What is FunTVTab?
Our security researchers indicate FunTVTab as a browser hijacker. This implies that the program meddles with your browser settings without your permission. Consequently, this may expose you to dangerous third-party content that could lead to malware infection. Thus, it is clear that to protect your computer and your personal information from malicious exploitation and other illegal activity; you should remove FunTVTab as soon as possible. The removal guide is provided below this article, although you should also pay attention to the malware distribution vectors so that you would be able to avoid similar infections in the future. After all, such programs often travel in waves.
Where does FunTVTab come from?
When it comes to such applications, it is sometimes hard to draw a line between a malicious infection and an accidental installation. Such browser hijackers seldom can enter target systems on their own. They often need user’s permission to settle on a computer, so we believe that users may have accidentally installed FunTVTab without even realizing it.
Not to mention that this program has an official website where you can easily download and add this application to your browser. The official homepage can be accessed via funtvtab.com, and you can also read more about the application there as well. Yet, if you say that you have never visited this website, but the hijacker is still there on your browser, there is an answer for that, too.
Browser hijackers, adware, freeware applications are often distributed via bundled installers. For instance, you may have downloaded some codec from a file sharing website, and this codec might have come with additional programs in the same third-party installer. Once again, we cannot stress enough how important it is to go through the installation process attentively. There might be special boxes that you can untick, and thus, save yourself the trouble of dealing with such applications.
What does FunTVTab do?
Judging from the official homepage, with this application, you should be able to “turn your browser into TV media centre.” Technically, with this application installed, you should be able to stream multiple TV stations without any additional fee. This definitely sounds too good to be true, and this is where we encounter additional services offered by this application.
As you can probably tell, FunTVTab changes your default homepage settings. This application affects Chrome and Firefox, and on these browsers, the program changes your search engine and new tab settings. Technically, it functions very much like search.realcoolmoviessearch.com, search.emaildefendsearch.com, search.searchinsocial.com, and so on. With this piece of information, you can already predict what to expect from this program, as it is obvious it copies a lot of behavioral patterns from its predecessors.
The new tab settings and your default homepage are changed to search.funtvtabsearch.com. It may look like a decent search engine, but eventually, you will see that all of your search queries get redirected through the Yahoo! Search. Please do not think that Yahoo! Search is part of this scam. The search engine only gets exploited by this program to provide supposedly reliable search results.
Unfortunately, most of the search results delivered via FunTVTab will be modified based on your likes and preferences. Whatever the “official” purpose of this program might be, it still collects information on your web browsing habits to expose you to customized content. This is done in order to generate financial profit, and the saddest part is that you get nothing in return. Well, you may, but it will not be any monetary benefit.
There is a chance that you could get infected with malware, and that is the chance you should not take. To prevent this from happening, you need to remove FunTVTab from the system immediately.
How do I remove FunTVTab?
We will give you a run down on the manual hijacker removal, but we would also like you to pay attention to other unwanted applications that are definitely present on your system. You will need to run a full system scan with a computer security tool of your choice. When you are done, please terminate the unwanted applications to ensure that they do not expose you to other security threats.
Finally, you should also consider investing in a legitimate security application that would ensure your computer’s safety. You need to keep such a program active and constantly updated so that it would have the latest malware database.
Manual FunTVTab Removal
- Press Win+R and enter %AppData%. Click OK.
- Go to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[user profile]\extensions.
- Delete the email@example.com file.
- Press Win+R and type %LOCALAPPDATA%. Click OK.
- Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile\Extensions.
- Delete the dmcfhimdkcdnffegpmpdijdaamleiejd folder.
- Empty your Recycle Bin and scan your PC.
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