Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus - How To Remove?

 

Funkysocialtabsearch.com is a newborn delivered by Imali Media, the queen of browser hijackers. Other hijackers released by the company include Search.funkymediatab.com, Search.funkytvtab.com, Funtabstvsearch.com, etc. They are even recognizable by their incredibly long titles. The word ‘‘funky’’ in the title of Funkysocialtabsearch.com browser hijacker is, in fact, very felicitous. Its primary meaning is ‘‘frightened’’ or ‘‘panicky’’. So are the users who have this browser extension running on their browsers. Why? Read the article to find it out.

About Funkysocialtabsearch.com Browser Hijacker

The main page of Funkysocialtabsearch.com shows a great abundance of links to various websites: sports, news, social media, social networking sites, to the web pages of e-mail providers, shopping, free games platforms. They are placed on the upper toolbar, which also contains an additional search bar and under the main search bar. The latter links are namely the shortcuts to Facebook, Twitter Google+, Linkedin, Tumblr and Pinterest. All this is a clear sign of a fake search engine. When your eyes descend to the bottom of the page, you notice ‘‘powered by Imali Media’’ written in a small script in the right corner of the page. Now you are left without a doubt that you are dealing with a rogue search engine.

funkysocialtabsearch-com-virus

Perform a search on Funkysocialtabsearch.com fake search engine and you will be redirected to search.yahoo.com in a new tab page. Bowser hijackers by Imali Media typically exploit the Yahoo search provider. They exploit it in a way that the authentic results are substituted for the scam sites of 3rd party. Even though there is some percentage of the legitimate websites rendered by Yahoo, they are spoiled with the ads of 3rd party. In conclusion, you are presented with junk content against your will. FunkySocialTab browser extension even feeds you with personalized offers, which may seem tempting as hot pancakes with drops of strawberry jam on the top. But just as pancakes are junk food you should avoid, the ads of 3rd party, even though made specially for you, are scam ads not to be clicked on. They will reroute you to the places on the World Wide Web, where any species of viruses can be lurking, waiting for you to come.

How does Funkysocialtabsearch.com Browser Hijacker Infiltrate Your Computer?

Funkysocialtabsearch.com program can be called under another name – a potentially unwanted program or, simply, a PUP. There is no need to feel sorry for this app as it deserves such deprivation. We think you do not need to read the previous paragraphs. Well, if you are infected with Funkysocialtabsearch.com PUP, such question does not even come to your mind, that’s for sure. The thing that concerns you the most at the moment is how to remove this rogue app from your computer. First of all, let us explain to you how you could have avoided Funkysocialtabsearch.com hijacker in the first place. You could have (in fact, you should have) set the installation wizard (because, most probably, you downloaded and installed some freeware) in the Advanced/ Custom mode and unchecked the pre-checked PUPs.

FunkySocialTabSearch comes from Imali Media, an Israel company, that is known for similar hijackers. They use various search engines for backend. Some of them use yahoo, some of them use more dangerous PlusNetwork.

To remove Funkysocialtabsearch.com browser hijacker, after it has embarked on your PC, use credible automatic malware removal tools such as Reimage or Spyhunter. These security tools will instantly detect the malware and delete it together with all of its additional files dropped and entries appended. The tutorial for the manual removal of Funkysocialtabsearch.com can be found right below the article.



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Manual removal of Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus

How to remove Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus from the list.

How to remove Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Funkysocialtabsearch.com Virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

     
 

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