If you are reading this post, the chances are, you are doing so via the internet browser which has been affected by something named Newtab.getwebgenie.org. Newtab.getwebgenie.org is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) from the group of browser hijackers. It takes control of your internet browser and alters your home page, newtab page and default search provider to its own. So, you’ll notice a new home page and search provider installed in the Mozilla Firefox, Edge, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer web browsers.
When the Newtab.getwebgenie.org hijacker infection is installed on a internet browser, it might:
- set newtab.getwebgenie.org as search provider, new tab, and startpage;
- prevent users from replacing search provider or home page address;
- redirect your queries to sponsored websites;
- provide altered search results;
- record your search queries;
- occasionally redirects to questionable pages;
- show unwanted ads;
- collect Net surfing habits and transfer it third party companies.
While the Newtab.getwebgenie.org hijacker is active, you won’t be able to restore the Google Chrome, MS Edge, Firefox and IE’ settings such as default search provider, newtab and homepage. If you try to set your homepage to be Google, Bing or Yahoo, those settings will be automatically modified to Newtab.getwebgenie.org with the next machine reboot. But this does not mean that you should just ignore it or get along with this fact. Because this is not the best option, due to the Newtab.getwebgenie.org you can have problems with the Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, annoying advertisements and even personal information theft.
Therefore it is very important to clean your PC system of hijacker sooner. Follow the step-by-step guidance below to remove Newtab.getwebgenie.org, as well as other unwanted software, which can be installed onto your machine along with it.
Remove Newtab.getwebgenie.org (removal instructions)
Even if you have the up-to-date classic antivirus installed, and you have checked your computer for malware and removed anything found, you need to do the guidance below. The Newtab.getwebgenie.org browser hijacker removal is not simple as installing another antivirus. Classic antivirus programs are not created to run together and will conflict with each other, or possibly crash MS Windows. Instead we advise complete the manual steps below after that run Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM), MalwareBytes Anti-Malware or HitmanPro, which are free software dedicated to detect and delete malicious software like Newtab.getwebgenie.org hijacker. Run these utilities to ensure the hijacker is removed.
To remove Newtab.getwebgenie.org, use the steps below:
- Remove PUPs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Delete Newtab.getwebgenie.org from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
- Delete Newtab.getwebgenie.org search from IE
- Remove Newtab.getwebgenie.org search from Chrome
- Newtab.getwebgenie.org homepage automatic removal
- Use AdBlocker to block Newtab.getwebgenie.org and stay safe online
How to remove Newtab.getwebgenie.org manually
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to remove the Newtab.getwebgenie.org from the Microsoft Internet Explorer, MS Edge, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.
Remove PUPs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
The process of hijacker infection removal is generally the same across all versions of Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed software on your machine and delete all unused, unknown and questionable programs.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of apps installed on your personal computer. Most likely, one of them is the browser hijacker which cause Newtab.getwebgenie.org web page to appear. If you have many software installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you’ve found a questionable, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Once the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown in the following example.
You will see a list of programs installed on your personal computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most likely, it is the browser hijacker infection which developed to redirect your web browser to the Newtab.getwebgenie.org page. If you’re in doubt, you can always check the application by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the application which you need to uninstall is found, simply press on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as shown below.
Delete Newtab.getwebgenie.org from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
The Mozilla Firefox reset will remove unwanted search engine and home page like Newtab.getwebgenie.org, modified preferences, extensions and security settings. However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
Run the Mozilla Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will open the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the following example.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the Newtab.getwebgenie.org browser hijacker. After, it’s complete, press the “Finish” button.
Delete Newtab.getwebgenie.org search from IE
By resetting Internet Explorer web browser you restore your internet browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by hijacker infection such as Newtab.getwebgenie.org.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as displayed below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as displayed on the screen below.
When the procedure is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s startpage, search provider by default and newtab to default state.
Remove Newtab.getwebgenie.org search from Chrome
If Google Chrome search engine by default, homepage and new tab page were hijacked by Newtab.getwebgenie.org then ‘Reset Chrome’ is a method that helps to restore the web-browser to its factory state. To reset Chrome to the original defaults, follow the few simple steps below.
- First, start the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the plugin labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, that 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 Google Chrome will show 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 blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Newtab.getwebgenie.org homepage automatic removal
It is not enough to remove Newtab.getwebgenie.org from your browser by following the manual steps above to solve all problems. Some Newtab.getwebgenie.org hijacker related files may remain on your PC and they will recover the hijacker even after you remove it. For that reason we suggest to run free anti-malware utility such as Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM), MalwareBytes and Hitman Pro. Either of those applications should be able to search for and remove browser hijacker that developed to redirect your internet browser to the Newtab.getwebgenie.org website.
Automatically remove Newtab.getwebgenie.org search with Zemana Free
Zemana Free is a malware removal utility designed for MS Windows. This tool will allow you remove Newtab.getwebgenie.org hijacker, various types of malicious software (including ad supported software and potentially unwanted programs) from your PC. It has simple and user friendly interface. While the Zemana does its job, your PC will run smoothly.
Now you can install and use Zemana Free to get rid of Newtab.getwebgenie.org home page from your internet browser by following the steps below:
Please go to the link below to download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) installer named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your machine. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Start the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this utility on your computer.
During setup you can change some settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When install is complete, this malicious software removal tool will automatically launch and update itself. You will see its main window as displayed in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan” button for checking your system for the browser hijacker infection responsible for redirections to Newtab.getwebgenie.org. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted apps are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished.
After finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the report and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana will delete browser hijacker related to Newtab.getwebgenie.org and add items to the Quarantine. When the cleaning procedure is complete, you can be prompted to restart your machine to make the change take effect.
Use AdBlocker to block Newtab.getwebgenie.org and stay safe online
Use adblocker application such as AdGuard in order to block ads, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install malicious and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons that affect your machine performance and impact your PC security. Surf the World Wide Web anonymously and stay safe online!
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard on your Microsoft Windows Desktop from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After downloading it, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is finished, you will see a window as displayed in the following example.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “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 launch your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop-up advertisements, Newtab.getwebgenie.org, as well as other malicious or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent your computer from the attack of browser hijacker
It’s very important to pay attention to additional checkboxes during the installation of freeware to avoid installing of potentially unwanted apps, ad-supported software, browser hijacker infections or other unwanted programs. Never setup the bundled apps that the application wants to install with it. Inattentive free software download can result in install of undesired application like this hijacker responsible for redirecting your internet browser to Newtab.getwebgenie.org web site.
To sum up
After completing the steps outlined above, your computer should be clean from hijacker infection related to Newtab.getwebgenie.org and other malicious software. The Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge will no longer display unwanted Newtab.getwebgenie.org webpage on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help here.