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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel


Our researchers indicate that Search.newtab-tvsearch.com might be a new version of such browser hijackers as Search.mysafetabsearch.com, Search.realcoolmoviessearch.com, and Thecoolestmoviesearch.com. Both the search engine and other mentioned applications were released by an unreliable company called Imali Media Ltd. It could be described as a company that creates browser hijackers, doubtful extensions, and other potentially dangerous software. The search engine may seem like a harmless tool, but it could cause you trouble since it might display third-party ads with links to malicious websites. If you want to find out more about possible risks, you should read the rest of this text and learn more important details about the software. What’s more, our specialists recommend the application’s removal, so we will be adding manual deletion instructions at the end of the article.

To begin with, the software does not work on many browsers as it might hijack only Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. For users who have Google Chrome, the application should change their default search engine and homepage, but if you are using Mozilla Firefox instead, Search.newtab-tvsearch.com should replace only your search engine.

Furthermore, some of you may have already realized that the threat is related to a browser plugin called FunkyMediaTab. As a matter of fact, Search.newtab-tvsearch.com hijacks the browser right after installing the extension. Its official website is called funkymediatab.com. The site has a download button, so it is probably the primary source to get the plugin. According to this site, FunkyMediaTab is the must have extension for Television fans, and it can allow you to watch TV through your browser. If you did not know this already, we should tell you that you can watch TV channels through the browser without installing any applications. You just have to go to the website of favorite TV channel and pay the required fee. In other words, the extension is completely unnecessary to access TV content through the browser.

Unfortunately, the search engine is no good either, since it may show you modified Yahoo search results. The difference between actual yahoo.com and modified Yahoo results displayed by Search.newtab-tvsearch.com is that these could include harmful third-party advertisements. Malicious ads might redirect users to web pages that distribute ransomware, viruses, worms, and various other infections. Also, third party web pages might not have the Privacy Policy or End User License Agreement documents, or statements of such documents could allow the site's creators to gather your personal data without asking your permission. These risks are quite possible because the application’s creators take no responsibility for third-party content, which means they probably do not review advertised web pages or products on them.

Moreover, if you have not read the software’s End User License Agreement statements, you should be aware that one of them describes Search.newtab-tvsearch.com as unreliable to use. To be more precise, it says Imali Media Ltd “Browsing Products are exposed to various security issues and should be regarded as unsecure.” In addition, it explains that the application could be exposed to unauthorized access, damage, misuse, and so on. If anything like this happens, it would be only your fault as the threat’s publishers refuse to take any responsibility for any harm received while using their product.

If you now realize why the application could be troublesome for you, it would be advisable to remove it as fast as possible. Since the browser hijacker is distributed with FunkyMediaTab, the first thing you should do is erase this suspicious extension. Then, based on the browser you may have to modify or remove particular data. These tasks may sound quite difficult, but do not forget that you can use the deletion instructions placed just a bit below this article. Additionally, we would suggest you use a legitimate antimalware tool. Users could eliminate the hijacker manually and then use the security tool to check the system or install it from the start and complete both of these tasks with antimalware software. If you have any questions about Search.newtab-tvsearch.com that you would like to ask, try to leave us a comment here or write us through social media.

Erase Search.newtab-tvsearch.com

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch the Explorer by simultaneously pressing Windows Key+E.
  2. Go to the provided location: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{user profile}\extensions
  3. Right-click a file called FunkyMediaTab-the-extension1@mozilla.com.xpi and press Delete.
  4. Navigate to this directory: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{user profile}
  5. Search for prefs.js and launch the file with Notepad.
  6. Locate this code line user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “http://search.newtab-tvsearch.com/”) and instead of http://search.newtab-tvsearch.com insert a link of a web page you like.
  7. Then save the file and close it.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Windows Key+E and use the Explorer to find the provided location: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
  2. Right-click a file called kpcijmdjpgpkndihacfcbidnehmcapgi and click Delete.
  3. Go to the listed directory: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  4. Again find a file called kpcijmdjpgpkndihacfcbidnehmcapgi, right-click it and press Delete.

Remove Search.newtab-tvsearch.com from other Google Chrome profiles

  1. Launch the Explorer and look for the listed directories one by one:
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\{user profile}\Extensions
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\{user profile}\Extensions
  2. Locate folders called kpcijmdjpgpkndihacfcbidnehmcapgi, right-click them and choose Delete.
  3. Navigate to the given paths separately:
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage
  4. Find files listed below, right-click both of them separately, and select Delete:
  5. Go to this particular location: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  6. Find two files that are named as Preferences and Secure Preferences.
  7. Right-click these files separately and click Delete.
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