What is Funtabstvsearch.com?
Funtabstvsearch.com is a browser hijacker that affects the Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browsers. This program modifies your default start page settings, and it forces you to go through several redirections before you can access the website you want. This type of intrusive behavior should not be tolerated. It is your job to remove Funtabstvsearch.com from your computer immediately. While you are at it, please scan your system with a licensed antispyware tool to locate other unfamiliar and potentially harmful programs. You know what they say: it never rains, but it pours; so you can expect quite a lot of ugly in your computer.
Where does Funtabstvsearch.com come from?
There are several ways for this application to enter your computer. First, you may install the FunTabsTV extension that is available at funtabstv.com. When you take a look at this website, it seems that the extension in question is a pretty cool tool that should turn your browser into an online TV transmitter. Basically, the official website claims that you can “turn your browser into TV media centre.” And with this extension, you can “watch TV on your computer, including your favorite shows and live sports.”
Of course, here you would say that you never intended to have this extension on your PC, and you have no idea how it got installed on your browser. That is understandable because the official homepage is not the only place that distributes this program. In fact, it is far more common for such applications to get around via bundled downloads or pop-up ads. In the case of Funtabstvsearch.com, the application is known to spread via pop-up advertisements that are displayed by SwiftSearch, InteliTerm, TermTrident, and other similar programs. This also means that you have had adware installed on your computer before this browser hijacker entered it.
In fact, this is the scheme that is employed by search.mycouponsxp.com, search.myinterestsxp.com, Search.myemailxp.com, and many other browser hijackers from the same group. In a way, when there are many clones in the same software family, it makes it easier to remove the potential threat. However, the sheer amount of these programs can be really suffocating.
What does Funtabstvsearch.com do?
Putting the main extension aside, let us take a closer look at this browser hijacker. It is nothing exceptional because it behaves just like its predecessors. Upon the installation, Funtabstvsearch.com hijacks your homepage and changes it to its own domain.
Some users may think that this is a pretty good addition to their browser because the search engine comes with shortcuts to Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, YouTube, Amazon, and other popular websites. However, do you really need shortcuts displayed by a third party when you can simply add them to your browser’s shortcut bar?
What’s more, the search function offered by Funtabstvsearch.com is also not that reliable. Every single query will be redirected via extsearch.maxwebsearch.com, and finally, you will land on a modified Yahoo! Search page. Please make no mistake: Yahoo! has nothing to do with this infection. The hijacker simply makes use of the popular search engine because it has no original search functions, to begin with.
Also, all the search results are modified because Funtabstvsearch.com collects data on your web browsing habits. In other words, it monitors your online activity via tracking cookies, collecting information on what websites you visit and what you search for. That is not as intrusive as keystroke logging, but you still should not ignore this because all the data could be shared with unreliable third parties. From there, you would encounter more security-related issues that eventually might prove to be too complicated to solve on your own.
How do I remove Funtabstvsearch.com?
Before the situation falls out of hand, do yourself a favor and remove Funtabstvsearch.com from your system. You can restore your browser settings to default, and the browser hijacker would disappear. However, there are other files associated with the program on your computer, and you should get rid of them too. Our instructions cover manual browser hijacker removal, but we do not mention other potentially unwanted programs because each affected computer might have a different set of threats.
To determine all the potential threats, please scan your system with the SpyHunter free scanner. With a full list of unwanted applications, you will be able to terminate them in no time. Do what is best to secure your system’s security.
Manual Funtabstvsearch.com Removal
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Type regedit and click OK.
- Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- On the right, right-click the Start page value.
- Click Modify and change your startup page.
- Click OK and exit Registry Editor.
- Press Win+R and type %AppData% into the Open box.
- Click OK and go to Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Unique user ID].
- Open the prefs.js file.
- Locate and delete the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://Funtabstvsearch.com"); string.
- Save changes and exit the file.
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Type %AppData% into the Open box and hit Enter.
- Navigate to Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
- Remove the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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