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First posted on 31 May 2020.
There are no other names known for Adware.NewTab.
NewTab is adware that loads itself as a browser extension that purports to be a tracker for flights or packages, but instead offers unwanted advertisements, changes the browser's home page, and changes the system default search engine.
As with other MacOS malware, user involvement is required for successful infection. In particular, browser helpers and other applications not downloaded from Apple's App Store require positive user confirmation before execution. Malware authors know this and provide pop-up overpays and rewritten display code to entice users to click on a button that promises safety while delivering chaos.
NewTab is primarily damaging to worker productivity, though the search engine redirect may have direct enterprise consequences in some application environments. In all cases, telling employees to let IT staff handle all upgrades and updates can help keep software like NewTab from gaining a foothold in the first place.
Last update 31 May 2020