Do you know what Funkytvtabssearch.com is?
Funkytvtabssearch.com is a tool that was created to promote third-party content and, potentially, introduce users to advertisements. It looks like a search engine, but, in reality, it does not work like one at all. The search dialog box accepts your search queries, but they are redirected to a modified Yahoo Search engine via the extsearch.maxwebsearch.com server. This is not the first time we have seen a “search engine” acting in this manner, and that is because there are many imposters that are identical to the hijacker we are discussing in this report. Do you know why we call it a browser hijacker? This is something you will learn about if you continue reading the report. We will also show you how to remove Funkytvtabssearch.com from your web browsers. At the moment, our research team has found this hijacker to corrupt the most popular browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and, of course, Google Chrome. Continue reading to learn more.Funkytvtabssearch.com screenshot
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By the looks of it, Funkytvtabssearch.com is not represented in an official manner. Our researchers indicate that this hijacker should be introduced to users as an extension called “FunkyTVTabs.” We could not find an official download source for this extension, which leaves unknown distribution channels. Unfortunately, it is very possible that illegal methods will be employed to promote the hijacker. For example, it could be showcased via pop-ups that belong to malicious adware. It is also possible that this undesirable software will be attached to a software bundle. Although legitimate bundles exist, we want to warn you about malware bundles that you might come across via unreliable file-sharing sites, including Torrent sites. As you can see, third-party malware might be involved. Even if you do not think that you will need to remove third-party malware along with Funkytvtabssearch.com, we suggest that you scan your operating system as soon as you get rid of this infection. After all, you do not want to overlook serious computer infections, do you?
Many users choose to trust Funkytvtabssearch.com because it displays legitimate links. Sure, that is fine, but what is the point in installing an “extension” that does not offer any beneficial services. Did you hope to get free access to TV-streaming services by installing it? Well, all it can do is provide you with links to Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and various other sites. Although the hijacker is not entirely useless, we would never call it beneficial either. On top of that, you need to understand that Funkytvtabssearch.com could possibly expose you to unreliable content. Did you already notice that it redirects to Yahoo Search? Well, as mentioned previously, this hijacker can modify the results shown to you, which means that you might interact with ads, surveys, and random offers instead of finding information that you are looking for. We do not claim that all offers associated with the hijacker will be malicious, but we cannot say that they will be harmless either. Also, it was found that the tracking cookies employed by the hijacker can be used to collect personal data. Overall, we believe it is best to delete this hijacker.
Just like Search.myspeedtestxp.com, Search.mygamesxp.com, and other hijackers that come from the same family, Funkytvtabssearch.com is not beneficial or trustworthy, and removing it is what we recommend. If you want to eliminate this hijacker manually, you will be glad to find a guide below. Note that this guide should not be used when dealing with any other threats. It was designed only to help you delete Funkytvtabssearch.com. Moreover, we cannot guarantee that this hijacker will not be upgraded any time soon, in which case, our guide might fail you. What will not fail you is an automated malware removal tool designed to catch and erase all malicious threats. Update this tool and use it to catch and eliminate even the most complex infections.
- Tap Win+R to launch RUN.
- Type regedit.exe and click OK to make Registry Editor appear.
- Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- Double-click the value named Start Page.
- Erase the URL of the hijacker, enter the URL of your preferred start page, and click OK.
- Tap Win+E to launch Explorer.
- Enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the address bar at the top.
- Now, open the folder whose name contains your Mozilla user ID (random characters).
- Right-click the file named prefs.js and choose to open it with Notepad.
- Find the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://Funkytvtabssearch.com"); string.
- Replace the hijacker’s URL with the desired start page URL and then save the file.
- Tap Win+E to launch Explorer.
- Enter %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ (Windows XP users need to enter %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\) into the address bar.
- Now, open the folder whose name represents your Profile name (if profiles do not exist, go to Default).
- Open the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files one by one using Notepad.
- Replace the URL of the hijacker with the URL of the desired page and save the file.
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What is it that you like about Funkytvtabssearch.com, if there’s anything? Maybe you can get the same services using a different, more reliable tool? For example, if you enjoy having links to popular sites in one place, maybe you should use your bookmarks bar? Overall, we believe that there are far greater tools out there, and you do not need to waste your time with this questionable, suspicious hijacker. You can delete it manually using the guide above, or you can download automated malware detection and removal software to eliminate it for you. If you opt for manual removal, do not forget to use a reliable scanner afterward and take care of your virtual security to prevent malware from attacking. If you choose automated removal software, make sure you choose the right software.