New Tab Club “Virus” Removal (Sept. 2018 Update)


This page aims to help you remove New Tab Club “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you have been infected by a browser hijacker called New Tab Club, especially if it’s for the first time, there’s a lot that may be going through your head right now. For one, you may be wondering whether New Tab Club is a virus and whether you have anything to fear from it. You also may be concerned with all the constant page redirects it has started to initiate while you’re browsing the web. And all those annoying changes that this hijacker has introduced to your browser, such as the new homepage or default search engine, can really get on your nerves. Programs like this can affect most browsers, especially the most popular ones like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. They dig their claws deep into your system and often don’t come with a regular ‘Uninstall’ option, like most regular software does. That’s why, in order to effectively remove New Tab Club and get rid of all its invasive effects on your browsing experience, you will need a trusty removal guide like the one we have prepared here. You will find it just below the following article.

What do browser hijackers really do?

Since we have already established that New Tab Club is not a virus, you may still want to know what it’s doing on your computer and why it ended up there in the first place. Browser hijackers are primarily created for the purpose of promoting different products and services. For example, the change in your browser homepage and/or default search engine is the program’s way of gaining exposure for that particular site or sites. The same also goes for the numerous redirection processes that take place when you try to browse the web. And on top of that you may have also noticed a sudden increase in online ads, such as box messages, popups, banners, etc. These are also busy advertising various products and services.

New Tab Club “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove New Tab Club from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove New Tab Club from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove New Tab Club from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

And a very common trait with browser hijackers is that if you pay attention to the ads, very soon you might begin to notice that they have a lot in common with some of your recent online activity. For example, you could have been searching for baby clothes or a new smartphone online just the other day. And now all of a sudden you may begin to see more and more ads that are advertising exactly what you were researching. That’s due to what’s known as traffic data collection – a process that many programs like New Tab Club undertake, in order to make their advertising campaigns more efficient. This isn’t illegal, but it’s unsettling nonetheless and one of the reasons why software of this type is seen as potentially unwanted.

Other, perhaps more serious reasons for that, are the fact that browser hijackers like New Tab Club may expose your system to real danger. Courtesy of the numerous redirections and constant bombardment with online ads, you could bump into some virus like a Trojan or ransomware even. There’s no telling how safe all the different web locations you get sent to are and it wouldn’t be unheard of for some of them to be insecure or even infected. In addition to that, software of this type can also often cause sluggishness and compromise your computer’s overall performance, due to the endless background activity. So that’s certainly not something you would want to be dealing with in the long term.

With all this in mind, we think you have plenty of reason to see to the removal of New Tab Club now. And maybe we can also offer you some good advice on how to keep programs of this kind away from your PC from now on. Typically, browser hijackers and other PUPs of this and similar types are distributed in program bundles. You could have downloaded some piece of freeware or shareware recently and installed it without paying any particular attention to the setup. Software developers often include advertising software in the setup of other programs and they don’t usually make it obvious. So, in order to know whether there is any added component to your program of interest, always opt for the more detailed Custom or Advanced option. You should come across a step that will inform you about the additional content, which you should be able to choose whether to install or not to.

SUMMARY:

Name New Tab Club
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Odd browser behavior, large number of online ads on screen , such as popups, banners, box messages, etc.
Distribution Method Program bundles, i.e. as part of other programs, such as shareware and freeware, most commonly
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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