Hey, I encounter a problem with browser hijacker called Search.greatsocialtab.com. it controls the whole Internet Explorer, changes the homepage to be its own one and redirects me to some unwanted page. If I want to search something on IE, I just get some wrong answers. Before I got this browser hijacker, my computer worked normally. It would not get stuck when I open many programs at the same time and Internet speed went smoothly and quickly. Everything looked very nice. But now it seems slower. I don’t know how to clear up this browser hijacker to save my computer.

Brief Description of Search.greatsocialtab.com Hijacker

Search.greatsocialtab.com is not a reliable search homepage as Google, Yahoo or Bing even though it has the normal shortcut of image, news, web and so on, which looks like a genuine one. It has been categorized as a browser hijacker to hit different kinds of web browsers like IE, Google Chrome or Firefox. It changes the homepage, adds some malicious codes into Extension, Add-on or Plugin section of web browser settings and redirects you to some unsafe websites. if you check web browser that gets this browser hijacker, you will find some links or add-on is added into your bookmark, favorite or other folders. Many popups will happen on the webpage you’re browsing and meanwhile other adware will be automatically installed into the background of browser. Since many junk files are created by this Search.greatsocialtab.com hijacker, the Internet resource will be eaten up and internet speed becomes slow. And this browser hijacker brings other computer infections to system. If the system gets infected with more malware or virus, many computer problems will happen. For example, it will get frozen often when you run some big programs. Or it takes a long time to turn on or can’t shut down normally.

Search.greatsocialtab.com hijacker must be removed as soon as possible as it’s also a big threat to your personal information safety. Cyber hackers use this browser hijacker to locate and control your web browser, and then spy on what you do on the Internet. For example, if you input your credit card info, online banking details or paypal account password, email password and so on, the cyber hacker will get those important data with help of this browser hijacker. So it’s important for you to clean this hijacker infection out of your computer soon. And to protect your computer from getting infected with nasty browser hijacker or other malware and virus, you should keep a good habit online. Don’t open unsafe websites, as those websites have malware and virus thing. Once you open the site, the malware and virus will get installed into computer soon. And also you should not read and open spam email which is a good place to hide virus. One clicking on the link of spam email, virus will soon sneak into system.

Main Symptoms of Search.greatsocialtab.com Hijacker

-Can change your homepage or the default search engine and it totally prevents you from changing them back

-Can always redirect you to other websites

-Can pop up various advertisements and sponsored links randomly to interrupt your online activities

-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive

-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.

-Can collect and send data concerning your search history and other browsing activities.

-Your sensitive information can be tracked and stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of browser hijacker.

NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with Search.greatsocialtab.com hijacker. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker for you.

The Screenshot of Search.greatsocialtab.com Hijacker


Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of browser hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.

Step 1: Press CTRL, SHIFT and ESC  these three keys together at the same time to pull up Windows Task Manager; click Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find and end odd processes related to this Search.greatsocialtab.com hijacker. Names of the processes are random.

Windows Task Manager

Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start Menu, then open Programs, click on Uninstall a program. Find suspicious programs or tool-bars related to the Search.greatsocialtab.com hijacker. Right click on it and select Uninstall.

Programs and Features

Step 3: Go to Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then mark “Show hidden files, folders, and drivers” and unmark “Hide protected operating system files” (Recommended) and then click Apply or OK.

Folder Options

Step 4: Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the Search.greatsocialtab.com browser hijacker.

Registry Editor

Step 5: Clear all history, data and cookies of your infected web browser.

Yoursearchweb.com hijacker has the ability to insert into web browser and spy on user’s online activities, so it is suggested to delete all history, data and cookies of the infected web browser before a complete removal. Take Internet Explorer for example:

a. From the “Tool” menu button in the upper-right corner of the Internet Explorer window, choose “Safety” > “Delete browsing history…“.

Delete Browsing History 1

b. Then tick Cookie and website data and History, click Delete.

Delete Browsing History

Step 6: Change your homepage of the infected web browser (Take Internet Explorer as Example)

From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools menu and select Internet Options, then click General tab, and input the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK.


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Search.greatsocialtab.com hijacker is a harmful redirect infection to the computer. It changes the homepage and search engine totally and prevents online users from changing back, redirects them to its URL or other malicious websites, steals their personal data like online banking details, credit card or paypal account information or your business data and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Those pop-ups it creates will take up too much Internet resources and slow down Internet speed. The webpage will be hard to load up and even can’t be open after you have tried many times to open the webpage you need. In system, many unwanted junk files will be produced to occupy the rest of system capacity. Even thought at the beginning this redirect infection is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms or payware, this Search.greatsocialtab.com hijacker also has the ability to bring those harmful viruses to attack computer system, which will greatly slow down PC performance and make it run as a snail and further harm to mess up system files and damage system severely.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of browser hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on June 18, 2016 11:11 am

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