About this threat

NewTabSearch is your typical browser hijacker, usually infecting users via software bundles. You need to be more attentive when you install programs if you have this threat on your computer. Thankfully, it’s not malicious so no need to worry about it harming your device. However, you should not allow it to remain on your system.


It will hijack your browser, set a weird page as your homepage and possibly force you to use a dubious search engine. These are all the characteristics of a browser hijacker, so essentially, they are all the same. We feel it’s necessary to warn you that while hijackers are not malicious themselves, some are able to lead users to malware. You could end up on some questionable website and without knowing encounter malware. We strongly suggest you remove newtabsearch.

How do hijackers spread?

You probably infected your computer when you were installing free software. We doubt you got it willingly. When you install freeware, it’s important that you pay attention to the process and make sure you check for extra offers. If there is anything attached, it will only be visible in Advanced or Custom settings. Always choose Advanced settings. Not only will you be able to see if anything has been attached but you will also be able to uncheck everything that has been added. Default settings do not let you do that so there no use in using them. And it’s much more difficult to delete newtabsearch than it would be to uncheck a couple of boxes.

Should you uninstall newtabsearch?

The hijacker will set a different homepage and new tabs without your permission, and that is the biggest indication that a hijacker has infected your computer. Of course, the first thing you might do when you notice the infection is try to change the settings back to what they were but you will quickly realize that the hijacker will just alter them again. So you can’t permanently change the settings unless you first remove newtabsearch. Until then, whenever you open your browser, be it Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you will be led to a weird page with a search box. Hijackers tend to insert sponsored content into search results, so we do not suggest using the provided search engine. You may be exposed to loads of sponsored websites and be led to pages that have nothing to do with what you were searching for. And if you were led to an infected page, you could end up with some kind of malware on your computer. So what started as a simple infection could lead to a serious one. Delete newtabsearch.

newtabsearch removal

If you choose to uninstall newtabsearch, you have two ways to do it. It really depends on how much experience you have when it comes to computers. If you know where to locate the hijacker, go ahead with manual newtabsearch removal. However, if you are struggling, obtain professional removal software and have it take care of everything.

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Quick Menu

Step 1. Uninstall NewTabSearch and related programs.

Remove NewTabSearch from Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel choose Programs and Features and select to Uninstall a software.

Delete NewTabSearch from Windows 8

Uninstall NewTabSearch from Windows 7

Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features → Uninstall a program.

Uninstall NewTabSearch from Windows 7

Delete NewTabSearch from Windows XP

Click Start → Settings → Control Panel. Locate and click → Add or Remove Programs.

Remove NewTabSearch from Windows XP

Remove NewTabSearch from Mac OS X

Click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Select applications folder and look for NewTabSearch or any other suspicious software. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash, then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

NewTabSearch removal from MAC OS X

Step 2. Delete NewTabSearch from your browsers

Terminate the unwanted extensions from Internet Explorer
  1. Tap the Gear icon and go to Manage Add-ons. NewTabSearch IE gear
  2. Pick Toolbars and Extensions and eliminate all suspicious entries (other than Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Oracle or Adobe) NewTabSearch IE toolbars and extensions
  3. Leave the window.
Change Internet Explorer homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of your browser and click Internet Options. NewTabSearch IE gear
  2. In General Tab remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Press Apply to save changes. NewTabSearch IE toolbars and extensions
Reset your browser
  1. Click the Gear icon and move to Internet Options. NewTabSearch IE options
  2. Open the Advanced tab and press Reset. NewTabSearch IE reset browser
  3. Choose Delete personal settings and pick Reset one more time. NewTabSearch IE reset
  4. Tap Close and leave your browser. NewTabSearch IE close
  5. If you were unable to reset your browsers, employ a reputable anti-malware and scan your entire computer with it.
Erase NewTabSearch from Google Chrome
  1. Access menu (top right corner of the window) and pick Settings. NewTabSearch Chrome menu
  2. Choose Extensions. NewTabSearch Chrome settings
  3. Eliminate the suspicious extensions from the list by clicking the Trash bin next to them. NewTabSearch Chrome extensions remove
  4. If you are unsure which extensions to remove, you can disable them temporarily. NewTabSearch Chrome extensions disable
Reset Google Chrome homepage and default search engine if it was hijacker by virus
  1. Press on menu icon and click Settings. NewTabSearch Chrome menu
  2. Look for the “Open a specific page” or “Set Pages” under “On start up” option and click on Set pages. NewTabSearch Chrome settings
  3. In another window remove malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. NewTabSearch Chrome extensions remove
  4. Under the Search section choose Manage Search engines. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search websites. You should leave only Google or your preferred search name. NewTabSearch Chrome extensions disable
    NewTabSearch Chrome extensions disable
Reset your browser
  1. If the browser still does not work the way you prefer, you can reset its settings.
  2. Open menu and navigate to Settings. NewTabSearch Chrome settings more
  3. Press Reset button at the end of the page. NewTabSearch Chrome advanced menu
  4. Tap Reset button one more time in the confirmation box. NewTabSearch Chrome reset
  5. If you cannot reset the settings, purchase a legitimate anti-malware and scan your PC.
Remove NewTabSearch from Mozilla Firefox
  1. In the top right corner of the screen, press menu and choose Add-ons (or tap Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously). NewTabSearch Firefox add ons
  2. Move to Extensions and Add-ons list and uninstall all suspicious and unknown entries. NewTabSearch Firefox extensions
Change Mozilla Firefox homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap on the menu (top right corner), choose Options. NewTabSearch Firefox reset confirm
  2. On General tab delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default. NewTabSearch Firefox reset confirm
  3. Press OK to save these changes.
Reset your browser
  1. Open the menu and tap Help button. NewTabSearch Firefox help
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information. NewTabSearch Firefox troubleshooting
  3. Press Refresh Firefox. NewTabSearch Firefox reset
  4. In the confirmation box, click Refresh Firefox once more. NewTabSearch Firefox reset confirm
  5. If you are unable to reset Mozilla Firefox, scan your entire computer with a trustworthy anti-malware.
Uninstall NewTabSearch from Safari (Mac OS X)
  1. Access the menu.
  2. Pick Preferences. NewTabSearch Safari menu
  3. Go to the Extensions Tab. NewTabSearch Safari extensions
  4. Tap the Uninstall button next to the undesirable NewTabSearch and get rid of all the other unknown entries as well. If you are unsure whether the extension is reliable or not, simply uncheck the Enable box in order to disable it temporarily.
  5. Restart Safari.
Reset your browser
  1. Tap the menu icon and choose Reset Safari. NewTabSearch Safari reset menu
  2. Pick the options which you want to reset (often all of them are preselected) and press Reset. NewTabSearch Safari reset
  3. If you cannot reset the browser, scan your whole PC with an authentic malware removal software.

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