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 malware|
|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.
Step 3: Remove FunMoods automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove FunMoods from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FunMoods from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FunMoods from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FunMoods from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FunMoods from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FunMoods from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FunMoods from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove FunMoods from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FunMoods
Step 2: Uninstall FunMoods 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by FunMoods on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by FunMoods there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FunMoods from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FunMoods and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 FunMoods 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
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.
Remove FunMoods 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.
Erase FunMoods 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.
Uninstall FunMoods 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.
Remove FunMoods 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the FunMoods will be removed.
Eliminate FunMoods 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.