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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


The MySafeTabs extension is a piece of software that is available for download on Mysafetabs.com. It claims that it will help users to access top security sites, test the speed of the Internet connection easily and quickly, and even access various popular web pages. As it makes so many promises, it is not surprising at all why so many users install the MySafeTabs extension themselves. Unfortunately, not all of them know that search.mysafetabssearch.com will be set as their default search engine and a New Tab page. Search.mysafetabssearch.com looks like a really trustworthy search engine; however, we cannot call it fully reliable, so the best would be to eliminate it from those browsers it has affected and then set another search provider. The only way to get rid of search.mysafetabssearch.com is to delete the MySafeTabs extension which is responsible for the presence of this doubtful search engine. Further in this article we will provide more information on the removal of this suspicious extension, so read it carefully.

Once the MySafeTabs extension is installed on the system, you will notice a new folder called heemhkdkcabiglnabanapnfbjecmopnf in C:\Documents and Settings\user\AppData\Local\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\[USER PROFILE]\Extensions (it is visible only if Google Chrome is installed). In addition, a new file (MySafeTabs-the-extension1@mozilla.com.xpi) will be created in C:\Documents and Settings\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\36iwse76.default\extension – you will see it only if you have a Mozilla Firefox browser installed on your system. Of course, the most noticeable thing is the presence of search.mysafetabssearch.com. As you already know, it is not a trustworthy search engine even though it provides users with Yahoo! search results. We will try to explain you why it is so.

First of all, it is clear that search.mysafetabssearch.com is going to provide users with the modified search results despite the fact that it is based on the Yahoo! search engine. The “modified search results” mean that search results will be full of sponsored links and various advertisements. It is dangerous to click on any of them because they might redirect to third-party web pages containing malware. You should not click on buttons available in the top-right corner too. Yes, they should redirect users to useful web pages that promote beneficial tools for scanning files, checking the speed of the Internet connection, etc; however, it is more likely that users will be taken to websites that promote unreliable software. Actually, it is very likely that these easy-access links are available on the main page of search.mysafetabssearch.com not to help users to fix PC problems and eliminate threats, but simply to drive traffic to these third-party web pages. We believe that the creator of search.mysafetabssearch.com even gets money for that.

We are sure that the MySafeTabs extension is going to record information about you too, so you should definitely not trust it blindly. Our specialists have checked the Privacy Policy document available on its official website and found that this software is going to automatically collect the following information:

We may collect information about the websites you visit and the advertisements that you see on those websites, the searches you perform using search engines, the ways in which you use various features, and the pages you view (especially social media pages).

For every webpage you view while using the plugin, our software transmits and stores information associated with your Internet Protocol (IP) address, which may include a domain name, the full URL of the webpage you are visiting, general information about your browser; general information about your computer's operating system; your Licensor cookie number or other identifying alphanumerical information enabling Licensor to identify your computer; and the date and time the above information is logged.

Unfortunately, personal details will be recorded too if users provide them. In most cases, this personal information consists of the user’s name, email address, telephone number, title, and country of origin. As this information might be shared with third-party companies, there is a huge possibility that your privacy will be violated. You will, probably, not even know about that. We are sure that you do not wish this to happen. Therefore, we suggest eliminating this questionable search engine as soon as possible. Install a security tool on your system too if you do not wish to allow another unreliable search engine to sneak onto the computer.

Security specialists working at pcthreat.com say that you should be very careful on third-party web pages and various torrents because untrustworthy software is usually promoted on such web pages. In most cases, they attach to freeware and shareware and users initiate the installation themselves unwillingly. Never download video players, codecs, and other free applications from file-sharing and torrent web pages because you might quickly cause harm to your PC.

Search.mysafetabsearch.com will disappear if you remove the extension called MySafeTabs – we are sure that you will notice its presence in the list of add-ons. If you have never done that before, feel free to use our step by step instructions you will find below. Of course, you can also eliminate this extension automatically. Just download the SpyHunter from our website, upgrade it, and scan your system with it. It will remove ALL infections from your computer, and it will make sure that malware cannot sneak onto your system ever again.

How to remove search.mysafetabssearch.com

Internet Explorer

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+T.
  3. Open Internet Options and click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. Check the Delete personal settings box.
  6. Click Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+H.
  2. Select Troubleshooting information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox.
  4. Click on the Refresh Firefox button once again.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Click Reset settings.
  5. Click Reset.
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