What is quicknewtab.com?
quicknewtab.com is a fake search engine. Typically, these unwanted addresses appear in browser settings after installation of a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. One app designed to promote quicknewtab.com is called Fast Soso, however, this URL might be promoted through other browser hijackers as well.
Apps of this type promote fake search engines by changing browser settings. They are categorized as PUAs, since users often download and install them inadvertently.
Browser hijackers change settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. In this case, they are assigned to quicknewtab.com. This forces users to visit a specific address when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar.
Typically, these changes cannot be undone unless the browser hijacker that made them (e.g., Fast Soso) is uninstalled. Note that quicknewtab.com is classified as a fake search engine, since it redirects to bing.com (displays search results generated by a legitimate Bing search engine) through my-search.com, another dubious address.
I.e., it does not generate unique results. Furthermore, most browser hijackers collect browsing data such as entered search queries, addresses of visited/opened websites, geolocations, IP addresses and other details of this kind. They can also gather private, sensitive information.
The developers can misuse the recorded information to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or in other ways. People with browsers hijacked by these apps could become victims of identity theft, experience problems relating to online privacy, browsing safety, etc.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||One app designed to promote this address is called Fast Soso.|
|Supposed Functionality||Search engines promoted by browser hijackers supposedly generate unique results.|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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There are many fake search engines online including s3redirect.com, pdfsrch.com and mybrowser-search.com. They display results generated by other search engines or include links to dubious web pages in their results. In any case, users are forced to visit/use these search engines due to installed browser hijackers.
Commonly, apps of this type are advertised as useful and legitimate, however, most are useless and can cause serious issues.
How did quicknewtab.com install on my computer?
Most users download and install PUAs with other (mainly free) programs. I.e., when the apps are included into the download/installation set-ups as 'additional offers'. This distribution method is called "bundling". Typically, information about included apps can be found (and declined) in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings.
When users download and install programs without checking and changing these settings, they often agree by default with offers to download and install the included PUAs. Unwanted downloads and installations are also caused by clicking deceptive advertisements that run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Do not download software or files through untrusted channels such as torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, dubious websites, etc. It is also not safe to install programs via third party installers, since they are often used to distribute and promote unwanted, even malicious apps.
The safest way to download software and files is using direct download links and official, trustworthy websites. Check all "Custom" and "Advanced" settings and decline offers to download or install unwanted software.
Do not click intrusive ads that appear on dubious pages - they can open other untrusted/potentially malicious websites or even cause download/installation of unwanted applications. Remove any unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on the browser.
The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
Notification stating that Fast Soso can read and change certain browser settings:
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- What is quicknewtab.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove quicknewtab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove quicknewtab.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove quicknewtab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove quicknewtab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
quicknewtab.com redirect removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (e.g., "Fast Soso"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the quicknewtab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
quicknewtab.com redirect removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions (e.g., "Fast Soso"), select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://quicknewtab.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "quicknewtab.com".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quicknewtab.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Fast Soso") and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Fast Soso" or other PUA, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.quicknewtab.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "quicknewtab.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quicknewtab.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove all recently installed browser plug-ins (like "Fast Soso").
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Fast Soso" or other installed PUA, remove hxxp://quicknewtab.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with quicknewtab.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the quicknewtab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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