If your startpage, new tab page and default search engine keeps changing back to the annoying web-site named New Tab Search, this might be a sign that your computer is infected with a browser hijacker. It is a type of unwanted software. Scammers use malware to take control of your computer’s web-browser and modify how and what it shows when you’re surfing the World Wide Web. If you’re already a victim of New Tab Search hijacker, then the following tutorial can assist you clean the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and MS Edge from the hackers, boost browser security and revert back web browser settings.
The New Tab Search browser hijacker can alter current settings of installed browsers, but often that the unwanted software may also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user to see New Tab Search unwanted page every time run the web-browser.
Table of contents
- What is New Tab Search
- Delete New Tab Search
- How to manually get rid of New Tab Search
- How to remove New Tab Search with free programs
- Use AdBlocker to block New Tab Search and stay safe online
- Tips to prevent New Tab Search and other unwanted software
- Finish words
In addition, the New Tab Search PC infection can also alter the search engine selected in the web browser. When you try to search on the infected internet browser, you will be presented with search results, consisting of ads and Google (or Yahoo, or Bing) search results for your query. Among these search results may occur links that lead to unwanted and ad web-pages.
Some browser hijackers also contain ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) that can be used to show annoying ads and or collect user data that can be sold to third parties. These unwanted advertisements can be opened in the form of pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page advertisements. Most of the adware is created to display ads, but some adware is form of spyware that often used to track users to gather personal data.
We recommend you to free your computer ASAP. Use the instructions below that will help to remove New Tab Search and ‘ad-supported’ program, that can be installed onto your system along with it.
Delete New Tab Search
The answer is right here on this web page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It will allow you easily to clean your PC of hijacker infection. Moreover, you can choose manual or automatic removal method. If you are familiar with the computer then use manual removal, otherwise use the free anti-malware tool designed specifically to remove browser hijacker such as New Tab Search. Of course, you can combine both methods. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your web browser or reboot your computer.
How to manually get rid of New Tab Search
The useful removal instructions for the New Tab Search . The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to delete New Tab Search redirect let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Delete New Tab Search associated software by using Windows Control Panel
First method for manual hijacker infection removal is to go into the MS Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of programs on your personal computer and see if there are any suspicious and unknown software. If you see any, you need to uninstall them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Internet search to find details on the program. If it is a potentially unwanted application, ad-supported software or malware, you will likely find information that says so.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all programs installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove New Tab Search
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The browser hijacker infection can change it. If you are seeing something similar “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as on the image below.
Once is done, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for web browser shortcuts which redirects to an annoying web pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Get rid of New Tab Search search from Chrome
If your Chrome internet browser is rerouted to unwanted New Tab Search page, it may be necessary to completely reset your web browser application to its default settings.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to display the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web-browser will display the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will launch the procedure of cleaning. Once it’s finished, the internet browser’s settings including homepage, new tab page and search engine by default back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your system.
Remove New Tab Search from Firefox
First, open the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, press the Help button () as shown in the figure below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the New Tab Search browser hijacker infection. Once, it’s finished, press the “Finish” button.
Remove New Tab Search from IE
If you find that Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser settings such as startpage, new tab page and default search engine having been hijacked, then you may return your settings, via the reset internet browser procedure.
First, run the IE. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect.
How to remove New Tab Search with free programs
The browser hijacker can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the browser hijacker again infect your PC and change browsers settings to New Tab Search. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove browser hijacker manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the operating system. The best method to detect and remove browser hijackers is to use free malware removal software.
How to automatically remove New Tab Search with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to detect and remove New Tab Search search from your computer. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop by clicking on the following link.
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- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will display the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once the download process is finished, please close all software and open windows on your personal computer. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will run the “Setup wizard” of Malwarebytes onto your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Malwarebytes will start and open the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button for the hijacker removal scan. It will start scanning your computer for the hijacker infection which redirects your browser to the New Tab Search unwanted site. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient.
- When the Malwarebytes has finished scanning, it will open a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found.
- When you are ready, press the “Quarantine Selected” button to begin cleaning your system. Once the procedure is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the personal computer.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
If the problem with New Tab Search homepage is still remained
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove browser hijacker such as New Tab Search, malicious software, potentially unwanted applications and adware in Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and MS Edge internet browsers and thereby return their default settings (start page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the machine.
- Download AdwCleaner from the following link.
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- Select the file location as Desktop, and then click Save.
- When downloading is finished, run the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out New Tab Search hijacker.
- Once the system scan is complete, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the report and then press “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to reboot your personal computer, press “OK”.
The few simple steps shown in detail in the following video.
Use AdBlocker to block New Tab Search and stay safe online
It’s important to use ad blocking applications like AdGuard to protect your machine from harmful web pages. Most security experts says that it’s okay to block ads. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop New Tab Search and other annoying web sites.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
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After downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions as shown in the figure below.
Click “Skip” button to close the indows and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, web pages such New Tab Search, as well as other dangerous or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
Tips to prevent New Tab Search and other unwanted software
Now your computer should be clean of the New Tab Search search. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted advertisements and annoying dangerous pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new browser hijackers, malware and ad-supported software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove New Tab Search from the Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Microsoft Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.