You need to be cautious about the programs and extensions you install because there are plenty of unreliable and malicious ones. Spirals New Tab is an extension that our research team classifies as a PUP (potentially unwanted programs), and it is not recommended that you install it onto your operating system. Although it is not a critically dangerous Trojan, browser hijacker, or another kind of malicious threat, it is believed that this PUP can be used to spy on users on behalf of undisclosed third parties. While it is unlikely that you will be exposed to advertisements or unreliable search results while using this strange extension, it certainly is not recommended that you continue trusting or using it. If you are not sure how to delete Spirals New Tab from your Google Chrome web browser – the only one that this add-on is compatible with – it is recommended that you read this report.
There is not a lot of information about Spirals New Tab because this extension is no longer represented. The chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/spirals-new-tab/ikaooahnheaoeceaipjcmnamnoleeblk and spiralstab.com installers do not exist anymore, and so it is most likely that the extension itself is dead. That being said, other versions of this PUP could be still spread using third-party installers. Also, the add-on could be still installed on your web browser. In the latter case, it is most likely that your homepage and your New Tab no longer function properly, and that is why you need to remove Spirals New Tab. In the past, when it was still represented in an official manner, this extension was offered as a fun addition to your browser, and since it was free, some users chose to acquire it. Considering that the services offered by this PUP are not highly beneficial, it is most likely that users were exposed to it via pop-ups and advertisements. If you have not downloaded the extension from either of the mentioned sources, you might have downloaded it from a different source where other PUPs or threats might have been attached to the extension. Scan your PC immediately to check if you need to delete any threats.
Spirals New Tab provides you with an animation in the background of your homepage and New Tab, and it shows the latest weather report. That is pretty much all that the extension offers, and that does not make up for a very great or useful instrument. The creator of the PUP must have realized this because they decided to add Google Search as the main search tool. While it serves just like it should – the results corresponding to your search queries can be trusted – you should keep in mind that the search tool, most likely, is used to distract you. What could Spirals New Tab be distracting you from? Most likely, it is distracting you from the collection data. While it is unlikely that any personal, sensitive information would be recorded by the PUP, it certainly could record your browsing activity. Since the PUP is no longer active, it is unclear how the data recorded could be handled, but it is possible that third parties could gain access to it, and, for most, this will be a reason to remove the PUP.
What are you going to do? Will you remove Spirals New Tab? Since this potentially unwanted program is unlikely to work anyway, you probably want to delete it as soon as possible. Even if the strange add-on continues to work, you do not want to keep it installed because it is too suspicious and its services are too insignificant. You should be able to manually delete Spirals New Tab using the instructions below, but we recommend scanning your operating system first. If you learn about other threats that are active on your operating system, it is strongly recommended that you delete them immediately. Note that you do not need to do it all on your own. You could install a trusted anti-malware tool to find and erase all unreliable pieces automatically. It is also recommended that you keep this tool installed in the future to continue protecting your operating system against other unwanted programs.