How to remove NiceTab StartPage browser hijacker?

Also Known As: nicetab.live redirect
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove NiceTab StartPage browser hijacker from Mac?

What is NiceTab StartPage?

NiceTab StartPage is a browser hijacker, endorsed as a tool for customization of the browsers' homepage interface. These advertised features include: various widgets (e.g. local time, current weather and forecasts, etc.), homepage wallpaper selection and so on. However, NiceTab StartPage modifies browsers' settings in order to promote nicetab.live - a fake search engine. Furthermore, most software classified as browser hijackers - can collect browsing-related information. Due to NiceTab StartPage dubious proliferation methods, it is also considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

NiceTab StartPage browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Browser hijackers are designed to target Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers with large user bases. After successful installation, they reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of their illegitimate web searchers. NiceTab StartPage promotes nicetab.live in this manner. These seemingly minor changes seriously diminish browsing quality. To elaborate on how the modifications affect browsers, then every new tab/window opened and every single search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to nicetab.live. Few of these fake web searching tools can actually provide search results, typically they redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to legitimate ones; nicetab.live is not an exception - it redirects to the Google search engine. What is more, it is impossible to recover the hijacked browser without removing the software responsible (i.e. the browser hijacker). Since, any changes users try to make to their browsers can be automatically reset, provided if access to the settings is not restricted or denied outright. As mentioned in the introduction, it is not uncommon for browser hijackers to have data tracking abilities. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect users' personal information (IP address, geolocations and real-life details). This gathered data is likely to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, presence of data tracking content on devices can result in severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. Therefore, to ensure device integrity and user safety, it is recommended to remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name nicetab.live redirect
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address (nicetab.live)
128.199.42.156
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Doctopdfsupreme.comsearch.friendlysocket.comsearch.gratziany.com are a few examples of fake search engines promoted by browser hijackers. They appear legitimate and tempt users into installation with a wide variety of "useful" features. Rarely do these promised features work as advertised and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational. This applies to nearly all PUAs. The only goal of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for their designers - at user expense. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs hijack browsers, cause redirects to untrustworthy and malicious sites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns and gather private data.

How did NiceTab StartPage install on my computer?

Some PUAs like NiceTab StartPage have "official" promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded. However, they can be downloaded/installed together with other software as well. The deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious content - is called "bundling". Rushed download and installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used presets, skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of potential infiltrations and infections. Intrusive adverts also proliferate these applications. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to research products before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads should be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy ones, like: free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements usually appear legitimate and harmless, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). Should users encounter such ads/redirects, it is strongly advised to check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

NiceTab StartPage browser hijacker asking to grant it certain permissions:

NiceTab StartPage browser hijacker asking for permissions

Website promoting NiceTab StartPage:

Dubious website used to promote NiceTab StartPage

Another website promoting NiceTab StartPage:

Another dubious website used to promote NiceTab StartPage

NiceTab StartPage installed on Google Chrome:

NiceTab StartPage browser hijacker on chrome

Google Chrome new tab settings hijacked by NiceTab StartPage:

Chrime settings controlled by NiceTab StartPage browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

NiceTab StartPage redirect removal:

Remove NiceTab StartPage related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX","NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove nicetab.live redirect related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

nicetab.live redirect homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove nicetab.live redirect related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove nicetab.live redirect related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove nicetab.live redirect related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Global malware activity level today:

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