FunMoods is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), that is promoted as an emoticon service. The program comes as a browser hijacker and adware. It attaches itself to a browser, changes the homepage, the new tab, the search engine and adds a toolbar, plus a browser extension. You can be shown ads and sponsored search results redirecting to websites with potentially malicious content.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Adware, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser will be changed and you may be shown ads and sponsored search results.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, search engine, new tab page and adds a toolbar and a browser extension.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages, Partner Sites|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by FunMoods|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss FunMoods.|
FunMoods – Distribution Methods
The FunMoods PUP is usually distributed with third-party installers. Unaware, you can get the PUP installed on your machine because it can hide in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these types of packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed, and you can get cheated into installing FunMoods. Occasionally, this can be avoided if you see what will be installed by the installation setup from the Advanced or Custom setting.
Another distribution method of FunMoods is if you visit its official websites at funmoods(.)com or facemoods(.)com. You can also get it by visiting suspicious sites or if you click on advertisement pop-ups or banners. Here’s an example:
The websites along with the ads might add a related browser extension or make modifications to your browser. That way you might be constantly redirected to the FunMoods official site or its partner sites. All browsers can be affected, especially Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
FunMoods – More Information
FunMoods is a PUP, that can be both a browser hijacker and adware. It is developed by Volonet Ltd. The developers may be affiliates with the ones that made Mega Player. When installed on your computer, FunMoods changes the browser’s homepage, the new tab page, and the search engine. It also installs a browser toolbar and an extension. Sites, to which you may constantly get redirected to, are the following:
These and other sites, to which you may be redirected, can make revenue on a pay-per-click basis.
When your browsers are hijacked, whenever you do a search, the results will go through the FunMoods search engine and your homepage and searches will be set to the start.funmoods(.)com domain:
If you try doing a search or try opening a new tab page, sponsored or no results might be shown:
The different information that may be collected, as stated above, includes, but is not limited to:
- IP address
- Browser types and browser language
- operating system and language
- whether the OS is 32bit or 64bit
- installation date
- time zone
- your default search providers
- changes made in your system
FunMoods – Removal Manual
To remove FunMoods manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the PUP and its modifications completely, you should search and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Such a program will also make sure your computer is safe in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall FunMoods in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall FunMoods.
Step 2: Remove FunMoods from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select FunMoods and click “Remove”
After FunMoods is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select FunMoods to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After FunMoods has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on FunMoods
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall FunMoods. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the FunMoods will be removed.