Search.tb.ask.com (home.tb.ask.com redirect virus) & RadioRage Toolbar Removal Guide
Tuesday 11th February 2014,

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Search.tb.ask.com (home.tb.ask.com redirect virus) & RadioRage Toolbar Removal Guide

posted by Matthew Baker  
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Search.tb.ask.com is presented much like an internet search engine site but many computer users have had issues where their web browsers constantly redirect them to the site home.tb.ask.com- forced to use it instead of a well-known search site like Google.com or Bing.com. Through our analysis we noticed that Search.tb.ask.com loads up on computers where the user has previously downloaded some type of application or bundled freeware from a popular downloads site. Some programs have an installer that automatically loads components into web browsers to set the Search.tb.ask.com as their new default home page and default search engine.

Systems that constantly redirect to Search.tb.ask.com and then the home.tb.ask.com site usually have extensions and add-ons within the installed web browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Opening up those browsers usually causes the Search.tb.ask.com page to load up when its components are running in the background. This modification to the internet settings can be reversed through removing each of those extensions and add-ons manually.

We have taken notice to the search.tb.ask.com and home.tb.ask.com redirect sites are associated with the RadioRage Toolbar, part of an add-on that has ties with ask.com. This RadioRage Toolbar is one particular culprit in causing the redirects to search.tb.ask.com and home.tb.ask.com as it asks if a user would like to set their default home page and search engine to an ask.com site. Even though ask.com is a legitimate internet search engine, the RadioRage Toolbar and the annoying redirects is something that is potentially unwanted by a large number of computer users.

For computer users who are not familiar with removal of components of a redirection site like Search.tb.ask.com, they may utilize an antimalware download to automatically eliminate those elements to stop the redirects to Search.tb.ask.com and home.tb.ask.com

Search.tb.ask.com and RadioRage Toolbar sample image:

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radiorage-toolbar

Search.tb.ask.com Removal

Download *SpyHunter Scanner to Detect and Remove Search.tb.ask.com

*SpyHunter’s free scanner is for detecting malware only. If SpyHunter detects Search.tb.ask.com,
you will need to purchase SpyHunter to remove it and other detected malware threats.

Do-It-Yourself Manual Removal of Search.tb.ask.com

If you are an experienced computer user or comfortable with finding and deleting system registry keys, you may remove Search.tb.ask.com by locating and deleting each listing below.

Search.tb.ask.com files to find and delete:

  • %AppData%\[random].exe
  • %Desktop%\[random].lnk

Search.tb.ask.com registry entries to find and delete:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “” = “[random]“
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[random]
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]“

How to Remove Search.tb.ask.com Manually (DIY Tips)

  1. Go to Start menu > go to Control Panel -> select “Programs and Features” (or Add/Remove Programs) -> Select Uninstall a Program.
  2. Find ‘Search.tb.ask.com’ and select ‘Uninstall/Change’.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.

How to Remove Search.tb.ask.com Manually from Web Browser Programs like Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer:

  1. In Internet Explorer go to ‘Tools‘ > ”Manage Add-ons’ > ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and select uninstall Search.tb.ask.com.
  2. Click ‘Tools’ > ‘select Manage addons’ > select ‘Search Providers’ > select a desired search engine of your choice ie: Google.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. In Firefox go ‘Tools’ > select ‘Add-ons’ > select ‘Extensions’ > find Search.tb.ask.com and click ‘Uninstall’.
  2. Go to ‘Tools’ > select ‘Options’ and change the startup homepage to google.com, yahoo.com or another desired search page.

Google Chrome:

  1. In Chrome click on the ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ icon (three lined icon on the top right) > select ‘Settings’ > select ‘Extensions’ on the left and then find Search.tb.ask.com and click the trashcan to delete it.
  2. Change the homepage to google.com or another desired search page by going to ‘Settings’ on the left again and selecting the drop-down list under ‘Search’.
  3. Selecting Google as your search preference: Click ‘Manage search engines…’ > select ‘Google’ and make it the default search engine.

Removal of Search.tb.ask.com may prove to be difficult in some situations due to blocking agents of the malware. In such a case, you may choose to boot your system into Safe Mode with Networking by following the instructions below.

How to boot into Safe Mode with Networking:

  1. Bookmark or Favorite this Web Page.
  2. Restart your PC
  3. Press the F8 key (just before Windows starts to load during the boot sequence text screens) several times until it registers.
  4. Select “Safe Mode with Networking” and press Enter.
  5. Allow the system to boot into Safe Mode with Networking and then return to this page to download the spyware remover.
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