What is Funtabcybersearch.com?
If you have installed the FunTabCyber extension, the suspicious Funtabcybersearch.com must have replaced your usual search provider and homepage tools. Your New Tab might have been affected as well. The add-on cannot be installed without this strange search tool, and some users might feel forced into accepting the changes. This is the main reason why users usually classify it as a browser hijacker. Our Anti-Spyware-101.com malware experts agree with that. Our experts have also found that the hijacker is very similar to such pages as Search.yourinstantrecipes.com and Search.yourinstanttelevision.com. There is no mystery here. All of these hijackers were designed by the same company, Imali Media. This company also stands behind all of the extensions that represent these hijackers, including YourInstantRecipes or YourInstantTelevision. Is it possible that these pieces of software are spread separately? Though it is possible that the hijacker is distributed separately, the extension will always represent the search tool. Our researchers recommend removing both of them, and you can learn how to delete Funtabcybersearch.com by reading this report.
How does Funtabcybersearch.com work?
Did Funtabcybersearch.com appear after you downloaded the extension from funtabcyber.com or the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/funtabcyber/bjihcmfoncdmhhgpoeebejhkhndjfaco)? If it did, why did you choose to install this extension? According to the official information, this extension supposedly can help you browse the web in a more secure manner, but we are not sure if this is the truth. Now, if you have trusted unfamiliar installers for the installation of FunTabCyber and/or Funtabcybersearch.com, there is one thing you need to do right away, and that is a full system scan. Unfortunately, it is possible that the scanner you choose to do the job will find other infections. If that happens, quickly research the detected threats to figure out if maybe you need to deal with certain infections right away. While the hijacker is classified as a threat as well, you can postpone its removal a little bit if more dangerous threats are found. If you are lucky, and no other infections are discovered, you can focus on the hijacker, and we are sure that it might be difficult for some to recognize that eliminating it is the right move.
The interface of Funtabcybersearch.com can be separated into three different sections. At the top, there is a bar that displays a “scan box” and a ton of easy-access links. The “scan box” allows you to choose between different tools – such as Safebrowse, VirusTotal, or Webinspector – to scan the chosen domains. Additionally, the bar represents the Secure Notes and Secure Documents widgets, as well as quick-access links to popular social-networking and shopping websites. Some of the same links are also available at the bottom of the page. The middle section is dedicated to the search dialog box, which represents plusnetwork.com search. Our research team warns that the results delivered to you could contain advertisements and sponsored content. Also, the hijacker can spy on you using data-tracking tools, such as web cookies. Is this hijacker capable of recording personally-identifiable information? It can record it only if you share it voluntarily, so be cautious.
How to delete Funtabcybersearch.com
You might get rid of Funtabcybersearch.com by deleting FunTabCyber, which is why we have created a guide that shows how to do that on your Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. In case an extension is not involved – which is unlikely to be the case – you should be able to erase the hijacker by modifying the Home Page URL and changing the default search provider. Both of these tasks as very simple. What if other infections are uncovered? Our recommendation, in such a case, would be to employ real, legitimate anti-malware software. Otherwise, you will need to research every threat separately to figure out how to eliminate it. Some threats might be just as easy to get rid of as the hijacker, but you might also encounter infections that are much more complicated and whose removal might be anything but straightforward. In this case, legitimate anti-malware software simply is irreplaceable.
- Launch Firefox and tap Alt+T keys to access the Tools menu.
- Click Add-ons to open the about:addons menu.
- Move to the Extensions list and Remove the undesirable extension.
- Tap Alt+T one more time and select Options.
- In the menu on the left click General and move to Home Page.
- Overwrite the hijacker’s URL with the preferred URL.
- In the menu on the left click Search and select the preferred provider.
- Remove the undesirable search provider and then restart Firefox.
- Launch Chrome and enter chrome://extensions/ into the bar at the top.
- Find the unwanted extension, click the recycling bin, and choose Remove.
- In the menu on the left click Settings and, first, go to On Startup.
- Mark Open a specific page or set of pages and then click Set pages.
- Overwrite the hijacker’s URL with the preferred URL and click OK.
- Navigate to the Search menu and click Manage search engines.
- Set the desired search provider and then click the X on the undesirable one.
- Click Done and then restart the browser.
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