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.
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|Browser 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.
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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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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
- Job title
Information collected when you download and install the plugin:
- Demographic information
- Your gender
- Your age
- 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.
What Is FunTabSafeSearch(.)com?
The FunTabSafeSearch(.)com threat is adware or browser redirect virus.
It may slow your computer down significantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What Are the Symptoms of FunTabSafeSearch(.)com?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and have poor performance in general.
Symptom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts recommend that you check your computer for viruses.
What Types of Unwanted Programs Are There?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your device can be rogue antivirus software, adware, browser hijackers, clickers, fake optimizers and any forms of PUPs.
What to Do If I Have a "virus" like FunTabSafeSearch(.)com?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your email passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activities with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these recommendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
How Does FunTabSafeSearch(.)com Work?
Once installed, FunTabSafeSearch(.)com can collect data using trackers. This data is about your web browsing habits, such as the websites you visit and the search terms you use. It is then used to target you with ads or to sell your information to third parties.
FunTabSafeSearch(.)com can also download other malicious software onto your computer, such as viruses and spyware, which can be used to steal your personal information and show risky ads, that may redirect to virus sites or scams.
Is FunTabSafeSearch(.)com Malware?
The truth is that PUPs (adware, browser hijackers) are not viruses, but may be just as dangerous since they may show you and redirect you to malware websites and scam pages.
Many security experts classify potentially unwanted programs as malware. This is because of the unwanted effects that PUPs can cause, such as displaying intrusive ads and collecting user data without the user’s knowledge or consent.
About the FunTabSafeSearch(.)com Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this FunTabSafeSearch(.)com how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on FunTabSafeSearch(.)com?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the FunTabSafeSearch(.)com threat is backed with VirusTotal.
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