- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Whenever you are about to install a freeware application on your computer, you have to be careful about the likes of Searchnewtab.com. This domain may look like a genuine search engine that can provide you with the best search results there are, but our security experts claim that this program is a browser hijacker. It means that it modifies your browser settings without your permission and, as a result, it exposes you to potentially dangerous websites. It would be for the best to remove Searchnewtab.com as soon as possible because you can never know when this program would redirect you to corrupted pages that host more malware.
One of the most important features of this program is that Searchnewtab.com affects only the Google Chrome browser. This obviously means that the primary target of the infection are the Google Chrome users, although it does not mean it cannot enter your PC if you use Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or other browsers. The point is that Searchnewtab.com employs software bundles to travel around, and that is why we mentioned about being careful when you install freeware. You may download this browser hijacker accidentally when you look for some application on a file-sharing website. In our case, Searchnewtab.com came with DownloadBoss that is a browser extension for Google Chrome. It should be mentioned that DownloadBoss itself is classified as a potentially unwanted program, so it is only natural that all the additional programs it brings cannot be reliable, too.
Once this program manages to slither into your system, it sets the new tab setting for searchnewtab.com. Usually, browser hijackers modify default search and homepage address, but that is not something this infection here is interested in. Searchnewtab.com will only change the new tab setting while the rest of your browser settings will remain intact. Nevertheless, it does not mean that it is any less dangerous than other browser hijackers.
The thing is that this program does not display reliable search results. Like any other browser hijacker out there, it shows a result list that is full of commercial links and other unreliable redirections. What’s more, the longer Searchnewtab.com remains on your system, the bigger the chance the program will start showing undesirable commercial ads as well. It goes without saying that constant exposure to third-party commercial ads can eventually lead to dangerous computer security problems.
For example, some of the ads might be embedded with dangerous content by a third party. You have to keep in mind that pop-up ads are just a vehicle that can and is used for content promotion by almost anyone. Thus, although Searchnewtab.com does not intend to infect you with malware, it has no say when it comes to third-party links to other websites.
You must protect your system from harm by deleting Searchnewtab.com right now. Please follow the guide below to terminate this program. As mentioned, there should be more unwanted applications running on your system. To locate them all and get rid of them without any further ado, please run a full system scan with a computer security tool of your choice. Should you have any further questions related to adware, malware or computer security, do not hesitate to leave us a comment below.
How to Delete Searchnewtab.com