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What is Newtab-Media?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Newtab-Media is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Newtab-Media?

You may see these browser add-ons:



and these warnings during install:






and these changed search settings:


How did Newtab-Media get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was pushed by ad-rotators.


The Chrome version was also available in the webstore.

How do I remove Newtab-Media?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Newtab-Media?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Newtab-Media completely.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Newtab-Media hijacker. It would have blocked the installing site, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.



Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:


 FF Extension: No Name - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\{5773b5f8-f9b8-4e6d-94cf-85cce03e4bb4}.xpi [2018-03-30]
 CHR Extension: (Newtab-Media) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn [2018-03-30]

Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0
       Adds the file background.js"="11/27/2016 3:00 PM, 4099 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo.png"="3/30/2018 8:44 AM, 11039 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="3/30/2018 8:44 AM, 1093 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="10/26/2016 12:11 PM, 555 bytes, A
       Adds the file redirect.html"="10/26/2016 12:11 PM, 52 bytes, A
       Adds the file redirect.js"="11/27/2016 3:00 PM, 1188 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="3/30/2018 8:44 AM, 499 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="11/27/2016 3:00 PM, 1941 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions
       Adds the file {5773b5f8-f9b8-4e6d-94cf-85cce03e4bb4}.xpi"="3/30/2018 8:47 AM, 22377 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn"="REG_SZ", "FB1DCA7FF0F616A6709BA367C199EB2E61CCFEF1CDA1A1DDFEB25D6C20286317"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 3/30/18
Scan Time: 8:52 AM
Log File: dee69492-33e6-11e8-9dd7-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.4542
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 244603
Threats Detected: 14
Threats Quarantined: 14
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 46 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0\_metadata, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542

File: 11
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}.default\EXTENSIONS\{5773B5F8-F9B8-4E6D-94CF-85CCE03E4BB4}.XPI, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [495180],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0\background.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0\logo.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0\popup.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0\redirect.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542
PUP.Optional.NewTabMedia, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\lejepdegagejhcpfkhnlaldbipjlelpn\0.7_0\redirect.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [4792], [443405],1.0.4542

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):

  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention

Save yourself the hassle and get protected. 

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