My Chrome homepage is controlled by Tavanero Search and I can’t get rid of it. Can anyone help me to remove this annoying program from my PC? I have tried Norton Eraser but it did not find it. Every time I start Chrome my Google Search homepage will be replaced with https://tavanero.info/tavanero/tavanero.php. I don’t trust this site and want to delete it. I uninstalled Chrome and then reinstalled it but the unwanted site is still there. Any suggestions?

What is tavanero.info?

Tavanero Search is classified as a browser hijacker or PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). It is usually bundled with free downloads from the Internet and gets installed on the computer without users’ knowledge.  This browser hijacker often changes the default homepage and search engine of the browsers including  Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and  Mozilla Firefox. Many legitimate programs sometimes also change the browser settings, but the settings can be reversed easily. This PUP itself is harmless, however, it can change the Windows registry and append the argument https://tavanero.info/tavanero/tavanero.php to the browser shortcuts or even other Windows shortcuts on your desktop so as to cause the browser hijacking or redirection. Some browser helper objects may be installed to the browsers as well to “enhance the Internet browsing experience”.  The simple browser settings modifications may fail to delete the browser hijacker and reverse the settings.  If your computer is infected with the PUP, the default homepage of the installed browsers may be replaced with the page as shown below:

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Reasons why you need to remove tavanero.info:

The site looks like a regular search engine and allows you to search for information.  But like other browser hijackers such StartSearch.org, Mylucky123.com and Need4search.com, it is used to display advertisements to generate revenue for the developers.  Various sponsored advertisements will be displayed in the Tavanero Search page or in the search results when you do a search.  Please note that the third-party content promoted or displayed by the PUP are not under their control. The site is not responsible for them and you visit them at your own risk. Since some ads may mislead you into downloading unwanted programs that could even damage your system, we strongly suggest that you do not click on those ads.

In addition to that, the site uses cookies and other tracking technologies to track your online activities and collect your information in order to deliver targeted advertisements to you.  Your information including IP address, search queries, software downloaded and installed, websites visited and other browsing activities may be collected and used for commercial purposes. The site may display more pop-up ads, banners and sponsored related ads to attract you to click on them with the purposes of making profits. As mentioned, some ads and links provided by the PUP may link you to malicious websites, so it’s suggested that you delete tavanero.info from browsers as soon as possible.

 

tips-iconNote: If your computer or browsers run very slowly due to this browser hijacker and many unwanted advertisements often pop up when you run the browser, we recommend you to run a scan of the system with an antivirus programs immediately in case there are more other threats on your PC.

 

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How did tavanero.info get into my PC?

Usually, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs are distributed by being bundled with other applications. When you download and install a program from the Internet, Tavanero Search may be included in its installer as an optional install. Generally, it can be unselected within the Advanced/Custom install option. Many computer users don’t pat attention to the installation process and install new software in a rush. It’s not strange that some unwanted applications occur on their PCs and their browser settings get changed without knowledge.

In addition, it’s also important to read the EULAs (End User License Agreements). Some additional items that you don’t want sometimes are mentioned in the EULAs  of the software you try to install. You can choose to cancel the installation if you don’t want those additional programs.

How to remove tavanero.info from the PC completely?

The guide below shows how to get rid of the browser hijacker in details. If you have tried many methods like uninstalling and reinstalling Chrome or  resetting the homepage and search engine  but the problem still remains, we suggest you use an advanced anti-malware program to fix the issue.

Step1: Run a system scan with SpyHunter

SpyHunter is an anti-malware program that can find and remove tavanero.info from your computer completely. It’s able to protect your PC from various cyber infections like Trojans, rootkits, adware, spyware, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs. If your browser is hijacked, we suggest you run a free scan of the system with SpyHunter and delete all threats from the PC immediately.

download-iconClick here to download SpyHunter on your PC

Run SpyHunter-installer.exe and start the installation.  Select the language you need and choose “I accept the EULA and Privacy Policy” then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. Click on Exit button when the setup is successful.

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SpyHunter will automatically launch soon and start to scan your system for malware. To make sure the tool can find and delete threats effectively, you need to update the tool to the latest version. To perform a new system scan, click on Scan Computer Now button.

A full scan may take a long time. Just be patient and wait for it to finish.

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When SpyHunter has finished scanning your computer, all the threats found on the system are displayed in the scan results. You can expand to view the basic information and other details of the threats. Click on Fix Threats button to remove the infections completely.

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Note: Purchase the full version of SpyHunter first so that you can clear tavanero.info and other threats fully.

 

Step2: Uninstall  unwanted programs from Windows

Sometimes, a legitimate program downloaded from the Internet may bring browser hijackers and other additional applications. If you don’t pay much attention to the installation process, certain unwanted programs may enter the PC.  To uninstall them from Windows PC, follow the steps below.

Windows 10

Type programs in the search field next to the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen. Select Programs and Features or Apps & Features from the search results.

All the installed programs will be displayed in the window. Find any newly installed programs that are strange to you, select them and click on Uninstall button.

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Follow the prompts to complete the software uninstallation.

Windows 8/8.1

Press Windows key + X key to bring up the Power User menu. Select Programs and Features in the menu.

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When all the installed programs are showed in the Programs and Features window, search for the programs that you don’t want. If any is found, select them and click on Uninstall button.

Windows 7/Vista

Click on Start button and select Control Panel.

Click on Uninstall a program under Programs category or click on Programs and Features.

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Search for any suspicious program from the list of installed programs and remove it by clicking on the Uninstall  button if any is found.

Windows XP

Click on Start button and select Control Panel.

Double click on Add/Remove Programs.

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Find the programs installed without your knowledge and click on Remove button.

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Follow the instructions to completely uninstall them.

 

Note: Even if the unwanted programs have been removed, the modified browser settings may still need you to reverse manually. The following steps show how to delete tavanero.info from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

 

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Step3:  Delete tavanero.info from Internet Explorer

Disable/remove dubious IE add-on

Click on Tools or the Tools icon and select Manage Add-ons.

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Select Toolbars and Extensions on the left and all the installed IE extensions will be showed on the right.

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Find any add-on that may cause the problem , select it and click on Disable or Remove button.

 

Delete the browser hijacker from IE homepage

Click on Tools or the Tools icon and select Internet Options.

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Under General tab,  delete the unwanted URL from the Home page editable field and then enter the address of the website that you prefer.

Click on OK button to save the changes.

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Remove tavanero.info from IE shortcut

Find IE browser shortcut on the desktop or the taskbar. Right click on it and select Properties.

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In the Shortcut tab, have a look at the Target  editable field. Usually, the texts are “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”. If tavanero.info or other strange URLs are added to the original texts, please delete it and then click on OK button.

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Reset IE’s settings to defaults

If the browser keeps coming back after you uninstall suspicious programs and extensions and reset the homepage, you may need to restore its settings to defaults. Resetting the browser settings in IE may help fix the browser settings which were modified by apps or extensions without permission.

Click on Tools or the Tools icon and select Internet Options.

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Click on the Advanced tab,  then click on Reset… .

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Check the box of Delete personal settings and then click on Reset button.

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You must restart the computer for these changes to take effect.

 

Step4: Remove tavanero.info from Google Chrome

Remove unwanted Chrome extensions

Click on Chrome menu button in the upper right corner of the browser and select More Tools -> Extensions.

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All the instlled extensions will be showed in the page.

Find the extension that was installed without permisison and click on the trashcan button to remove it.

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Delete tavanero.info from  Chrome homepage

Click on Chrome menu button in the upper right corner of the browser and select Settings.

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Scroll down to the On Startup section, choose Open a specific page or sets of pages. Then delete the unwanted URL from there and type the address of the website you’d like . Click on OK to save the changes.

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Go to the Appearance section, check Show Homepage  and then delete the unwanted URL and enter the address of the website that you want to set as the default homepage in the field. Click on OK button to save the changes.

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Remove tavanero.info from Chrome shortcut

Locate to Chrome browser shortcut on the desktop or the taskbar. Right click on it and select Properties.

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In the Shortcut tab, check the Target  editable field. If tavanero.info or other strange URLs are found there, delete them and then click on OK button.

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Reset Chrome’s settings to the original settings

If you have tried the steps above but the browser is still hijacked by the unwanted site, try  restoring  the browser settings in Chrome to fix the problem.

Click on Chrome menu button in the upper right corner of the browser and select Settings.

Scroll down to the end of the page and click on the Show Advanced Settings… .

Click on  Reset browser settings.

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Click on Reset button to restore the Chrome’s settings to the original.

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Step5:  Clear tavanero.info from  Mozilla Firefox

Remove unknown Firefox add-on

Click on Tools on the menu bar or theFirefox menu button in the upper right corner of the browser and select Add-ons.

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Select Extensions on the left and all the installed extensions will be showed on the right.

Find any new add-on that was installed without your permission, select it and click on Remove button.

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Delete tavanero.info from Firefox homepage

Click on Tools on the menu bar or theFirefox menu button in the upper right corner of the browser and select Options.

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Click on the General on the left,  delete the unwanted URL from the Home page editable field and then enter the address of the website that you prefer.

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Remove malicious url from Firefox shortcut

Locate to Firefox browser shortcut on the desktop or the taskbar. Right click on it and select Properties.

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In the Shortcut tab, check the Target  editable field. If tavanero.info or other strange URLs are found there, delete them and then click on OK button. firefox-shortcut

 

Refresh Firefox settings to the defaults

If the steps above fails, you can try  resetting the browser settings in Firefoxto troubleshoot the problem.

Click on Help on the menu bar and select Troubleshoot Information.

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Or click on the Firefox menu button in the upper right corner of the browser and then click on the question button then select Troubleshoot Information.

Click on the Refresh Firefox .

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Click on  Refresh button to confirm the restoring.

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tips-iconNote:  Tavanero.info is a potentially unwanted program that not only interferes with your browser settings, but also lead to other problems including slow PC performance and even Identity Theft.  If you find this site shows up on the browser suddenly and never let you to delete, please follow the instructions in this post to get rid of it step by step. If the manual method doesn’t work, download a Tavanero Search removal tool right now.

 

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