The Pics4NewTab is a browser hijacker that could bring various problems to your personal computer. After its install, it can introduce changes to your web browser’s settings, making your search provider by default, newtab and home page to become its own web-page. You may have certain problems such as being redirected to intrusive sites, receiving lots of annoying advertisements, and user data being gathered without any knowledge, while this browser hijacker is installed on your personal computer.
If your system has been affected by Pics4NewTab browser hijacker infection, every time you open your internet browser you will see this web page. Of course you can setup your homepage again, but next time you open a internet browser you will see that Pics4NewTab homepage return. As mentioned above, the hijacker infection can alter the default search provider on this intrusive web site too, so all your search queries will be redirected to Pics4NewTab. Thus the authors of the hijacker can gather the search terms of your queries, and redirect you to annoying web sites.
As well as unwanted browser redirects to Pics4NewTab, the browser hijacker can collect your Net surfing activity by saving URLs visited, IP addresses, web browser version and type, cookie information, Internet Service Provider (ISP) and sites visited. Such kind of behavior can lead to serious security problems or user information theft. This is another reason why the browser hijacker that reroutes the internet browser to Pics4NewTab, is categorized as PUP (potentially unwanted program).
We recommend you to clean your personal computer of browser hijacker sooner. Use the guide below which will allow to get rid of Pics4NewTab search and malicious program, which can be installed onto your computer along with it.
Remove Pics4NewTab (removal instructions)
Not all unwanted applications such as hijacker responsible for modifying your browser settings to Pics4NewTab are easily uninstallable. You might see a new startpage, newtab page, search engine and other type of undesired changes to the Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and Firefox settings and might not be able to figure out the program responsible for this activity. The reason for this is that many unwanted apps neither appear in Windows Control Panel. Therefore in order to completely get rid of Pics4NewTab search, you need to complete the steps below. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your web-browser or restart your computer.
To remove Pics4NewTab, use the steps below:
- Manual Pics4NewTab removal
- Scan your computer and get rid of Pics4NewTab with free tools
- Block Pics4NewTab and other annoying web sites
- Method of Pics4NewTab hijacker infection intrusion into your PC
- Finish words
Manual Pics4NewTab removal
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to get rid of the Pics4NewTab from the MS Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer web-browsers.
Uninstall questionable applications using MS Windows Control Panel
The process of hijacker removal is generally the same across all versions of MS Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it’s necessary to check the list of installed software on your personal computer and remove all unused, unknown and dubious software.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter like below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the screen below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as on the image below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista) as on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and get rid of all dubious and unknown programs. We recommend to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed apps by date. After you’ve found anything questionable that may be the hijacker that responsible for browser reroute to the annoying Pics4NewTab web-site or other PUP (potentially unwanted program), then choose this application and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to completely remove it from your system.
Get rid of Pics4NewTab start page from Mozilla Firefox
If the Mozilla Firefox settings like new tab page, search provider by default and homepage have been replaced by the browser hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, open the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the screen below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Delete Pics4NewTab redirect from Google Chrome
Run the Reset web browser tool of the Chrome to reset all its settings such as default search engine, new tab and home page to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of browser hijacks such as Pics4NewTab.
- First, start the Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed addons. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove Pics4NewTab from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted extensions or toolbars on your internet browser, which installed by a malware.
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect.
Scan your computer and get rid of Pics4NewTab with free tools
There are not many good free anti-malware applications with high detection ratio. The effectiveness of malicious software removal tools depends on various factors, mostly on how often their virus/malware signatures DB are updated in order to effectively detect modern malicious software, adware, browser hijacker infections and other potentially unwanted applications. We suggest to run several programs, not just one. These programs which listed below will help you remove all components of the browser hijacker from your disk and Windows registry and thereby remove Pics4NewTab home page.
How to automatically remove Pics4NewTab with Zemana Anti-Malware
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM). You can download and install Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) to search for and get rid of Pics4NewTab home page from your personal computer. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the system.
Please go to the following link to download Zemana Anti-Malware. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
After the downloading process is complete, close all applications and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as displayed on the image below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Zemana on your machine.
Once installation is done, you will see window as displayed in the following example.
Now click the “Scan” button to begin scanning your system for the hijacker infection which cause a reroute to Pics4NewTab site. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your computer. When a malware, adware or PUPs are found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
As the scanning ends, you may check all items found on your system. Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware will get rid of browser hijacker infection responsible for redirecting user searches to Pics4NewTab.
Run Malwarebytes to delete Pics4NewTab
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC system of the browser hijacker infection. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal program made by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you get rid of hijackers, PUPs, malware, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti Malware for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
After the downloading process is complete, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes will try to update itself and when this process is finished, click the “Scan Now” button to scan for hijacker responsible for redirecting your browser to Pics4NewTab web site. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted software are found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. In order to get rid of all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal tool, we advise you to read and follow the step by step guide or the video guide below.
Run AdwCleaner to remove Pics4NewTab
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) cannot get rid of this browser hijacker infection, then we advises to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for malicious software, adware, PUPs, toolbars as well as browser hijacker responsible for modifying your internet browser settings to Pics4NewTab.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the following link. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
After the downloading process is finished, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner utility. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to launch the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to begin scanning your personal computer for the hijacker that responsible for web-browser redirect to the intrusive Pics4NewTab site. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your computer and the speed of your computer. While the AdwCleaner is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
Once the scan get finished, AdwCleaner will open a screen that contains a list of malware that has been detected like below.
All found items will be marked. You can remove them all by simply click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove hijacker which developed to redirect your web browser to the Pics4NewTab page. After that process is complete, the tool may ask you to reboot your PC. After restart, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Block Pics4NewTab and other annoying web sites
It’s also critical to protect your browsers from harmful sites and ads by using an ad-blocking program like AdGuard. Security experts says that it will greatly reduce the risk of malicious software, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard may also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After the download is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the following example.
Follow the prompts. When the install is done, you will see a window as displayed below.
You can click “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popup advertisements, Pics4NewTab redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
Method of Pics4NewTab hijacker infection intrusion into your PC
The hijacker that made to redirect your browser to the Pics4NewTab site, can be defined as PUP (potentially unwanted program) which commonly comes on the PC with other freeware. Most often, this undesired program comes without the user’s knowledge. Therefore, many users aren’t even aware that their computer has been affected by malicious software. Please follow the easy rules in order to protect your PC system from any undesired software: do not install any suspicious programs, read the user agreement and select only the Custom, Manual or Advanced installation type, don’t rush to click the Next button. Also, always try to find a review of the program on the Internet. Be careful and attentive! If Pics4NewTab has already come into your computer, then you need to check your PC system for hijacker and other malicious software. Use our detailed few simple steps which are listed above.
Now your PC should be clean of the browser hijacker infection responsible for redirects to Pics4NewTab. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana (to periodically scan your computer for new hijackers and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you block intrusive pop-up ads and harmful web-pages). Moreover, to prevent hijackers, please stay clear of unknown and third party apps, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to find PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Pics4NewTab redirect related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.