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GetTab New Tab

Posted: November 15, 2017

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 25
First Seen: May 18, 2021
Last Seen: May 18, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The GetTab New Tab is a Chrome add-on, which may seem a promising addition to your Web browser at first because it claims to provide you with a new tab page that is full of various interesting features – weather forecast, customizable backgrounds, interchangeable search engines, and a fully customizable workspace. While this may sound interesting, you should not forget to check the permissions that the GetTab New Tab asks for when it is being installed. The GetTab New Tab requests to:

  • Replace the page you see when opening a new tab.
  • Read your browsing history.
  • Communicate with cooperating native applications.
  • Read and change your data on all gettab.info sites.

While none of these permissions are used for unsafe purposes, it is undeniable that it is suspicious on the GetTab New Tab's behalf to ask for permission to browse your browsing history. This data might be used for targeted advertising and other tasks linked to online marketing. Furthermore, having your default new tab page replaced is often considered an undesirable side effect so that this might be another reason why users might not want to continue utilizing the GetTab New Tab.

This extension is listed as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) by several major companies in the cybersecurity field. This means that users who wish to remove it don't have to do it manually, and they also can accomplish the task with the assistance of a suitable cyber security software suite.