Rocket Tab is a tricky adware application that often comes bundled with other freeware or is deceptively installed if you click on some important update prompt in a rogue popup request. It is often installed as a component of other adware program. We got it bundled with BrowserSafeguard, but it can be installed with any other. So, if you cannot find Rocket Tab in the list of installed Windows applications, check for BrowserSafeguard and other suspicious item. Otherwise, just uninstall Rocket Tab application and remove extensions related to this adware out of your web browsers.
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Rocket Tab Design Specifics
Both Rocket Tab and BrowserSafeguard are set as services started through commands placed in your System Registry or special files placed in you Windows Startup Folder as scheduled tasks. Some of these tasks run when your system is started, and some run at scheduled time for updating Rocket Tab data. Such design makes removal process more complicated.
Operating System will not let you to remove executables related to Rocket Tab that run processes in your system. You can do this only after removing related services set as tasks or killing running processes before removing files and folders. If you removed Rocket Tab components using the second way advised in some guide, then you will see error messages related to tasks that cannot start Rocket Tab executables.
Rocket Tab Related System Errors
If you remove Rocket Tab and BrowserSafeguard files directly and do not remove components set for running files as tasks and system services automatically, then you will get system errors and error messages displayed by Windows OS.
For example, if you removed Rocket Tab manually, you might see a command prompt with “Windows cannot find c:\program files\rocket tab\client.exe” message, or an error message box that infrom you about failure to start executable set to run as a scheduled task at some time. Such system errors messages might appear even if you removed Rocket Tab using anti-malware software that often remove files with matching MD5 signatures and leave other components intact, than you get error messages when the system starts tasks related to Rocket Tab.
Rocket Tab Scheduled Tasks and LAN Problems
If you notice such problems with Rocket Tab removal, then you need to remove special links that start Rocket Tab scheduled service placed in your Windows Startup. Rocket Tab also can alter you LAN settings for DNS lookup and after you remove this adware, some of your web browsers might stop working and would display messages with proxy server errors.
Rocket Tab Removal Strategy
Use proper ways for removing Rocket Tab if you want to avoid problems described above. Here are some tips that will help you to avoid common error that computer users make while trying to remove malware or unwanted programs with a tricky design.
- Locate problem and check for possible solutions before taking actions
- Use professional tools and malware scanners for locating problems
- Use registry cleaners instead of removing or fixing entries in your system registry directly
- Always use simple ways and original uninstallers first before removing separate components manually
- Disconnect your computer from a local network connected to the Internet
- Backup files and Registry keys before removing them from original location manually
Rocket Tab Components Detection
Concerning Rocket Tab installation, you need to find out is it installed as a Windows application or ran by a different program. BrowserSafeguard is a common host for Rocket Tab adware, but it might be also bundled with differently named program.
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Rocket Tab Uninstall Options
If you want to remove Rocket Tab and other detected malware manually, then this software let you access detailed information about infected files and registry entries found in your computer system. Instead of removing individual files, try to find listed programs in the list of installed applications and uninstall any if found. It is a lot easier than removing infection components one-by-one. Normally, the uninstaller will remove all components automatically after it is invoked by the system Uninstall utility or located and started directly with double-click on a file named uninstall.exe. Uninstall process should automatically kill running processes and remove scheduled tasks for you. Depend on installation, you can find this file in Rocket Tab or BrowserSafeguard folders found in C:\Program Files directory.
Resolving Rocket Tab Removal Problems
If for some reason you failed to use the simple way of Rocket Tab removal and got system error messages or browser related problems, then you can fix these problems manually.
Fixing Rocket Tab DNS Errors
Read this article with instructions for fixing proxy server for different browser and disabling DNS cashing that are used for Rocket Tab updates and might cause “dns lookup” error messages. This will help you to fix problems related to your web browsers and disable the adware updates.
Fixing Rocket Tab Service Errors
If tasks that start Rocket Tab and BrowserSafeguard updates are not removed, then your system will display error message any time when scheduled task is called. For fixing this problem you need to access “C:\windows\system32\tasks” folder and remove files related to Rocket Tab or BrowserSafeguard. Do not remove RTHDCPL.exe that is not related to Rocket Tab and is important system file. If you cannot find files related to Rocket Tab and BrowserSafeguard, then these files have a ‘hidden’ attribute. Download CCleaner, find Startup tab and disable or remove items related to Rocket Tab and BrowserSafeguard.
Removing Rocket Tab Browser Extensions
You also need to remove browser extensions related to Rocket Tab and BrowserSafeguard adware if you didn’t this yet. This article is linked to guides related to the most commonly infected web browsers and helps to find out what other adware infections might reside on your computer. Check suspicious programs found in your program list with adware listed there, use search widget to find the needed removal guide, or use any guide related to adware removal if the specific guide is not found since most of adware programs are removed in a similar way. Rocket Tab is one of few that are tricky and require more work.
Removing Rocket Tab Stray Components
Other components that were not removed might also cause problems. If some abnormal way of Rocket Tab removal was used, then you can check for components that are left in your system and remove them manually. You can find such components in “C:\Program Files\Rocket Tab” folder if any are left. Below are the list of components related to BrowserSafeguard that came with Rocket Tab adware and is just as complicated type of adware infection. The listing below will help you to remove BrowserSafeguard components manually if you cannot find its uninstaller. However, if you find uninstall.browsersafeguard.exe at shown location, then double-click it instad for automated uninstall.
Remove folders associated with BrowserSafeguard infection:
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard
- C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%\AppData\Local\BrowserSafeguard
Note: %USER% – should be replaced with your user name.
Find and remove files that belong to BrowserSafeguard:
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\BrowserSafeguard.exe (runs on start)
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\ewebstorewrapper.dll
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\makecert.exe
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\Resources\certutil.exe
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\Resources\libnspr4.dll
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\Resources\libplc4.dll
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\Resources\libplds4.dll
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\Resources\nss3.dll
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\Resources\smime3.dll
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\Resources\softokn3.dll
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\TrustedRoot.cer
- C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\uninstall.browsersafeguard.exe (scheduled as a task ‘BrowserSafeguard Update Task’)
- C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\BrowserSafeguard\BrowserSafeguard.lnk
- C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\BrowserSafeguard\BrowserSafeguard.lnk
BrowserSafeguard Registry Keys
Remove registry keys set for BrowserSafeguard in your system registry:
- SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\UAS
- HKU\S-1-5-21-4166692921-2538036398-54097040-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\BrowserSafeguard: “C:\Program Files\Browsersafeguard\Browsersafeguard.exe”
Note: Removing registry keys manually might cause serious problems. Use CCleaner or other reliable registry cleaner instead for this purpose. It will find and automatically remove stray keys left in your system registry after you remove files and folders related to Rocket Tab infection.
Otherwise, you need to use Windows Registry Editor and search and remove listed registry keys manually. The last way is not advised by Microsoft for computer users without sufficient experience because errors in system registry are dangerous, and some of errors can make your computer system inoperable.
Warning! Errors in system registry can make your computer system inoperable. You should know what you are doing and backup you registry before making changes for safety.
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