Pics4NewTab Chrome Extension offers you "amazing" free pictures as background every time you open a new tab as well as a questionable search engine. As a matter of fact, we believe that this tool is only used by its creators to generate revenue through promoting third parties. Due to some suspicious traits this Google Chrome browser extension has shown while we were testing it, we have labeled it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) although it also behaves like a browser hijacker setting its search engine as your new tab page. This PUP may expose you to potentially unreliable third-party ads, which is always a system security risk. What is even worse, its presence can be the sign of malware infections hiding on your computer. If you would like to use a secure computer, we suggest that you remove Pics4NewTab Chrome Extension from your browser.
Although you can officially install this PUP from the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pics4newtab/lfjfachgompjbfaignbicgmeampikenb, and its promotional webpage, picslp.4newtab.com, we do not believe that a lot of users would find these pages and install it anyway. In fact, the web store page shows that since this PUP was released a good three months ago, only 1 user has installed it. Another suspicious thing about this extension is related to its promotional page; if your computer is protected by an up-to-date anti-malware program, you cannot even visit it since it gets blocked right away as a potential threat (JS/Adware.AztecMedia.A). Now, that should be enough for you to want to delete Pics4NewTab Chrome Extension if you already have it in your browser. But there is more.
It is quite possible that you have not even visited any of these two pages before and yet, you find this tool in your Google Chrome browser. This can happen if you have installed a freeware bundle recently and you did not pay attention. Unfortunately, this is how a lot of inexperienced users infect their PC. You need to read every single installation screen in the wizard if you want to avoid PUPs, browser hijackers, adware programs, fake alerts, Trojans, and more. These threats can be packed together in a bundle and cause multiple system security issues for you. In order to prevent them from entering your computer, you need to stay away from suspicious websites and refrain from clicking on corrupt third-party ads as well. We believe that it is best to scan your PC with a reliable online malware scanner after you delete Pics4NewTab Chrome Extension from your browser.
This PUP sets 4newtab.com/pics as your new tab. This is a search engine page that provides you with an "amazing" and "free" picture as your background as well as the current time displayed in the top-left corner. You can either pin the picture or choose another one using the respective icons in the top-right corner of this page. Unfortunately, you cannot trust this search engine, since it is possible that your keywords are redirected to a modified Yahoo search results page. This means that you could be exposed to potentially unreliable third-party advertisements and sponsored links. These may lead to malicious websites and online scams, or simply dropping further infections. If you do not want to share your banking or personal details with cyber villains on fake webshop sites that could result in losing your hard-earned money, we advise you to remove Pics4NewTab Chrome Extension as soon as possible.
Although this PUP looks totally innocent and we do not claim that it means severe and direct danger to your system, we still believe that your virtual world will be more secure without it. If you are ready to act, you can use our instructions below. It should not take more than half a minute to eliminate this potential threat source. However, to make all your system clean could take a while longer if you want to hunt down all the threats manually. If you would like to use an automated tool, we suggest that you install a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter as soon as possible and protect your PC automatically against all existing potential and malware threats as well.