Remove “Less Tabs” pop-ups (Removal Guide)

“Less Tabs” is a potentially unwanted program, which will show a pop-up windows whenever you highlight a word on a webpage, and will display targeted advertisements within your browser.

The “Less Tabs” pop-ups will be shown as boxes containing information about the highlighted text without the need to open additional browser tabs, which states that is “powered by Less Tabs”.
[Image: Less Tabs virus]
“Less Tabs” is an extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome that is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this adware program. When you install these free programs, they will also install “Less Tabs” as well. Some of the programs that are known to bundle “Less Tabs” include 1ClickDownload, DealFinder, Yontoo and FBPhotoZoom.

Once installed, whenever you will visit Expedia, Best Buy, Facebook or any other similar websites, “Less Tabs” will display on product images a “See Similar” button, which when clicked will show you ads by “Less Tabs”.
“Less Tabs” may also display ads within your browser, and as you visit shopping websites, it will show coupons and other deals available on that website.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this LessTabs adware. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

“Less Tabs” Popup Ads – Virus Removal Instructions

STEP 1 : Uninstall “Less Tabs” from your computer

  1. To uninstall “Less Tabs” from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall LessTabs and any other unwanted or unknown programs from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Less Tabs program]

Depending on what program has installed this “Less Tabs” adware, the above programs may have a different name (eg: Yontoo, SelectionLinks, Conduit).
We recommend that you uninstall any software developed by LessTabs, and any other unknown programs from your computer.


STEP 2 : Remove the “Less Tabs” residual damage from your browser

Remove “Less Tabs” extension from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer,then click on the gear icon[Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then  select Manage add-ons.
    [Image: Manage Add-ons in Internet Explorer]
  2. From the Toolbars and Extensions tab, select LessTabs and any other unknown extensions, then click on Disable.
    [Image: Less Tabs Internet Explorer extensions]

Remove Less Tabs from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, then select Add-ons.
    Firefox addon menu
  2. Select the Extensions tab, then remove LessTabs extension from Mozilla Firefox.
    [Image: Less Tabs Firefox extensions]

Remove Less Tabs from Google Chrome

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
  2. In the Extensions tab,remove the Less Tabs extension by clicking on the Recycle Bin next to the plugin.
    [Image: Less Tabs Chrome extensions]

Please keep in mind that on some computers, this browser add-on might have a different name, if you can’t find LessTabs on your list, then carefully look for any other unknown or unwanted extension and remove it from your browser.


STEP 3: Remove “Less Tabs” registry keys with Adwcleaner

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility,close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete,then confirm each time with Ok.
    Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT,double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall,then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 4: Remove “Less Tabs” malicious files from your computer

Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to remove “Less Tabs”

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link,then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process.
    DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked,then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Less Tabs virus
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed,click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

Run a computer scan with HitmanPro to remove “Less Tabs”

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scanning for Less Tabs virus
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove “Less Tabs” pop-up ads from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner

    Please run AdwCleaner (as seen on STEP 3) to remove this infection!

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Stay safe!