|Type||Browser Hijacker, Adware, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages. Features a toolbar on top.|
|Symptoms||The user may have his homepage changed without his approval. Sets a custom search engine, sets a custom new tab, as well as a custom toolbar. The user may have installed the application without his approval.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, Freeware installers, Browser Extension.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By TuneJunkies|
“TuneJunkies” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on your computer it will attach itself to your browser, change the homepage, search engine and set a custom new tab and a custom toolbar. The user may be redirected to unwanted sites and the main aim of this is to generate revenue to its creators from such redirects.
TuneJunkies – How Did I Get It?
The “TuneJunkies” adware usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your knowledge, by concealing itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “TuneJunkies”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” option in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.
Another way of getting infected is by installing it as a browser extension from the official Chrome Web Store for Google Chrome and other browsers based on Chromium that support it. It can also be downloaded from its official hosting site at “Tune-junkies.com” or appearing as a pop-up from another malware in your system.
TuneJunkies New Tab – In Detail
“TuneJunkies” or also known as “TuneJunkies New Tab” is a browser hijacker. Once installed on your system. It will automatically install a browser plugin and modify your browser’s settings, such as changing your browser’s homepage, new tab page, and setting a custom toolbar. The search engine is set to a customized version of Ask.com also known as “Search.ask.com”, which is associated with APN and Mindspark Interactive, known to produce such hijackers.
The “TuneJunkies New Tab” toolbar provides basically 3 website links – “Popjustice.com” “Hotnewhiphop.com/videos” and “Popcrush.com/category/music-news”. It may also redirect you to other sites and display pop-ups and personalized advertisements based on its tracking of you. It tracks your first and third-party cookies, gathering personal data in order to show you more personalized ad content. This data may include: IP addresses, Technical details about your PC, browser information, browsing habits, DNS entries, search history and results you clicked on, comments, and etc. The hijacker’s main aim is to promote the “Ask.com” custom search engine, getting web traffic from page and tab redirects, generating revenue for its developers this way.
Remove TuneJunkies Completely
To remove “TuneJunkies” manually from your system, be sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this adware completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats you may encounter in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies.
Step 2: Remove TuneJunkies from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select TuneJunkies and click “Remove”
After TuneJunkies is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall TuneJunkies. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the TuneJunkies will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove TuneJunkies.
Removing TuneJunkies from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing TuneJunkies from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove TuneJunkies.
Step 4: Remove TuneJunkies automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all TuneJunkies associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove TuneJunkies from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of TuneJunkies from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove TuneJunkies from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase TuneJunkies from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall TuneJunkies from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove TuneJunkies from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate TuneJunkies from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove TuneJunkies from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TuneJunkies
Step 2: Uninstall TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of TuneJunkies from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as TuneJunkies, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies 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 TuneJunkies will be removed.
Eliminate TuneJunkies 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.