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Remove Funmediatabsearch.com Browser Hijacker

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This article aims to help you with the removal of Funmediatabsearch.com from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide to remove this nasty hijacker completely from your PC.

Funmediatabsearch.com is classified as a browser hijacker as it sneaks into the system without your knowledge and alters some essential browser settings. In an attempt to spy on your online activities, Funmediatabsearch.com forces you to use its deceptive services. For the purpose, the hijacker replaces your homepage, new tab page and default search engine with its domain address. Once it has access to your browser, you may notice an increased number of intrusive advertisements during your browsing sessions. Keep reading to understand more about the impacts of Funmediatabsearch.com hijacker, how it lands on the system and how to remove it completely.

Threat Summary

NameFunmediatabsearch.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe suspicious domain Funmediatabsearch.com can be set as homepage and new tab page in each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.
SymptomsThe homepage and new tab page of affected browsers can display the main page of Funmediatabsearch.com hijacker. Many advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Funmediatabsearch.com – Methods of Distribution

Funmediatabsearch.com is likely to land on your system unnoticeably. So it may be distributed with the help of shady techniques that aim to trick you into installing the undesired program unintentionally. This usually happens during the installation process of desired programs you download for free from various torrent websites, online stores, and P2P networks. The hijacker may be incorporated into the installers of such programs and set to install by default. Most of the times, however, you could not find information about the presence of such additional components when you follow the regular installation steps. That’s why it is advisable to choose the Advanced/Custom configuration steps and read carefully the text they provide. In some cases these options may help you to prevent potentially unwanted programs like Funmediatabsearch.com from sneaking into your system as there you could find option to opt out their installation.

Funmediatabsearch.com is believed to hijack frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Funmediatabsearch.com – More Details

Funmediatabsearch.com is a dubious website owned by Imali Media Ltd. It primarily aims to generate revenue to its creators instead of being useful to online users. For the purpose, it replaces the homepage, new tab page and default search engine with its domain address. Once these changes are made its main page starts to appear each time the affected browser is opened as shown below:

Funmediatabsearch.com main page hoax search engine

Funmediatabsearch.com website resembles a lot some reliable search engines like Google and Bing. Its main page provides two search fields and several clickable icons that allow you to visit some of the most popular websites across the net. On the top of the page is situated a toolbar where users could enter search queries, access various websites for games, TV shows, shopping, movies, news, sports and other.

All these features may mislead you that Funmediatabsearch.com is actually a useful website that provides everything you need but it also has some not so obvious functionalities that allow it to track all your online activities and record data of yours to its servers. The records of your data are most likely to be used for advertising purposes. Most of the hijackers like Funmediatabsearch.com are created to generate revenue for its owners via the so-called pay-per-click scheme. It allows them to earn money for each click on an ad displayed on their website. So be prepared for a lot of intrusive advertisements that appear all over the affected browser.

On top of that, the search engine pushed by Funmediatabsearch.com appears to be a hoax one as it does not have its own database to generate search results. All what it does is to open Yahoo search in new browser tab each time you enter a search query. Furthermore, you should know that the hijacker records all your search queries as well as browsing history and other details. In the next paragraph, you could see what kind of information Funmediatabsearch.com collects from your browser.

Funmediatabsearch.com – Privacy Policy

Funmediatabsearch.com is a dubious website owned by Imali Media Ltd. The policy of the hijacker mainly informs users what kind of data is collected from their browsers, how it is collected and how it is used.

According to the policy by using the services of Funmediatabsearch.com and all services provided by its owner Imali Media Ltd. you agree that specific details will be collected automatically from the affected browser. Below you can see a detailed list of all data obtained and recorded by the hijacker.

Information, collected by Imali Media from this hijacker from all users:

  • 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

They may try to trick you into filling a deceptive blank that enables them to share your personally identifiable information with third-parties of unknown origin. As regards the non-personal information Imali Media Ltd. may use it to provide you different sponsored content directly in the browser.

As it appears, there are many other nasty hijackers created by the same company. To prove that we will name a few reported by our team TvNewTab(.)com, Funcybertabsearch(.)com, and FunTabSafeSearch(.)com. Sooner or later we could expect to see yet another of their suspicious products to harass online users.

Remove Funmediatabsearch.com Browser Hijacker

The steps listed below will help you to remove Funmediatabsearch.com hijacker completely from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and Safari browsers. In the guide that follows, you will also find how to remove this nasty program from your Windows system. There are two removal approaches – manual and automatic. In case that after the manual removal you still experience redirects to Funmediatabsearch.com, you need to scan the system for some leftovers. With the help of an advanced anti-malware tool, you can easily locate and eliminate all leftovers.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Funmediatabsearch.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Funmediatabsearch.com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Funmediatabsearch.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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Funmediatabsearch.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Funmediatabsearch.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Funmediatabsearch.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Funmediatabsearch.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Funmediatabsearch.com and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Funmediatabsearch.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Funmediatabsearch.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Funmediatabsearch.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Funmediatabsearch.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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Funmediatabsearch.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Funmediatabsearch.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.


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Erase Funmediatabsearch.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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Funmediatabsearch.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.



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Remove Funmediatabsearch.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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Funmediatabsearch.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Funmediatabsearch.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.


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