Remove “Quick Start” (NewTab) adware (Working Removal Guide)

quick start tabQuick Start (NewTab) is a browser extension, plugin or addon for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and is most likely responsible for the Quick Start NewTab that opens each time you open or click on a newtab within your browser. Lightning NewTab comes bundled using adware into your computer and adds a browser extension. Quick Start is bundled with alot of adware and it is hard to say which adware has installed Quick Start on your computer. We know it bundled using Desk 365 software and often promotes the NationZoom, Sweet Page or AwesomeHP homepage.

This adware is made for one thing, and one thing only. To investigate your browsing behavior and send traffic to specific malicious search engines.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

How to Remove Quick Start (NewTab)

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Please note that all the software we offer to remove Quick Start (NewTab) is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. We do not supply any shareware which detects the threat and asks a license in order to remove Quick Start (NewTab).

Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfully remove Quick Start (NewTab).
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop.

Removal Steps to Remove Quick Start (NewTab)

Step 1 – Remove Quick Start software from your computer

Step 2 – Remove Quick Start (NewTab) Extension from your browser

Step 3 – Remove Quick Start (NewTab) left overs using AdwCleaner

Step 4 – Remove Quick Start (NewTab) related files using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove Quick Start (NewTab) from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser. Please use if anything else fails.

Step 5 – Optional: Reset browser settings

STEP 1 – Remove Quick Start Tab Software Windows XP or Windows 7

  • Select Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Goto Programs
  • Select Uninstall a program

windows 7 - uninstall software

Remove Plus-HD 8.2

Search for Software Version Updater and click the Uninstall button

Search for AwesomeHP Uninstaller and click the Uninstall button

Search for WPM17.8.0.3325 and click the Uninstall button

Search for SupTab and click the Uninstall button

Search for MoboGenie and click the Uninstall button

Search for IePluginService12.27.0.3326 and click the Uninstall button

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Remove Quick Start (NewTab) from Windows 8

Drag your mouse to the right edge of the screen. Goto Search and type “Control Panel
Select Control Panel on the left.

windows 8 - control panel - uninstall

Goto ProgramsUninstall a program

windows 8 - control panel - uninstall software

Search for Software Version Updater and click the Uninstall button

Search for AwesomeHP Uninstaller and click the Uninstall button

Search for WPM17.8.0.3325 and click the Uninstall button

Search for SupTab and click the Uninstall button

Search for MoboGenie and click the Uninstall button

Search for IePluginService12.27.0.3326 and click the Uninstall button

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computer_icon_32Remove Quick Start (NewTab) extension from your browser

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Goto tab Advanced
  5. Select Reset button
  6. Enable Delete personal Settings
  7. Click Reset button
  8. Restart Internet Explorer

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. type in the address bar: http://chrome:extensions or (Goto the 3 stripes in the top right corner, select Settings and on the left side: Extensions)
  3. Remove Quick Start 3.1.1 by clicking the trash can icon, right next to the browser extension.
  4. Restart Google Chrome

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Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the Big Orange Firefox button in top left corner, Select Add-ons
  3. Remove Quick Start 3.1.2 by clicking the Remove button
  4. Restart Mozilla Firefox

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Remove Quick Start (NewTab)Remove Quick Start (NewTab) using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

Remove Quick Start (NewTab)

Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

Remove Quick Start (NewTab)

AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

Remove Quick Start (NewTab)

AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free Clean your computer with using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

  • Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
  • Perform a Quick Scan
  • when scan is done, right click in the results and select “Check all items
  • Click “Remove Selected” button

Remove malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free

  • Reboot your computer
  • Enjoy a malware free computer.

Reset browser settings

Sometimes it is advised to restore your browser to default settings, as this threat is installed by many different applications. Restoring is the easiest and fastest way to get rid of this threat. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  • Select Internet Options

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  • Goto tab Advanced
  • Select Reset button

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  • Enable Delete personal Settings
  • Click Reset button

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  • Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  • Select Settings

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  • Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings

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  • Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button

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  • Click Reset once more

google chrome - reset

Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  • Select Help > Troubleshooting information

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  • Select Reset Firefox

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  • Confirm Reset Firefox

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  • Select Finish
  • Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart
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