How to Remove HowToEasy new tab?
HowToEasy is a new tab browser hijacker for Google Chrome and Firefox. After successful infiltration, the web browser default new tab is replaced by the HowToEasy new tab. Usually, the user has no idea how the HowToEasy new tab ended up in the web browser. HowToEasy is distributed via malicious adware software installations and pop-ups in the web browser claim that HowToEasy is a handy extension and significantly improve the browser experience of Google Chrome or Firefox. The HowToEasy extension declared the following useful functionality, fast access to DIY (do it yourself) tutorials right from the web browser, quick access to home improvement tips, technology information, healthy recipes and money saving tips.
This functionality is a way to appear legitimate to the user. Basically, it is a trick to induce the user to install the HowToEasy extension in the web browser. In reality, the HowToEasy extension is meant to generate revenue through rogue ads and suspicious redirecting in the browser. The Easymaps extension (search.mapseasy.net) is built for the same purposes.
It is not recommended to have the HowToEasy search engine installed in the web browser. Users have no idea what kind of data the HowToEasy search engine can collect about their online behavior. The HowToEasy search engine is installed through a browser extension. However, this HowToEasy extension has many permissions in the web browser with which they can inventory and resell a lot of personal and non-personally information to rogue third parties, for example, suspicious advertising networks.
HowToEasy new tab
HowToEasy: Download Removal Tool
Distribution: Adware, intrusive popup ads
Affected Browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer
Type: browser hijacker
If you have no idea how the HowToEasy new tab is installed in your web browser, then your PC is infected with an adware application. Multiple web pages on the internet offer free software, and to make this software generate money, adware developers bundle adware with free software. This adware is then offered to the user during the installation process. However, the checkbox to decline the adware installation is often hidden and barely visible to the user.
If you have clicked through an installation process too quickly, you have installed the HowToEasy new tab. This may also cause intrusive pop-up ads to appear in your PC and web browser. Adware is software developed entirely for the purpose of displaying advertisements. Adware is better known as malware and must be removed as soon as possible. Therefore, follow our instructions below to remove HowToEasy new tab.
How to remove HowToEasy new tab?
Remove HowToEasy, complete the steps below
- Remove HowToEasy from Windows manually without software
- Scan your computer for malware with free anti-malware software to detect and remove HowToEasy files
Windows 7 users: Click the Start button in the left bottom corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs, and Features”.
Windows 8 and Windows 10 users: Right-click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs and Features”.
Search for any (unknown) recently installed software and remove the software using the Uninstall button. Make sure to not accept any offers during the uninstall process.
Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date, this makes it easier to detect recently installed software.
If you don’t know what to look for, go to this removal step.
Manually remove HowToEasy new tab from Google Chrome and Firefox
Remove HowToEasy new tab manually without tools from the Google Chrome and Firefox web browser. HowToEasy installs a browser extension in Chrome and an add-on in Firefox.
In this first step for Google Chrome, you need to identify and remove the browser extension responsible for the HowToEasy search engine. Some browser extensions are ad-supported, e.g. adware and might change the homepage or search settings to HowToEasy.
If you didn’t install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.
Click the menu button, from the Chrome menu click “More tools” and then “Extensions”.
Identify the HowToEasy extension and click the “Remove” button to remove the browser extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first. Continue to the next step.
Change Google Chrome homepage and new tab
Click the Google Chrome menu button, from the Chrome menu go to “Settings”.
In the On startup section find the HowToEasy extension and click “Disable”. Click the “Open a specific page or set of pages” and check for the howtoeasy.co homepage, if present click the three vertical dots and click the “Remove” button.
Change Google Chrome search engine
Click the Google Chrome menu button, from the Chrome menu go to “Settings”.
In the “Search engine” section find the “manage search engines” button.
In the list of search engines, locate the “HowToEasy Search” search engine. On the right next to the URL, click the three vertical dots button and select “Remove from list”.
Click the three vertical dots next to Google, Yahoo, or Bing and select “Make default”.
Reset the Google Chrome profile sync
Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services. If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, the homepage and HowToEasy search engine settings are synced with Google’s servers.
It is important to clean this synchronized cache. If the user doesn’t clear the synchronized settings, the HowToEasy extension and Chrome settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.
Open the Google Dashboard (opens in a new browser window). Click the Reset sync button to clear all of your synced data on Google’s server, confirm with OK.
Restart Google Chrome, if necessary continue to the next step.
Optional: Reset Google Chrome
Chrome has the option to reset to default settings, a Chrome browser reset will not affect your saved bookmarks and passwords. Google Chrome reset is the easiest way to get rid of ad-supported browser extensions that install the HowToEasy homepage.
Click the menu button, from the drop-down menu click “Settings”.
Scroll down to Advanced and again scroll down to Reset settings.
Click the “Reset” button to reset Google Chrome.
Confirm the reset of the Chrome web browser by clicking the “Reset” button.
Restart Google Chrome for the changes to take effect.
Google Chrome is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of HowToEasy hijacker on your computer. We recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the adware does not reinstall and the HowToEasy redirect doesn’t occur again.
In this first step for Firefox, you need to identify and remove any Firefox add-on that is unknown to you.
If you didn’t install any add-on at all, remove all add-ons from Firefox. Add-ons in Firefox could be ad-supported which basically means an add-on might have installed HowToEasy in Firefox.
Click the Firefox menu button, from the drop-down menu click Add-ons.
Click extensions from the left menu. Search for the HowToEasy firefox browser extension.
Click the “Remove” button to delete the extension and get rid of HowToEasy.
Change Firefox homepage
Open the Firefox menu, which can be found in the top right corner. Select “Options” from the menu.
In the options window, go to Home in the left menu. Remove HowToEasy from the Custom URLs textbox, or click the “Restore Defaults” button.
Change default search engine for Firefox
In the address bar type about:config and confirm with Enter. Click the I accept the risk! button.
In the search bar type: moz-extension
right-click on each of the results and select Reset to restore their values to default settings.
Restart Firefox, if necessary continue to the next step.
Optional: Reset Firefox
Firefox has the option to reset to default settings, this will reset Firefox completely. Reset Firefox is the easiest way to get rid of ad-supported add-ons from Firefox that install HowToEasy as your default search engine.
Click the menu button, from the menu, select Help ? (the question mark icon, at the end of the menu).
Click on Troubleshooting information from the Help menu.
select the Refresh Firefox button, confirm the reset and restart Firefox.
The Firefox browser is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. We recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall and the HowToEasy redirect is entirely removed from the Firefox web browser.
Remove HowToEasy with Malwarebytes
Get rid of HowToEasy with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is free to use, detect and remove the HowToEasy redirect from the web browser. HowToEasy is a browser hijacker which is a type of malware, Malwarebytes will remove HowToEasy from the web browser.
Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start examining for the adware responsible for the HowToEasy redirect in the web browser.
Malwarebytes will start searching for malware, please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.
Once the malware scan is performed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the HowToEasy malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.
Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.
Malwarebytes needs to make a system reboot to finish the HowToEasy redirect removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.
After the system reboot, your web browser is free from the HowToEasy browser hijacker. Stay protected with Malwarebytes against future browser hijacker and other types of malware. Malwarebytes stops adware, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, malicious web pages, suspicious downloads, viruses, spyware and ransomware from infecting your web browser.
Get rid of HowToEasy with Zemana
Zemana Anti-Malware is an second opinion anti-malware scanner which uses Cloud technology with HowToEasy browser hijacker detection. Zemana is the fastest, smallest and most proactively malware scanner available. Zemana is its best in addition to a primary virus scanner or malware scanner such as Malwarebytes.
Open the Zemana anti-malware setup file.
Install Zemana anti-malware using the default settings, after successful installation Zemana anti-malware will update itself to the latest version.
Select the Scan button to perform a malware scan to detect the malware responsible for the HowToEasy redirect
Please wait for the scan to finish, the scan usually takes a few minutes.
Click the Next button to remove the malware found by Zemana on your computer.
Wait a couple of seconds for Zemana to remove the HowToEasy browser hijacker from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge.
Your PC is successfuly cleaned by Zemana. Zemana is an excellent protection for people searching for a lightweight malware detection and removal tool. Zemana is its best in addition to a more comprehensive antivirus or anti-malware security application such as Malwarebytes.
Get rid of HowToEasy with adwcleaner
- Right-click the AdwCleaner executable you just downloaded and select “Run as Administrator” this is important.
- Select the Scan Now button.
- Wait for the adware & malware scan to finish.
- Click the Clean & Repair button to remove the adware and malware from your PC.
- Wait for AdwCleaner to remove the adware and malware from your PC.
- Click the Clean & Restart Now button to finish the malware removal process.
- After the reboot, AdwCleaner shows a summary of the detected and removed malware files.