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Remove Hijacking (Home Tab Virus Removal Guide) or Hometab hijacks your web browser search? Homepage always redirected to If so, then you encounter the infection PUP on your machine. Read this article to learn more and get rid of the related PUP.


What is (Home Tab virus)? is a browser hijacker caused by bundled PUP installation like Home Tab browser add-on, compatible with IE, Firefox and Chrome. fakes a web search services provider like Google. It claims to enrich the users’ search experiences, however, it is an ads-supporting platform that services to collect revenue via extra ads banners and blackhat SEO techniques. Many users think it annoying or even a risky virus because its sneaky filtration and other coercive behaviors to interfere the normal browser search, such as modifying the default homepage, replacing the default search engine and adding its own add-on. If you also come across such an issue with or Home Tab add-on, you can use below provided removal guide to fix it.


The image of in Chrome

remove newhometab search page

The image of in Firefox search new home tab hijacking

Please note that although this infection is not strictly a virus, it does show some malicious traits like rootkit features to hook deep in the system, extra ads banner hooks to download more PUP or even scam programs, and more other blackhat SEO techniques to attract profitable traffics.

The image of NewHometab search 

new home tab search

From the part of the sponsored links this search shows, you may figure out that this New Home Tab search is not reliable enough. Worse still, it may cause below risks if you have it stay with your web browser.

Risks of Having Browser Hijacker

> 1. The web browser search performs slower and slower. This even slows down the whole system as well.

> 2. It makes the infected system expose to more PUP or even malware infections.

> 3. It is annoying that it certainly interferes the normal web search.

> 4. Sometimes it is stubborn onto the system and can always find its way back if you don’t remove all of its components.

> 5. It makes the browser settings disorder and brings much risky potentials to the user.

Thus, to maintain the system and keep the system safe, you can choose to get rid of this browser hijacker and remove its related PUPs by following below removal guide.


How to Get Rid of Browser Hijacker (Home Tab Browser Add-on Removal Guide) functions in forms of browser add-on like Home Tab to play its tricks. However, when you are also installed the Home Tab browser add-on, you may be also agreed to cause your browser search homepage redirected to Be aware and below is the removal guide outlined.

Step 1. Uninstall Home Tab or other Related PUP from Control Panel

Step 2. Browser Repair in IE, Firefox and Chrome.

Option 1. Automatic Browser Repair

Option 2. Manual Browser repair

> Remove Tab from Internet Explorer

> Remove Tab from Mozilla Firefox

> Remove Tab from Google Chrome

Step 3. Remove Leftovers and Maintain System Performance

>> Tips to Prevent Install of PUPs like Home Tab



Removal tips: To ensure the machine is clean away from hidden risky components of the browser hijacker, you are highly recommended to full scan your PC using your installed antivirus or here recommended antimalware-Anvi Smart Defender.



remove home tab from computer using ASD


Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.


Step 1. Uninstall Home Tab and Related PUP from Control Panel


Home tab Uninstall via Control Panel


Note: To completely fix the issue, you need to remove all suspicious PUPs like Home Tab, Certified Toolbar, or Web Search, etc.


For Win 8: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the Home Tab and other related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find the Home Tab and other related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.

For Windows xp: Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find the Home Tab and other related PUPfrom the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.

Uninstall Tips:

It is possible that the uninstall may be difficult to fulfill when you don’t know which and when causes this issue, then you may use this tool-Anvi Uninstaller which is integrated in Cloud System Booster (a system cleaner).

Cloud System Booster download:

There is a Recently Installed tab in the Anvi Uninstaller which can help more conveniently find the recently uninstalled PUP and then clean the leftovers (registry entries left). To use this tool, you can

  • 1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster.
  • 2. Start it and click on Expert on the main screen to open Expert interface where you can locate Toolbox tab and select Anvi Uninstaller to Run.
  • 3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the Delta Search toolbar and the related programs to uninstall.

uninstall Home Tab from computer using Anvi Uninstaller

Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall



Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.

clean left registry entries after uninstall Home Tab


And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here:



Step 2> Browser Repair in  IE/Firefox/Chrome


To remove Tab from IE/Firefox/Chrome, you can either use below provided tool or manually repair the browser settings including reset homepage, remove related add-on and remove related search engine.

Either way you choose, please take all the way up to complete the removal since sometimes the fix may vary depending on the specific situation. If any question happens during the removal, stop and get in touch for timely assistance.

Automatic Repair:

Download and install this automatic browser repair tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar ( )

Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find the Home Tab and any other unwanted or related add-on/plugin from the appeared list, select them to remove. 4. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.

Remove Home Tab add-on/extension/plug-in from IE, Firefox and Chrome using Anvi Slim Toolbar

remove Home Tab add-on using Anvi Slim Toolbar


Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Slim toolbar browser repair delta search

—Manual Repair


If the tool just failed to do its work in your case or you just prefer to the manual removal and repair, below are step by step manual removal guides in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. If any question, feel free to get in touch.


IEInternet Explorer Users

Note: please repair all the browser settings changed by as instructed here to return a normal Internet Explorer search.

Whatever, your optional choice is to reset the IE, see detailed instructions here: how to reset IE/Firefox/Chrome

1. Remove add-on

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on

There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find the Home Tab and related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove it one by one.

remove home tab add-on from IE

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.

2. Remove Search engine

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for and select related search engine here as Startweb and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the related search engine is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )

remove startweb search provider from IE


3. Reset homepage

Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. Then there will come out a window of Internet Options, under the General tab, locate on Home page area, to repair the homepage, you can either click on the Use Blankbutton or type your desired homepage like in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

reset homepage in IE


Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.

>next step


Firefox Mozilla Firefox users


Besides the manual repair, your optional choice is to reset the Firefox, see detailed instructions here: how to reset IE/Firefox/Chrome


1. Remove add-on

Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.

Firefox add-ons1


On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate the related add-on and clickRemove button to remove it.

Remove Home Tab add-on from Firefox

remove HomeTab browser add-on from Firefox


Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find the Widdit plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.

Remove Widdit plugin from Firefox

remove related plug-in Widdit from Firefox


2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.

Firefox homepage reset 1



Then there will open a window of Options as shown below, from where you need to locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like or click on Restore to Defaultbutton. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.

firefox homepage reset


3. Repair search engine

In the opened Firefox window,find the search box and click the right place as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…

Remove web search search engine from firefox


Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on the Web Search (in Firefox, the Home Tab search engine shows as Web Search) and then click Remove to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.

remove web search engine from firefox


4. Configure Firefox

Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.

Firefox configuration

Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.


Then, on the appeared window, type Web Search in the search box to find any items with value containing entered keywords from list there by highlighting the item and right-click on it to select Reset, one by one.

configure firefox from web search value

When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

>next step



chromeGoogle Chrome users


Besides the manual repair, your optional choice is to reset the Google Chrome, see detailed instructions here: how to reset IE/Firefox/Chrome


1. Remove Add-on

Open Google Chrome, and click the wrench or bars icon to navigate to Tools → Extensions.

Chrome extension removal 1


On the opened window, search for the related extensions as the HomeTab and related extensions. Locate the HomeTab and click the Trash can icon to remove it.


2. Reset homepage

On the opened window, switch to Settings as shown in below image and then under the On startup area, click Set pages

Chrome homepage reset

There will open a page as shown below. Locate the chrome://newtab/?source=home  address and click X to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit.

remove home tab start page from Chrome



Here you may notice that the utilizes the name of Google, shown as the replaced homepage of google webph. Make sure remove it from the start page and homepage on both areas of On Startup and Appearance

reset homepage and startup page of conduit in chrome

3. Remove Search Engine

Still on the Chrome settings window, find the search area and click on manage search engine button.

conduit search engine in chrome 1

Then you will open a window like below picture. Firstly you need to select another search engine like as default in order to remove the Web Search search.

remove web search search engine from Google Chrome

After set Google as the default search engine, click Web Search and then click X to remove them one by one.

remove home tab search engine from chrome 2


Then click Done at the bottom to save the change and exit.

Restart the Google Chrome to check. And that’s it.


Step 3> Remove Leftovers and Maintain System Performance


After the PUP uninstall, it is necessary to do a system cleaning since many leftovers and junk files jam there to degrade the system performance and even enables the PUP like Home Tab easier to come back. Again, the Cloud System Booster can help you conveniently clean those risky junk files and maintain the system performance.

Cloud System Booster download:

This tool can be either for emergency slow computer troubleshoot or system maintenance on daily basis.

cloud system booster system cleaning

More recommended: if you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defragmentation would be a good idea. As for this, Anvi Ultimate Defrag is available for your nice try.

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download:


Tips to Avoid Install of PUP like Home Tab


1. Antivirus/antimalware and firewall is generally effective to prevent majority of virus risks and if you also take caution and get your system well maintained, then the security will be boosted. Here recommends you the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender which providers positive protection against the PUP like Home Tab to start its process.

Anvi Smart Defender download:

The image of ASD Alerting the Home Tab Process to block

Home tab startup block by ASD

2. Always be cautions when you download and install software from the Internet. Pay lose inspection to the install process in case of any bundled toolbar or PUP installed as well.

3. Always opt for custom install instead of automatic install.

4. Whatever, even if you get some annoying PUP install, generally it can be manually removed thoroughly with right method.

5. To boost the security and hinder the or related ads pop up again, you may make full use of this Anvi Ad Blocker, which can help you better filter malicious websites and annoying ads when surfing online.

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker


Not only this tool can help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this by adding the URL into its black list. See detailed instructions below:

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker


Anvi Ad Blocker download link:

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.

If any question in the HomeTab removal process, contact us at any time for timely help.