Search New Tab Mediasearch Removal (July 2018 Update)


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

We understand that you’d prefer to keep your browser and your computer clean and functional. After all, everybody wants to get the best performance out of their hardware and software and the less unnecessary apps and programs there are inside a system, the better the device’s performance would be. This is why, we are writing this article – here, we will tell you more about a software piece known for interrupting and obstructing the regular browsing experience of users who have had the misfortune of having the said software installed on their computers. The name of the app we are referring to is Search New Tab Mediasearch – this is a browser hijacker capable of “infiltrating” popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Opera and then replacing their default search engine tools, homepages, new-tab pages and toolbars as well as redirecting them to pages that the user never really tried to visit in the first place. Ads-generation coming from hijacker apps is also not excluded and Search New Tab Mediasearch is no exception. If you have this app on your computer, then you are likely to experience intrusive generation and display of different sorts of banners, blinking boxes, pop-ups and other forms of irritating advertising materials every time you open your browsing program and try to search for something. The ads are also likely to follow you to every site that you visit and it is even possible that they start showing-up on your screen even when the browser is closed. As you can imagine, all this could really get on one’s nerves and if you have the Search New Tab Mediasearch hijacker on your PC at this moment, then you probably have a good idea about what we are talking about. Still, though, some users out there might be okay with the browser changes, the ads generation and the random page redirects or at least able to put up with them and ignore them. However, aside from the sheer annoyance coming from most hijacker apps, there’s one other, even more important reason why you might want to uninstall Search New Tab Mediasearch from your machine in case it has gotten on it. That reason is the potential for your PC to get exposed to virus programs like Ransomware, Rootkits and Trojans because of the hijacker’s presence on it.

Search New Tab Mediasearch Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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 Search New Tab Mediasearch 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 Search New Tab Mediasearch from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Search New Tab Mediasearch 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

How can a hijacker “harm” you?

Right off the bat, we need to make it clear that most hijackers can’t really harm your machine or system. However, they could raise the chances of you having your computer exposed to dangerous threats like Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and so on. Normally, it’s said that not all of the ads and page redirects coming from hijackers are to be trusted. However, since you can’t know which are safe and which might not be safe, it’s preferable if you simply stay away from all advertising materials coming from a hijacker or, better yet, remove the software that puts the ads on your screen and that way definitively take care of the issue.

The hijacker apps themselves are not viruses and can’t typically harm the computer, its system or that data inside of it. However, they are still regarded as unreliable programs that could, at times, expose your machine to a number of threatening hazards – something that you’d surely not want to happen. Because of this and also, because most users don’t really want to be putting up with apps like Search New Tab Mediasearch for any extended period of time, we advise you to have a look at the removal instructions from our guide manual for uninstalling Search New Tab Mediasearch that’s located down below. You could use them and/or the recommended removal program also present in the guide to quickly get rid of the pesky hijacker app so it can no longer mess with your browser or Internet settings.

Installing new software – why you ought to be cautious

Many hijackers get distributed through the installers of other programs. They get added to another software’s installation wizard and if the user forgets to uncheck them from the setup menu, they get installed alongside the other software form the setup package. However, if you simply remember to check the Advanced setup menu when about to install a new program on your machine and remove the checkmarks that are next to any bundled software components you might not want on your PC after the installation, you should have no problem with any more hijackers in the future. Still, though, you should definitely make sure to surf the Internet with care and caution since this is the main source not only of unwanted apps like Search New Tab Mediasearch but also of dangerous malware infections like Ransomware, Spyware, Worms and Rootkits.

SUMMARY:

Name Search New Tab Mediasearch
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Usual symptoms include random redirects and ads generation in your browser as well as unwanted browser changes.
Distribution Method Most hijackers tend to get distributed with the help of annoying web ads, spam messages and program bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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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