Removing NFT Tab browser hijacker and the redirects it causes
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is NFT Tab?
NFT Tab is a rogue browser extension that our researchers discovered while inspecting untrustworthy sites. This extension is presented as a tool that provides easy access to trending NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) and other related news. Our analysis revealed that NFT Tab operates as a browser hijacker and promotes the srchingveno.com illegitimate search engine.
NFT Tab browser hijacker overview
Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of promoted websites. NFT Tab changes these settings to srchingveno.com; hence, new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries typed into the URL bar - result in redirects to srchingveno.com.
Fake search engines typically cannot provide search results, so they redirect to legitimate ones. At the time of research, srchingveno.com led to Bing (bing.com). However, it might redirect elsewhere since it may be determined by factors like user geolocation.
Furthermore, NFT Tab uses persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent users from recovering their browsers. In addition to using such tactics, browser-hijacking software usually has data tracking functionalities.
Therefore, it is possible that NFT Tab spies on users' browsing activity and collects visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, usernames/passwords, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, etc. The gathered information can be monetized via sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
To summarize, the presence of software like NFT Tab on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||NFT Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to NFT-related content.|
|Detection Names (srchingveno.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (srchingveno.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 countless browser hijackers; NoteTab - Save Your Thoughts, Space Tab, Cool baro, and Motorsports Start are merely some examples. Browser-hijacking software tends to look harmless and handy. However, the advertised functionalities seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.
How did NFT Tab install on my computer?
We obtained NFT Tab from a dubious download webpage. Browser hijackers often have "official" promotional pages and are endorsed on scam sites. Most users access such websites via redirects caused by pages that use rogue advertising networks, intrusive ads, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).
Intrusive advertisements are also used to distribute browser-hijacking software. Once clicked on, some of the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.
Browser hijackers are proliferated using the bundled marketing method as well. Hence, this software can be packed into the installers of ordinary programs. Download from dubious sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified channels. Installation must be approached with caution, e.g., by reading terms, studying possible options, and using the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out of all additions.
We also advise being cautious when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually looks harmless. For example, intrusive ads appear legitimate and innocuous - however, they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
If you experience ads/redirects of this type, inspect the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with NFT Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by NFT Tab browser hijacker:
Website promoting NFT Tab browser hijacker:
Appearance of srchingveno.com redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is NFT Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall NFT Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove NFT Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove srchingveno.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove srchingveno.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
NFT Tab 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, "NFT Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the srchingveno.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
NFT Tab browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove NFT Tab browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:
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 "NFT Tab" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "NFT Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.srchingveno.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 "srchingveno.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the srchingveno.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 extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "NFT Tab", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "NFT Tab", remove hxxp://srchingveno.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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 srchingveno.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 srchingveno.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 srchingveno.com website?
Redirects to sites like srchingveno.com are caused for profit; the developers of browser hijackers and fake search engines generate revenue through such redirects.
Is visiting srchingveno.com a threat to my privacy?
Most likely, yes. Websites like srchingveno.com usually collect information about their visitors. The gathered data can then be sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are most commonly spread via deceptive promotional sites, bundled program installers, online scams, freeware and third-party download websites, P2P sharing networks (e.g., Torrent clients, Gnutella, etc.), fake updates, spam browser notifications, and intrusive ads.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove NFT Tab browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your system and eliminate installed browser-hijacking apps. Note that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be ideal, especially in cases where multiple browser hijackers are present. Hence, after one browser hijacker is removed - the others may re-install it. What is more, removal-related settings can be inaccessible with this software installed. Therefore, it is crucial to eliminate browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.
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