Do you know what Search.newtab-tvsearch.com is?
This description is about a browser hijacker that modifies your browser’s settings without your permission. In this article, you will find out more about the program, and what you have to do to remove Search.newtab-tvsearch.com from your system once and for all.
It is important to note that this browser hijacker may be just one of the many unwanted applications currently installed on your PC. Therefore, after manual removal, it would be a good idea to run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner. After all, you need to keep your PC safe and clean, and running regular scans is one of the methods to achieve that.
Here you are probably wondering why we mentioned other unwanted applications. Isn’t Search.newtab-tvsearch.com the only visible threat right now? Perhaps you are right. Perhaps this browser hijacker is the only security issue you see at the moment, but there is a good chance that there are many other potential threats hidden from your sight.
After all, we have to remember the way Search.newtab-tvsearch.com spreads around to understand that such applications usually travel in packs. This browser hijacker uses the same distribution method as its predecessors. Previously released hijackers from the same family are Search.emaildefendsearch.com, Search.realcoolmoviessearch.com, Search.searchinsocial.com, and a few others. All these programs have something in common: They are directly associated with a browser extension that has an official website.
So it would seem that Search.newtab-tvsearch.com is a decent search engine that comes as a supplement for a browser plug-in. Alas that is really not the case. For starters, users seldom come across the official website at funkymediatab.com. Even if they were to download the extension from the official webpage, it is very likely that they are unaware of the fact the extension comes with the browser hijacker.Search.newtab-tvsearch.com screenshot
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What’s more, the most common way for Search.newtab-tvsearch.com and the associated extension to enter your PC is through commercial pop-ups. If you have clicked some random pop-up ad lately, and then suddenly your default homepage was changed without any warning, then you most probably encountered a third-party link that was embedded in the pop-up to spread this hijacker. How come you are seeing these pop-ups?
You might have opened a website that supports third-party advertising. For instance, file sharing sites and gaming sites are often full of random ads, most of which are rather suspicious. So it would be a good idea to avoid such sites if you want to protect your PC from malicious exploitation. Next, the pop-ups could be generated by adware programs running on your PC. So it would not be surprising if you had installed some unwanted app way before Search.newtab-tvsearch.com entered your PC. Once again, we would like to advocate staying AWAY from file-sharing sites and other unfamiliar pages because it could easily lead to malware infections.
This browser hijacker mostly affects users in Brazil, the United States, Venezuela, Japan, and Germany, but it can actually slither into your computer no matter where you live. Also, all the computers will experience the same infection symptoms: your default search engine will be modified, and you can be sure that you will be delivered modified search results.
For the most part, these modified search results are there to make you click the links, as the people behind this hijacker make money each time you click their links. However, he hijacker has no power over what kind of content is embedded in those links. There could be something dangerous and malicious, and by clicking such links without any second thought, you automatically expose yourself to danger.
To avoid malicious infections and potential personal data leak, you should remove Search.newtab-tvsearch.com right away. We have provided the manual removal instructions below, but if you do not like dealing with it on your own, you can always invest in a licensed antispyware tool that would restore your browser settings automatically. Not to mention, with an automated security tool you will be able to remove all the other unwanted programs as well.
Computer security experts always say that it is not just about your antivirus program. Your web browsing habits are just as important if you want to protect your PC from harm. So the next time you are about to click something unfamiliar, think if it is really worth it.
How to Remove Search.newtab-tvsearch.com
- Press Win+R and type %AppData% into the Open box.
- Click OK and go to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Mozilla User ID]\extensions.
- Delete FunkyMediaTabemail@example.com.
- Go to the Mozilla User ID folder.
- Find and open the prefs.js file.
- Remove this string: "user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", http://search.newtab-tvsearch.com/;
- Press Win+R and type %LOCALAPPDATA% into the Open box.
- Click OK and navigate to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions.
- Remove the kpcijmdjpgpkndihacfcbidnehmcapgi folder.
- Open the Default folder again.
- Delete the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
In non-techie terms:
At first glance, Search.newtab-tvsearch.com may look like a search engine that can really help you improve your web search experience. However, this domain is part of a serious security issue, and if you fail to remove it immediately, it is very likely that you will have to deal with severe computer infections in the near future. If something goes wrong and you cannot find the way to terminate this application, please let us know by leaving a comment.