Search.freehowtotab.com or DIY Projects is a browser hijacker that replaces the new tab, search engine, and homepage in the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge browser.
After replacing the web browser configurations, the start page and search engine will be replaced with Search.freehowtotab.com.
Web searches and other sensitive information are collected by the Search.freehowtotab.com browser hijacker.
Search.freehowtotab.com will be installed without the knowledge of the user. Search.freehowtotab.com is installed through rogue – malicious software installations which you can download for free from the internet.
Adware is a universal alias for malware-type applications that infect the computer without the knowledge of the PC user and show intrusive ads. Search.freehowtotab.com adware causes unwanted changes in the web browser settings that cannot be easily reverted by the user.
Search.freehowtotab.com displays many offensive and intrusive – unwanted advertisements as popup ads or in-text – content ads in the Search.freehowtotab.com search results.
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Affected Browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer
Online Security Scan: Google Safe Browsing, Norton Safe Web, McAfee SiteAdvisor.
Adware developers sometimes claim that the Search.freehowtotab.com search engine offers a number of advantages over legitimate search engines.
In reality, Search.freehowtotab.com is designed for in-content advertisements to generate income through pay per click ads within the search results.
The Search.freehowtotab.com search engine does not provide any advantage over legitimate search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.
Search.freehowtotab.com is only built for revenue generation purposes and is dangerous for your online privacy.
How to remove Search.freehowtotab.com?
The instructions below apply to Microsoft Windows devices only. Mac OS users should use CleanMyMac or Malwarebytes for Mac to remove Search.freehowtotab.com. Read more in this Mac adware removal instruction.
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Uninstall adware program to get rid of Search.freehowtotab.com
Windows 7 user: Click the Start button in the left bottom corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs, and Features.”
Windows 8 user: right-click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs, and Features.”
Windows 10 user: right-click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner, open Run, and type appwiz.cpl
Select DIY Projects toolbar, and click the Uninstall button.
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, go to this removal step.
Manually remove Search.freehowtotab.com from Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge
Remove Search.freehowtotab.com without tools from the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Edge web browser.
Remove Search.freehowtotab.com from Internet Explorer
In this first step for Internet Explorer, you have to verify if internet explorer is infected with a malicious add-on. Add-ons could be responsible for the Search.freehowtotab.com homepage, the search engine in the Internet Explorer web browser.
Choose the wrench button, and from the menu click “Manage add-ons.”
Check the add-on list for the DIY Projects add-on in Internet Explorer, click “Disable” or “Remove” to delete the add-on.
Continue to the next step.
Change your homepage for Internet Explorer
choose the wrench button, and from the menu, click “Internet options.”
Go to tab General, remove Search.freehowtotab.com, and enter your preferred internet explorer homepage. Save settings with OK.
Change your default search engine for Internet Explorer
choose the wrench button, and from the menu click “Manage add-ons.” In the left menu, choose “Search Providers.”
Set the search engine of your choice, Google, Bing, or Yahoo as default and remove Search.freehowtotab.com.
In order to do this, click the search engine you want as your default search “Google” and click the “Set as default” button.
Select Search.freehowtotab.com and click the “Remove” button. When Google, Bing, Yahoo is not listed, click the “Find more search providers” link at the bottom of the Manage Add-ons window and add one.
Remove DIY Projects extension from Google Chrome
Google Chrome users on Mac OS, follow this Adware removal guide for Mac OS
In this first step for Google Chrome, you need to identify and remove the browser extension responsible for the Search.freehowtotab.com search engine.
Some browser extensions are ad-supported, e.g., adware and might change the homepage or search settings to Search.freehowtotab.com.
If you didn’t install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.
Click the menu button, from the Chrome menu click “More tools” and then “Extensions.”
Find the DIY Projects extension and click the “Remove” button to remove the extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first.
Continue to the next step.
Change Google Chrome homepage and new tab
Click the Google Chrome menu button, from the Chrome menu go to “Settings.”
In the On startup section, find the Search.freehowtotab.com extension and click “Disable.”
Click the “Open a specific page or set of pages” and check for the Search.freehowtotab.com homepage, if present, select the three vertical dots and click the “Remove” button.
Change Google Chrome search engine
Click the Google Chrome menu button, from the Chrome menu go to “Settings.”
In the “Search engine” section find the “manage search engines” button.
In the list of search engines, locate the Search.freehowtotab.com search engine.
On the right next to the URL, click the three vertical dots button and select “Remove from list.”
Click the three vertical dots next to Google, Yahoo, or Bing and select “Make default.”
Reset the Google Chrome profile sync
Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services.
If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, the homepage, and Search.freehowtotab.com search engine settings are synced with Google’s servers.
It is important to clean this synchronized cache.
If the user doesn’t clear the synchronized settings, the Search.freehowtotab.com extension and Chrome settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.
Open the Google Dashboard (opens in a new browser window). Click the Reset sync button to clear all of your synced data on Google’s server, confirm with OK.
Restart Google Chrome, if necessary, continue to the next step.
Remove Search.freehowtotab.com from Firefox
In this first step for Firefox, you need to identify and remove any Firefox add-on that is unknown to you.
If you didn’t install any add-on at all, remove all add-ons from Firefox.
Add-ons in Firefox could be ad-supported which basically means an add-on might have installed Search.freehowtotab.com in Firefox.
Click the Firefox menu button, from the drop-down menu click Add-ons.
Click extensions from the left menu. Identify the DIY Projects browser extension.
Click the “Remove” button to delete the extension and get rid of Search.freehowtotab.com.
Change Firefox homepage
Open the Firefox menu, which can be found in the top right corner. Select “Options” from the menu.
In the options window, go to Home in the left menu. Remove Search.freehowtotab.com from the Custom URLs textbox, or click the “Restore Defaults” button.
Change the default search engine for Firefox
In the address bar type about: config and confirm with an Enter. Click the I accept the risk! Button.
In the search bar type: moz-extension
right-click on each of the results and select Reset to restore their values to default settings.
Restart Firefox, if necessary, continue to the next step.
Remove Search.freehowtotab.com from Microsoft Edge
If you encounter Search.freehowtotab.com as your default homepage or search engine in Microsoft Edge, follow these instructions.
Right-click the start button in Windows 10, from the start menu top click Apps and Features.
Scroll down through the right Apps and Features list till you see Microsoft Edge, click Advanced options.
Click on the Reset button to reset Microsoft Edge to default settings. Microsoft Edge reset will clear the browsing history, cookies, and settings. Not the Microsoft Edge favorites web pages.
The Microsoft Edge web-browser is reset to default settings. It is important to know there are remnants of the Search.freehowtotab.com hijacker on your PC.
I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the browser hijacker does not reinstall, and the Search.freehowtotab.com search engine is entirely removed from the Microsoft Edge web browser and PC.
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Remove Search.freehowtotab.com with Malwarebytes
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Search.freehowtotab.com is a browser hijacker which is a type of malware, Malwarebytes will remove the Search.freehowtotab.com malware from the web browser for free.
Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start searching for the adware responsible for the Search.freehowtotab.com search engine in the web browser.
Malwarebytes will start scanning for malware. Please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.
Once the malware scan is completed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the Search.freehowtotab.com malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.
Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.
Malwarebytes needs to perform a system reboot to finish the Search.freehowtotab.com redirect removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.
After the system reboot, your web browser is free from the Search.freehowtotab.com browser hijacker.
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