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Remove New Tab Search (Removal Guide) - updated May 2019

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

New Tab Search virus – not the most reliable and secure search service

New Tab Search browser hijacker

Questions about New Tab Search

New Tab Search virus is a shady online search service. The application spreads as a browser extension which is available on Chrome Web Store, as well as in bundled software packages. Therefore, it can easily enter the system without the user’s permission and knowledge. Once installed, it modifies the browser’s settings such as default search section, homepage, new tab URL, to control the person's browsing habits. The New Tab Search extension is created by Visicom Media known for designing MyStart, MyStart Toolbar and other hijackers.

Name New Tab Search
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type Potentially unwanted program
Creator Visicom Media
Found in Chrome Web Store, software packages
Activities Modifying browser settings, collecting browsing data, redirecting to suspicious pages, displaying commercial content, and so on
Manual removal Look for instructions at the bottom of this page
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Developers present New Tab Search as a tool that should help people improve their browsing sessions. However, for the tendency to spy on users' browsing habits and its questionable distribution methods, it has been labeled as a browser hijacker[1]. Usually, this kind of PUP (potentially unwanted program):

  • modifies browser’s settings and leaves users without a possibility to revert them;
  • misguides users to sponsored web pages;
  • displays an excessive amount of commercial content;
  • promotes questionable toolbars and add-ons;
  • might redirect to high-risk or potentially dangerous websites.

The extension also presents the search results from different databases: Google, Yahoo, and Baidu. Though the latter is legitimate Chinese[2] search engine provider, it has been associated with Hao123 hijacker assaults and recent Skype virus version. Likewise, it is possible that New Tab Search hijack might direct you to potentially insecure domains.

Security experts found that so-called New Tab Search virus is related to other suspicious applications and websites, for instance, ww1.newtabsearch.com, which maintains an eternal loop of loading and does not present any content. As you might have already noticed, there is no reason to use or keep this potentially suspicious app on your machine.

New Tab Search hijackerNew Tab Search - a browser hijacker that can appear on browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari

Though New Tab Search received several dozens of positive ratings[3] from users, it does not mean that the website is safe to use. As mentioned before, it does not present an official website as well as the privacy policy and terms of use. Thus, users are deprived of the right to know what kind of information and for what purposes the extension uses. 

However, such behavior might only foreshadow another issue – spying users via cookies and web elements.[4] Usually, the gathered information is non-personally identifiable[5] and used for advertising purposes. But you can never be sure who can get access to it and what tracking technologies are used.

Therefore, this argument should encourage you to remove New Tab Search right away. ReimageIntego or Malwarebytes will help you in this process. If you are looking for manual New Tab Search removal guidelines, you should scroll down to the end of the article. There you will find illustrated and detailed explanation of how to achieve this task.

New Tab Search Sample New Tab Search is a hijacker that sparks doubts about its reliability.

Installation of undesired apps can be stopped if you pay attention to software installation

Nevertheless, a browser-hijacking application[6] can be found on Chrome Web Store or other similar e-shops, though it does not link directly to its web store. However, direct downloads are not the main distribution method for potentially unwanted programs. These types of applications are mostly spread as a product of bundled software.

If you don't bother checking what programs you download to your computer, you may not only facilitate the browser hijacker but enable the installation of other dubious add-ons. To avoid trouble dealing with potentially unwanted applications, pay attention to the installation wizard of the main software. Also, make sure not to use unreliable downloading services.

Additionally, you should select the “Custom” or “Advanced” settings to spot irrelevant applications. Once you do so, opt out of all unwanted programs and content that you do not want to have in your computer system. This way you will be able to avoid all unexpected downloads and installations of browser-hijacking content.

Getting rid of the New Tab Search browser hijacker

You can delete the extension in two ways – either remove New Tab Search virus manually or get rid of it with the assistance of malware elimination tool. The latter is a more optional option as it will come in handy battling more intricate malware. Also, antimalware programs are capable of dealing with unwanted content in a few minutes of time.

Additionally, you will ensure complete New Tab Search removal if you combine these two methods. Check whether its toolbar and search engine are fully eliminated. Manual elimination guidelines are below. Please follow them attentively! Make sure that all web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari are completely clean and refreshed for effective working.

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To remove New Tab Search, follow these steps:

Erase New Tab Search from Windows systems

If the hijacker was installed in the software package, you should make sure that any other unknown programs or extensions were not installed as well. First of all, look up for PUPs installed on the computer. Then, check the list of Chrome extensions.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall New Tab Search and related programs
    Here, look for New Tab Search or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove New Tab Search from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Eliminate New Tab Search from Mac OS X system

While Mac OS X is not usually targeted by the browser hijacker, the appearance of New Tab Search should encourage you to check installed applications and browser extensions. These instructions will help you:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove New Tab Search from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for New Tab Search-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove New Tab Search, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to New Tab Search and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the New Tab Search-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall New Tab Search from Internet Explorer (IE)

If Internet Explorer got hijacked by a potentially unwanted program, you can easily refresh your web browser by using the following guidelines:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for New Tab Search and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete New Tab Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove New Tab Search from Microsoft Edge

Cleaning Microsoft Edge web browser app in a few steps is possible. All you have to do is take every below-given step carefully and by paying all of your attention:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the New Tab Search-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete New Tab Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can eliminate all browser hijacker-related components from your Mozilla Firefox web browser application. For more detailed instructing steps, follow these guidelines:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select New Tab Search and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete New Tab Search removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of New Tab Search from Google Chrome

In order to fix Chrome from the hijack, you have to make sure that any suspicious extensions, add-ons, and similar entries were not installed without your knowledge. Speed up New Tab Search removal by resetting the browser.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select New Tab Search and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete New Tab Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase New Tab Search from Safari

If you have spotted any suspicious content in your Safari web browser, you should get rid of with the help of these instructions:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for New Tab Search or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by New Tab Search, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete New Tab Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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