If you’ve ever found your web browser home page inexplicably modifying to FreshTab New Tab, or notice that a default search engine in your browser has modified, then you could say that your personal computer has been a victim of the browser hijacker infection. The developers of browser hijacker do so in order to make revenue via Google, Yahoo or Bing search engine. Thus, in order to force you to use FreshTab New Tab search services as often as possible the hijacker infection can modify your web browsers settings like homepage, newtab and search engine by default.
Being infected by FreshTab New Tab browser hijacker, every time you launch your web-browser you will see this web page. Of course you can setup your homepage again, but next time you start a browser you will see that FreshTab New Tab return. As mentioned above, the hijacker infection can change the default search engine on this unwanted website too, so all your search queries will be redirected to FreshTab New Tab. Thus the authors of the hijacker may gather the search terms of your queries, and redirect you to undesired web-sites.
Although, FreshTab New Tab hijacker is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it may make some undesired changes to current settings of all your typical web-browsers. Moreover, an adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) may be additionally installed on to your machine with this browser hijacker, which will display a large count of ads, or even massive full page advertisements that blocks surfing the Internet. Often such these advertisements may recommend to install other unknown and unwanted programs or visit harmful sites.
So, if you happen to encounter undesired FreshTab New Tab home page, then be quick and take effort to remove browser hijacker infection related to FreshTab New Tab redirect ASAP. Follow the guidance below to remove FreshTab New Tab . Let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
How to remove FreshTab New Tab from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
Without a doubt, the hijacker is harmful to your PC system. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malware. To delete this hijacker, you can use the manual removal guidance that are given below or free malware removal utility like Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM), MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) or Hitman Pro (all are free). We advise you use automatic removal way that will allow you to get rid of FreshTab New Tab easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where browser hijacker infection is not deleted automatically. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to shut down your browser or restart your PC system.
To remove FreshTab New Tab, complete the following steps:
- How to manually remove FreshTab New Tab
- How to get rid of FreshTab New Tab start page with free software
- Run AdBlocker to block FreshTab New Tab and stay safe online
- How does your computer get infected with FreshTab New Tab hijacker
- Finish words
How to manually remove FreshTab New Tab
The step by step guidance will help you remove FreshTab New Tab search. These FreshTab New Tab removal steps work for the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, as well as every version of MS Windows operating system.
Remove potentially unwanted programs using Windows Control Panel
It is of primary importance to first identify and get rid of all PUPs, adware programs and hijackers through ‘Add/Remove Programs’ (Windows XP) or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 10, 8, 7) section of your Microsoft Windows Control Panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown in the following example.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (MS Windows 7 or Vista) as on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and remove all questionable and unknown programs. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. After you’ve found anything suspicious that may be the hijacker which cause FreshTab New Tab web-site to appear or other PUP (potentially unwanted program), then select this application and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the dubious program blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to completely get rid of it from your machine.
Delete FreshTab New Tab from IE
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your web-browser is hijacked or you’ve unwanted extensions or toolbars on your web-browser, that installed by a malicious software.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect. It will remove browser hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to FreshTab New Tab, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like search engine, startpage and newtab page to default state.
Remove FreshTab New Tab homepage from Mozilla Firefox
The Firefox reset will keep your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data and delete unwanted search provider and startpage such as FreshTab New Tab, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
First, launch the Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page press on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the image below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove FreshTab New Tab search from Google Chrome
If your Google Chrome browser is re-directed to undesired FreshTab New Tab web-page, it may be necessary to completely reset your browser program to its default settings.
- First start the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is done, your web-browser’s default search engine, homepage and newtab page will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
How to get rid of FreshTab New Tab start page with free software
Run malicious software removal tools to get rid of FreshTab New Tab automatically. The free software tools specially developed for hijacker, adware and other potentially unwanted programs removal. These tools may remove most of browser hijacker from Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Moreover, it may remove all components of FreshTab New Tab from Windows registry and system drives.
Use Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) to remove FreshTab New Tab redirect
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) which are completely clean your personal computer of the browser hijacker infection. The utility is an advanced malicious software removal program designed by (c) Zemana lab. It’s able to help you remove PUPs, hijackers, adware, malware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Once the downloading process is complete, close all windows on your PC. Further, start the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) on the system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, Zemana Free will automatically launch and you can see its main window as shown in the following example.
Next, click the “Scan” button to start checking your machine for the hijacker responsible for redirections to FreshTab New Tab. When a malware, ‘ad supported’ software or potentially unwanted programs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
After the system scan is complete, Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will open you the results. Review the results once the utility has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will remove browser hijacker responsible for redirections to FreshTab New Tab and add items to the Quarantine. Once disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your computer.
Scan and free your personal computer of hijacker infection with Hitman Pro
HitmanPro is a free program that designed to delete malware, potentially unwanted apps, adware and hijackers from your PC system running Windows 10, 8, 7, XP (32-bit and 64-bit). It’ll help to detect and delete browser hijacker infection that causes internet browsers to display intrusive FreshTab New Tab site, including its files, folders and registry keys.
- Hitman Pro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
- When downloading is finished, launch the HitmanPro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the Hitman Pro window, click the “Next” . Hitman Pro program will scan through the whole PC for the browser hijacker infection which created to redirect your web browser to the FreshTab New Tab webpage. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your computer. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- When the system scan is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. All detected items will be marked. You can remove them all by simply press “Next”. Now, click the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to remove all malicious software found.
Remove FreshTab New Tab redirect with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to scan for and delete FreshTab New Tab redirect from your PC system. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the computer.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti Malware for Microsoft Windows. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
After the download is finished, close all windows on your machine. Further, launch the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the image below, press the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install MalwareBytes Free on the PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes Free will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown on the image below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the hijacker infection that created to reroute your web-browser to the FreshTab New Tab web-page. This task may take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
When MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) completes the scan, MalwareBytes will show a scan report. You may remove threats (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Free will delete hijacker responsible for changing your web browser settings to FreshTab New Tab. After the procedure is done, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Free to delete browser hijacker infections, ad-supported software and other malicious software.
Run AdBlocker to block FreshTab New Tab and stay safe online
We recommend to install an ad-blocking program that can block FreshTab New Tab and other intrusive sites. The ad blocker utility such as AdGuard is a application which basically removes advertising from the Internet and blocks access to malicious web-pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad-blocker applications is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Net.
Click the following link to download AdGuard. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After the downloading process is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. Once the setup is complete, you will see a window as shown in the following example.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow 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 start your PC, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop ups, webpages like FreshTab New Tab, as well as other harmful 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.
How does your computer get infected with FreshTab New Tab hijacker
After completing the instructions shown above, your computer should be free from hijacker that cause FreshTab New Tab site to appear and other malware. The Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge will no longer open unwanted FreshTab New Tab webpage on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step guidance does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker infection, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.