- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
If you wonder why your browser suddenly started loading Newtab.today for no reason, we advise you to invest a couple of minutes and read the full article. Further, in it, we will explain what we learned while testing this search engine, including the ways it could be distributed among users. Also, if you cannot stand this program and get annoyed every time it shows up on your browser we can help you eliminate it in a couple of minutes. A bit below the article there will be detailed removal instructions showing how to get rid of Newtab.today by resetting the affected browser. According to our researchers, this should be enough to make the search engine disappear, but if you believe there could be more suspicious applications on your computer, we would recommend additionally scanning the computer with a reliable antimalware tool.
For starters, we should explain where Newtab.today might come from. In fact, there are a couple of possibilities as our researchers say the search engine could be bundled with other unreliable applications alike or might be promoted on suspicious pop-up advertisements. One way or another, it means the application could be received by users who occasionally visit torrent or other questionable file-sharing web pages. Therefore, our advice to users who wish to keep the computer clean would be to stay away from such websites. Instead of them, it would be safer to get the software you want from its official website or any other legitimate site. Plus, if you are not sure whether the installer will not suggest the tools you do not want, you should carefully read the information provided by the configuration wizard and deselect any suggestions that you do not need.
After the search engine is added the user’s website might start loading it as if it was the default homepage. At the moment of writing Newtab.today does not show modified search results, which could allow to categorize it as a browser hijacker. Nonetheless, there is not knowing whether the program will not act this way in the future. If the application was not using Google to gather the results or had any unique features, we would think its creators seek to develop an advanced search engine that could compete with popular search tools like Google, Bing, and so on. However, since it does not look any different and we know it might be distributed through unreliable channels, we cannot help but think the software could have been developed just to generate advertising revenue; even though it does not look like it shows any ads now.
Newtab.today is not a malicious application, even though it can be unwanted by some users, so luckily its deletion is a rather easy process. Our specialists think that a simple browser reset should help to get rid of it. Probably, most of you know how to restore a browser and those who do not can have a look at the instructions located below; they will explain how to reset Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. To be entirely sure there are no other threats on the computer, we would recommend scanning the system with a reliable antimalware tool too.