The following tutorial demonstrates how to remove the Tables browser hijacker malware from your computer.

Part One: How to Reset Browser to Default Settings and Clean Up Browser

If you’re seeing some of these problems, you might have malware installed on your computer. If the malware is secluded to the browser, you should be able to remove it by resetting the browser’s settings.

  • Pop-up ads that won’t go away
  • New tabs loading websites that are different from your defaults selected
  • Unwanted web browser extensions and toolbars keep coming back
  • The web browser redirects to webpages or ads that you didn’t request
  • Fake alerts about a virus or an infected device

You can avoid this unwanted software in the future by only downloading files from sites that are secure.

To Reset Google Chrome

Here is how you can reset the browser settings from the More menu in Google Chrome:

1. Click on the More button and then click on the Settings link from the menu. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

2. Scroll down and then click on Advanced at the bottom of the page. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

3. Under the Reset and cleanup heading, click on the Restore settings to their original defaults link. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

4. From the Reset settings overlay, click on the Reset settings button.

5. Under the Reset and clean up heading once again, click on the Clean up computer link. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

6. Next to where it says Find and remove harmful software, click on the Find button. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

You can now close the Google Chrome web browser and continue using your computer if you like.

To Reset Mozilla Firefox

Here is how you can reset the browser settings from the More menu in Firefox:

1. Click on the More button and then click on the Help link. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

2. Click on the Troubleshooting Information link. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

3. Click on the Refresh Firefox button. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

4. Click on the Refresh Firefox button when you get the confirmation dialog box.

You can now close the Firefox browser and continue using your computer if you like.

To Reset Microsoft Edge

Here is how you can reset the Microsoft Edge browser settings directly from the Settings application in Windows 10:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Click on the Apps icon from the Windows Settings menu.

3. From Apps’ left side, click on Apps & features and then scroll down the right side until you get to Microsoft Edge, click on it once to reveal its menu and then click on the Advanced options link. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

4. Click on the Reset button. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

You can now close the Settings app and continue using your computer if you like.

Note: While resetting and cleaning up your web browser may remove the malware from the browser directly, it’s possible, depending on the malware, that there are still associated malicious files left over on the Windows operating system. These leftover files can cause malware to change the browser’s settings again. If you need to take further action because you suspect malware is continuing to change your browser’s settings, follow the next part of the guide.

Part Two: How to Remove Tables Browser Hijacker by Manually Scanning Files, Folders, and Drives with Windows Defender

Note: The Windows Defender antivirus application shown below is available on all versions of Windows 10, the latest version of Windows operating system. If you’re running an older version of Windows, such as Windows 7, then you can skip to the next step that shows you how to install a third-party antimalware application instead.

Windows 10 provides the latest antivirus protection with Windows Security. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 10. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. Besides this real-time protection, updates are downloaded automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

Some features will be a little different if you’re running Windows 10 in S mode. Because this mode is streamlined for tighter security, the Virus & threat protection area has fewer options. But don’t worry—the built-in security of this mode automatically prevents viruses and other threats from running on your device, and the latest virus definition updates roll out by themselves, too.

Windows Defender automatically scans your system periodically, so it should pick up and remove any malware on your computer by itself over time. If you need a quick solution, Windows Defender also allows for manual scans so that you can scan any location on the operating system immediately.

Method One: How to Scan with Windows Defender Using Context Menu

Here is how you can run an antivirus scan with the built-in Windows Defender antivirus program from the context menu of a file or folder:

1. From File Explorer, select the drivefolder, or file that you suspect may contain the potential malicious program.

2. Right-click on Scan with Windows Defender from the context menu. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

3. When the scan completes, Windows Defender Security Center will open and show you the results. The total time for the scan to complete will vary. Scanning drives will take the longest, while scanning individual files the quickest.

Note: The Windows Defender Security Center has been renamed to Windows Security in newer versions of Windows 10. All the settings within the app remain the same.

4. If the scan did find threats, you can Start actions or See threat details. (click to enlarge screenshots below)

Note: Clicking on Start actions will result in Windows Defender removing the threat immediately whereas choosing See threat details allows you to see the threat and also choose what you want to do with it more specifically.

You can now close the Windows Security app and continue using your computer if you like.

Method Two: Scan with Windows Defender in Windows Security

Here is how you can run an antivirus scan with the built-in Windows Defender antivirus program from the Windows Security app:

1. Open the Windows Security app.

2. Click on the Virus & threat protection icon in Windows Security’s Security at a glance page.

3. To Run a Quick Scan with Windows Defender

a. Click on the Scan now button.

4. To Run a Full Scan with Windows Defender

a. Select Full scan and then click on the Scan now button.

5. To Run a Custom Scan with Windows Defender

a. Select Custom scan and then click on the Scan now button.

6. Select the filefolder, or drive that you want to scan and then click Select Folder. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

7. Windows Defender starts scanning the option that you chose.

8. When the scan completes, you get the results in numbers.

9. If Windows Defender did find threats during the scan, you can Start actions or See threat details.

Note: Clicking on Start actions will result in Windows Defender removing the threat immediately whereas choosing See threat details allows you to see the threat and also choose what you want to do with it more specifically.

You can now close the Windows Security app and continue using your computer if you like.

Method Three: How to Scan with Windows Defender from Windows PowerShell

Here is how you can run an antivirus scan with Windows Defender from the Windows PowerShell:

1. Open the Windows PowerShell window.

2. Type the command below that best suits your needs and then press the Enter key on your keyboard to execute it.

Update and Quick scan:

Update-MpSignature; Start-MpScan -ScanType QuickScan

Quick scan:

Start-MpScan -ScanType QuickScan

Full scan:

Start-MpScan -ScanType FullScan

You can now close the Windows PowerShell window and continue using your computer if you like.

Method Four: How to Scan with Windows Defender from Command Prompt

Here is how you can run an antivirus scan with Windows Defender from the command line:

1. Open the Command Prompt window.

2. Type the command below that best suits your needs and then press the Enter key on your keyboard to execute it. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

Update and Quick scan:

"%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe" -SignatureUpdate & "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe" -Scan -ScanType 1

Quick scan:

"%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe" -Scan -ScanType 1

Full scan:

"%ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe" -Scan -ScanType 2

You can now close the Command Prompt window and continue using your computer if you like.

Part Three: How to Remove Tables Browser Hijacker Using Malwarebytes

If scanning with the Windows Security antimalware protection doesn’t remove the Tables browser hijacker, you can try installing third-party antimalware tools, such as Malwarebytes, and see if that removes the browser hijacker instead. You can also use an antimalware program such as Malwarebytes to remove the extensions and all other related files remaining on your computer, so you don’t have to do any of it manually.

1. Download the Malwarebytes for Windows from the Malwarebytes website.

2. If prompted by your web browser with a message that says “This type of file can harm your computer. Do you want to keep the executable (.exe) file anyway?,” click on the Keep button.

3. If you are prompted by User Account Control asking “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device,” click on the Yes button.

4. Click on the Scan Now button to begin scanning the computer for malware and other potentially unwanted programs. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

5. Wait for the scan to complete. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

6. Select all of the malware and potentially unwanted programs that you want to be removed from the computer and then click on the Quarantine Selected button. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

7. You may get a message from Malwarebytes letting you know that all selected items have been removed successfully, but the computer must be restarted before the removal process can be completed. Select the Yes button to reboot your computer now.

8. Upon signing back in to your computer, the Malwarebytes interface will open and let you know that the scan and quarantine are complete. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

Note: You can also export the scan results by clicking on Export summary from the main Malwarebytes results page and then clicking on the Export button from the scan report. (click to enlarge screenshot below)

You can now close the Malwarebytes interface and continue using your computer if you like.

That’s all.