What is Thetabs.net

Thetabs.net is a browser-based infection that hijacks settings to bring up some visual changes. The affected changes include a new search engine and widgets meant to help you alongside browsing. Browser hijackers cannot be treated seriously, because they redirect user’s queries through legitimate engines like Yahoo, Google, Bing, and other reputable ones. Moreover, such infections can fly you through the chain of unwanted content imposing to click or download something. Thetabs.net may appear due to extensions supported by desktop apps. The ones reported by users are called T-rex dino run and The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme. Most users are unable to get rid of stubborn apps because it requires multi-step removal. We have gathered a list of solutions that will help you delete Thetabs.net from your computer in the article below.

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How Thetabs.net infected your computer

Sometimes, unwanted extensions or apps can be downloaded from the official websites. In other cases, the only possible way of penetration is via bundled software. It may be a cracked or pirated program advertised on a page that appeared on top of all search queries. During the download, you can be redirected through multiple links that contain suspicious behavior. This increases the risk of getting infected by unwanted software without your consent because it can be installed in the background mode. Besides that, you can be caught by a similar trick during the setup. Once you initiate the installation of the desired program, you should check additional sections (“Advanced/Custom”) for sponsored offers. Make sure you finish the setup with offers disabled. Otherwise, you will undergo an infection of browser hijackers or something worse like ransomware.

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To remove Thetabs.net completely, we recommend you to use Spyhunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Thetabs.net and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of Spyhunter for Mac offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Remove Thetabs.net manually for free

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full Thetabs.net removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of the Thetabs.net installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Note: Thetabs.net can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove Thetabs.net from Control Panel

To start removing Thetabs.net you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names, but usually “The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use CleanMyPC to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Mac.

Remove Thetabs.net from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme might have an Uninstaller.
  3. Otherwise, drag The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Remove Thetabs.net from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Thetabs.net from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove Thetabs.net from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Thetabs.net from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Thetabs.net from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Thetabs.net

In some cases, Thetabs.net won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Thetabs.net. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Thetabs.net folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall Thetabs.net in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting type F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious program

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

and for Mac:

If you can’t uninstall Thetabs.net using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Thetabs.net. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Thetabs.net from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Thetabs.net from Control Panel often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Thetabs.net related extension from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Thetabs.net from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Thetabs.net, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Thetabs.net does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find The Tabs – Personal New Tab Theme or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Thetabs.net installs a search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is the instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

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