Hello. This is Barry. I think my computer is infected with a virus. It runs slow and freezes randomly since I saw Search.funsocialtabsearch.com on the browser. Now, it becomes my homepage. I get popup about product promotion and adult contents all the time. I didn’t subscribe to any one of those websites. When I browse, weird websites appear automatically. How can I stop that? Can you help me please?
Search.funsocialtabsearch.com is identified as a browser hijacker. It changes both your system and browser settings to perform malicious activities freely. You may notice that your computer runs slow after you see this browser hijacker. It is because the virus is able to slow down your system by installing useless and unwanted programs. Once your system is infected, this threat can attack all your browsers no matter it is a Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari. Tons of annoying ads will pop up on your screen frequently. Search results supported by this search engine will be filled with its sponsored links. Besides, you will be redirected to unknown websites suddenly. To help its developer make more money, it collects information on your computer. This malware works for its developer secretly and is able to escape from your security program. You will not notice it until it brings you a big mess. Hence, it is necessary to pay enough attention to browser hijacker infection. Otherwise, you will not able to know what it has done to damage your computer. We suggest you find and remove Search.funsocialtabsearch.com as soon as possible.
As commercial competition becomes very fierce nowadays, browser hijacker programs have been created to advertise products online effectively. Browser hijacker infection is very common throughout the world. Search.funsocialtabsearch.com infection is only one of the examples. After it accesses your system, many things just change silently. So, how do I know if my computer is infected? Let’s talk about its common symptoms. Firstly, your homepage will be replaced by Search.funsocialtabsearch.com or other suspicious domain. Usually, you may use Yahoo, Google or other famous one as your default homepage and search engine. However, this program alters many default browser settings without your permission. It is pretty difficult for inexperience users to change things back. Secondly, it often redirects you to unknown websites. When you use this search engine to look up information, it does not provide the information you want while injecting ad links to the search results. After you click on one of its links, it brings to its affiliated website in order to generate pay-per-click revenue. It is necessary to note that some of its websites are malicious that are able to collect your information. Your search key words, favorite websites, products that you ever viewed, login accounts and passwords and other sensitive information can be recorded while you are visiting those malicious websites. Later, the information can be sent to the remote owner. Thirdly, it displays ads continuously. Our customers said they saw many popup ads when they viewed online product. After that, they received ads about products they exactly viewed every time they connected computer to Internet. Besides, other ads about porn popped up to attract users. Be careful with unknown popup ads. They can contain nasty links and make you download viruses. Fourthly, you can see many unknown programs on browser and desktop while you didn’t download them before. Unknown browser extensions, plug-ins and toolbars supported by Search.funsocialtabsearch.com are installed without your knowledge. Unknown links are added to your Favorites. In this way, you have to wait for a long time before the browser load a new tab completely. You may see the icons of video players, browsers and other programs that you haven’t heard before on your desktop. No option is provided to uninstall them directly. Therefore, your computer lags and gets stuck easily. If you see the same things on your computer, your browser can be infected. You should get rid of Search.funsocialtabsearch.com browser hijacker soon.
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 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.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of Redirect Vrius
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end Search.funsocialtabsearch.com browser hijacker’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on 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
(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
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to Search.funsocialtabsearch.com browser hijacker through Registry Editor
Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
Search.funsocialtabsearch.com browser hijacker is definitely an unwanted program. It does not like other reliable search engine. Its main purpose is not helping people get needed information but assisting its developer make money instead. Its developer can get money after it forces you to view related websites and ads without considering what you suffer from that. The random browser redirects waste much of your precious times while you use the computer to work. The numberless ads will make you divert your attention to useless ads involuntarily. Those websites and ads can bring potential risk. In other word, your computer can be infected with ransomware, Trojan and other serious malware while handling with those suspicious programs. In addition, useless programs installed by the hijacker make your computer run slow. Sometimes, it just crashes down without specific reason. You may find that you barely can use the infected computer to work. Of course, the most important thing is that it may cause information leak. We don’t know if the cyber criminals can access the developers’ data. You must stop it before it is too late. Locate and remove Search.funsocialtabsearch.com browser hijacker out of your system once for all.
Published by Emerson L. Sullivan & last updated on December 5, 2016 1:18 pm