Hi, I thought my browser should be hijacked by this Drivingtabsearch.com, as every time when I open the browser, this page just shows up as the start page, by the way, my original homepage is MSN new, but one day when I was playing a game, it asked me to update flash player thing to continue my game and I did, but the homepage is gone. Instead I have to bear this annoying page. It also takes a long time to open websites, sometimes the page is not displayed. What can I do now?

Brief Description of Drivingtabsearch.com Hijacker

Drivingtabsearch.com is not a safe domain but a kind of browser hijacker or redirect infection. The cyber hacker designs it to target different web browser like IE, Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox and uses it to spy on what you perform on the website even records those personal information. Browser hijacker is technically not a virus but a kind of malicious extension or add-on or actually cased by adware installed from the Internet, so it’s hard for any antivirus tool to detect and remove. Cyber hacker usually bundles this Drivingtabsearch.com hijacker into free-downloading application installer. When you go to the hacked website to download the free programs, it will be easier to get this browser hijacker. So computer expert usually suggest a customized installation, as you can clearly know what other program or app will be also installed mean time while you’re installing the application you need. Similarly, hackers also like to make Drivingtabsearch.com a link and put the link into spam email to attract people to click. The email contents usually would tell a surprising thing like you’re winning a big prize and asked to receive the prize as it instructs in email. If you unfortunately click on the link, this nasty browser hijacker also comes soon. To prevent this browser hijacker or other computer infections, you had better know some tips to protect computer.

Drivingtabsearch.com hijacker will soon change your start page of the web browser while it gets on the computer, and then the original homepage is gone. To illustrate, before you get this browser hijacker, maybe your favorite page like Google, MSN, Yahoo or Bing is set to be the homepage of your IE, Edge or Google Chrome. And no matter how many times you tried to modify back your homepage, it all fails. However, while you use this Drivingtabsearch.com domain to search something, you will find it hard to get correct search results, but instead you will be redirected to malicious links or webpages. And on every page you open, there are many popups like ads, deals, discount, fake updates or bogus security warning banner, which are all annoying and interrupt you a lot to do another task on computer. But you should not click on those popups even though they are so attractive, as those popups are not safe but infected. It would be possible to get other virus, malware or spyware when you click on popup. Since this browser hijacker is able to produce junk in system to eat up system capacity, computer performance will be degraded and machine runs slowly soon.

Main Symptoms of Drivingtabsearch.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 Drivingtabsearch.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 Drivingtabsearch.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 Drivingtabsearch.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 Drivingtabsearch.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 Drivingtabsearch.com browser hijacker.

Registry Editor

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

Drivingtabsearch.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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Drivingtabsearch.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 Drivingtabsearch.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 July 25, 2016 12:30 pm

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