The NewTube redirect is a recently discovered browser plugin that can be used for hijacker purposes. Interaction with it can hijack personal data belonging to the victims. Our in-depth article explores some of the dangers associated with its presence on infected hosts.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The hijacker redirect can alter the homepage, search engine and new tab on every browser application you have installed.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab and search engine of all your browsers will be switched to NewTube. You will be redirected and could see sponsored content.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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NewTube – Distribution Methods
The NewTube redirect is distributed primarily through a browser hijacker (browser plugin). The security reports indicate that one of the primary methods is the distribution of the hijacker on the official plugin repositories. A common mechanism is that the developers make them available for the most popular web browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari. An elaborate description is posted that should convince the users into downloading it onto their computers.
The NewTube redirect can also be sent to the victims by email SPAM messages. They utilize social engineering tactics by sending attached copies or they are linked in the body contents. They are also the main mechanism for spreading infected payloads:
- Infected Application Installers — The hackers can embed virus code into installers of popular applications. The list of target apps can range from system utilities to creativity suite and productivity apps.
- Infected Documents — Using a similar approach the hackers can embed the virus code into files of different types: text documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. As soon as they are opened a notification prompt appears which asks the users to enable the built-in scripts (macros). When this is done the virus infection is triggered.
The hackers behind the NewTube redirect can spread the threat by creating counterfeit download portals that look like popular Internet services. The hackers may even use similar sounding domain names to further confuse the victims.
The threat can also be delivered through malicious scripts such as pop-ups,banners, ads, in-line links and etc.
NewTube – Detailed Description
The NewTube redirect is masked as an useful addition to the most popular web browsers. When the users install it their default home page will be changed to redirect to the site’s home page. Other settings that may be changed include the default search engine and default new tabs page. As the infections come from the browsers the hackers can also harvest all stored contents: cookies, history, bookmarks, settings, passwords etc.
Once the browser hijacker is installed it will request access to the following privileges:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
- Replace the page you see when opening a new tab.
- Read and change your browsing history.
- Read and change your bookmarks.
- Detect your physical location.
- Manage your apps, extensions and themes.
The main NewTube redirect malware engine can be used to execute various actions on the target computers. Depending on the exact configuration ordered by the criminals the engine can order changes to the Windows Registry. They can cause overall performance issues and certain functions may stop working.
Modifications to the boot options can make it impossible to enter into the recovery menu. It also institutes the NewTube redirect as a persistent threat by automatically launching it once the computer boots.
The redirect itself is advertised as a service that delivers personalized playlists featuring music that the users may like. The online service is made accessible via the browser plugin and allows the users to directly interact with the provided service engine.
It is very possible that this is merely a decoy that attempts to win the trust of the victims. At the same time these web services are notable for being used to deploy additional threats, spy on the victims or take over control of their machines at any given time.
- Personal Data About The Users — Their name, address, location and telephone number.
- Web Activity
- Computer Interactions
- Network Data
- Hardware Information
- Operating System Information
Remove NewTube Browser Hijacker
To remove NewTube manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker entirely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your computer secure in the future. We remind our readers that certain hijackers (most likely this one as well) are configured to harvest the information to a database shared with other similar threats.
- Guide 1: How to Remove NewTube from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of NewTube from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove NewTube from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase NewTube from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall NewTube from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove NewTube from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate NewTube from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove NewTube from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove NewTube
Step 2: Uninstall NewTube and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by NewTube on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by NewTube there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of NewTube from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall NewTube and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove NewTube via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove NewTube from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase NewTube from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall NewTube from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove NewTube from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the NewTube will be removed.
Eliminate NewTube from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.