I mistakenly downloaded Funshopper and then it hijacked my homepage and caused many pop-up ads on my web browsers. I have been searching a way to remove it completely for the whole day but until now nothing worked. It was really frustrating and I don’t know what to do now. I have already deleted Funshopper and its add-ons, also have run my security scanner, still no luck. Please help!
Funshopper is categorized as potentially unwanted program (short for PUP) that currently attacks the majority of PCs and browsers include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. It installs packaged with other software – especially free programs and downloads such as TV shows, music or movies. This application claims it can make users’ web browsing more enjoyable by providing them special offers, coupons and deals related to their internet web browsing activity and help them save a lot of money. However, most users who downloaded Funshopper will soon find it useless and annoying, some even regard it as a virus or malware because of its bad activities on a computer.
It is noted that Funshopper will not really help enhance your internet shopping experience, on the contrary it will bombard you with unwanted pop-ups and may hijack your default homepage and change the search engine without your consent. This program looks like a legitimate service, however, the add-on creator decided to use deceptive promotion techniques to gain revenue. Once downloaded, it makes your computer’s operating system slow down and your Internet connection will run like it’s on strike. In addition, whenever you go shopping online, you will be presented tons of ads titled with “Ads by Funshopper” that interrupt your browsing activities sharply. Plus it can redirect a web browser to a predefined site whenever you enter invalid address or perform an Internet search. So most of time you cannot go to the web page as you wish. The adware is designed to attract the traffic to the certain sites, increase advertising revenue and even steal your private details such as credit card number, bank account login information, social networking websites user ID and passwords, don’t hesitate to remove Funshopper Ads from your machine once upon detection.
If you open your browser window (includes IE, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.) and notice immediately that your home page has been changed to a page you do not recognize, then your browser may have been hijacked by adware. For this type of adware, it can keep giving you Funshopper pop-up ads. Other malicious activities can be shown on your computer after hijacked are listed below:
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
Funshopper pop up hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Funshopper adware is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Funshopper ads hijacker manually.
C:Documents and SettingsLocalServiceLocal SettingsTemporary Internet Files*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain StartPage
Funshopper is categorized as adware that is usually distributed along with other free applications and designed for boosting traffic and gaining more revenue. Although it promises it can present the most beneficial deal for you during your online shopping, you should never let it stay on your machine. The program does provide you with coupons and it does show you deals and bargains, but it does so via the incessant pop-ups. You will surely be bothered by the unwanted pop-up ads that come every time you open the web browser. When you actually click on its ads, this is when its owners, developers and distributors get paid, and the worse is you may be redirected to dangerous web pages that host malware against your will. Funshopper is technically not a virus but belongs to potentially unwanted program that annoys users quite a lot so you are suggested to uninstall it manually from the above instruction.
Published by & last updated on January 28, 2015 7:15 am