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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Utilitab Secure

Although it might seem as if you are strengthening your virtual security by installing Utilitab Secure, our malware researchers can assure you that is not the case. The name of this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is truly confusing because it suggests added protection. Now, the actual services of this program have little to do with this. If you have downloaded this program from utilitab.com, you must think that this program can provide you with the Latest News, Local Weather, Date and Time, as well as Social and Shopping links. The last bullet point in the list associated with this PUP says “Privacy Settings,” and this is very obscure. It is also stated that this program adds commonly used links and privacy options, which does not make much sense either. Once installed, this program adds a slogan suggesting that it can help you get in control of your own private data. Needless to say, this program is very suspicious, and that is why we suggest removing Utilitab Secure.

Utilitab Secure is only compatible with the Google Chrome browser, which is why it also available at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/utilitab/egjklemoogmbjackmjcjbhfpmncgfacb. At the time of our research, the data provided via this page indicated that there were 116 users and that the program had one single positive review, which, for all we know, could have been added by the creator of this PUP. The most important piece of information is the notification that presents the permissions of this program. According to these permissions, this program can read/change the data on the sites you visit, record browsing history, communicate with cooperating sites, detect your location, and change your search settings to search.utilitab.com. This is not something that users do not expect from this supposedly beneficial security tool, and, because they do not pay attention to the information provided, they install this search tool by accident. Of course, most users will install this search tool willingly thinking that it is an important addition, which it is not.

When you install Utilitab Secure onto your computer, you will find that your homepage and search provider tools are modified. In reality, this PUP does not hijack your homepage; it simply modifies the startup settings to open New Tab instead of your regular homepage. When it comes to the search provider, if you access the chrome://settings/searchEngines menu, you will see that Bing (Default) is set as your default search engine. If you look closer, you will see that the URL of this Bing search tool actually represents the PUP’s search engine, and this is the tool you need to delete. Although we do not classify this search tool as a browser hijacker, we do not recommend trusting it either. First of all, it redirects to Bing.com to make itself appear more useful or reliable. Second, it is likely to track information about you. This potentially unwanted program might redirect you to a familiar search page, but that does not mean that it stops tracking information as soon as you are redirected to bing.com.

Not all users delete Utilitab Secure because they find it interactive and fun. If you run a Windows 10 operating system, you will soon realize that the interface of this tool (via New Tab) resembles Metro UI; however, this does not mean that it does not work on other Windows systems. As long as you have Chrome, it does not matter which version of the Windows system you are using. As promised, this program provides you with the latest weather forecast, date, and time. Additionally, it provides links to many popular websites, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Amazon. Besides this, Utilitab Secure provides a tool that allows checking links, and it presents access to different Chrome tools, such as History or Extensions. Although this new tab extension looks great, in reality, it is completely useless, and there is no point is using it. Some users continue using this program because they believe it can help them protect their data, but are you sure you can trust a tool that records your browsing history and is capable of modifying your data on the different sites you visit?

The removal of Utilitab Secure is extremely easy, and that is good news. The bad news is that this extension could have been installed onto your Chrome browser along with malware. Although we know that official download sources (including the website and the Chrome web store) exist, it is still possible that third-party installers will distribute it along with other unreliable programs. If you suspect that other threats are active, use a malware remover to eliminate them automatically. If this PUP is your only worry, use the guide below to eliminate it quickly.

Utilitab Secure Removal

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. Simultaneously tap Alt+F.
  3. Move to More tools.
  4. Select Extensions.
  5. Click the recycle bin button.
  6. Select Remove.
  7. Restart Chrome.
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