Startnewtab.info - How To Remove?

 

Look at the url section on your web browser when you first open it – is it Startnetab.info/blank.html? Well, then it’s the reason why you are here. Your computer is infected with browser hijacker virus and you should do something about it. If you are determined to eliminate it from your computer, read this post to the end.

Website used to be supported by Evonames.com. It was registered in the IP address of 104.27.183.7 which suggest that the domain was hosted by Cloudflare.

Startnewtab.info virus

Startnewtab.info was designed in January of 2017 but did not stay around for long: currently, 8 months later, the website is not available and every visitor is greeted by a blank page which does not contain a search box and a logo that it used to. This browser hijacker is presumed to have been distributed with a browser extension called Start New Tab which might have indicated to receive permissions to modify browsers’ preferences as soon as it is installed among other active add-ons.

We have already mentioned that this infection is listed as browser hijacker – it can hijack Google Chrome web browser, the same way as Start.androidnewtab.com virus. In case you are using any other Internet browser, you should not worry about this infection since it can’t cause damage to other web browsers. It was developed this way – a browser add-on, which is only suitable for Google Chrome.

The main symptoms that you will definitely notice is hijacked homepage and new tab. I.e. every time you open your web browser, this website will be the first thing you see. The same goes every time you open a new tab. Startnewtab.info pretends to be useful search engine, that could enhance your web browsing quality by displaying search results that are more relevant to your interests, yet it is not true.

All results displayed by Startnewtab.info are generated by Google because this infection uses Googles’ custom search. Custom search allows them to insert additional advertisements to search results and that’s the way cyber criminals behind this malware is making money. We suggest to stay away from those ads and sponsored links delivered by Startnewtab.info because you might find yourself on a website that is possibly dangerous.

startnewtab.info virus remove

Another dangerous feature of Startnewtab.info that you should be aware of – recording your personal information. It is quite an usual trait for browser hijackers. They track your information such as IP and email addresses, browsing habits, even some info about your hardware and software. Such information are transferred to third parties later on – it can be used to target you with advertisements or even more malware, so you can get very vulnerable.

How did Startnewtab.info enter my computer?

First of all, if your computer is infected with Startnewtab.info it is a clear indicator that your computer is vulnerable and you should take care of that. What you need is real-time protection which would alarm you about infections like this trying to sneak into your computer. We recommend to use either Reimage or Malwarebytes for this task. Either one of them should successfully protect your system from infections like this. Moreover, it will remove viruses that are already inside of it and clean your system, so it’s a great way to solve all problems related to cyber security. For more detailed instructions please scroll down below this article and checkout our step-by-step Startnewtab.info removal guide.

9 times out of 10 infection like this enters the computer when you download and install some freeware from the Internet – it comes as a bundle. So the main point of focus in order to avoid malware like this is to be extremely careful during the installation of freeware. Never skip steps and try to get familiar with all the information you are provided with.



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Manual removal of Startnewtab.info virus

How to remove Startnewtab.info using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Startnewtab.info install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Startnewtab.info .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Startnewtab.info from your browsers

  Top How To remove Startnewtab.info 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 Startnewtab.info, 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.

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How To remove Startnewtab.info from Firefox:

  • 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 Startnewtab.info 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 Startnewtab.info, 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

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Startnewtab.info virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Startnewtab.info virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Startnewtab.info from the list.

How to remove Startnewtab.info from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Startnewtab.info and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Startnewtab.info, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

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

How to remove Startnewtab.info from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Startnewtab.info should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Startnewtab.info from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Startnewtab.info 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 Startnewtab.info, 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.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Startnewtab.info, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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January 10, 2017 03:48, September 7, 2017 05:16
 
   
 

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