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Remove TuneJunkies from Chromium Browsers

Name TuneJunkies
Type Browser Hijacker, Adware, PUP
Short Description The homepage of your browser may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages. Features a toolbar on top.
Symptoms The user may have his homepage changed without his approval. Sets a custom search engine, sets a custom new tab, as well as a custom toolbar. The user may have installed the application without his approval.
Distribution Method Bundling, Freeware installers, Browser Extension.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By TuneJunkies

“TuneJunkies” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on your computer it will attach itself to your browser, change the homepage, search engine and set a custom new tab and a custom toolbar. The user may be redirected to unwanted sites and the main aim of this is to generate revenue to its creators from such redirects.

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TuneJunkies – How Did I Get It?

The “TuneJunkies” adware usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your knowledge, by concealing itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “TuneJunkies”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” option in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.

Another way of getting infected is by installing it as a browser extension from the official Chrome Web Store for Google Chrome and other browsers based on Chromium that support it. It can also be downloaded from its official hosting site at “Tune-junkies.com” or appearing as a pop-up from another malware in your system.

TuneJunkies New Tab – In Detail

“TuneJunkies” or also known as “TuneJunkies New Tab” is a browser hijacker. Once installed on your system. It will automatically install a browser plugin and modify your browser’s settings, such as changing your browser’s homepage, new tab page, and setting a custom toolbar. The search engine is set to a customized version of Ask.com also known as “Search.ask.com”, which is associated with APN and Mindspark Interactive, known to produce such hijackers.

The “TuneJunkies New Tab” toolbar provides basically 3 website links – “Popjustice.com” “Hotnewhiphop.com/videos” and “Popcrush.com/category/music-news”. It may also redirect you to other sites and display pop-ups and personalized advertisements based on its tracking of you. It tracks your first and third-party cookies, gathering personal data in order to show you more personalized ad content. This data may include: IP addresses, Technical details about your PC, browser information, browsing habits, DNS entries, search history and results you clicked on, comments, and etc. The hijacker’s main aim is to promote the “Ask.com” custom search engine, getting web traffic from page and tab redirects, generating revenue for its developers this way.

Remove TuneJunkies Completely

To remove “TuneJunkies” manually from your system, be sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this adware completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats you may encounter in the future.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall TuneJunkies in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall TuneJunkies.

    Step 2: Remove TuneJunkies from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select TuneJunkies and click “Remove

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    After TuneJunkies is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate TuneJunkies and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After TuneJunkies is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select TuneJunkies to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After TuneJunkies has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on TuneJunkies
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall TuneJunkies. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the TuneJunkies will be removed.

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove TuneJunkies.

    Removing TuneJunkies from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    Removing TuneJunkies from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
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    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove TuneJunkies.

    Step 4: Remove TuneJunkies automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all TuneJunkies associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the TuneJunkies threat: Manual removal of TuneJunkies requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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