Why am I redirected to a search engine page when I open a new tab in Mozilla?

sumit August 2, 2011

For the past few days I have been facing problems with the Mozilla browser. When I try to open a new tab, it is automatically redirected to an unknown search engine site. Can anybody help me in fixing up this problem?

  1. Tina
    August 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm


    did you find the culprit and could you stop it from re-directing you?

    • Sumgd7
      August 9, 2011 at 4:56 am

       thanks to all of you the problem is been solved it, was due to a toolbar associated  with a software which tampered the new tab function

      • Tina
        August 10, 2011 at 12:47 am

        Thanks a lot for the feedback!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Hello, you could also check the proxy settings for your browser.  Usually, when you are getting redirected links, it is because of malware.  To check/change your settings using mozilla follow the following steps:

    -- Start your browser
    -- on menu, click on Tools
    -- click on options,
    -- click on the advance Tab
    -- click on the network tab
    -- under the connection heading, select settings
    -- make sure no proxy is marked
    -- click ok and ok

    It is very important that you check your system for viruses/malware.   Once your system is clean you could install the following software:


  3. Jeffery Fabish
    August 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Can you provide us with a link to the search query? It sounds to me like you have an add-on tampering with the NewTab function. Go through your add-ons and remove the ones you don't need.

    Alternatively you may install ANOTHER add-on called "NewTabURL"

    No matter which option you chose, you should always remove add-ons of which you don't know it's origin or no longer use its functionality. 

  4. Tina
    August 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm


    this sounds like you have malware on your computer.

    Are you always re-directed to the same page? Can you please share the URL?
    Is this also happening with other browsers?

    What operating system and version are you using?
    Assuming you have Windows, I recommend that you install and run the following:
    - Microsoft Security Essentials
    - Malwarebytes (free version)

    • Aibek
      August 3, 2011 at 7:12 am

      Also check what browser addons you have installed. Remove anything that you don't use.
      You may also want to check the list of installed programs and see if there are any unknown programs there
      that were installed recently.

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