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Remove ads (Removal Instructions)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Reasons to stay away from search engine virus can annoy you to death. This spyware-type computer infection promotes untrustworthy search engine and sets its URL ( as the new homepage and default start page address. As a result, it appears each time the user opens the web browser, and eventually, it can convince the computer user to use it. Sadly, there are numerous reasons why this program belongs to potentially unwanted programs’ group, and one of them is the redirect issue. If you tried to use the aforementioned search engine already, you probably noticed how many sponsored search results it provides.

Questions about ads

These sponsored links are nothing but ads, which link to third-party pages. Some of them might be entirely safe or even useful, and the others can be highly hazardous. Although computer security experts warn users not to use shady search engines and remove ASAP, some users decide to try such tools out. We would like to warn you to be extremely cautious when exploring search results delivered by that search engine because they can lead you to deceptive, malware-laden, phony or just suspicious websites. If you suspect that the website you have entered is somehow suspicious, do not enter any sensitive data into it. It is also advisable to stay away from suspicious downloads and software updates that such sites frequently advertise. If you haven’t found this search tool useful, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner or another spyware and malware removal software for removal.
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When did this program hijack the PC?

Some potentially unwanted programs have their official websites and present their tools in the nicest way possible. This browser hijacker also has its own page, which is a clone of sites that promote or browser hijacker. However, the majority of people who suddenly realize that their computer is infected by a certain PUP usually have no idea when did it get there. So we would like to explain how such software installs itself on user’s PC without his approval. Free programs frequently spread along freeware or shareware, so if you have found this hijacker on your computer, most likely you have downloaded an untrustworthy free app that contained this application. To stop unwanted programs from hijacking your PC, rely on Custom or Advanced installation settings and modify them to drop off unwanted third-party applications suggested to you. To reverse hijack, we recommend you to do so:

How to remove

Users wish to remove virus as soon as possible, but it is important to do that in a right way. In our opinion, the most reliable way to do that is to rely on anti-malware software . Automatic spyware and malware removal can help to clean your computer and declutter the system entirely. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner for removal, but you can also freely use these instructions that our support team has prepared. It seems that this browser hijacker targets users of Mozilla and Chrome, but it might attacks Microsoft Edge users, too.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove ads, follow these steps:

Erase from Windows systems

First of all, you need to check if the system is free of suspicious programs that you cannot remember installing. Once you finish to remove them all, clean your web browsers then.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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 from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete ads from Microsoft Edge

Find and remove Newtab-media extension and uninstall it.

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Use these instructions to find Newtab-media browser extension and eliminate this hijacker for good by removing this extension from your computer.

  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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of from Google Chrome

Clean Chrome using these instructions. You should look for settings altered for’s benefit and also for Newtab-media extension. Delete it and restore browser settings using instructions given below.

  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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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  1. Olly says:
    October 31st, 2016 at 7:25 am

    This virus is actually not useful at all. at first, i thought that its fun to switch up and use another search engine, but now I am angry. this search engine is deceptive…

  2. George says:
    October 31st, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Dont install that piece of malware from! It will corrupt your browser entirely!

  3. Kendric says:
    October 31st, 2016 at 7:28 am

    So glad that I have found this article. Now I know how to block potentially unwanted programs 🙂

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