Tabs000.online looks like a legitimate search engine, but it is nothing of the sort. We have classified it as a browser hijacker and recommend that you remove it from your PC as soon as the opportunity arises. In short, it is distributed in a malicious way that is designed to inject it into your web browser and change its homepage without your approval. Furthermore, it is set to include promotional links in its search results and collect anonymous information about you. Tabs000.online is in no way a safe search engine and will only put your cyber security at risk.
Our analysis has shown that this browser hijacker is distributed using malicious software installers that interact with your browser and change its homepage address. We have found that the malicious installers it comes with are configured to hijack the homepages of browsers that include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Apart from that, it will also change the new tab page for Chrome as well as the new tab page, and homepage settings of Chrome are intertwined. As you can see, this hijacker is distributed in a malicious manner and is set to target the most popular web browsers. As a result, it is apparent that it can infect many computers.
The only reason why this browser hijacker is aggressively pushed onto unwary users is that its developers use it to make money. While you can use Tabs000.online to search the web, its primary purpose is to subject you to commercial advertisements. Now, if you use it, then you will notice that it redirects all search queries to Bing.com. However, its search results can be altered to accommodate additional promotional links that are set to be included in the regular search results. We do not know where the promoted links come from as this hijacker does not disclose its advertising partners. We are concerned that, in more extreme cases, Tabs000.online may feature links to scam sites, fake online shopping websites or malware hosting sites.
According to our research, this hijacker is hosted on the same server as Stabx.xyz, Monsear.xyz and Wowstart.online. Also, we think that all of these browser hijackers are set up by the same Russia-based developer. However, there is no other information regarding Tabs000.online’s origins. So, before we wrap up this article, we want to reveal its distribution methods. As mentioned, this hijacker is distributed via malicious software installers. We want to expand on this and clarify that these installers are distributed exclusively on shady software distributing websites and can contain adware, potentially unwanted programs, and bad toolbars. However, we do not rule out the possibility of it being bundled with one program whose download is hosted on a dedicated distribution website. We have received reports that users get in unintentionally and is seems that the installers it comes with tend not to give you the opportunity to opt out.
Given the circumstances, it can wind up on your computer, and what it can do once it has hijacked your browser’s homepage, we highly recommend that you remove it from your computer because it might jeopardize your computer’s security with its unwelcome promotional links. Please refer to the instructions below on how to change the homepage address for your browser.
Microsoft Internet Explorer