EqualTab seems to be advertised as an amusing and functional application that could make you always feel “glad to open a new tab.” However, our specialists who have researched the extension themselves do not think it is as useful as its description says. In fact, after testing the tool, it was decided it should be classified as a potentially unwanted program. This category does not tell the add-on is malicious; still, it does not mean it can be trusted either. Apparently, our researchers learned the search engine that EqualTab might place as the user’s default homepage or the add-on itself could show suspicious third-party advertising content. If you wish to know more, we encourage you to keep reading our article. Also, for those of you who would like to get rid of this potentially unwanted program manually, we could offer our prepared deletion steps available at the end of the text.
The add-on works only on Google Chrome, so it is not a surprise it can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store page (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/equal-tab-new-tab/nkmehoikfhdeohfppgfnfhiajajmielc?hl=en-US). Users can acquire EqualTab’s search tool after visiting its official website called equaltab.biz. Besides these two mentioned sources our specialists think one could receive the potentially unwanted program while clicking untrustworthy pop-up ads or via bundled software installers. In which case, we recommend paying more attention to the reliability of the web pages you visit and software you choose to install. Another thing that might help one keep the computer secure is a legitimate antimalware tool since with it the user could scan suspicious installers and the tool itself could warn him about potential threats.
Furthermore, the software’s PP paper says EqualTab can collect various information about the user, including personal data. It seems some of the information could be gathered by the potentially unwanted program’s third-party partners as the mentioned document states “The Equal Tab include content and ads from third parties that may perform user activity tracking.” Also, it looks like the collected data might be shared with third parties to serve ads. Talking about private data, the PP paper mentions that the extension might invite the user to participate in surveys or lotteries. Our researchers say by doing this, the add-on could collect your personal information. We do not claim the application’s creators may use it for malicious purposes, but keep it in mind, it might be used to provide you with targeted advertising content, and as we explained earlier, there is a possibility the ads shown by EqualTab could be potentially dangerous, e.g., lead to sites containing malware.
All things considered, EqualTab does not seem like a trustworthy tool and if you quite agree with us we recommend not to waste any time with it. Luckily, deleting the potentially unwanted program is quite simple as all you have to do is simply go to your browser and remove this unwanted extension. The other way to deal with it is to install a reliable antimalware tool you trust and perform a full system scan. Later on, it should show a report and provide you with a deletion button; clicking it should erase all detections at once. If you have any other questions related to the add-on do not hesitate to ask us by leaving a comment below.