What kind of application is Nature NewTab Extension?
We found that NewTab Extension is a browser extension that promotes naturenewtabextension.com by hijacking a web browser. Naturenewtabextension.com is a fake search engine that does not provide unique results. Users often unintentionally download and install/add browser hijackers.
Nature NewTab Extension browser hijacker overview
NewTab Extension promotes a fake search engine that shows results generated by Bing (naturenewtabextension.com redirects to bing.com). This app makes naturenewtabextension.com the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. Moreover, it does not allow users to remove naturenewtabextension.com from the aforementioned settings while it is present.
While bing.com is a reputable search engine, fake search engines like naturenewtabextension.com can produce misleading results and redirect users to potentially dangerous pages or show results from untrustworthy search engines. Therefore, it is not recommended to rely on fake search engines, especially those that are promoted through apps like Nature NewTab Extension.
|Name||Nature NewTab Extension|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Nature NewTab Extension|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (naturenewtabextension.com)||188.8.131.52|
|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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More about browser hijackers
In certain situations, our team has found that browser hijackers and fake search engines are capable of collecting data related to a user's browsing activity. This information could potentially be monetized by being sold to third-party entities or used for marketing purposes. The use of browser hijackers that gather user data raises privacy concerns.
How did Nature NewTab Extension install on my computer?
Browsers are often hijacked through fake installers, misleading ads, deceptive pages, or software bundles. In the third case, browser hijackers are distributed through installers that offer them as optional installations. Browsers get hijacked via installers when users finish installations without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings.
It is known that one of the pages promoting Nature NewTab Extension browser hijacker instructs visitors to install an extension without providing any information about the app. This app gets added to a web browser after completing the provided steps.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Be cautious when downloading and installing files and programs. Check for ticked checkboxes and opt for "Manual," "Custom," or "Advanced" settings, and deselect any optional apps before finishing downloads and installations.
Download files and apps from official pages. Avoid downloads from P2P networks, third-party downloaders, questionable websites, and other sources. Additionally, avoid clicking on ads that appear on suspicious sites and do not agree to receive notifications from such websites.
If your computer is already infected with Nature NewTab Extension, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Naturenewtabextension.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Permissions asked by Nature NewTab Extension browser hijacker:
Shady website promoting Nature NewTab Extension browser hijacker:
Official website promoting Nature NewTab Extension:
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- What is Nature NewTab Extension?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Nature NewTab Extension application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Nature NewTab Extension browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove naturenewtabextension.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove naturenewtabextension.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Nature NewTab Extension 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 the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the naturenewtabextension.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Nature NewTab Extension 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 "Nature NewTab Extension" 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 "Nature NewTab Extension", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.naturenewtabextension.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 "naturenewtabextension.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 naturenewtabextension.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 "Nature NewTab Extension", 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 "Nature NewTab Extension", remove hxxp://naturenewtabextension.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 naturenewtabextension.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 naturenewtabextension.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 visit naturenewtabextension.com website?
The income generated by the creators of naturenewtabextension.com is directly linked to the number of visitors to their website.
Is visiting naturenewtabextension.com a threat to my privacy?
Websites such as naturenewtabextension.com often collect various types of information about their visitors. Thus, visiting the mmay cause certain issues.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Most users add/install browser hijackers via deceptive ads and pop-ups, browser notifications, software bundles (installers containing optional apps), etc.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Nature NewTab Extension browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan your computer and eliminate browser hijackers. Manual removal may not always be an effective solution, as there may be cases where multiple browser hijackers are present and designed to reinstall one other. In such cases, all browser hijackers have to be removed at once.