How To Stop Unwanted TmtkControl (TControl) Advertisements

TmtkControl also known as TControl is an adware program that takes control of your browser and starts displaying unwanted advertisements. Sometimes it opens the browser even if you have it closed. The advertisements are usually displayed on a randomly opened website which is controlled by the virus creator. The creator hijacks your browser in order to generate more visits to his placeholder websites and views to his advertisements. This then generates money for him if the advertisements are clicked.

The virus can also display fake warnings about required updates and recommended software, insert its own advertisements and text links into the pages you visit, and open new tabs or launch the browser on its own. This adware usually slows down your machine due to high usage of computer resources and internet bandwidth.

You should remove this program as it uses your computer resources heavily and might lead to further infections by redirecting to untrusted websites. Make sure you do not enter any passwords or other sensitive data while the infection is present on your computer. We recommend removing this adware by using the automatic tool provided below. Alternatively, you can follow the manual removal instructions below.

Recommended Method: Download TmtkControl Virus Removal Tool

Version:   All Updated:   2 days ago Compatible OS:   All
This is the most suitable program for automatically removing the threat and repairing your PC.
Works with: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP. Read instructions here
File name Size
mb3-setup.exe 56.5 MB

Click here to download alternative tool

What is TmtkControl virus?

TmtkControl (also known as TControl) randomly displays unwanted advertisements in your browser. It usually opens the virus creator’s websites which are populated by some irrelevant text and several advertisements. Such websites are designed to earn from the traffic that the virus sends to them. While the advertisements generally are legitimate, the means of generating the traffic are illicit since the adware employs hijacked browsers.

Each time you open your browser (or the virus opens a new tab) the webpages will change randomly. Usually their backgrounds range between blue, green and red and some irrelevant text about “Movie Stars”, “Bollywood”, “Internet”, “Car Insurance”, “Famous Places” or similar topics will bee displayed.

Here are several domains that the virus opens on your browser: (main redirect site)

These are just several example websites and there are many more. The virus sometimes also opens your browser itself and replaces regular websites’ content with its own advertisements and links. You might also see various popups, warnings, redirects to affiliate sites and suggestions to install other software or fake updates. The advertisements displayed by the virus might have “Powered by Tmtk Control”, “Brought to you by Tmtk Control”, “RocketTab powered by Tmtk Control”, “Ads by Tmtk Control”, “Ads powered by Tmtk Control” and similar text included near them.

It is dangerous to continue using any browser while the virus is still present. TControl can spy on your browsing activity, history and cookies. It might also change various browser settings and even steal your personal data including email, address, phone number or even passwords.

One of the most common ways to get infected by this virus is by downloading and installing a software which has TControl bundled together. Usually this happens when you skip through the installation settings by clicking “Next” and the additional programs get installed without your knowledge. If you have recently installed a program and unwanted advertisements started appearing as well as your computer started feeling slower, chances are that you have the TmtkControl browser hijacker on your system.

You should remove this threat as soon as possible. Otherwise it might steal your personal data or even lead to further infections. If you feel confident in editing important Windows system files simply follow our manual removal guide below. However, we suggest you simply downloading the automatic removal tool listed at the beginning of this page.

Here are several screenshots of the virus. The advertisements and websites you see may vary:


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Follow this removal guide carefully. Remember that the only way to prevent this threat from reappearing as well as securing your computer from other infections is by using an antivirus software. We strongly recommend using the automatic removal and protection tool listed in the beginning of this page.

Edit browser settings only after you have completely finished removing the malware. Otherwise it will revert the settings next time you boot your computer.

Make sure you bookmark this page as you will have to restart your browser and computer. We recommend having this page open on another device while you are working on the issue.

Step 1:

Start by restoring the old system settings using System Restore. TControl changed them so you need to revert to the old ones first. This will also greatly reduce the work needed in the following steps.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

Click Next.

Check Show more restore points.

If you see any restore points, restore the system. Make sure you select a point that has been created before the infection happened and that is not too old.

It will restore your system settings only and will not affect your files.

Even after you restore the system you will need to perform the following steps in order to completely remove the virus.

Step 2:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the virus.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the virus as a bundle or could be the virus itself. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files as the virus may operate from this folder.

Removing all temporary files is completely safe for your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

Simply select all files and folders displayed in the temporary files directory and delete them permanently by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and then SHIFT + DELETE.

Step 4:

Check your hosts file for any suspicious IPs that could be inserted by the virus.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key while holding to open “Run” window.

Enter the following in the field:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

Click OK.

Your “hosts.ini” file will open in Notepad. If you see any suspicious IP that do not have “#” in front of them you will need to remove it and save the file. Here is an example:

Step 5:

Clean up your registry entries. Be careful not to delete important system entries as this might result in Windows not being able to operate anymore.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

Use the folder tree on the left to navigate to this location:


Check if it has any of the following entries listed:

  • HomepageLocation;
  • RestoreOnStartupURLs\1.

Delete these registry entries if you see them.

Search for additional virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus name. Here are some examples (the last one is the default virus website):

tmtk control

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 6:

Clean up your DNS.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

It will open your current network adapters list.

Right-click on the one you currently use (unused usually have a red X near them while the active one is usually green).

Choose Properties.

Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) (make sure the checkbox is checked near it).

Click Properties.

First, select Obtain DNS server automatically.

Then click Advanced… and go to DNS tab in the newly opened window.

Remove everything from the DNS server addresses, in order of use.

Step 7:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the virus. TControl usually includes its own website in “Target” field and the browser launches it even after you remove the threat.

You will be able to create them again when you completely remove the virus.

Step 8:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

Refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:


Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):


Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the virus and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs and always follow the installation process without skipping any parts to make sure it has nothing bundled in it. We also recommend reading user reviews online if you are unsure about the program you want to install.

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