Remove Tabs To Windows extension by TabToWindows.com [Adware]


Tabs To Windows Browser Extension?

Tabs To Windows is a malicious browser extension forced by TabsToWindows.com. The Tabs To Windows browser extension for Google Chrome is forced using dangerous javascript code onto the computer of the visitor.

Malicious javascript produces a dialog box that states “Install Extension to Leave” and a tick box with “Prevent this page from creating additional dialogs”. If the visitor clicks OK to supposedly leave the page, a new fullscreen window appears forcing them to install the Tabs To Windows Extension.

What adware is causing the TabsToWindows.com redirection?

It is hard to say which adware is responsible for the TabsToWindows.com redirection advertisements in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Adware uses different techniques to hide its presence on the computer.

In this removal instruction, we included various steps to detect the adware responsible for these advertisements.

Tabs To Windows adware

How does adware infect a computer?

Adware uses a deceptive technique to enter the computer, this technique is called bundling. Software that uses “bundling”, is software known as “Pay-Per-Install” (PPI) or “monetization” software installers. This is installation software where software developers get paid for every install.

The process of the Pay-Per-Install software does not directly disclosure the adware present, it’s hidden by a human psychology trick named Dark Patterns. These Dark Patterns are used to make sure people click thru their PPI installation process without noticing what they actually install on their computer.

There is, however, a very small button or a check box that might disclosure the presence of the additional adware. Despite that small button, a lot of people do not see the button as they click on to the Next button to install their desired software.

How to avoid the TabsToWindows.com pop-up redirect and the Tabs To Windows Extension scam

To avoid adware and their pop-up redirect advertisements such as TabsToWindows.com. Do not click too fast on the Next button during installation of any software installation.

Instead, read what you actually install. Click every button to see if it exposes some form of an adware offer, especially a “custom”, “advanced”, “Expert” or “more” button. Adware is most of the time installed by the computer user itself. Overview the installation and uncheck all items you do not wish to install.

If the Pay Per Install (PPI) software installation has an EULA (end-user license agreement), read this EULA to find out what kind of software is offered during installation. It may prevent adware from installing by deselecting or uncheck Adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs).

Remove TabsToWindows.com redirects and Tabs To Windows Extensions using this steps

Use this quick menu to easily follow the steps to successfully clean your computer from adware, potentially unwanted programs, any viruses, and spyware.

Uninstall adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs from Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows 10Uninstall Adware or Potentially Unwanted Programs

In this step, we show you how to detect and manually uninstall adware and potentially unwanted programs responsible for the TabsToWindows.com pop-up redirect. Both adware and potentially unwanted programs leave traces.
After you have uninstalled any adware or potentially unwanted programs, perform an anti-malware scan with our recommended removal tools to remove any traces from your computer.

Uninstall Adware, Malware, Virus, Potentially Unwanted Program - Windows 7

Uninstall software from Windows 7

Windows 7 users: Click the Start button in the left bottom corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs and Features“.

Windows 8 or Windows 10 uninstall Adware or Potentially Unwanted Programs

Remove Malware Adware Potentially Unwanted Programs from Windows 8 or Windows 10

Windows 8 and Windows 10 users: Right-click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs and Features“.

Uninstall Potentially Unwanted Programs or Adware from windows 8 or Window 10

All Windows: Check the Programs List for any Potentially Unwanted Programs and click “Uninstall” or “Remove“.
Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date, this makes it easier to detect recently installed software.
If you don’t know what to look for, perform a free anti-malware scan with our recommended anti-malware tools.

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Can't use removal tools on a mobile device, go to manual instructions.



Clean your BrowserRemove TabsToWindows.com redirects and Tabs To Windows Browser Extension from IE, Chrome or Firefox

In this step, we show you how to manually remove adware from your browser and how to reset the browser to default settings.

If after this step, there are still problems with a hijacked homepage or TabsToWindows.com advertisements in your browser, perform a malware scan with our recommended malware removal tools.

  • Right-click the Windows Start menu (or Windows key + X)
  • Select “Command Prompt (Admin)” or search for “cmd.exe” and right click “Run as Administrator”.
  • a command prompt opens up.
  • Type the following commands in the command prompt in following order:
  1. rd /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers” 
  2. Press Enter on your keyboard
  3. rd /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy”
  4. Press Enter on your keyboard
  5. gpupdate /force
  6. Press Enter on your keyboard

reset group policy

  • The “Installed by enterprise policy” policy can be removed from Google Chrome, you should be able to remove the desired Browser Extension from your Browser. Please try to remove the Browser Extension from Google Chrome.


Remove Adware from Internet Explorer

Remove malicious adware from Internet Explorer

Remove adware from Internet Explorer - manage browser helper objects

Internet Explorer users: select the wrench button in the top right corner, from the menu select “Manage add-ons”.

manage add-ons internet explorer - remove browser helper objects

Check the add-ons list for any suspicious Browser Helper Objects, select the suspicious entry and click Remove or Disable. If the button is grayed out, scan your computer with malware removal tools to remove the malicious add-on.

Reset your default Homepage and Search engine for Internet Explorer

The fastest and easiest way to reset your default homepage and the search engine is by resetting Internet Explorer to default settings.

Internet Explorer Internet Options - Reset Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer users: select the wrench button in the top right corner, from the menu select “Internet Options“.

Reset Internet Explorer - Settings button

Select “Advanced” from the tab menu, Click the Reset button.

Reset Internet Explorer - Confirm Reset - Delete Personal Settings

Check “Delete personal settings” and click the Reset button.
Restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect.

Good, Internet Explorer is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. We recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall, and the malware is entirely removed the Internet Explorer browser and PC.



Remove Adware from Google Chrome

Remove malicious adware from Google Chrome

Google Chrome settings

Google Chrome users: select the menu button in the top right corner, from the menu select “More Tools” and then “Extensions“.

Remove malicious Browser Extensions from Google Chrome

Search for any unknown browser extension(s) from the list and remove them by using the trashcan icon.
Remove any browser extension that you do not know is very important.

  • Continue to the next step, reset Google Chrome profile sync.

Reset your Chrome sync

Google Chrome sync your browser user-profile with their services. If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware (usually browser extensions and the homepage and search engine settings) are synced with Google’s servers.
It is important to clean this synced cache. If you don’t clear the synced cache the adware, browser extensions and settings keep coming back on any devices the profile is synchronized with.

  1. Open your Google Dashboard (opens in a new browser window). Make sure you are signed in to your Google Account (you are redirected to Google).
  2. Click Reset sync to clear all of your synced data on Google’s server.
  3. Click OK.

google chrome reset sync

  • Continue to the next step, reset Google Chrome.

Reset your default Homepage and Search engine for Google Chrome

The fastest and easiest way to reset your default homepage and the search engine is by reset Google Chrome to default settings.

Reset Google Chrome - Settings menu

Google Chrome users: select the menu button in the top right corner, from the menu select “Settings“.

Google Chrome advanced settings

Scroll down to “Advanced” and again Scroll down to Reset settings.

Google Chrome reset settings

Click the “Reset” button to Reset Google Chrome, a new dialog appears.

Google Chrome confirm reset

Confirm the Reset of Google Chrome by clicking the “Reset” button.
Restart Google Chrome for the changes to take effect.

  • Continue to the next step Google Chrome Cleanup Tool

Google Chrome Cleanup Tool

The Google Chrome Cleanup tool is able to detect and remove malware from the Google Chrome browser. Chrome Cleanup tool performs a malware scan and will reset Google Chrome after the scan. The Google Chrome cleanup tool is completely free to use.

The Google Chrome cleanup tool is only meant to clean Google Chrome, it does not protect or remove malware from other browsers, obviously. The Google Chrome Cleanup utility should be used if you experience: crashes, unwanted redirects, pop-up advertisements, unwanted start-up pages or any other undesired activity within Google Chrome.

downloadDownload Chrome Cleanup Utility

Start Chrome Cleanup Tool with right click and select Run as Administrator

Chrome Cleanup Tool run as administrator

Select Yes to Accept User Account Control

Chrome Cleanup tool - UAC

Chrome Cleanup Tool is searching for malicious programs

Chrome Cleanup Tool - Searching for Programs

If malicious programs are found the Chrome Cleanup Tool will remove them for you.
Click Continue

chrome cleanup tool - programs found

After the scan, the Chrome Cleanup Tool will Reset Google Chrome to its default settings.
Click Reset to complete the Google Chrome Cleanup.

Chrome cleanup Tool - Reset Google Chrome

Google Chrome is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. We recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall, and the malware is entirely removed from your PC.



Remove adware from Firefox

Remove malicious adware from Firefox (Quantum)

Remove adware malware virus from Firefox

Firefox users: select the menu button in the top right corner, from the menu/list select “Add-ons“.

remove browser extension from firefox

Select Extensions from the left menu. Search any unknown Browser Extension(s) and remove it by clicking the Remove button.

Reset your default Homepage and Search engine for Firefox

The fastest and easiest way to reset your default homepage and the search engine is by resetting Firefox to default settings.

Firefox open menu

select the menu button in the top right corner, from the menu, select “Help ?” (the question mark icon, at the end of the menu).

refresh firefox for malware

select Troubleshooting information from the menu.

Refresh Firefox - reset firefox

select the Refresh Firefox button, and confirm the Refresh Firefox dialog once again to Reset Firefox to default settings.
Click Finish, Firefox will restart.

The Firefox browser is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. We recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall and the malware is entirely removed from the Firefox browser and PC.


Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 3Remove Adware responsible for the TabsToWindows.com redirect with Malwarebytes

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Malwarebytes is the most powerful anti-malware solution to detect and proactively remove adware, browser hijackers, viruses and potentially unwanted programs from your PC. Malwarebytes runs excellent alongside antivirus software without any conflicts.

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  • Run the Malwarebytes installation setup file.
  • If at any point the Malwarebytes installation won’t start, or Malwarebytes main window won’t show at all. Try these solutions. Unfortunately, some adware is known to block Malwarebytes from starting properly (in order to prevent detection) we stumbled on this behavior in our test machine).
    Otherwise, start Malwarebytes and clean your PC from malicious software.
  • Select Scan Now to perform an Anti-Malware scan.

Malwarebytes 3.2.2 main

  • Malwarebytes is scanning the computer for any viruses, trojans, adware, spyware, ransomware, and potentially unwanted programs.
    Please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the anti-malware scan, the anti-malware scan usually takes around 2 to 5 minutes to complete.

Malwarebytes 3.2.2 scanning for malware

  • When the anti-malware scan is finished, Malwarebytes will show the results of the anti-malware scan.
    To remove the detected malware from your computer, select the Quarantine Selected button.

Malwarebytes 3.2.2 quarantaine selected malware

  • All found malware will be moved to quarantine. Malwarebytes requires a reboot to complete the removal process.
  • Restart your computer.

Malwarebytes 3.2.2 detection results

  • After the reboot, all the malware detected by Malwarebytes is moved to quarantine. The removal process is finished.
  • Continue to the next step

Download Malwarebytes AdwcleanerRemove TabsToWindows.com pop-up traces with AdwCleaner

Malwarebytes adwcleaner searches for adware, browser hijackers, malware files and removes them for free.
The Malwarebytes adwcleaner removal tool will individually scan for malicious windows services, malware folders, malware files, shortcuts hijacked by adware, malware registry keys, windows scheduled tasks and deceptive browser extensions. Best of all, adwcleaner is completely free.

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  • Right Click the executable AdwCleaner.exe and select “Run as Administratorthis is important.
  • Accept their terms by clicking the “I Agree” button
  • Select the Scan “Look for Adware/PUPs” button to start scanning your computer and browser for malicious files.

AdwCleaner 7 main window

  • to remove the malicious items found by Malwarebytes AdwCleaner using the detection Scan, select the Clean Remove the selected elements” button.

AdwCleaner 7 remove selected elements

  • Make sure to close all open programs and browser(s) to continue removing the detected items from your computer.
  • Click OK to continue.

Adwcleaner 7 all processes will be closed please save your work

  • Your computer is rebooted after the removal process, click Reboot Now.

Adwcleaner 7 reboot computer

Download Zemana Anti MalwareClean your Browser from the TabsToWindows.com redirect with Zemana

Zemana Anti-Malware is an anti-malware scanner which uses the cloud, thereby the fastest and most proactively scanner available. Zemana is its best in addition to a primary virus scanner.

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  • Open the Zemana Anti-Malware installer
  • Install Zemana Anti-Malware using the default settings
  • Zemana Anti-Malware will update itself

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  • Select the Scan button to perform a malware scan
  • Wait for the scan to finish, it takes a few minutes.

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  • Select the Next button to remove the malware found on your computer

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  • That’s it. All malware is successfully removed from your computer.

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  • Continue to the next step

Enjoy a clean PC!
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