How to remove NewVideosSearch browser hijacker and the redirects it causes
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What is NewVideosSearch?
NewVideosSearch is the name of a browser extension. After analyzing it, we determined that this piece of software works as a browser hijacker. NewVideosSearch makes changes to browser settings in order to promote the newvideosearch.com fake search engine.
NewVideosSearch browser hijacker overview
Following installation onto our test machine, NewVideosSearch assigned newvideosearch.com as the browser's homepage, new tab/window, and default search engine. Hence, new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries typed into the URL bar - caused a redirect to the newvideosearch.com website.
Fraudulent search engines cannot generate search results, so they redirect to legitimate ones. This is true of newvideosearch.com as well. We observed it redirecting to Yahoo (search.yahoo.com) and the neabyme.io fake search engine. However, while neabyme.io can provide search results, they are inaccurate and may endorse unreliable/malicious sites.
Browser hijackers typically employ persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent users from recovering their browsers.
Furthermore, this software usually has data tracking abilities, and this likely applies to NewVideosSearch. Information of interest can include: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, personally identifiable details, usernames/passwords, financial/banking data, and so on. The gathered information is monetized via sale to third-parties.
To summarize, the presence of software like NewVideosSearch on devices can lead to serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names (newvideosearch.com)||Heimdal Security (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (newvideosearch.com)||184.108.40.206|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Browser hijacker examples
We have analyzed thousands of browser hijackers; BestMapSearch, DigitalConverterz, FreeSearchStreams, and TheADSBlockSearch are just some examples.
They appear ordinary and innocuous. Browser-hijacking software lures users into download/installation with promises of "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities. However, these functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
How did NewVideosSearch install on my computer?
Browser hijackers are proliferated using the "bundling" marketing tactic - packing regular programs with unwanted/malicious additions. Download from untrustworthy channels (e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations - increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
Browser-hijacking software is also spread using intrusive adverts. Once clicked on, some of these advertisements can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.
Browser hijackers are promoted through deceptive promotional webpages and scam sites as well. Users typically enter these types of websites via redirects caused by mistyped URLs, pages using rogue advertising networks, intrusive ads, spam browser notifications, or installed adware.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly advise downloading only from official and verified sources. Additionally, installation processes have to be treated with care. Hence, we recommend reading terms, studying possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all supplementary apps, tools, features, etc.
Another recommendation is to exercise caution when browsing - since fraudulent and malicious content usually looks legitimate. For example, intrusive advertisements appear harmless, yet they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
If you experience ads and/or redirects of this kind, inspect your device and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with NewVideosSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Appearance of newvideosearch.com redirecting to the nearbyme.io fake search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is NewVideosSearch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall NewVideosSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove NewVideosSearch browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove newvideosearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove newvideosearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
NewVideosSearch browser hijacker 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 (for example, "NewVideosSearch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the newvideosearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
NewVideosSearch browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "NewVideosSearch" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, 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 "NewVideosSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.newvideosearch.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 "newvideosearch.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 newvideosearch.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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "NewVideosSearch", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
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 "NewVideosSearch", remove hxxp://newvideosearch.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 newvideosearch.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 newvideosearch.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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users to visit newvideosearch.com website?
Cyber criminals (i.e., developers of browser hijackers and fake search engines) generate revenue through redirects to websites like newvideosearch.com.
Is visiting newvideosearch.com a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. Websites like newvideosearch.com typically collect information about their visitors.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily distributed through software bundling, misleading promotional webpages, freeware and third-party download sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, online scams, fake updates, spam browser notifications, and intrusive advertisements.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove NewVideosSearch browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan systems and eliminate all the browser-hijacking applications present. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be a perfect solution. In cases when multiple browser hijackers have infiltrated the system, after one is removed - the others simply re-install it. Furthermore, removal-related settings might be unmodifiable with browser-hijacking software installed. Hence, it is paramount to remove browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.
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