Search.Funcybertabsearch(.)com is a search engine and primary web address for a browser hijacker. The main page is funcybertabsearch(.)com. Imali Media Ltd. is the company, which developed the unwanted program. All search queries go through SafeFinder – another hijacker.
The hijacker changes a browser’s homepage, search engine, and new tab and might even add a toolbar and a plugin to the browser. Adverts and targeted content can show up while browsing. To remove the hijacker and all tied files, you should read through the article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||All browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter each one of your search queries.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings that can be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab, as well as browser plugins and a toolbar. You could see third party content and advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Funcybertabsearch(.)com.|
Funcybertabsearch(.)com – Methods of Distribution
Search.Funcybertabsearch(.)com uses a couple of distribution methods to show up in your browsers. The general method is via third-party installations. Bundled software, including free program installers, can get this hijacker on your computer. Freeware setups usually have additional content selected as a default installation setting. Various settings may be modified before you notice that the unwanted application is inside your computer. Avoiding such installations can be done if you find Custom or Advanced options in the setup to deselect components.
Funcybertabsearch(.)com can use other methods to distribute its search engine. Some of them include the use of adverts, like banners, pop-ups or more advertising content. The hijacker could be distributed with the aid of suspicious websites that host redirects. Websites like these might be partners or affiliates of Search.Funcybertabsearch(.)com. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Funcybertabsearch(.)com – A Closer Look
Search.Funcybertabsearch(.)com is the main web address and search engine for the browser hijacker named Fun Cyber Tab Search. The company which developed it is Imali Media Ltd. that is known for making other hijacker software, for instance – TvnewTabPlusSearch(.)com.
You can see how it looks like in the screenshot right here:
The Search.Funcybertabsearch(.)com page consists of a search bar, and a multitude of redirect links, some of which have the form of buttons. Most buttons redirect to popular online websites. This exact page will replace the search engine of your browsers, along with the new tab setting, and the home page. A toolbar will be present on the page.
In case any additional applications related to Funcybertabsearch(.)com enter your computer, like a browser plugin, for example, then you will notice more modifications made to your browsers. Such additional programs could easily install on your computer with the help of bundling setups. Plugins, extensions or add-ons can generate advertisements, show you additional third-party content or redirect you. The redirects could land you on web pages with a bad popularity. Those pages might be affiliated with Funcybertabsearch(.)com.
In the above image, you can see the search results of Search.Funcybertabsearch(.)com. Obviously, you get redirected to Yahoo, although redirects to other reputable search engines are possible. That is a way to try and trick you into trusting the hijacker. But if you look closely, you can see how with every search you do each query goes through the following redirect:
In that way, Search.Funcybertabsearch(.)com can acquire data from your searches using a server of Safe Finder.
The search engines are in some way connected and can send all information related to your search queries to each other, especially if they are affiliates. You should be wary around these search engine sites and not give personal details or any credentials. Also, on the Search.Funcybertabsearch(.)com page do not click on any of the buttons. From the toolbar you can be redirected to the ReImagePlus rogue security program, like the Plus Network browser hijacker does:
Microsoft does not support that rogue software like ReImage falsely claims.
If you are not careful you can also get into a redirect chain to AliBaba sites on the AliExpress network like the domain Livecheck(.)perfectsafeupdate(.)net did as well as other domains. Continue to read, to find out how much information can be collected from you by the hijacker software.
Information collected by Imali Media from this hijacker, according to the Policy:
- Your IP (internet protocol) address
- The type of browser you use
- The time at which you visited the site
- Which pages you visited throughout the site
Information you provide that can be collected:
- Your name
- Your email address
- Country of origin
- Your nickname
- Telephone number
- Job title
If you download and install the plugin, this data is collected:
- Demographic information
- Your gender
- Your age
- Household income
- Zip code
- Your country
- Mobile telephone number
- Your E-mail address
Information is also gathered if you complete a questionnaire, subscription form or a contest entry form.
Automatic information collected from the plugin:
- Searches you perform using Imali Media domains
- The ways in which you use various features
- Pages you view on those domains
- Page view count
- Impressions and clicks
Automatic information collected from the site – when your web browser accesses the website or when you use the plugin. This information is collected with cookies.
And last, but not least – see what the policy says about linking to other sites:
Our Site includes links to other third party Web sites (such as Google, Facebook, Youtube etc.) whose privacy practices may differ from those of Browsing Product. Our service may also be linked to sites or services operated by the Browsing Product affiliates or third parties, and may carry advertisements or offer content, functionality, games, rewards programs, newsletters, contests or sweepstakes, or applications developed and maintained by third parties including, any online store.
Remove Funcybertabsearch(.)com Completely from Your PC
To remove Search.Funcybertabsearch(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Funcybertabsearch(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall Funcybertabsearch(.)com and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Funcybertabsearch(.)com on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Funcybertabsearch(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Funcybertabsearch(.)com and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Funcybertabsearch(.)com via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Funcybertabsearch(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate Funcybertabsearch(.)com from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.