Newtab Viruses - How to remove

Newtab viruses are a popular group of browser hijackers that infect the browser’s new tab page and (in some cases) start page. These hijackers are created for the reasons to show advertisements or to distribute other forms of malware.

Newtab hijackers evolved from start page hijackers after tabbed browsing became popular due to Firefox, which was one of the first major browser using tabs in 2002. Before that, hijackers tried either to get full control of the browser or changed the start page. However, the new tab page allows showing advertisements more frequently without annoying people too much. Thus this became a popular way to push advertisements long term.

How Newtab hijackers differ from other parasites?

Newtab hijackers are different from search hijackers by leaving the search page untouched or using another parasite for changing its settings. Furthermore, the search might be just an additional function rather than the main way of making a profit.

NewTab viruses

Different from Clickjackers, hijackers do not usually steal clicks. Sure, there are versions of parasites that try to implement all the possible ways to earn money, but these are very rare. This type of malware relies on showing moderate amounts of advertisements by pretending to be useful.

The majority of such parasites implement useless toolbars in various bundles for distribution. Common choices of “useful” functions are weather information, links to common services (like Facebook and Gmail), recipes. Typically, they include some sort of search box too. This search uses either their own engine or one of the popular ones, which gives no additional benefit for you. However, they spend a bit more time coding the toolbar so these might have some useful function, though rarely.

Types and families of Newtab hijackers

The majority of newtab hijackers are usually clones under a new name. The makers search for freeware apps looking for ways to make money or create their own versions of barely useful programs. Then they create a webpage or just redirect to their main page on the newtab. Their most popular choice today is the Myway virus, created by Mindspark. It has its own search engine, however, it is distributed with Ask, Yahoo or another search toolbar usually.

Another popular family of hijackers is Eightpoint/ or AirFind Corp one. They do not care about creating unique plugins at all thus almost all of them share the design. The technology is owned by Cayman company Eightpoint, which “licenses” to some subsidiary that does dirty work.

The third group of New tab hijackers is created by Imali media that used many domains for their malware. The domains are very alike, and it is hard to see how one hijacker differs from another.

The fourth major group is Infospace.com based hijackers. Infospace is an old metasearch engine, which provides search and advertising services for other pages. The most widely known search engine that uses this provider is Dogpile.com (which is completely legitimate); however, it is used by hijackers too. Furthermore, they have another product: Msxml.excite.com new tab virus.

There is also a producer of browser hijackers called Trovi (ClientConnect LTD) and this company is responsible for such aggravating parasites like My-bing.com and Need4search.com. This Israel-based unit promises to enhance users’ browsing experiences, but most of the people ended complaining about unauthorized modifications to their preferences.

There were some hijackers that use the name “Newtab” as well, e.g. Newtab.online an Infospace.com based hijacker, Newtab.club hijacker, Newtab.quiklogin.co virus, Betternewtabsearch.com, Startnetab.info, Search.newtabfun.com, Searchnewtab.com, Searchtabnew.com and many others.

Note, that many search hijackers try to hijack new tab and start pages too. However, their removal is more complex as they rely on making money from the search results either by using ad networks or inserting promotions themselves.

Are newtab hijackers legitimate?

Newtab hijackers rarely break law. While some of them might install with help of malware, they try to avoid the shadiest of tactics and rely on tricking people during bundle installation or advertise their “useful” functions. So, technically they do not break laws, but they can be categorized as Adware, hijackers or PUPS.

Thus the majority of anti-malware programs try to detect and remove all the hijacker types with various success. If you get infected, scan your Windows PC with Spyhunter, Mac with Combo Cleaner, or another security program. You can also remove this parasite manually too.


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How to get rid of New Tab hijackers manually

How to remove newtab virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Newtab Viruses install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10). Open Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu.
  • Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category). In Control Panel, select Uninstall a program.
  • Go through the list of programs and select entries related to newtab virus . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make Newtab Viruses easier to find. Find the program that you need to uninstall.
  • Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes. Click the Uninstall button after selecting the program to uninstall. Then click Yes.
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection. Spyhunter marking a program and its components as low-threat malware.

How to remove newtab virus from macOS

Delete Newtab Viruses from your applications.
  1. Open Finder.
  2. In the menu bar, click Go.
  3. Select Applications from the dropdown.
  4. Find the newtab virus app.
  5. Select it and right-click it (or hold the Ctrl and click the left mouse button).
  6. In the dropdown, click Move to Bin/Trash. You might be asked to provide your login password.
Open Applications and delete unwanted apps.

TopHow To remove Newtab Viruses from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • 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.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Newtab Viruses, 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.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How To remove Newtab Viruses from Firefox:Top

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Newtab Viruses related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings If you are still experiencing any issues related to newtab virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.
  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve
If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

How to remove Newtab Viruses from Microsoft Edge:Top

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Microsoft Edge window. Select “Extensions”.
Open the menu and choose Extensions.
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
Press Remove for the extensions you want to remove
  • Click on the three-dot menu on the browser toolbar and Select Settings
Edge new open the three-dot menu and choose settings.
  • Select Privacy and Services and scroll down. Press on Address bar.
Edge new Open Address bar settings.
  • Choose Manage search engines.
Edge new choose manage search engines.
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list: open the three-dot menu and choose Remove.
Edge new choose remove for unwanted search engines.
  • Go back to Settings. Open On start-up.
  • Delete malicious search websites at Open specific page or pages by opening the three-dot menu and clicking Delete.
Edge new remove startup pages. (Optional) Reset your browser’s settings If you are still experiencing any issues related to Newtab Viruses, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings
  • Click on Edge's menu button and select Settings. Click on the Reset Settings button on the left.
  • Press the Restore settings to their default values option.
Edge new restore settings.
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
Edge new restore settings comfirmation. If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Newtab Viruses from Safari:Top

Remove malicious extensions
  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall newtab virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions) If you are still experiencing any issues related to Newtab Viruses, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.
  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset
If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.
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