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Remove FunkySocialTab(.)com Browser Hijacker Effectively

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FunkySocialTab(.)com is the primary online address for the browser hijacker of the same name. The hijacker can redirect you, especially when you try to do a search from its pages. Most of the time you will land on Yahoo’s search results page, but it’s possible to be that of another reputable search engine. Your searches will go via SafeFinder, which is again a browser hijacker program. FunkySocialTab(.)com can switch the homepage, new tab and the search engine of any browser you have. A related browser extension is also spread on the Web. To remove the hijacker and all of its files, you should read the article to the end.

Threat Summary

NameFunkySocialTab(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionAll browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker redirects you and filters your searches.
SymptomsBrowser settings that can be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab, and possibly – browser extensions. You might see sponsored content and advertisements.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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FunkySocialTab(.)com – Distribution Methods

FunkySocialTab(.)com can have a few distribution methods. Third-party installers are mainly responsible for this hijacker to get on your PC. Software which is bundled or that is freeware can put the undesired program on your computer machine. Any freeware setup can have extra components for installation, by default. Your browser settings can be modified before you realize in what ways the hijacker messed with your browser and computer. To avoid such installations is doable if you find Custom or Advanced settings somewhere in the installation.

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FunkySocialTab(.)com is distributed also via the Google Chrome’s Web Store page as seen in the above screenshot. From the first picture on top of the page it becomes apparent that an extension could be downloaded from the main domain of the unwanted program. The hijacker could use other methods to push its search engine to appear in your browser. One of the methods is through redirect links and advertisements on websites. Pop-ups, banners and more ads could be used to lure in unsuspecting users. The hijacker could distribute itself with the aid of websites which host redirects. Websites like these could be partnerned or affiliated with FunkySocialTab(.)com. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

FunkySocialTab(.)com – Overview

FunkySocialTab(.)com is the official web domain of a browser hijacker bearing the same name. You can see how this online page looks like in the picture below:

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The FunkySocialTab(.)com domain consists of a simple page with a picture of social buttons on the bottom of the page right below a big download button. Many features are listed and present the program as useful, but in the end, they are not special and can be done without the help of the program. If you have any software related to the hijacker already installed on your PC, you will see the sub-domain Search.funkysocialtab(.)com:

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The above online page with the search engine bar will replace the new tab page, home page and search engine for all of your browsers. Your browsers’ preferences could be tampered with, as well. An extension could be added to the browsers, as well. That extension does the following:

  • Read and change your data on all funkysocialtab(.)com sites
  • Change your search settings to: search.funkysocialtab(.)com

Extensions and add-ons like that as well as additional components found on your PC, could all spread adverts and generate redirects. These redirects could land you on suspicious websites or ones delivering third party content. The owners of said pages could be partners or affiliates of FunkySocialTab(.)com.

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In the image seen above, you can get an idea of what the search results of FunkySocialTab(.)com look. You get redirected to the search results page of a reputable search engine like Yahoo, as in this case. Other search engines are not excluded to appear in your search results, too. Browser hijackers use this as a common trick to fool people and get them to trust the program, so they can continue to use their search. But if you take a closer look, you will notice how the search results and queries will go through the following redirect:

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FunkySocialTab(.)com can gather all sorts of information about you and how you browse the Internet from those searches you do and they also provide that information to servers of the other hijacker here on the above picture. You can read more about it in the article Safe Finder Removal Manual.

The search engines are connected in some way and are possible affiliates. All acquired information from your search queries can be collected by them. You should be wary with what information you ask for in the searches of these sites, especially if you disclose personal things. Read further, to see what data can be obtained from you by FunkySocialTab(.)com.

FunkySocialTab(.)com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the FunkySocialTab(.)com site is present on the domain. Similar hijackers usually do not have a policy, and because the searches go through the Safe Finder site – its policy is certainly applied. Reading both policies unveils that both websites collect personally and non-personally identifying information. It is stated that all gathered information may be shared with third-parties.

You can view the Privacy Policy of both platforms down here:

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According to the FunkySocialTab policy, information which can be collected is:
  • IP address
  • Referral data
  • Browser type
  • Platform (OS) type
  • Other information
According to the policy of SafeFinder, the information which can be collected is:
  • Browser (type and language)
  • Operating System (type and language)
  • Your name and address
  • Geo location and IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Your time zone
  • Advertisements viewed
  • Offers and services that interest you
  • Default search
  • VPN and Proxy services
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Interaction with social networks
  • Screen Resolution
  • Search quires and browsing history
  • Pages browsed and content viewed

By the simple usage of any services related to FunkySocialTab(.)com or Safe Finder, plus any applications tied to them, you automatically grant your consent for your data to be collected. In the policies, it is stated that cookies, web beacons, and pixel tags or similar technologies may be used for accumulating more data.

Remove FunkySocialTab(.)com Completely from Your PC

To remove FunkySocialTab(.)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.

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

Note! Substantial notification about the FunkySocialTab(.)com threat: Manual removal of FunkySocialTab(.)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 FunkySocialTab(.)com in Windows
2. Remove FunkySocialTab(.)com from Your Browser
3. Fix registry entries created by FunkySocialTab(.)com on your PC

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

1. Remove FunkySocialTab(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to FunkySocialTab(.)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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