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.
|Browser Hijacker, PUP
|All browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker redirects you and filters your searches.
|Browser settings that can be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab, and possibly – browser extensions. You might see sponsored content and advertisements.
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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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
What Is FunkySocialTab(.)com?
The FunkySocialTab(.)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 FunkySocialTab(.)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 FunkySocialTab(.)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 FunkySocialTab(.)com Work?
Once installed, FunkySocialTab(.)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.
FunkySocialTab(.)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 FunkySocialTab(.)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 FunkySocialTab(.)com Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this FunkySocialTab(.)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.
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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.
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