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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

NewTab. Search

Have you ever thought of ways to improve your web search experience? Maybe you considered adding a new search extension to your browser? Whichever it might be, you should refrain from using NewTab. Search. Of course, you might have added this application willingly, but if that’s not the case, you can just scroll down to the bottom of this application and use the manual removal instructions to terminate NewTab. Search. Please note that this app is not a malicious computer infection even if it might look like it. If you’re wondering why this extension is so tricky, continue reading this entry.

So, some users might think that NewTab. Search is a browser hijacker because it modifies browser’s settings the moment it is added. Also, a lot of users who complain about this app do not notice when exactly the extension reaches them. Due to this, when suddenly their browser settings change, they think that a malicious program entered their computer. What they don’t realize is the fact they installed NewTab. Search themselves, and they allowed this app to perform the said modifications. How is it possible to add programs and features without realizing it?

It’s actually a lot easier than one might think. For instance, NewTab. Search might have an official homepage and a page on the Chrome Web Store, but there are other ways for this application to reach you. It could also come via third-party downloads and various pop-ups. Let’s say, you’re browsing a website that offers some free content. A stray click on the page launches a pop-up that asks you to add NewTab. Search to your browser. You might not even realize that this extension has nothing to do with the site you’re on. If you think that adding the extension would allow you to enjoy free content, you might just click the “Add to browser” button.

Also, a lot of users are often too distracted to notice what is going on, or to read everything they see on their screen. Thus, they would also miss the message about the modifications that NewTab. Search will perform on their browsers. The app is very clear about what it’s going to: it will read your browsing history and it will change your new tab settings. Hence, it means that it will start employ tracking cookies to collect and log information on your browsing habits. Does that mean that it can steal your personally identifiable information? Not really. The extension isn’t sophisticated enough for that. But there could be other security concerns.

When it comes to collecting data on your browsing habits, it might be said that NewTab. Search does so to provide you with custom content when you run a web search. However, it might as well be used to generate custom commercial ads, too. While there’s nothing wrong with it, you have to understand that NewTab. Search cannot check whether the links that get promoted are 100% safe. The extension merely offers an advertising space for third parties, and it cannot be sure that a malevolent third party wouldn’t make use of that space.

Hence, aside from the fact that NewTab. Search might offer you some new web search features, you have to take into account the side effects of having this extension on your computer. Although a malware infection is a very unlikely plot twist here, but there’s always a chance to get exposed to something dangerous when you deal with unwanted applications, and so, it would be for the best to remove NewTab. Search right now.

You can delete this extension from your Chrome browser manually by following the guidelines below. On the other hand, it would also be a good idea to scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner to make sure that you don’t have more unwanted programs installed. They tend to travel in packs, so if there’s one unwanted app, the chances are that you have several others, too.

When all the unwanted programs are gone, invest in a licensed security application that would help you safeguard your system against various threats. But don’t forget that the way you browse the web also plays a vital role in ensuring your system’s safety.

How to Delete NewTab. Search

  1. Launch Chrome and press Alt+F.
  2. Press Settings on the drop-down menu.
  3. Scroll down and click Advanced.
  4. Scroll down and click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Click the Reset settings button.
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