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Remove NewTab Trojan from Your Mac

There have been multiple reports about new tabs opening in Mac users’ Safari browsers without any interaction on their side.

What is causing the new tabs to be opening like this is a Trojan known as OSX/NewTab, or just NewTab Trojan. Even though the first samples of this malware appeared in April and the majority of security solutions detect the NewTab Trojan, users are still in danger and should be protected against the threat.

Continue reading to learn how to deal with this malware-related issue and how to restore your Mac to normal.

Threat Summary

NameNewTab Trojan
TypeTrojan and Adware for Mac OS
Short DescriptionA Trojan that generates the opening of new tabs in Safari.
SymptomsThe unsupervised opening of new tabs in the affected browser.
Distribution MethodSpam email attachments, cracked software, unsafe browsing
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NewTab Trojan – More Information

Most Trojans are hiding in spam email attachments or cracked and pirated software and torrents. The NewTab Trojan could be uploaded as a fake e-mail attachment that may seem legitimate, presented in the form of an invoice or another seemingly important document. Third-party download sites are also at fault for the distribution of Trojans.

Such downloads can be:

  • Patches.
  • Cracks.
  • Activators.
  • Installers.
  • Updates.

The opening of new tabs that redirect the users to particular pages may not be the only intrusive activity. The Trojan may also be utilized to perform any of the following actions on your Mac:

  • Download malware and other unwanted software.
  • Update itself and create copies of itself to remain persisten on the infected Mac.
  • Log the keystrokes you type.
  • Obtain your financial information.
  • Obtain data on the sites you visit.
  • Obtain your saved passwords.
  • Take screenshots.
  • Tap into your camera or microphone.
  • Obtain information concerning your Mac and IP address.
  • Steal files.

In addition, the Trojan could be generating ads to interrupt your browsing. The Trojan could be at fault for the display of pop-ups and banners, browser redirects and push notifications, and search results that appear to be sponsored.

Note that the ads that may be displayed by the NewTab Trojan could eventually land you on potentially malicious pages, deployed for tech-support scams, malware downloads, etc.

A malware which is similar to the NewTab Trojan is the OSX/Linker malware. The malware was targeting a specific macOS Gatekeeper security flaw. The bug could allow a malicious binary downloaded from the internet to bypass Gatekeeper’s scanning process. Here’s how to remove OSX/Linker malware.

Remove NewTab Trojan – Instructions

In order to get rid of the NewTab Trojan, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions below. They are made to help you get rid of this malware step by step. For a full and effective removal of the malware, you can download and install an advanced malware removal tool.

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Preparation Phase:

Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:

  • Backup your files in case the worst happens.
  • Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
  • Arm yourself with patience.

Step 1: Uninstall NewTab Trojan and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to NewTab Trojan:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to NewTab Trojan. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to NewTab Trojan. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 NewTab Trojan 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as NewTab Trojan. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Remove NewTab Trojan – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

5. Click once on the extension you want to remove.

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the NewTab Trojan will be removed.

How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

4. After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


Step 3: Scan for and remove NewTab Trojan files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as NewTab Trojan, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


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