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Remove Newtabtools.com (Free Instructions) - Virus Removal Guide

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Stealing programs

Newtabtools – a group of suspicious browser extensions that can be installed silently

Newtabtools.com  virus

Newtabtools is a group of browser hijacker[1] that spread bundled with various free programs in the form of browser extensions. After infiltration, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) after infiltration might set Newtabtools.com or another Yahoo-based search engine as the default homepage, built-in search box, and new tab URL address.

Summary
Name Newtabtools.com
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Takes control over web browser and alters its settings
Symptoms Replaced homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL address
Distribution methods Official website and software bundling
To uninstall Newtabtools.com install ReimageIntego and run a full system scan.

In the Newtabtools.com website, authors of the add-on present this extension as a tool that enhances browsing session:

Improve your new tab page with functional extensions that suit your needs for a better browsing experience.

However, people report about the quite opposite situation. So-called Newtabtools virus is known for being capable of performing such activities:

  • getting into the system unnoticed;
  • replacing Chrome, Firefox or other browser’s settings;
  • installing Travel Buddy, Recipe Hub, Maps Hub, Daily Bible Reflection, All Social, Ready Mail, Shop Now, Your TV Shows or other unknown browser extensions without asking user’s permission;
  • preventing users from Newtabtools.com removal;
  • displaying ads or redirecting to a promotional website;
  • tracking browsing-related information.

However, it’s important to mention that Newtabtools.com virus cannot harm the system directly. The program is designed to take control over web browser in order to shift user’s browsing habits. It means that hijacker might control what ads users see, what links they click and what websites they visit.

There’s no doubt that this activity is highly annoying. However, in this way authors of this cyber threat generate advertising-based revenue. But the problem is that hijacker might put users in danger. Some of the commercial content might not be safe to click.

Security specialists from LosVirus.es[2] warn that Newtabtools redirect tendencies might end up with malware[3] infiltration or suffering from a phishing attack. The hijacker can display misleading ads or force users to visit potentially dangerous websites.

This might happen because potentially unwanted programs are often exploited by cyber criminals. Unfortunately, developers of PUPs rarely care about possible dangers that might be exposed to the users. Though, your privacy and security are in your own hands. Thus, in order to be safe online, you have to remove Newtabtools from the computer.

Newtabtools.com removal can be completed either manually or automatically. We suggest opting for the latter method and let ReimageIntego or another anti-malware program to get rid of the hijacker. However, after system scan, you should also reset Chrome and other affected browsers to delete tracking cookies.

Newtabtools.com  browser hijackerNewtabtools.com is a browser hijacker that can enter the system with the help of free programs.

Direct downloads are not the main distribution method of the hijacker

This Chrome extension is available to download on the official developer’s website Newtabtools.com. However, it’s not likely for users to encounter this website when looking for a new tool to enhance the browsing experience.

Usually, Newtabtools hijack surprises people when they open the browser after installing freeware or shareware.
This potentially unwanted application might be advertised as an optional component in any software package. However, users who stick to Custom/Advanced installation settings, can spot it and reject its installation.

Unfortunately, people usually use Recommended/Quick settings which work in favor of PUP developers. These settings do not openly disclose about third-party download offers. It means that when you install freeware under these settings, you give indirect permission to install the whole software bundle without knowing what hides inside.

Uninstall New Tab Tools from the web browser

In order to remove Newtabtools.com from the browser, you have to check the list of programs and browser extensions. Some of the recently installed programs are responsible for keeping the hijacker on the system. Hence, you have to get rid of it.

The guidelines below will show you how to succeed with Newtabtools removal. However, if these instructions seem complicated, you can simplify the task by scanning the system with reputable anti-malware and resetting affected browser.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Newtabtools.com, follow these steps:

Delete Newtabtools.com from Windows systems

Follow these steps to get rid of Newtabtools.com  browser hijacker entirely:

To remove Newtabtools.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Newtabtools.com (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove Newtabtools.com from Mac OS X system

Remove Newtabtools.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Newtabtools.com-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 Newtabtools.com, 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 Newtabtools.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Newtabtools.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Newtabtools.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Newtabtools.com 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 Newtabtools.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Newtabtools.com from Microsoft Edge

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 Newtabtools.com-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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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

Erase Newtabtools.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninsall suspicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox and reset the browser:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Newtabtools.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Newtabtools.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Newtabtools.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Newtabtools.com from Google Chrome

Terminate unknown extensions that are related to Newtabtools.com.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Newtabtools.com by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Newtabtools.com in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Newtabtools.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Newtabtools.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Newtabtools.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Newtabtools.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Newtabtools.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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