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FunTabSafeSearch(.)com Browser Hijacker Complete Removal

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FunTabSafeSearch(.)com is the main online domain of a browser hijacker. Imali Media Ltd. is the company that created the unwanted software. All search queries you make will be filtered by redirects of another hijacker called SafeFinder, as well as the main hijacker in use. The unwanted program will modify your browser settings, and change the homepage, search engine, and new tab to Search.FunTabSafeSearch(.)com. A toolbar or an extension could be set to your browsers. Advertisements can show when you browse. To remove the hijacker and its files, you should read the whole article.

Threat Summary

NameFunTabSafeSearch(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionAll browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter each of your searches.
SymptomsBrowser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine and new tab, browser plugins and a toolbar. You could see third party content and adverts.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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FunTabSafeSearch(.)com – Delivery

FunTabSafeSearch(.)com can use several tactics for delivery to get inside your browsers. This often happens with third-party installations. Software bundles, along with freeware install setups, can put the hijacker inside your PC. These setups could have additional components selected for installing, by default. Browser settings can be modified without notification, and the unwanted software can be in your computer system without you knowing it. To avoid installations of this sort, you have to find Custom or Advanced settings inside a setup and deselect any unneeded components.

FunTabSafeSearch(.)com can be delivered to your computer machine via advertising content, such as banners, pop-ups or any other advertisement types for that matter. The hijacker might also be delivered through suspicious websites which are hosting redirecting links. Those websites might be partnered with FunTabSafeSearch(.)com. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

FunTabSafeSearch(.)com – Overview

FunTabSafeSearch(.)com is the main online domain and search engine of the browser hijacker which goes by relatively the same name – Fun Tab Safe. The company that made it is Imali Media Ltd., which is known for the production of many more browser hijacker programs in the past. You can see more articles for Imali Media browser hijackers on our blog.

You can see a picture of the domain down below:

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The FunTabSafeSearch(.)com page consists of a search bar, links with redirects to various services and some of them are wrapped as buttons below the search bar. On top of the page, there is a toolbar with additional redirects. You can see that in the image above this paragraph and know that this page replaces the search engine of all browsers you have, along with the new tab setting, and home page.

From the toolbar above, if you click on the “Repair Computer Errors” button, you will land on the following page:

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That redirect exists in many other browsers and the Plus Network browser hijacker does the same thing. ReImagePlus or also known as ReImage Repair is a famous rogue security program.

If on your computer system resides any software related to FunTabSafeSearch(.)com, or you have a browser extension or add-on, then you will see drastic changes to your browsers. The add-ons and extensions can generate advertisements, display extra third-party content and get you on suspicious websites. The sites might be partnered with FunTabSafeSearch(.)com.

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In the above picture, you can view the search results page of FunTabSafeSearch(.)com. That page is non-existent as for any results you get redirected to Yahoo. Other reputable search engines could end up showing as results to your searches. The redirection is only a mere trick, trying to trick you into trusting the browser hijacker. As many people still fall victim to hijackers, surely that trick is still effective. With every single one of your search queries, data is transmitted via the following redirect:

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Through the Safe Finder service, the FunTabSafeSearch(.)com browser hijacker collects and sends information about you to its servers, as well. The information is stored there.

The search engines are connected in a way and possibly disclose all information related to you between each other. They could be possible affiliates or partners. You should be very wary around their websites and fake search engines that only redirect. Refrain from giving any personal details about you or your browsing activity.

FunTabSafeSearch(.)com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the FunTabSafeSearch(.)com is in fact, the one of Imali Media Ltd. The policy of Safe Finder is also applied as you should have guessed. The policies of both hijackers openly state that information is gathered about you as any usage of their sites is like giving them automatic approval for the data collection. FunTabSafeSearch(.)com acquires both personally and non-personally identifying information. Third parties can also get all of that information, as well.

You can see the Privacy Policy of Imali Media here:

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According to the Privacy Policy, various types of information are being collected.

Information, collected by Imali Media, in general:
  • 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
  • Website
  • Company
  • Job title
Information collected when you download and install the plugin:
  • Demographic information
  • Your gender
  • Your age
  • Occupation
  • Household income
  • Zip code
  • Your country
  • Mobile telephone number
  • Your E-mail address

As written in the policy, information may also be acquired if you complete or fill a questionnaire, subscription form or a contest entry form.

Information collected automatically 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

The information which is automatically gathered will be kept on servers of Imali Media and could be disclosed to its partners. That information will be gathered, when your web browser accesses the site of the hijacker and if you use the related plug-in. Cookies obtain this type of information.

See the following quote from the policy that is about all external links hosted on the site:

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.

Imali Media says with the text quoted above, that whatever link, redirect or extra content you come in contact with, via their hijacker software, is not their fault, but the privacy policies of more sites will be in motion. So, in other words, various websites are held responsible for this kind of content. Avoid those sites and do not click on anything that comes from them. Adding to that – be careful when you use search engines, overall, and what you type in their search bars. Take into consideration that the Safe Finder service also gathers information about you and your browsing activity.

Remove FunTabSafeSearch(.)com Completely from Your PC

To remove FunTabSafeSearch(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal guide given 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 secure in the future.

Manually delete FunTabSafeSearch(.)com from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the FunTabSafeSearch(.)com threat: Manual removal of FunTabSafeSearch(.)com 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.

1. Remove or Uninstall FunTabSafeSearch(.)com in Windows
2. Remove FunTabSafeSearch(.)com from Your Browser
3. Fix registry entries created by FunTabSafeSearch(.)com on your PC

Automatically remove FunTabSafeSearch(.)com by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove FunTabSafeSearch(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to FunTabSafeSearch(.)com in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

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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