I wrote this article to help you remove Smart New Tab. This Smart New Tab removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Smart New Tab is a typical browser hijacker whose main purpose is to promote adware. As soon as it gets installed on your computer, the hijacker will immediately change your default homepage and search engine and your system gets stuck with numerous commercial pop-up advertisements. Besides, the intrusive adverts provided by Smart New Tab slow down your Internet speed, disturb your browsing sessions and cause frequent system crushes, thus keeping the hijacker on your virtual machine is certainly not recommended.
Be aware that if Smart New Tab is present on your PC, it is always for a reason and you should know that this program is capable of causing you lots of problems. The only way to avoid dealing with these issues is to locate and delete the malevolent hijacker from the system right away.
It might seem strange, but in most cases computer users are the ones who install Smart New Tab on their systems themselves. Similarly to other intrusive applications, Smart New Tab is so smart that it can make you download it without even realizing it. Most often, the hijacker enters your machine bundled with other applications and keeps its presence in secret until your homepage and web browser are changed, and tones of commercial adverts start showing up on your monitor.
There are some other ways that Smart New Tab uses to infiltrate your PC. These include hiding behind spam email attachments, corrupted links and websites, or just posing as a bogus system or a program update. For instance, you might be convinced that you’re updating a media player on your computer, but instead, it turns out that you’re installing a malevolent, intrusive, and hazardous adware tool on your virtual machine. So, if you want to avoid unwillingly installing adware on the system, you should be very careful and remember that haste, naivety, and distraction will certainly not help you at all.
In case Smart New Tab has already been installed on your PC, your web browser will get flooded with tones of useless commercial advertisements. Be aware that if you click on any of them, you’ll end up installing more unwanted malware on the system. Besides, as the pop-ups will show up every time you try to browse the web, they are capable of causing you different kind of problems. As already mentioned, among these issues are slowing down your Internet speed, experiencing frequent system crashes and interrupting your browsing activity. Thus, the best thing you could do is to remove Smart New Tab from your computer right away.
In any case, the worst issue you’ll have to deal with if Smart New Tab has infected your computer, is the ability of the hijacker to steal your personal and financial data. As soon as Smart New Tab enters your PC, it starts monitoring your browsing activities and catalogs every your move online. Once the adware has collected enough information about you, it shares it with the unknown third parties who support the program, and they could use it for malicious purposes. For that reason you should not only delete Smart New Tab from the system, but also protect your PC against malware in future.
Smart New Tab can be deleted either manually, or automatically. The manual removal instructions are provided bellow this article. Though, even if you have completed the manual removal process, you still have to run a full scan of your PC in order to identify any registry leftovers or temporary files. You can do this by installing a reputable antimalware tool which will erase all the existing threats at once and will protect your system against malware at all times.
Smart New Tab Uninstall
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Smart New Tab from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.