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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


SocialNewPage is a browser extension that is officially promoted at socialnewpage.com. Although it is likely that this program is spread by third-party installers packaged with other programs as well, many users download it from its official website. As you will learn if you continue reading, we do not recommend installing this extension onto your Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers, but if you do – choose the official installer. Third-party installers might package this extension along with malicious or useless programs, and you do not need that mess. If you have already downloaded other programs along with the extension, immediately scan your operating system to see if malware has slithered in as well. If it did, delete it ASAP. If other threats do not exist, focus on the removal of SocialNewPage.

According to our research, SocialNewPage was created by the same company that stands behind MediaNewPage. This program presents different services, but it functions in the same way. It is promoted as the best media tool that supposedly can provide you with access to movies and TV shows; however, as our researchers have found, all it can do is provide links to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and similar services. SocialNewPage promises to provide easy access to social networking websites; however, all it does is presents links to Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Imali Media Ltd. – which is listed as the creator of this extension – is also known because of such infamous browser hijackers as Search.mysafetabssearch.com and Search.fcb-search.com. As a matter of fact, one of the main reasons we suggest removing the extension from your browsers is because it lets in a browser hijacker that can modify your homepage, new tab, and default search engine settings.

Search.socialnewpagesearch.com is the search tool that is associated with SocialNewPage. This search tool was designed by Imali Media as well, and it is not reliable. This browser hijacker redirects your search queries to Yahoo Search via search.safefinder.com. Although Yahoo is a familiar provider, we do not recommend trusting the results shown to you if you are being redirected to it by a hijacker because hijackers are known to modify search results. In this case, corrupted links, sponsored links, and ads could hide behind what appears to be regular search results. As you probably understand, this is a security loophole that cannot be ignored. If you click on the links shown to you, it is possible that you will end up on sites representing unreliable shopping deals, and you could even activate malware installers. In any case, you have to be very careful when interacting with this browser hijacker.

SocialNewPage Extension 0.1.9 (on Chrome) or Social New Page (on Firefox) is an extension that was created to promote third-party content and collect data about you. Although it is promoted as a beneficial tool, do not expect it to assist you. This program assists third-party advertisers as its creators profit by providing advertising services. They could also make a profit by sharing information about your habits to help these advertisers attract you more quickly. Furthermore, profit is likely to be made by promoting Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media sites associated with it. Overall, even if this program is not a dangerous infection, it certainly is not very helpful, and trusting it could be a mistake.

We suggest deleting SocialNewPage from Chrome and Firefox browsers using one of the options shown below. If you erase this potentially unwanted program directly from the browsers, you will not need to deal with the browser hijacker separately, which is great news. If you erase folders and files associated with this extension from the PC, the hijacker will be eliminated automatically as well. Of course, the latter option is a little more complicated, but we are sure that even inexperienced users will be able to handle it. If you feel stuck, and you are lost, post a comment below, and we will assist you as best as we can. When it comes to further protecting your operating system, you need to implement anti-malware software; otherwise, unwanted programs might slither in again and again.

Removal Option 1

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select More tools and choose Extensions.
  3. Click the recycle bin and select Remove.
  4. Restart the browser.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Add-ons and move to Extensions.
  3. Click the Remove button next to the unwanted extension.
  4. Restart the browser.

Removal Option 2:

  1. Launch Explorer by tapping Win+E keys together.
  2. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ (or %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\) into the address bar.
  3. Open the Default/Profile name folder and move to Extensions.
  4. Right-click and Delete the dlhnnhpjooklmknoacdinngaopjcicla folder.
  5. Enter %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the address bar.
  6. Open the Profile folder (random symbols) and move to Extensions.
  7. Right-click and Delete the SocialNewPage-the-extension1@mozilla.com.xpi file.
  8. Move to the Searchplugins folder and Delete these files:
    • socialnewpage-engine-two.xml
    • socialnewpage-engine.xml
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