Home page on Firefox changed to home.tb.ask.com automatically and constantly? Are you familiar with this sudden pop up web page? Why can’t it be changed away but keep coming back as the new home page? Does the Firefox browser stop working? Is it still safe to surf online using the browser? How can one get rid of this unwanted home page URL and reset the browser?

Home.tb.ask.com – How to Remove Browser Redirect

The home.tb.ask.com web site seems to be a regular domain looking from the appearance. But it’s in fact categorized as a browser redirect problem which has been quite a headache to many computer users around the world. A browser redirect or hijacker can affect most Internet browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and modify their default settings and structures to cause so many unpleasant troubles. And because we put a lot of personal information online nowadays, cyber criminals can find a way to benefit by combining with these browser hijackers. It’s not safe anymore to surf the Internet when browsers are hacked by this home.tb.ask.com redirect. The first thing to do should be getting rid of this potentially dangerous web site.

Unlike Trojan viruses or malware, browser hijackers often show up on targeted computers in the forms of web sites, browser add-ons, or extensions. This home.tb.ask.com redirect, showing up with the most common form, pretends itself as a regular web page which contains a search engine like many other browser hijackers do. While it seems to provides lots of shortcuts to rich resources online, this given search engine is in fact sponsored by cyber criminals and will redirect you online to more fishy and hacked sites and links where viruses including Trojans and malware could probably be hidden inside waiting to attack computers. And besides from getting many displaying ads or pop up new tabs on the browser, one will also be facing the privacy security issues because this home.tb.ask.com redirect has the ability to record users’ online activities including the browsing histories and surfing habits. These records are very valuable not only to computer users but to cyber criminals as well. With this info, cyber criminals try to benefit as much as possible.

In order to prevent all these troubles from happening, this home.tb.ask.com redirect virus should be removed for good. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for removal assistance if you don’t have much experience in dealing with browser hijackers.

Screen Shot of home.tb.ask Browser Redirect

home.tb.ask.com

Is this the web site that keeps popping up on your browsers? This is the screen shot of the home.tb.ask.com redirect. It looks quite regular as many other web sites online. However, it acts quite differently than any of these common web pages. It not only keeps changing the default home pages and search engines on browsers, but will redirect you online to other unwanted sites and links. Browsers seem to be unusable because of this virus. In order to get browsers back to working again, this specific browser hijacker should be removed completely.

Potential Dangers of A Browser Hijacker

– The home.tb.ask.com redirect can automatically change default home pages and search engines on targeted browsers
– It can redirect PC users online to more unwanted web sites where Trojans or malware can be prompted
– The whole browsing system will be slow down massively making it impossible to even open a web site
– It also helps gather PC users’ online information including browsing histories and surfing habits to help cyber criminals benefit

Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Instructions

Since antivirus removal won’t help get rid of this home.tb.ask.com redirect, manual removal is suggested here. Expertise will be required during the process to ensure a complete removal:

Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the home.tb.ask.com redirect. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find.
taskmanager

Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
FolderOptions

Step C: Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor.
Run+regedit

Step D: Delete all these associated files and registry entries in Registry Editor as below:

%AppData%\[rnd]
%AllUsersProfile%\Programs\{random}\
%CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Users\””
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit”
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings\{.exe}

Step E: Change home pages back from this unwanted home.tb.ask.com redirect domain.
homepage-setting-firefox

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Conclusion

Browser redirect viruses are very common in these days when PC users surf online. And even antivirus software can’t stop this home.tb.ask.com redirect from attacking the PCs. Hence, learning the characters of this browser hijacker, which are visible and easy to notice, can help reduce and minimize the consequences. To begin with, a browser hijacker, when showing up as a web site, will automatically set itself as the new home page which is hard to reset. When trying to get online from the infected browsers, one will come back to this specific site constantly without being able to log on other web sites. Besides, the default search engines will also be replaced to an associating one with this browser hijacker. No matter how legit and familiar this given search engine looks, because sometimes browser hijackers have Google or Yahoo search on their sites, do not start online activities from this engine. Once you do, you will keep being redirected and your online activities will be recorded. Valuable and personal information could probably be gathered from these records to help cyber criminals benefit. Certain malware may also be prompted by this home.tb.ask.com redirect. All in all, it is not safe to surf the Internet from this browser hijacker. Instead, it should be removed with no time.

Note: Still getting many pop ups whenever trying to get online? Cannot make sure the virus is completely gone? Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts to get help if you are not able to remove this unwanted home.tb.ask.com redirect off the browser successfully.

Published by Karen Lawrence & last updated on July 9, 2013 8:47 am

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