What is NewTab (OSX/NewTab)
NewTab (OSX/NewTab) is a typical Trojan virus. Trojans are known as a type of malware that uses various methods to perform malicious activities and remain undetected for a long period of time.
The infection makes users believe that they install a legitimate program on their Mac, however, they are actually infecting the system with malware, not having a clue about it.
For example, when you install a Flash Player update or just open an email attachment on your computer, you can install NewTab (OSX/NewTab) alongside without even knowing about it.
Being installed onto the system, the Trojan attempts to gain remote control of your Mac, starts tracking your browsing history, and is even capable of stealing your passwords and banking details stored on your computer.
When present on your Mac, NewTab (OSX/NewTab) can slow down your web browser and make it unresponsive to your daily activities. This is due to the fact that Trojans inject a virtual layer over legitimate websites to capture your login details and passwords.
Trojans are not the most popular macOS infections as they usually affect Windows OS. Yet, sometimes they infiltrate Mac computers via malicious email attachments and fake downloads.
Most often, NewTab (OSX/NewTab) enters macOS via legitimate email attachments, such as invoices, CV, or other supposedly legitimate documents containing malware.
Another way for NewTab (OSX/NewTab) distribution is fake downloads. For instance, when people install a software update, they hardly read every step of the installation process and the Trojan enters their computers without their knowledge or permission. Thus, when updating a program, or installing new software, users should always read “Terms and Conditions” carefully and be aware of everything they launch onto their Macs.
To keep your Mac safe, you should never trust any websites that demand you update Flash Player or any other program on your computer. If you do want to update them, the only safe source is their official websites.
Also, do not download software from any torrent website as they often contain malware. And the most important thing we already mentioned above – when you install new software, always read the “Terms and Conditions” carefully and keep your antivirus program on at all times. Otherwise, your online security might be seriously threatened.
Remove NewTab (OSX/NewTab) manually
If you find out that NewTab (OSX/NewTab) has already infected your Mac, follow the steps listed below to remove it:
Open your Launchpad, select “Other“ and then select “Activity Monitor“ from the list.
Search for any suspicious process name in the Activity Monitor, and if you find any, double-click on it.
Click the “Sample” button in the opened window. An additional window will be opened where you will see a line starting with “Path:” Select the path of the suspicious process, right click your mouse over it, and click “Copy”.
Click on any blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu. Then select “Go to Folder…“, and paste the path of the suspicious process you copied in the opened window.
Drag and Drop the file of the suspicious process to the Trash can and you’re done.