What is Tab.chill-tab.com
Tab.chill-tab.com is a website, which is linked to browser hijacker activity on your Mac. If you constantly get redirected to this page, or if it has replaced your homepage and default search engine, it is certain that your browser has been hijacked by this nasty parasite. Malicious software such as this hijacker is also responsible for the numerous advertisements which are being displayed on your screen every time you open your browser. The longer this parasite remains uninterrupted, the worse your condition will get. Hijackers are known to be very damaging to the web browsers they infect, and can also seriously jeopardize your private information. That being said, you need to remove it from your Mac, before the worst happens.
How it is distributed
This browser hijacker is most commonly spread via freeware, software ‘bundling’, fake update messages, torrent files, email attachments, infected ads and links, etc. Often, users rush the installation process and don’t pay close attention to what is written. If you are careless, you can easily miss the proposed additional software in the installer. By default, they will get automatically installed, unless you opt out of their installation yourself. To do this, you have to opt for a Custom/Advanced type of process, so you can have full control over what is being installed on your PC.
How it operates
The Tab.chill-tab.com hijacker is capable of modifying your browser to its liking. It can even install other junk like shady toolbars, add-ons, and extensions, without the need for your approval. The parasite is programmed to monitor your online activity and collect your web data, so it can produce specifically targeted content you’ll be most likely to click on. Then it will be able to create profit for its creators through the pay-per-click scheme. But the thing is, among the collected web data may be your passwords, IP addresses, credit card numbers, etc. On top of that, your browser will soon begin struggling to display all the aggressive ads thrown its way by the hijacker, causing it to be unresponsive to your actions. If you want to regain control over your web browsers and protect your private information, simply follow the instructions below to be able to remove the hijacker manually from your Mac.
Staying safe from Tab.chill-tab.com
Apart from having a reliable AV software installed on your Mac, there are other things you can do to ensure your device’s safety. We highly recommend you to:
- Pay close attention when you install third-party software, especially torrent files, so you don’t install shady additional applications that you don’t want. In most cases, that’s how malicious parasites are able to infect your computer;
- Read any Terms and Conditions you see, so you know exactly what you agree to. The last thing you want is to unknowingly give permission to a nasty virus to infiltrate your Mac;
- Follow links that lead to trustworthy sites only;
- It is best to visit only reliable and official websites. You never know what dangers might lurk behind an unfamiliar site;
- No matter how attractive an ad is, if you are not familiar with the website it redirects to, it might be best to steer clear of it and not click;
- Always check the sender’s email address before opening a message. If it states that it’s from an official company, compare the email with the one given in their official page. If there is no match, delete the message, since it most likely is fake and has malicious aims;
- Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. More often than not, such files carry infections that can seriously damage your computer.
How to manually remove Tab.chill-tab.com browser hijacker from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Tab.chill-tab.com hijacker, the instructions below can help you to remove it manually. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Go to Utilities. You can do that by using the ⇧+⌘+U key combination, or by going to Finder and choosing Utilities from the Go main menu at the top.
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it.
3. A list will be displayed. Find any processes that seem suspicious to you and use the ‘Force Quit‘ option to quit them completely.
4. Open Finder. Click on the Go button from the main menu at the top, and choose Applications. An alternative way is to use the ⇧+⌘+A key combination.
5. Look for any suspicious applications, especially ones with a name similar to Tab.chill-tab.com. If any are found, right-click on them and select the ‘Move to Trash‘ option.
6. Remove any related left-over files by going to Finder‘s search bar and typing the name of the app you want to remove. Make sure to modify the two drop down menus above to ‘System Files‘ and ‘Are Included‘, so that any hidden files are visible for you to remove. Once you find the files you want to remove, simply drag them to Trash.
7. All that’s left for you to do is remove any related extensions to Tab.chill-tab.com from your Mac browsers.
For Mozilla Firefox extensions:
- Open the Firefox browser and from the ‘burger’ menu in the top right corner of the window select ‘Add-ons’.
- Select any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and click ‘Remove’.
For Google Chrome extensions:
- Open the Chrome browser and select Tools > Extensions from the menu (the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window).
- Locate any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and remove them.
For Safari extensions:
- Open the Safari browser. From the Safari menu choose Preferences. Select Extensions from the options at the top.
- Find any extensions you think are related to the virus, select them and click ‘Uninstall’. A new window will show up asking for confirmation. Click Uninstall again, for the extension to get deleted permanently from your browser.