IT security experts has determined that Newtab.co is defined as browser hijacker. The so-called browser hijacker is created to manipulate your web browser’s settings such as search provider, new tab page and home page, to alter your start page or search engine, so that the affected browser visits an unwanted web-page instead of your selected one. In the steps below, we’ll explain all the general features of the Newtab.co hijacker and it’s typical behavior on the system, as well as effective solutions of removing Newtab.co from your Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Internet Explorer.
While redirecting, your web-browser’s status bar may show the following messages: ‘Waiting for Newtab.co’, ‘Transferring data from Newtab.co’, ‘Looking up Newtab.co’, ‘Read Newtab.co’, ‘Connected to Newtab.co’.
Except that the Newtab.co can impose changes to web browser’s start page and newtab page, it also rewrites your search engine, which leads to the fact that use of the browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. The reason for this is that the search results will consist of a large number of ads, links to undesired and ad webpages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from well-known search engines like Google or Bing.
To find out how to remove Newtab.co , we recommend to read the steps added to this blog post below. The instructions was designed by cyber threat analysts who discovered a solution to get rid of the annoying Newtab.co hijacker out of the PC.
How to remove Newtab.co
There are several steps to deleting Newtab.co redirect, because it installs itself so deeply into MS Windows. You need to delete all suspicious and unknown software, then delete malicious add-ons from the Internet Explorer, Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox and other internet browsers you have installed. Finally, you need to reset your internet browser settings to delete any changes Newtab.co hijacker has made, and then check your system with Zemana Anti-Malware, MalwareBytes Free or HitmanPro to ensure the browser hijacker is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove Newtab.co, complete the following steps:
- How to delete Newtab.co manually
- How to delete Newtab.co with free applications
- Stop Newtab.co and other unwanted web sites
- How to prevent Newtab.co browser hijacker from getting inside your personal computer
- To sum up
How to delete Newtab.co manually
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Newtab.co homepage from the IE, Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox.
Uninstall potentially unwanted apps using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the PC cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed programs and delete all unknown or suspicious apps. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious software such as ad-supported software and browser hijackers may be bundled with free programs. Uninstall the unwanted software can delete the annoying advertisements or web-browser redirect.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, click the Windows button , then press Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
It will display the Windows Control Panel as shown on the screen below.
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all programs installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and delete any dubious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date in the Control panel.
Remove Newtab.co from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings to get rid of Newtab.co. If you are still experiencing issues with Newtab.co, you need to reset Chrome browser to its default state. This step needs to be performed only if hijacker has not been removed by the previous steps.
- First, run the Google 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 will see the list of installed addons. If the list has the add-on 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 Chrome menu once again, press 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 prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Newtab.co from Firefox by resetting browser settings
If your Firefox web-browser start page has modified to Newtab.co without your permission or an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the browser reset. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your Mozilla Firefox web browser settings to their default state.
Get rid of Newtab.co search from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your browser is hijacked or you’ve unwanted add-ons or toolbars on your web browser, that installed by a malware.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown on the image below.
Once the procedure is complete, press “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s home page, search engine by default and new tab page to default state.
How to delete Newtab.co with free applications
If your personal computer is still infected with the Newtab.co hijacker, then the best way of detection and removal is to run an antimalware scan on the system. Download free malicious software removal tools below and launch a full system scan. It will allow you remove all components of the browser hijacker from hardisk and Windows registry.
How to automatically remove Newtab.co with Zemana
We advise using the Zemana. You can download and install Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) to detect and delete Newtab.co from your computer. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the personal computer.
Please go to the following link to download Zemana. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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When the downloading process is finished, close all apps and windows on your computer. Double-click the setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up like below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup Zemana Anti Malware on your PC. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed on the image below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the browser hijacker which cause Newtab.co web page to appear. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted programs are found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
Once finished, Zemana will open you the results. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button. The Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will start to get rid of browser hijacker responsible for modifying your web-browser settings to Newtab.co. When that process is complete, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
Run HitmanPro to get rid of Newtab.co startpage
HitmanPro is a portable utility which detects and uninstalls undesired programs like hijacker infections, adware, toolbars, other web browser plugins and other malicious software. It scans your PC for browser hijacker that causes web browsers to show unwanted Newtab.co web site and creates a list of items marked for removal. HitmanPro will only remove those unwanted applications that you wish to be removed.
Installing the HitmanPro is simple. First you’ll need to download Hitman Pro by clicking on the link below.
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Download and run HitmanPro on your machine. Once started, click “Next” button to start scanning your PC for the browser hijacker responsible for redirecting your web-browser to Newtab.co page. Depending on your system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted programs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished..
When finished, Hitman Pro will show a list of all threats found by the scan.
All detected items will be marked. You can remove them all by simply click Next button.
It will show a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to remove all malware found.
Use Malwarebytes to delete Newtab.co
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your personal computer of the hijacker. The free tool is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you delete hijackers, PUPs, malware, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of MalwareBytes AntiMalware for Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
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When the downloading process is complete, close all applications and windows on your computer. Double-click the install file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up like below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up MalwareBytes Free on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button for scanning your machine for the hijacker that modifies internet browser settings to replace your start page, new tab and default search provider with Newtab.co web site. Depending on your machine, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes Free tool is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
Once the system scan is complete, MalwareBytes AntiMalware will open a list of detected threats. When you are ready, click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Free will remove hijacker infection which cause a redirect to Newtab.co page. After disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes to remove adware, hijacker and other malware.
Stop Newtab.co and other unwanted web sites
Run an ad blocker utility such as AdGuard will protect you from harmful ads and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and block phishing and spam webpages. Additionally, ad-blocker software will help you to avoid intrusive pop up ads and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
Download AdGuard on your computer from the following link.
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When downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen like 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 displayed on the image below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop advertisements, sites like Newtab.co, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. 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 to prevent Newtab.co browser hijacker from getting inside your personal computer
Many apps used to hijack a machine’s browser. So, when you installing freeware, carefully read the disclaimers, choose the Custom or Advanced setup mode to watch for optional apps that are being installed, because some of the applications are ‘ad supported’ software and potentially unwanted programs.
To sum up
Once you have finished the guide shown above, your machine should be clean from this hijacker infection and other malicious software. The Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and MS Edge will no longer open intrusive Newtab.co page on startup. Unfortunately, if the tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please create a new question by using the “Ask Question” button in the Questions and Answers. Try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying Newtab.co homepage.