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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application
Common infection symptoms:
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

New Tab Assistant

The New Tab Assistant is an ambiguous browser extension. Due to the dubious way of distribution and invasive activities, New Tab Assistant is dubbed by malware experts as a potentially unwanted program or PUP for short . At a given moment, the questionable browser extension is only compatible with Google Chrome but that does not rule out the possibility that the publishers of this extension will make New Tab Assistant compatible with Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer later on. Although New Tab Assistant might seem like a legitimate product, it should not be trusted. An analysis of the program conducted at pcthreat.com labs showed dubious activities of this browser extension. We strongly recommend that you remove New Tab Assistant as it holds no value for anyone and could be associated with other suspicious applications.

The New Tab Assistant is usually obtained from the Chrome web store. But what is more alarming is that many users report that their browsers were inserted with this extension without their authorization. The developer of this potentially unwanted application is mybrowserbar.com, which is known to have developed Slick Savings – an invasive adware application. These few features make New Tab Assistant a very questionable application.

The extension modifies the default new tab page. Each new tab page contains a search box. If you try to search using the provided search box, you will be redirected to Yahoo! search. The search results provided by the Yahoo! search engine are legitimate and can be trusted. But that does not mean that sometime in the future you could be redirected to some dubious search page. It is advised to ignore the search box provided by New Tab Assistant even though it might seem useful.

Furthermore, research has showed that New Tab Assistant is capable of modifying your browsing history; moreover, it can access your data and manage your browser applications, extensions and themes. The invasive nature of this application raises concern as it is plausible that certain data about you can and probably is gathered. Oftentimes such information is shared with questionable third-parties. If you want to lower the risk factor of exposing your personal information, you will need to remove New Tab Assistant without hesitation.

Fortunately, the removal of New Tab Assistant is very simple; all you need to do is to remove the extension from Google Chrome. But you should be very careful while installing anything on your PC as you could end up with something as detrimental as a Trojan, rootkit, or a keylogger. You should also implement a reliable malware detection and removal tool for overall security of your system.

How to remove New Tab Assistant

Remove New Tab Assistant from Google Chrome

  1. Launch your browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. Then select Settings and click Extensions.
  3. Now click the trash can icon to remove New Tab Assistant.
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