the notifications.
  • During the installation, a victim notices a dialogue window where he has to choose between a preferable and not recommended installation ways. The recommended technique is pre-selected so that all people who like clicking “OK” choose it right away.
  • Internet-criminals pick a helpful utility that's sought-after among the common customers and mix it up with 3-4 pieces of adware. The package is created so that you couldn’t see what’s inside before you start installing it. Often, it occurs when viruses are already inside the system, and the customer realizes that he has got not quite what he wanted.
  • The package is being uploaded on a popular file-sharing portal. They upload it to as many web pages as they are able, to increase the quantity of probable victims.

If you didn’t reject the preferable installation manner – you’ve got a lot of undesired programs instead of a helpful tool, and we're going to assist you with their removal.

How to recognize adware when you see one?

You might wonder how a user might detect adware if an antiviral utility didn't manage to do that, but we will answer this question right now. The point is that the AV utility (if you’ve got one), is detecting pieces of adware by knowing their structure. Hackers modify the code of their unwanted programs once in a while by doing minor changes without changing the major purpose. We don’t recommend you to dig into YourTab StartPage’s structure, yet we have some experience in how scammers would hide a dangerous utility when it remains in front of the customer’s face. You have to think over the type of every utility you download. Think twice before installing browser improvement tools and programs for social networks that offer you any type of new functions. System cleaners are extremely suspicious too, as well as any pirated utilities, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, etc. By refraining from installing these programs, the chances of penetration will decrease drastically.

How to remove YourTab StartPage

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove YourTab StartPage manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove YourTab StartPage from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

 

If you want to delete YourTab StartPage – there are two methods. You can get rid of it by hand, or via an antivirus. In case you prefer to deal with YourTab StartPage without any AV tools – we can help you with that, but you should realize that YourTab StartPage is not the only virus within the workstation. As you may recall from the other paragraphs of this guide, YourTab StartPage infected your machine via bundling, which means that there are easily 2-3 more advertising utilities to uninstall. If you’re fine with uninstalling them all at the same time manually – we will help you with it.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "YourTab StartPage" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove YourTab StartPage from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove YourTab StartPage

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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