How to Remove Handy Tab Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

I wrote this article to help you remove Handy Tab Virus. This Handy Tab Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Handy Tab is a malicious program. It is classified as an adware infection which is the opposite of helpful. An adware parasite does not belong on your machine. Even though it is relatively easy to tackle, the pest poses risks. We are still talking about a cyber infection and no infection should be underestimated. Handy Tab appends a dubious extension to your Chrome browser, thus injecting it with ads. All of a sudden, each page that you visit is completely covered with banners, coupons, deals, offers, in texts, price comparisons, best prices, pop-ups, pop-unders, video ads, etc. Even the pages which used to be ad-free are now heavy on adverts.

Aside from the above-mentioned, you are constantly redirected to shady web pages which you would never visit otherwise. Your entire browsing experience changes. It turns into a nightmare and nothing you do can fix that. Of course, there is something you can do. Remove the adware. It is the source of all your online disruptions. Once you get rid of it, everything will get back to normal. Do not hesitate. The pest will not be beneficial to you. The longer it stays, the more ads you see and the more suspicious pages you land on. Find where the threat is hiding and delete it on the spot.

But do you know why you are buried with ads? Why are they so persistent? It is not to enhance your online experience, for sure. No. The adware is an advertising platform. Everyone who is willing to pay can use it to promote. The problem is that the program doesn’t check what is being advertised via its services. It doesn’t check its advertisers either. Unsurprisingly, crooks take advantage of that. They use the adware to spread malicious content online and use the pay-per-click mechanism to gain profits at your expense. This means that for every ad you click on, the hackers get paid. But somehow this is not the worst part.

Remove Handy Tab Virus
The Handy Tab Virus

As we said, dangerous content is being spread via the adware. The ads are not safe. Nor are the pages you are forced to visit. If you happen to click on the wrong link/ad/page, you may download more infections on your already compromised machine. And trust us, sooner or later you will click. The commercials are so many and pop up so unexpectedly that it is impossible to avoid them. Sometimes they appear right under the cursor of your mouse. If you want to get rid of them you have to get rid of the adware altogether. Do it. Don’t push your luck. Use our removal guide below and delete the intruder. The sooner it is gone, the better.

How did the adware manage to enter? Usually, such apps arrive bundled in other programs. The bundling technique is one of the most popular ones. If you don’t pay enough attention, the pest slips right by you and settles on board. Be more vigilant. Don’t rush installation processes and take your time to read what you agree to. Don’t skip the Terms and Conditions as you may agree to something you are totally against.

Also, opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Standard ones. This way you can see if there are any additionally attached apps in the bundles as well as deselect them. If you opt for the Basic options, all extras get installed automatically. Always do your due diligence. Protecting your machine from malware requires attention and caution. Carelessness leads to infections. Vigilance keeps them away. Choose wisely. It is your job to keep your PC infection-free.

Handy Tab Virus Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Handy Tab Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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