What kind of application is Super-Newtab?
While examining Super-Newtab, we discovered that it changes the web browser's settings. Apps of this type are known as browser hijackers. Most browser hijackers promote fake search engines. Users do not add apps of this type to browsers on purpose.
Super-Newtab browser hijacker overview
Super-Newtab hijacks a web browser by changing the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. The purpose of this app is to promote bing.com - a legitimate search engine. In addition to promoting bing.com, Super-Newtab can read and change browsing history. Its developers may misuse obtained data for marketing or other purposes.
More about browser hijackers
As we mentioned in the introduction, most browser hijackers promote fake search engines. These search engines show results generated by other (legitimate or untrustworthy) search engines. Also, they can promote shady websites, show ads, etc. Thus, it is not recommended to use fake search engines.
Typically, users cannot remove fake search engines from the settings of hijacked web browsers without removing browser hijackers. Our removal guide is provided below.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improvded browsing experience|
|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)||
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Browser hijackers in general
Browser-hijacking applications are created for the purpose of modifying browser's settings without the user's knowledge. Usually, they promote shady search engines that generate questionable results (e.g., promote shady pages) or show results generated by other search engines. It is common for browser hijackers to be designed to gather various data.
How did Super-Newtab install on my computer?
We discovered Super-Newtab on a shady website saying that a free extension might be required. It hijacks a web browser after clicking the "Download" button and completing the provided steps. This app also has its website. Screenshots of both pages are provided below.
It is also common for browser hijackers to be included in free software installers. In such cases, browsers get hijacked when users finish installations without deselecting browser hijackers. Typically, optional applications can be found in "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings provided in installers.
Clicking shady links and advertisements can lead to unexpected downloads and installations too.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Download applications from reliable sources such as official websites and verified stores. Avoid downloading apps from third-party stores, shady pages, or via third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources. Do not trust ads on shady websites or click suspicious links.
Check installers (especially when software is free) for unwanted apps and deselect them before finishing installations. If your computer is already infected with Super-Newtab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Super-Newtab shows bing.com results (GIF):
Permissions asked by Super-Newtab browser hijacker:
Deceptive website promoting Super-Newtab browser hijacker:
Official Super-Newtab browser hijacker promotion site:
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- What is Super-Newtab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Super-Newtab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Super-Newtab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove bing.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove bing.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Super-Newtab 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, "Super-Newtab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the bing.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Super-Newtab 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 "Super-Newtab" 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 "Super-Newtab", look for a browser hijacker URL 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 "bing.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 super-newtab 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 "Super-Newtab", 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 "Super-Newtab", remove hxxp://bing.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 super-newtab 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 super-newtab 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 visit a fake search engine?
Fake search engines are more profitable when the number of their users/visitors is higher.
Is using a fake searchengine a threat to my privacy?
Fake search engines (and browser) hijackers can be designed to gather information about their users. Collected data can be misused for marketing or other purposes.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are distributed via notifications from shady pages, intrusive advertisements, freeware installers, etc. Typically, users add browser hijackers to browsers unintentionally.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Super-Newtab browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will remove this browser hijacker. It is worth mentioning that browser hijackers can be designed to reinstall one another when at least two of them are added. In such cases, users have to remove both (or more) browser hijackers at once. It can be challenging to achieve it manually. Thus, it is advisable to remove them automatically.