How To Delete “New Tab Search” Browser Hijacker

New Tab Search is a browser hijacker which hides under many domains (including search.searchgstt.com, search.searchdcnow.com, search.searchmpct.com and dozens of others, scroll down for a complete list). It replaces the default browser homepage with a fake search engine and starts displaying unwanted advertisements.

There are many variations of this unwanted program but most of them have a toolbar at the top with an additional search field and weather or sports information. The logo is usually in black color or is not included at all. Each variation is associated with different product that it tries to promote: a file or PDF converter, Speed Tester, Easy Radio Access, Easy Sports Access, Television XP, Classifieds and similar.

The virus pretends to be a search engine while in reality it only acts as a parasite and redirects your searches to other providers (usually Yahoo search). Creators earn revenue by displaying advertisements to the users who have their computers infected. There is also a risk of being spied on as the addon might silently collect important personal data. The adware is designed to stay on the computer as long as possible and might come back even if you remove the malicious browser extensions.

You should remove this unwanted program as soon as possible in order to restore normal browsing experience and protect your privacy. Use our automatic removal tool in order to remove the threat or follow the manual removal guide for more experienced Windows users. Remember that having this virus on your computer means that it is not protected from vulnerabilities. Fix this issue by securing your computer with a proper antivirus after the removal.


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What is New Tab Search browser hijacker?

This hijacker operates similarly to other such malware. It infiltrates the computer, hides deeply in the Windows system and makes changes to your browser by replacing homepage and other settings. Each time you launch a browser it will open a new tab called “New Tab Search” and pretend to be a legitimate search engine or a default component of the browser. When trying to remove, the virus comes back after a while since it has a backup hidden in the operating system.

One of features specific only to this “New Tab Search” is the number of domains it uses. They all follow the same pattern: search.domainname.com and each of them is dedicated to promoting a different product. Here is a list of some domains belonging to the browser hijacker:

search.easyemailaccess.com
search.easyinterestsaccess.com
search.easymapsaccess.com
search.easyrecipesaccess.com
search.easysportsaccess.com
search.myclassifiedsxp.com
search.mygamesxp.com
search.myspeedtestxp.com
search.mysportsxp.com
search.mytelevisionxp.com
search.myweatherxp.com
search.searchdcnow.com
search.searcheasyra.com
search.searcheasysa.com
search.searchfec.com
search.searchgstt.com
search.searchmpct.com
search.yourcurrentnewsnow.com
search.yourinstantshopping.com
search.yourinterestsnow.com
search.yourmapsnow.com
search.youronlinegameplay.com
search.yoursocialconnections.com
search.yourtelevisionnow.com

The design is almost identical: a grey toolbar at the top, search field in the middle and sometimes a black logo and additional advertisements of a file converter, TV access or similar products. Here are some product names displayed on the websites:

Convert That PDF
Download Converter Now
Easy Radio Access
Easy Sports Access
Get Speed Tester
My Classifieds XP
My Speed Test XP
My Sports XP
My Television XP
Your Instant Shopping
Your Interests Now
Your Maps Now

All these websites are created by the same company. They generate revenue to the owners by receiving traffic from hijacked browsers and displaying advertisements to them. They also utilize a custom search provider (in most cases Yahoo search) which results in additional earnings from unsuspecting users search queries.

You might not know how this unwanted program appeared on your computer since in most cases it uses unethical installation methods. The program is bundled with other software and infiltrates the system if you quickly skip through the installation steps and agree to install it without reading. The company pays external publishers for each successful installation so there are many distributors who target your PC.

You should remove this hijacker as soon as possible. Follow our manual removal guide or use the recommended automatic removal tool. The automatic tool will also act as an antivirus and will prevent our machine from future infections. We strongly recommend securing your computer as having this adware present shows that there is a vulnerability in the system or it is simply left unprotected.

Screenshots of “New Tab Search” hijacker:

    


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure you are familiar with editing important Windows settings and files. In order to not only remove the symptoms but also any possible leftovers of the malware we recommend using the automatic tool provided above.

Bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which will be required during the removal process.

The removal instructions can also be found on each of the website (“Uninstall” link at the bottom of the page), however, this removal guide will guarantee that you completely remove any remains of the virus.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:

appwiz.cpl

Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Here are some unwanted programs:

Search Protect
Babylon
Browser Protect
Convert That PDF
SaferBrowser
My Email XP
Download Converter Now
Easy Email Access
Easy Interests Access
Easy Maps Access
Easy Radio Access
Easy Recipes Access
Easy Sports Access
Easy Sports Access
Fast Email Checker
Get Speed Tester
My Classifieds XP
My Games XP
My Speed Test XP
My Sports XP
My Television XP
My Weather XP
Your Current News Now
Your Instant Shopping
Your Interests Now
Your Maps Now
Your Online Game Play
Your Social Center
Your Television Now

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

regedit.exe

Click OK.

 

Search for virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus domain. You need to enter the virus name depending on the version you got installed. Here is an example:

searcheasysa.com

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files.

You can safely remove all temporary files without posing any risk to your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%Temp%

Click OK.

All temporary files will be listed in the directory.

Select all temporary files by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and delete them.

Step 4:

Check for any recent changes in all the other important system files.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%AppData%

Click OK.

Do not delete anything here! Search for any recent changes (by “Date Modified”) in the files first. Only if you see that a file has just been changed scan it with virustotal.com. Remove only files marked as dangerous. Otherwise you might remove critical system files and Windows might stop working.

Repeat this step with the following three directories while being very careful:

%LocalAppData%
%ProgramData%
%WinDir%

Remember that these directories contain many important system files! Be very careful!

Step 5:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the virus.

Create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions made to the Target field by the virus.

Step 6:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

Here is a list of known browser extensions (addons) that should be removed in order to stop the adware from reappearing:

Convert That PDF
Download Converter Now
Easy Email Access
Easy Interests Access
Easy Maps Access
Easy Radio Access
Easy Recipes Access
Easy Sports Access
Easy Sports Access
Fast Email Checker
Get Speed Tester
My Classifieds XP
My Email XP
My Games XP
My Speed Test XP
My Sports XP
My Television XP
My Weather XP
SaferBrowser
Your Current News Now
Your Instant Shopping
Your Interests Now
Your Maps Now
Your Online Game Play
Your Social Center
Your Television Now

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:

about:support

Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

cmd

Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the New Tab Search adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.

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