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Aug 26, 2016

Search.funtabsocial.com Browser Hijacker Removal Guide

Hi there. My computer has been infected with this Search.funtabsocial.com virus. My homepage and other settings have been changed. I also found that many ads supported by this unwanted website popped up when I was browsing. My computer runs very slow lately. I am not able to fix the problem to get my browser back to normal. I even reset my browser. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. This virus is really stubborn. Is there a way to remove it manually and completely? Please answer me soon. I want it to be removed as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

Brief Information of Search.funtabsocial.com Browser Hijacker

Search.funtabsocial.com comes into the group of browser hijacker category which alters your default settings to perform malicious activities on your computer without your permission. You may think that it is only a normal search engine like Yahoo and Google domain. However, it will not help you search for useful and accurate information but deliver useless ads to you instead. According to the research, this browser hijacker program has been spread for marketing purpose. Once it sneaks into your system, it redirects you to its sponsored websites and displays endless ads to promote related products. It also has the ability to collect informative data to further develop its products. Therefore, we suggest you delete this browser hijacker to protect your data. After all, we do not know what else its remote owner will do by using your precious data. It will not stop trying to create vulnerability on your computer to get what it wants.

What Can It Do?

Search.funtabsocial.com is very tricky. As soon as it is installed, it changes your browser settings and hides itself deep in your system to avoid being removed by you or your antivirus program. Your homepage will be changed into Search.funtabsocial.com or other unknown websites. Though you try to get your original homepage back by altering the browser settings, the browser hijacker comes back automatically soon. Sometimes, it just doesn’t provide option to change the settings. You need to know that it installs a special VBScript into Windows Management Instrumentations to infect your installed browser. In this way, the browser hijacker program will always run when you open your browser. To make you visit its affiliated websites and read related ads, it hijacks the information you need and injects sponsored links into your search results when you are trying to look for informative news or article with detail key words. No matter which result you click on, you will be redirected to strange websites that are full of ads. Sometimes, it just opens a new tab and displays colorful ads to attract you. When opening your browser, you may see many plug-ins, extensions, ad-ons that you did not install. Those useless programs will be loaded every time you launch browser or open a new tap. Hence, your browser will run very slow. As we mentioned above, it collects useful information on your computer to its developer. By spying on your browsing activities, it records your browsing habits like terms used to do research, your favorite websites that are useful to its new product. It also is capable of accessing other sensitive data you use on your browser like usernames, passwords. If you purchase products on unsafe website, your credit card and other bank card detail are likely to be exposed under the cyber criminal’s nose. Do not leave this browser hijacker on your computer to allow it have enough time to install other malware to access your money. Stop it right now.

Search.funtabsocial.com browser hijacker programs has been spread widely. You need to be careful with suspicious programs online to keep your computer away from viruses. Let’s talk about some of the suspicious programs.

No.1: illegal movies or music. You may note that lots of illegal movies and music demand a certain media player. The website provides link to download the software, but you need to be careful. The malware like this browser hijacker is embedded in the downloaded software on behalf.
No.2: pop-up ads. The cyber criminals usually design the browser hijacker programs very well and make them pop up in an attractive form. We have to tell you that unexpected clicks on suspicious links or pop-up ads may install this nasty browser hijacker on your computer.
No.3: malicious Trojan programs. Most of the Trojans are spreading via malicious software nowadays. Users who access these malicious programs in conjunction with Trojan virus will severally got infected with this browser hijacker.
No.4: ad-supported programs. Many people would like to download free software from the Internet. You should know that browser hijacker program usually is bundled with free software and shareware. It will be installed along with this kind of software as a plug-in. Cancel the plug-in installation to avoid unwanted programs.

Processing manual removal is supposed to have a certain level of computer literacy. If you are not sure how to start and are afraid of making any critical mistakes damaging the computer system, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Removal Guide

1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions

* Internet Explorer:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options

Tools in IE

(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons

Manage-browser-add-ons22

* Firefox:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons

Tools-in-Firefox

(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable

* Google Chrome:

(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions

Customize-and-control-Google-Chrome-button

(2). Disable the extensions of Search.funtabsocial.com

2. End Relevant Processes

(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab

Task-Manager

*For Win 8 Users:

Click More details when you see the Task Manager box

Win-8-Task-Manager

And then click Details tab

Details-Tab-in-Win-8-Task-Manager

(2). Find out and end Search.funtabsocial.com’s processes

3. Show Hidden Files

(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel

(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization

Appearance-and-Personalization

(3). Click on Folder Options

Folder-Options

(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window

(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

Show-Hidden-Files-Folders-and-Drives

(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window

*For Win 8 Users:

Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options

View-in-Computer-Window

Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

View-Tab-in-Folder-Options-Window

4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files

(1). Delete the registry entries related to Search.funtabsocial.com through Registry Editor

Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”

Regedit

While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random

(2). Find out and remove the associated files

%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe

%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe

%Temp%\random.exe

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Conclusion

You may wonder why your antivirus program doesn’t report and remove this Search.funtabsocial.com hijacker infection. It is because it was installed along with the third party program by yourself as a “legit” program without your knowledge. Also, it hides itself very well in your system. Therefore, it is normal that your antivirus fails to detect and remove it. In addition, we need to tell you not all the websites you are redirected to are safe. Many victims said their computer had been infected with serious viruses after visiting those websites supported by the browser hijacker. Do not put your computer at risk. It is the very right time to remove this Search.funtabsocial.com browser hijacker if you see this article. Locate the related files and remove them one by one.

Published by & last updated on August 26, 2016 8:44 am

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