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Handy Tab

Posted: September 15, 2017

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 59
First Seen: September 15, 2017
Last Seen: February 15, 2020
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Handy Tab is a browser extension for Google Chrome that many users might find to be useful. However, the Handy Tab is detected as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), and this means that your anti-virus program might detect and remove this add-on from your computer. You can use the same security software type to eliminate the Handy Tab if you don't like the changes it introduces to your computer, but you should not forget that this add-on is not unsafe, and its removal is a task that also may be carried out manually.

When the Handy Tab is installed it will introduce one major change to Chrome's configuration – it will replace the user's new tab page with a 3rd-party website associated with the extension's publisher. According to the official website of the Handy Tab, the new tab page is meant to provide users with a large number of features and utilities, which can enhance the functionality of Chrome. The Handy Tab can help users see the weather conditions and forecast, create notes and to-do lists, write notes, manage bookmarks, and access their applications with the click of a single button.

The website that the Handy Tab promotes appears to be safe and the search feature it offers also seems to work fine. However, the Handy Tab's Web page might be changed at any time, and it's reliable and functional state might not stay like this forever. If you want to be 100% sure that your Web browsing experience will not worsen suddenly, then the advice is that you avoid dubious extensions like the Handy Tab, and continue using the default Chrome configuration.