What is Search.funsocialtabsearch.com?
Search.funsocialtabsearch.com is a browser hijacker that will enter your computer when you expect it the least. This type of security threat usually changes your default settings and redirects you to unfamiliar websites that may prove to be dangerous. It is very often that users do not realize how dangerous browser hijackers can be. They usually look like your ordinary search engines, and users end up ignoring them. However, if this program changed your browser’s settings, you have to remove Search.funsocialtabsearch.com from your computer. The longer it remains in your system, the more damage it may cause, especially if the program gets exploited by cyber criminals.
Where does Search.funsocialtabsearch.com come from?
This search engine is directly associated with the FunSocialTab extension. This extension is compatible with the Chrome and Firefox browsers, and it is very similar to other browser plug-ins from the same group. From that, you can already tell that there are multiple browser hijackers in the same family, and you can also refer to the previous removal instructions to get rid of this program, too.
As far as the program’s associations are concerned, this hijacker is practically identical to Search.realcoolmoviessearch.com, Search.searchinsocial.com, Search.emaildefendsearch.com, and others. So, if you want to find out more about how this program may influence your system, you can always perform a search on these similar intruders.
Now, as far as the installation is concerned, there might be several options. As mentioned, Search.funsocialtabsearch.com is part of the FunSocialTab’s setup. Thus, it is possible to download this program from the official extension’s website at funsocialtab.com. However, here most of the users affected by this application would say that they never downloaded this extension willingly. Of course, you may not have downloaded the program from the official website, but these extensions have many other distribution methods behind their sleeve.
It is very likely that you download the hijacker without even realizing it when you roamed some adware-related websites. Or perhaps you have recently installed a freeware application you got at some file-sharing website? If so, it is no surprise that this hijacker found its way onto your computer, too. Bundled downloads are often used to promote and distribute adware, browser hijackers, and even genuine malware! It means you have to remain cautious whenever you download programs from third-party sources, as you can never be sure what additional programs come with them. Thus, always read all the steps in the installation wizard!
What does Search.funsocialtabsearch.com do?
The program’s behavior depends on your browser. As mentioned, it mainly affects Firefox and Chrome. For the Chrome browser, this hijacker hijacks the homepage and changes the default search engine. For the Firefox browser, it only changes the default search engine. Nevertheless, no matter which browser you use, the program can collect information your web browsing habits, and that is not good news.
Albeit Search.funsocialtabsearch.com does not try to infect you with malware, the program could be easily used by cyber criminals as malware distribution tool. How does that happen? Take into consideration the fact this program employs tracking cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits. When it knows your likes and preferences the program will be able to offer you customized content. Does it have any say in who embeds that content into the hijacker’s advertising space? No, it does not. Thus, even cyber criminals can embed their links into the search results and other commercial content Search.funsocialtabsearch.com may expose you to. As a result, there is a possibility that you could get infected with severe security threats if you click links that lead you to unknown websites. If you want to avoid that (and you most certainly do!), please terminate this hijacker right now.
How do I remove Search.funsocialtabsearch.com?
You can follow the manual removal instructions below to delete Search.funsocialtabsearch.com from your system. It is not complicated, and the manual removal will definitely ensure you restore your browser settings. Nevertheless, you should also remember that there are probably many other unwanted applications installed on your computer, and you should get rid of them, too.
For that, scan your system with the SpyHunter free scanner and delete the potential threats automatically. An automated antispyware tool will also allow you to protect your system from similar intruders in the future. Just do not forget to keep it updated to the latest version!
Manual Search.funsocialtabsearch.com Removal
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Type %AppData% into the Open box and click OK.
- Go to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Unique user ID]\extensions.
- Delete the FunSocialTabfirstname.lastname@example.org file.
- Press Win+R and type %LOCALAPPDATA%. Click OK.
- Go to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions.
- Delete the hpdmnciokaahecnppnildmedgccclkgi folder.
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