- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Musictabsearch.com may hijack user’s browser after downloading a suspicious plugin that might be called simply Music or My Music Tab. The application may replace default settings for both homepage and new tab page. Consequently, the browser should start loading the search engine every time you launch it. At the moment, our researchers have no doubt that the hijacker works only on Google Chrome. Moreover, its usage could cause you trouble since the application might show modified search results. Apparently, they might include third-party banners, sponsored links, pop-ups, and other advertising content. These ads could have links to potentially dangerous web pages, so it would be wise to stay away from such content. To get rid of them, you can erase the hijacker while using the instructions placed below. Also, it is advisable to read the article and learn more about such threats to protect your computer the next time.
There is no doubt that the application should travel with the mentioned browser extension. The plugin's official homepage is called lp.mymusictab.com. The interesting part is that even if you were looking for music related programs, the chances of you accidentally coming across this website are rather slim. According to our researchers, the browser hijacker could be spread with malicious pop-up ads and the worst part is that these advertisements could be shown by a potentially harmful application installed in the system. Therefore, if Musictabsearch.com appeared on your browser, it is a sign that the system might be vulnerable to other threats as well. In fact, such programs might have been working unnoticed for some time now. The only way to find out is to check the system, and one of the fastest ways to do it is to get an antimalware tool.
The mentioned extension is advertised as a free online radio that allows “listen to R&B, classic rock, today's hits & more, with easy access to your favorite radio stations.” We would not call it as a radio since the application only provides links to various radio stations’ homepages. Users could get the same effect if they would place these links themselves on the bookmarks bar. In other words, there is no need to install any software to be able to listen to radio. Probably almost all radio web pages allow listening to them by only using integrated player on such site. Thus, what users receive is a doubtful browser plugin that promotes an unreliable search engine.
After installation, the extension should place its folder in the %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions directory. All plugins designed for Google Chrome create folders with titles from various letters. In this case, the extension’s folder should be titled as mgplgmjjajfogochjpdohjphkccnaogd. Afterward, Musictabsearch.com could alter your browser preferences by replacing your default homepage and new tab page with this search engine.
Another thing you should know is that Musictabsearch.com might provide you with modified Yahoo search results. Perhaps you already noticed suspicious advertisements that may have suggested you to download similar browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, adware, and other questionable software. It is also possible that some of the ads could redirect the user to harmful web pages. Such sites could distribute malware, e.g. Trojans, viruses, ransomware, etc.
The best way to get rid of such ads is to delete the Musictabsearch.com itself. It can be done manually if you erase the extension it was installed with and reset the hijacked browser too. However, as it was said before, there could be other threats on the computer, so it may be wiser to use a reliable antimalware software. Once it is installed, users should launch the tool and start the system scan. It might take some time to complete this task, but once the scanning process is finished, you can eliminate the hijacker and other detections with a single mouse click. Also, if you keep the tool updated, it should help you protect the system in the future. If you have other questions related to the application, try to contact us via social media or leave a message below.
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