What is Searchnewtab.com?
If you are greeted by Searchnewtab.com after opening the New Tab window in your Chrome browser, it is possible that this search tool has invaded as a hijacker. Browser hijackers are the kind of infections that can replace your regular search tools or modify browser settings without permission. Although it is possible that this search tool will be offered as an optional addition along with other programs, the samples tested by our researchers here at Anti-Spyware-101.com acted as hijackers. All in all, you need to remove Searchnewtab.com regardless of how it was introduced to you. This report addresses the questions regarding the distribution, the activity, and, of course, the removal of this suspicious infection. Please continue reading to find answers to these questions.
How does Searchnewtab.com work?
Needless to say, Searchnewtab.com cannot infiltrate itself. Our researchers indicate that this hijacker often comes packaged with less suspicious or more attractive programs, such as DownloadBoss. We classify it as a potentially unwanted program because its services are quite suspicious, and because it installs Searchnewtab.com silently. Since the Privacy link provided via this unreliable search provider represents DownloadBoss, it is most likely that this potentially unwanted program is the most popular companion of the clandestine hijacker. Of course, we do not dismiss the possibility that this hijacker can be introduced by other unreliable programs. Regardless of which program has “invited” this hijacker, it is important that you research it to see if it malicious as well. What do you do if the programs you considered reliable turn out to be malicious? The only thing you should do is eliminate them!
Since there is no official information regarding Searchnewtab.com, it is very difficult to predict how this search tool works. From what we have seen, it shows sponsored links, which is why we assume that it works as an advertising tool. Unfortunately, it is possible that the third-party advertisers working with the creators of the hijacker will use their own data-tracking technologies to spy on you. The hijacker is likely to inject web cookies as well. As you might know already, the activity of cookies is silent, and you will not notice cookies, unless you look for them. Obviously, some computer users do not even know what cookies are, or what kind of information they collect. Our advice for you is to keep only the cookies associated with reliable sites and software.
How to delete Searchnewtab.com
Searchnewtab.com shows up in the New Tab, and, if you do not use this browser function, you might remain oblivious that this hijacker exists. If you open the Chrome settings menu, you might find that you cannot change search settings unless you disable DownloadBoss. Instead of disabling this extension, you should remove it. Because this hijacker could be associated with different infections and potentially unwanted programs, we suggest resetting your Chrome browser and using antimalware software to eliminate any remaining threats. Do not be scared to contact us with questions about the removal of Searchnewtab.com. Keep in mind that there are no stupid questions.
- Tap Alt+T and choose Settings.
- Move to the bottom and click Show advanced settings.
- Move to the bottom and click Reset settings.
- Tap Alt+H and choose Troubleshooting Information.
- Move to Give Firefox a tune up.
- Click Refresh Firefox and confirm this selection.
- Tap Alt+T and choose Internet options.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Click Reset and confirm your choice.
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