Abstract HD – New Tab is a dedicated Google Chrome extension that should be considered as a malware. Once installed on your web browser it will make some unwanted changes and definitely worsen your web browsing experience.
This is just one tool from a wide family of Google Chrome extensions devoted to customise new tab page looks developed by Extinns. This company also released extensions like catstart.com, wave-abstract.com, equaltab.biz and others. They all look alike and work in a similar manner.
You can pay a visit to www.extinns.com website and take a look at all those add-ons yourself.
Basically, every of this tools are supposed to customise the way your new tab look with some kind of background picture – that’s it, there are no additional features. So why these add-ons are considered to be unwanted? Well, there are several reasons and we will cover all of them.
Abstract HD – New Tab distributed as a bundle, performs unwanted actions
Even though Abstract HD – New tab is available at Google Chrome extensions marketplace, most of the time it gets into the computers as a bundle to some free software. I. e. when you download and install freeware from the Internet, you might be offered to add this tool to your web browser for free. If you agree to do that, you will get more than you have expected:
This tool will have the permission to red and change data on websites you are visiting, replace the page on a new tab and collect various information about you. As for now, it will change your new tab page to www.abstracthd-tab.com. On this website you will be able to see local weather forecast, a search box as well as a few links to other websites.
The search presented on a new tab only redirects your searches to Google, so don’t expect any enhanced results. However, all searches submitted to Abstracthd-tab.com will be tracked and if you reveal some of your private and sensitive information there it can be leaked – that is a very dangerous feature.
Another feature employed by this tool to trick users – it will create “home” icon on the right side of Google Chrome toolbar, which is identical to the original Google Chrome home button featured on the left side. This way they make people head to their website when they intend to go to their actual homepage.
Remove this website from your new tab right now
We have already informed you why Abstract HD is unwanted, there are also lots of bad reviews online:
Data from Similar web AbstractHD analysis also implements that this page is not really wanted as it has only direct visits – nobody uses this website on their own will, users only visit it directly, if their web browsers are infected and web page gets opened automatically.
Speaking of countries in which this malware is most active, it was mostly installed in US, Central Europe and India.
That’s enough reasons for you to get rid of this add-on right now. Even though you can simply right click on the fake home button and select “Remove from Chrome”, it won’t solve the problem for good – some traces of this malware might be still left on your computer.
After you select to remove Abstracthd-tab.com from web browser, you should scan your computer with anti-malware software, such as Spyhunter. Either of those tools will detect and remove any files associated with Abstract HD and remove them automatically. It will also make sure that no other malicious applications or files are operating on the system. Next, you should follow instructions provided below to completely restore normal order of Google Chrome browser.
TopHow To remove Abstracthd-tab.com virus from Google Chrome:
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
- Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
- Select Manage Search engines
- Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
- Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
- If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
- Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings
If you are still experiencing any issues related to Abstracthd-tab.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.
- Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
- Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
- Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.
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