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How to Remove Home.tb.ask.com Redirect Virus?

 

Keeps being redirected to home.tb.ask.com when you launch your installed web browser and when you are searching the web? If this is the case, you have been infected by this home.tb.ask.com redirect virus. This post will guide you to rid your internet browser of this computer infection. Read on.

 

What Is Ask and Home.tb.ask.com Redirect Virus?

 

Home.tb.ask.com redirect virus, also referred to as Search.tb.ask.com redirect virus, is a browser hijacker that is compatible with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Once installed, it will change the homepage and New Tab page of your installed web browser to home.tb.ask.com and the default search engine to Ask Web Search. That’s why your web browser starts up on home.tb.ask.com and you are redirected to search.tb.ask.com when you search the web.

Home.tb.ask.com

 

Ask will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search result to earn money. It may also collect your personal information such as your search terms and browsing habits to feed you more precise ads.

Search Result

 

 

How Does Home.tb.ask.com Redirect Virus Infect a Computer?

 

Home.tb.ask.com usually comes bundled with other freeware, such as video conversion program, video streaming and download-manager. When you install such programs, you will also agree to set Ask as your default search engine and new tab page. RadioRage toolbar, Sammsoft toolbar and Vacationxplorer extension are known programs that will cause this redirect.

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Please be cautious when installing such freeware and always opt for custom/advanced installation that you can deselect unwanted applications and settings.

 

How to Remove Home.tb.ask.com Redirect Virus?

                                                                                                           

The outline of the removal guide

 

Step 1 Uninstall Ask redirect virus related malicious programs through Control Panel

Step 2 Rid your installed web browser of Home.tb.ask.com redirect

Step 3 Repair you installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar (Recommend)

Step 4 Clean the invalid registry entries and residual files

                                                                                                           

 

Step 1 Uninstall Ask redirect virus related malicious programs through Control Panel

 

Those applications that cause home.tb.ask.com redirect will install toolbars and other programs to support the redirecting, so you need to uninstall these useless applications. Make sure RadioRage Internet Explorer Toolbar and RadioRage Firefox Toolbar developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Sammsoft Toolbar and VacationXplorer be removed.

Windows 8: Move the mouse pointer to the right side corner → select Search → search for “control panel” to get Control Panel→ Click on Uninstall a Program → Locate applications mentioned above and any other suspicious third-party applications → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

Or, move the mouse pointer to bottom left corner → right click onHot button → select Control Panel from the list → Click on Uninstall a Program → Locate applications mentioned above and any other suspicious third-party applications → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

Windows 7/Vista: Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → Locate applications mentioned above and any other suspicious third-party applications → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

Windows XP: Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → search for applications mentioned above and any other suspicious third-party applications → Click on Remove button to remove them one by one

Uninstall-control panel

 

 

Step 2 Rid your installed web browser of Home.tb.ask.com redirect

 

In most cases, after uninstalling these applications, the extension added would have been removed. In order to have your web browser work correctly again, you should go through the steps below to check and restore your browser settings.

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner → select Internet options → hit General tab in the menu → replace http://home.tb.ask.com/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

 

2. To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on any suspicious toolbars and extensions → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

IE-extensions

 

3. To reset search provider: Switch to Search Providers tab → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click Ask Web Search → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting 

IE-search provider

 

 

Alternative Solution: Reset IE to its default state

If you think the setting process is complicated or you can’t find the items mentioned above, you can follow this solution to reset IE to its default state.

 

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

 

2. Switch to Advanced tab in the window and click on the Reset button.

 

3. Check Delete personal settings and click Reset button in the new window.

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4. After the reset finished, click Close button. Then restart Internet Explorer.

 

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

1. To remove extensions: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove any suspicious extensions

 FF-plugins

FF-extensions

 

2. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

 

3. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → locate Ask Web Search → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider as default search engine from the menu

FF-search engine

 

Alternative Solution: Reset Firefox to its default state

This solution is easy to follow, but you will lose your customized settings.

1. Click on orange Firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser, and then move the mouse pointer to Help in the dropped-down menu and select Troubleshooting information in the sub-menu.

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2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the Troubleshooting Information page and in the confirmation window that opens.

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3. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported.

 

 

Step 3 Repair you installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Also, you can download and install a tool to assist you to complete the repair of your browser. Anvi Slim Toolbar is such an application.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/

Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:

Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Chech or tick unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons → hit Remove button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-manage

3. Empty trash bin:

The removed toolbars and extensions are placed in the trash bin in case you want them back, so you need to empty the trash bin regularly.

Click on the trash bin icon, then you can restore or remove toolbars and extensions there.

Slim toolbar-trash bin

 

4. Modify browser settings:

Go to Browser Repair tab → chose the browser you are going to repair → set the homepage to your preferred website → select a desired search engine → click on the Repair button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-Browser Repair 1

 

 

Step 4 Clean the invalid registry entries and residual files

 

After remove home.tb.ask.com virus, some registry keys and junk files are still on your computer. This residual files may slow down the performance of your computer over time, so you should clean up your computer after uninstall application. Try Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install the free or paid version of Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Boost button.

Cloud System Booster-Boost

 

3. Click on Clean button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-Clean

 

Now, home.tb.ask.com redirect virus should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encounter any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.

 

                                                                   

Recommended—Optimize your computer disk with Anvi Ultimate Defrag

 

You are experiencing a incredibly slow and computer and browser performance even if you clean up your computer system regularly? Maybe you should consider if the poor performance is caused by disk fragmentation. Files get split up into fragments as you use computer and this theoretically slows down your computer. Thus to optimize the disk performance, you need a disk defragment program, such as Anvi Ultimate Defrag, to make the fragments as contiguous as possible.

Download Anvi Ultimate Defrag by clicking this link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html

Purchase Anvi Ultimate Defrag by clicking this link: http://www.dotfab.com/audupgrade.php

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Double click audsetup.exe file to install Anvi Ultimate Defrag

Launch Anvi Ultimate Defrag and check the disks and operations you want, then click on Start

This will take a long period of time, so you could tick “Shut down Windows after complete”.

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