How to Uninstall unTabs Extension from Chrome?

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Issue: How to Uninstall unTabs Extension from Chrome?

I’ve started receiving quite irritating online advertisements and noticed that they are marked as “Ads by UnTabs.” I’ve found such an extension installed on Chrome, but I’m hundred percent sure that I didn’t install it by myself. Its malware, isn’t it? Please tell me how to delete it permanently so that I would not waste my time with lame attempts.

Solved Answer

UnTabs is a browser extension designed for Google Chrome and used to be available on Google web store. Additionally, users could also download the app from its official website. These sources are now gone, and the only way the app in question is propagated via the software bundling.[1]

As it is typical for browser hijackers,[2] it pretends to be useful due to its “superior” functionality. In this case, it is supposed to “prevent browser tab clutter <…> and save up to 95% memory.” To put it simply, the purpose of this extension is to manage Chrome’s tabs by ordering, grouping, and converting them into lists. However, there is a catch

UnTabs was removed from Google store and other sources because of its dangerous behavior, which typically includes:

  • A hijacked homepage, new tab URL and search engine
  • Slow operation of the browser
  • Long page loading times
  • Overall slow performance of the PC
  • High persistence of the app
  • Redirects to malicious websites
  • “Ads by UnTabs” appear on most visited websites

Uninstall UnTab from Google Chrome

Due to this behavior, UnTabs is not the desired application on anybody's systems and those who notice its presence should immediately uninstall UnTabs. Unfortunately, this task might be more difficult than it might seem at first, as the potentially unwanted program is very hard to remove.

UgetFix team has researched this tool and compiled a list of unTabs disadvantages to illustrate how untrustworthy seemingly useful apps sometimes may be. Hundreds of people shared their experience on how they were struggling with unTabs removal and how did they manage to uninstall it completely. Thus, to make it easier for the other unTabs victims to get rid of it, we’ll provide a short removal tutorial down below.

Step 1. Boot the system into Safe Mode

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Initially, most potentially unwanted programs are not that difficult to eliminate. However, more malicious threats like UnTabs can use many dirty tricks to prevent users from removing it. For example, users might not be able to visit certain websites, some of Windows processes might be terminated, anti-virus software might not function correctly. To prevent such activity, users are highly recommended to enter Safe Mode with Networking, which allows the system to start using only basic drivers and processes:

  • Press Windows button and navigate to the Power button using your mouse’s cursor.
  • Press-Hold the Shift button and select Restart from the Power options.
  • When the system boots into Windows Startup screen, select Troubleshoot.
  • Click Advanced Options and select Startup Settings.
  • Select Restart and then press F5 to enable Safe Mode with Networking.Enter Safe Mode

Step 2. Modify Windows Group Policy Settings

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  • Right-click on Windows button and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Copy-Paste rd /S /Q “%WinDir%\\System32\\GroupPolicyUsers” command and press Enter.
  • Copy-Paste rd /S /Q “%WinDir%\\System32\\GroupPolicy” and press Enter.
  • Then type gpupdate /force and hit Enter again.

These steps will reset Group Policy settings to default. Therefore, you will be able to uninstall unTabs virus without obstructions.

Step 3. Uninstall unTabs extension

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This step can also be performed using anti-malware software. However, be aware that not all security applications recognize a potentially unwanted program. According to Virus Total, only 11 AV engines[3] identify the program as unwanted. Thus, you might have to open Control panel to uninstall UnTabs manually:

  • Click on Windows button and type in Control Panel, pick from results.
  • Open Programs and Features and locate unTabs.
  • Click it and select Uninstall. Before doing that, check when it has been installed.
  • Go through the list of apps and look for the suspicious ones. If it turns out that other doubtful programs were installed along with unTabs, remove them as well.Enter Control Panel

Step 4. Reset Google Chrome

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To disable unTabs extension on Chrome, reset Chrome‘s settings to default.

  • Launch Google Chrome and click More button (three dots at the right-top corner or the page).
  • Navigate to the Settings and click Advanced.
  • Click on Reset and clean up.
  • Then click on Restore settings to their original defaults and confirm your selection
  • Reboot your PC.Refresh Google Chrome

If you are less computer-savvy, we suggest you uninstall UnTabs and use system repair software Reimage. This application can completely rejuvenate your PC and fix the damage done by malware or other threats, including fixing Windows Registry.

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Ugnius Kiguolis
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Ugnius Kiguolis is the founder and editor-in-chief of UGetFix. He is a professional security specialist and malware analyst who has been working in IT industry for over 20 years.

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