What is Search.funmediatabsearch.com?
Search.funmediatabsearch.com is a browser hijacker that will change your default search engine on the Firefox browser. It is known that hijackers from this family can affect the Chrome browser, too. However, this type of behavior has not been recorded with this application yet.
The bottom line is that when you experience this kind of thing, you should not tolerate it. Whether you know how this browser hijacker entered your computer or not; it is important that you remove Search.funmediatabsearch.com as soon as possible. Also, while you are at it, you should look for other potential threats that might have entered your system together with this browser hijacker.
Where does Search.funmediatabsearch.com come from?
The browser hijacker belongs to a family of similar intruders, and it is very similar to Search.emaildefendersearch.com, Search.realcoolmoviessearch.com, Search.searchinsocial.com, and so on. All of these search engines are browser extension components, so in order to install them on your browser; you first need to get this particular extension.
Search.funmediatabsearch.com is associated with the FunMediaTab extension. The official website for the extension can be accessed via funmediatab.com. This extension should allow you to play your favorite TV shows on your browser, thus turning it “into TV Media centre.” However, it is very unlikely that users download this extension directly from its homepage.
Our research shows that the extension usually gets distributed via random pop-ups. For example, when you access a website that supports third-party advertising, you may see numerous pop-ups jumping into your screen. Some of them might say that you should scan your computer; some would offer a program upgrade, and so on. Clicking such pop-ups eventually leads to freeware and unwanted software installation, so you should think twice before you do so.
Also, sometimes these types of pop-ups are generated by other adware, so there is a good chance that your computer has been compromised prior to the hijacker’s installation. And it is not just your computer. The program knows no borders and it has been detected in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, India, Indonesia, Algeria, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and many other countries of the world. Thus, it means that anyone can be affected by it.
What does Search.funmediatabsearch.com do?
The hijacker itself does not do much. When the extension perches on your browser, it modifies your default search engine settings, so the next time you search for something; you will be redirected via Search.funmediatabsearch.com. However, it will definitely not take long before you notice that something is off. Namely, the search engine relies on a third party: the Yahoo! Search engine. What’s more, even if it does seem that the search results are reliable, it is very likely that they will be rigged or modified according to your likes and preferences.
Browser hijackers can connect to the Internet behind your back to collect information on what websites you visit and what you search for on a regular basis. This information is important because with it the program knows what kind of custom links it should embed in its ads and search results. The chance of your clicking those custom links is not that high, but browser hijackers are there to make money, and they will do everything they can to reach their aims.
The biggest security concern that arises from this is potential data leak and a chance of malware infection. After all, Search.funmediatabsearch.com and other hijackers do not check the third-party content for its security. Therefore, browser hijackers are often exploited by cyber criminals who use them for malware distribution. If you are not careful, you might as well get infected with ransomware and other dangerous malicious infections.
How do I remove Search.funmediatabsearch.com?
Since this browser hijacker affects only the Firefox browser, you will have no problem removing it. Just follow the instructions below and it will be over in a few seconds. Nevertheless, you should remember that the infection seldom travels alone, so you have to delete unwanted apps, too.
If you have trouble identifying them, use the SpyHunter free scanner to run a full system scan and locate all the unwanted programs and files. Also, you can delete these pieces of software automatically if manual removal is too complicated for you. Finally, do all you can to make sure that similar applications never enters your PC again.
Manual Search.funmediatabsearch.com Removal
- Open your Firefox browser.
- Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting information.
- Press Refresh Firefox at the top right corner of your window.
- Click Refresh Firefox on the confirmation box and press Finish.
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Enter %AppData% into the Open box. Click OK.
- Navigate to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[UNIQUE USER ID]\extensions.
- Delete FunMediaTabfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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