Newtab.Review is NOT a virus. This is a legitimate program, which claims to provide you with better browsing experience by installing certain new components inside your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer browser (or any other browser). Although this app is not as dangerous as a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware infection, it has recently been reported by some users due to the rather aggressive and unauthorized way it imposes its browser changes. Some security experts have classified this behavior as a typical browser hijacker behavior and are advising the users to uninstall this program due to some potentially unwanted effects it may trigger. If you have found that Newtab.Review has replaced your default homepage or default search engine, you are now probably prompted to click on various sponsored ads, banners and pop-ups or have your screen flooded with intrusive blinking boxes and commercials. All in all, these pop-ups and commercials are not dangerous but you should better keep away from the possible redirects or the other potentially unwanted activities that the browser hijacker may try to impose. To remove them from your computer completely, you can use the instructions given at the end of this page.
Can you trust Newtab.Review?
When people face browser hijackers and are forced to deal with their changes, they often are concerned about their system’s safety and are unaware of what kind of software exactly they are dealing with. This is a common confusion because this type of software can really be very frustrating to have on your PC and may turn any browser into an ad-broadcasting and page-redirecting tool, which might become uncontrollable. Newtab.Review appears to be a browser hijacker, which tends to cause similar browsing disturbance and for this reason, a lot of people are seeking how to remove it. Of course, there are many other programs, which are much more disturbing than this one and we have to say once again that this program is not all dangerous and does not contain the typical malicious traits of a Ransomware or a Trojan horse virus. Although Newtab.Review is considered legitimate and safe, security experts recommend avoiding the new search engine or the other browsing components that may get installed inside your browser with this software package. Why? We will tell you that within the next paragraph.
What are the most unpleasant things about Newtab.Review?
- Ability to enter the system without users’ authorization. Newtab.Review can be downloaded as an additional component of other free software, such as free manager downloaders, PDF crawlers, video or audio players, and other applications.
- Ability to change system settings. Typically, after Newtab.Review gets inside the system, it can integrate itself within any browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.). This browser hijacker can also change the homepage, default search engine, new tab page, bookmarks, and favorites list. It appears also, that the search results that the program generates are based on some sponsored websites, which try to promote themselves and their products by constantly displaying ads, pop-ups, redirect links and banners all over the user’s screen.
- Ability to monitor surfing activity. Once you agree to make Newtab.Review your homepage, the program gets the ability to monitor you. Typically, it collects non-personal information related to people’s browsing habits. However, it can transmit this data back to its developers or third parties and generate profits by trading it to advertisers who would like to target you with their ad-generating campaigns.
How can I install this program on my computer?
As already mentioned, you can install Newtab.Review from different sources such as free software installers, spam messages, ads, free download links, torrents, shareware or freeware sites and many more. Unfortunately, you may not notice it, especially if you run new setups by default without customizing their settings. That’s why one sure way to avoid potentially unwanted installations is to be very careful when installing new software because some software packs may offer you to change the homepage and your default search engine during installation. To prevent such changes, you must always use a detailed or manual installation when installing a program (especially those who come from free download managers, PDF crawlers, and similar free programs), and refuse to install the “suggested” components.
Remove Newtab.Review from your computer:
You can uninstall Newtab.Review manually with the help of the instructions in the Removal Guide below. However, you should follow them very carefully because if you are not able to find all the browser-hijacker files and components that are on your computer, you may not be able to opt out of the related search engines and homepage tools. No matter that it looks like a small task, it is very important to remove all the browser hijacker related elements because they can cause the re-emergence of the annoying ads and pop-ups the next time you open your browser. The quickest way to do this is to use an automatic removal option. In order to help you clear your computer, our “How to remove” team suggests you use the professional Newtab.Review removal tool that you can find on this page. It has been tested and shows perfect results when detecting this browser hijacker and removing it from the system.
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.