What kind of application is National Parks Tab?
While testing the National Parks Tab browser extension, we found that it hijacks a web browser by changing its settings. Typically, users download and add browser hijackers to browsers unknowingly. Most apps of this type promote fake (or untrustworthy) search engines.
National Parks Tab browser hijacker overview
We learned that National Parks Tab promotes the Yahoo search engine. It changes the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page to search.yahoo.com. This search engine is legitimate. However, a big part of browser hijackers promotes questionable search engines.
Browser-hijacking apps can promote search engines designed to generate misleading results (promote shady pages), show results generated by untrustworthy search engines, show ads, etc. Thus, it is highly advisable to use trustworthy search engines only.
It is also worth mentioning that most browser hijackers do not allow users to remove the search engines they promote from the settings of hijacked web browsers. In such cases, users must remove browser hijackers first.
|National Parks Tab
|Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
|National Parks Tab
|Improved browsing experience
|Affected Browser Settings
|Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
|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.
|Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
|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
The purpose of most browser hijackers is to promote questionable search engines. However, not all apps of this type change browsers' settings to promote those search engines. Usually, users add browser hijackers to browsers without knowing they will be forced to browse the Internet using unwanted search engines.
How did a browser hijacker install on my computer?
It is common for browser hijackers to be distributed via deceptive websites, shady advertisements, and software bundles. In the third case, browser-hijacking apps are bundled with other programs (they are included in installers as an optional installation).
Browsers get hijacked via installers when users install software without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Download applications from official websites and stores. Read reviews before downloading apps (even when apps are hosted on verified stores). Do not trust advertisements on suspicious pages or allow such websites to show notifications.
Deselect optional (unwanted) downloads and installations before downloading and installing programs. If your computer is already infected with National Parks Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
National Parks Tab browser hijacker shows results by Yahoo (GIF):
Permissions asked by National Parks Tab browser hijacker:
Website promoting National Parks Tab browser hijacker:
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- What is National Parks Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall National Parks Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove National Parks Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove search.yahoo.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove search.yahoo.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
National Parks 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
National Parks Tab 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 "National Parks 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 "National Parks Tab, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.yahoo.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 "search.yahoo.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 national parks tab 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 "National Parks 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 "National Parks Tab", remove hxxp://search.yahoo.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 national parks tab 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 national parks tab 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 fake search engines?
Their creators earn more money when the number of visitors/users is higher.
Is visiting/using fake search engines is a threat to my privacy?
Some fake search engines track users. Data gathered by these search engines can be misused for marketing (and other) purposes. Thus, using fake search engines can cause issues related to online privacy.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my browser?
Most users add browser hijackers via notifications from shady, intrusive advertisements, installers containing optional installations, etc. Users rarely download and add browser-hijacking apps intentionally.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove a browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will eliminate all detected browser-hijacking applications. Manual removal is not always a perfect solution since there are cases when multiple browser hijackers are present, and they can reinstall one another. In such cases, all of them have to be removed at once.