Remove MusicTab Newtab Browser Extension
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Remove MusicTab Newtab Browser Extension

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This article informs you about MusicTab browser extension and provides help for the removal process of all suspicious and potentially undesired files from the affected system.

MusicTab is a browser extension that alters the setting of your browser new tab to provide the chance for you to listen tens of thousands worldwide radio stations. Even if it seems to be a useful and legitimate program, it could access your browser without your explicit permission. Once it is running in your browser it obtains the right to spy on almost all of your online activities. Furthermore, upon installation it hijacks the start page and default search engine by configuring them to display a hoax search engine.

Threat Summary

NameMusicTab Newtab
TypeBrowser Extension, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable program that hijacks your browser and starts to appear on each browsing session.
SymptomsYour homepage, new tab page and search engine could display the main page of a browser hijacker. Browser slowdowns could occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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MusicTab Newtab – Spread Techniques

MusicTab is considered to be an undesired program mainly because it often lands on computer systems without asking users for their explicit permission. This is usually realized with the help of shady techniques that are designed to trick you into installing the undesired program without noticing its presence.

The so-called software bundling is one of these techniques. It is known to be used for the distribution of variety of PUPs. For its realization could be used various free third-party programs. The purpose of these programs is to deliver the configuration code of the PUP by offering it as an extra. Where the extras reside is in the installers of these apps. To conceal the presence of added extras developers do not disclose properly all details you should learn before finishing the installing process.

Happily, in some cases such information is hidden in Advanced/Custom configuration options. That’s why we recommend you to be careful each time when you are installing a freshly downloaded program especially if you obtained it from a doubtful source.

MusicTab Newtab – More About Its Impact

MusicTab Newtab is a browser extension compatible with Chrome and Firefox web browsers. As described by its owners it is an app that lets you listen a large number of worldwide high quality radio stations. However, it has been identified as a potentially undesired program that sneaks into your browser without your permission.

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Once MusicTab is running in your browser it obtains the right to:

  • Access your data for all websites
  • Monitor extension usage and manage themes
  • Access browser tabs

In addition, it changes your preferred start page as well as the default search engine with the domain of a hoax search engine – https://newtab.getmusictab.org/113/default/index.html

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What’s more currently, the services of this deceptive browser extension are unavailable. During our research we tested the app and found out that every time a random radio station is selected, the app MusicTab displays a notification that states:

“Could not play your station…”

So if you could not even use it, why should you keep it in your browser? Not only that you cannot listen online radio but you could expose your privacy at risk by having this extension installed in the browser.

On one hand it is stated to be able to obtain certain details from your browser in its privacy policy. These details could be used for the adjustment of aggressive advertising campaigns target of which will be you and your browser. As a result you may witness the presence of many annoying ads of all kinds (pop-ups, pop-unders, images, sliders, banners etc.) in the websites you visit. Be careful with these ads as some of them could attempt to trick you into entering sensitive details such as banking credentials, telephone number, email address, etc. Other could land you on corrupted web pages that are set to deliver and activate malware code directly on your device.

On the other hand, once the owners of this undesired extension have a record of your data, they could easily misuse it by selling it to third-parties of unknown origin and even hacker collectives.

MusicTab Newtab – Privacy Policy

The official website along with the extension itself are owned by a company called Tightrope Interactive, Inc. In the privacy policy section that is accessible from a link presented on the bottom of musictab.org’s main page, we found out both personally and non-personally identifiable data is collected from all users who are using the services provided by Tightrope Interactive, Inc. company.
Among the collected details are:

  • Your IP address
  • Your geographic location
  • The type of Web Browser you are using
  • The version of the web browser
  • The Operating System
  • The websites you visit
  • The searches you enter
  • Information collected by tracking technologies such as cookies, web beacons, and pixels

As we mentioned, the records of your data could be used for advertising purposes, disclosed to third-parties of unknown origin or even sold to hacker collectives.

How to Remove MusicTab Newtab Extension

In order to remove MusicTab browser extension and all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you need to pass through several removal steps. They are all presented in the removal guide below. The guide enables you to choose between manual and automatic removal approach. Our advice is to combine the steps as this way you will be able not only to get rid of this particular undesired program but also strengthen the security of your device. Have in mind that files associated with this browser extension may have different names than MusicTab.

In case that you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us at our email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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