If you have ever found your internet browser start page inexplicably changing to Search Tab New page, or notice that the default search engine in your web browser has replaced, then you could say that your personal computer has been a victim of the Search Tab New for Chrome hijacker infection. The makers of browser hijacker do so in order to make money via Google, Yahoo or Bing search engine. Thus, in order to force you to use Search Tab New for Chrome search services as often as possible the browser hijacker can alter your browsers settings such as homepage, newtab and default search provider.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, certain browser hijackers like Search Tab New for Chrome to also change all web-browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to redirect your browser to annoying pages, certain of which might be harmful. It can make the whole computer more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
In addition, the Search Tab New for Chrome browser hijacker can also change 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 can occur links that lead to unwanted and ad sites.
Some browser hijackers also contain adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that can be used to display intrusive advertisements and or gather lots of personal data that can be used for marketing purposes. These unwanted ads can be opened in the form of pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text advertisements, video ads, text links or banners or even massive full page advertisements. Most of the adware is created to open advertisements, but some ad-supported software is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect a wide variety of personal information.
Table of contents
- What is Search Tab New for Chrome
- How to remove Search Tab New for Chrome
- How to manually remove Search Tab New for Chrome
- How to get rid of Search Tab New for Chrome with free applications
- How to block Search Tab New
- How can you prevent your computer from the attack of Search Tab New for Chrome hijacker
- Finish words
It is important, don’t use Search Tab New for Chrome and do not click on advertisements placed on it, as they may lead you to a more harmful or misleading web-sites. The best option is to use the step by step instructions posted below to free your system of hijacker infection, delete the Search Tab New for Chrome extension, and thereby return your favorite home page and search engine.
How to remove Search Tab New for Chrome
As with uninstalling ‘ad supported’ software, malware or PUPs, there are few steps you may do. We recommend trying them all. If you do only one part of the guidance, then it should be use malware removal utility, because it should remove browser hijacker infection and block any further infection. But to completely get rid of the Search Tab New for Chrome you’ll have to at least reset your browser settings like new tab page, home page and search engine by default to default state, disinfect machine’s web-browsers shortcuts, uninstall all unwanted and suspicious applications, and delete hijacker with malicious software removal tools. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your web browser or restart your computer.
How to manually remove Search Tab New for Chrome
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to get rid of the Search Tab New for Chrome.
Delete suspicious and potentially unwanted applications using Windows Control Panel
First method for manual hijacker infection removal is to go into the Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of programs on your 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.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will show the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will open a list of all programs installed on the PC.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video tutorial below.
Fix infected browsers shortcuts
When installed, this hijacker may add an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Microsoft Edge. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will display the intrusive startpage.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text like “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Delete Search Tab New for Chrome extension from Google Chrome
Run the Reset internet browser tool of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings like new tab page, home page and search provider by default to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of internet browser hijacks such as Search Tab New for Chrome.
First open the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The internet 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 in the figure below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The browser will launch the process of cleaning. When it’s done, the web browser’s settings including start page, new tab page and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your PC.
How to get rid of Search Tab New for Chrome with free applications
Manual removal instructions does not always help to completely get rid of the hijacker, as it’s not easy to identify and delete components of hijacker and all malicious files from hard disk. Therefore, it is recommended that you use malware removal utility to completely remove Search Tab New for Chrome off your personal computer. Several free malware removal tools are currently available that can be used against the browser hijacker. The optimum way would be to run Malwarebytes Free and AdwCleaner.
Scan and free your machine of Search Tab New for Chrome with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend you to use the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your system. Moreover, the utility will allow you to remove potentially unwanted programs, malicious software, toolbars and adware that your PC system may be infected too.
Download Zemana anti-malware by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown on the image below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana anti-malware on your computer.
Once setup is done, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan” button for checking your PC for the hijacker . A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
As the scanning ends, you can check all threats found on your computer. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-malware will start removing Search Tab New for Chrome browser hijacker related files, folders and registry keys.
Automatically remove Search Tab New for Chrome with Malwarebytes
Delete Search Tab New for Chrome browser hijacker manually is difficult and often the browser hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your machine. Moreover, the free program will allow you to remove malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and ad-supported software that your machine can be infected too.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web-browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- After the download is finished, please close all applications and open windows on your machine. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will open the “Setup wizard” of Malwarebytes onto your personal computer. 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 to perform a system scan with this tool for the hijacker which redirects your web-browser to the Search Tab New undesired web-site. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan it’ll detect all threats present on your personal computer.
- When it has finished scanning, it’ll display you the results.
- Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click the “Quarantine Selected” button to begin cleaning your personal computer. Once the process is finished, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Scan and free your system of browser hijacker infection with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your computer for ad-supported software, potentially unwanted programs and hijacker infections such as Search Tab New for Chrome and helps remove them easily. Moreover, it’ll also help you get rid of any harmful internet browser extensions and add-ons.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 28, 2022
After the download is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the tool is started, you will see a screen as shown below.
Further, click “Scan” button to start checking your personal computer for the Search Tab New for Chrome hijacker infection and web browser’s malicious extensions. Once the system scan is complete, it’ll open a list of all threats found by this utility as shown in the figure below.
In order to delete all items, simply press “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box like below.
You need to click “OK”. When the clean up is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. When your system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to block Search Tab New for Chrome
By installing an ad-blocking program such as AdbGuard, you are able to stop Search Tab New for Chrome, autoplaying video ads and delete a ton of distracting and unwanted ads on sites.
Installing the AdGuard adblocker program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When the download is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the image 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 tutorial as shown on the image below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, as well as other harmful or misleading 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, that can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent your computer from the attack of Search Tab New for Chrome hijacker infection
Now your PC should be clean of the Search Tab New for Chrome hijacker. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up advertisements and unwanted malicious pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your system for new malware, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijacker, harmful software and ‘ad supported’ software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Search Tab New for Chrome from your Google Chrome browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.