I wrote this article to help you remove Funnysearching.com. This Funnysearching.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Funnysearching.com is an alternative search engine. The website has a convenient user interface. The background is different on each visit. It features a picturesque landscape. To find out more about the selected photo, you can hover your cursor over the information icon at the bottom right corner. Right below the icon in question, there is a language bar. Users can select between the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Indonesian and Thai.
Funnysearching.com provides a few additional features, including a clock, a calendar and a links bar. The panel gives click access to six popular websites: Facebook, Booking, Instagram, Twitter, Amazon and Ebay. The search filters the platform supports are for images, videos and news. The site may look like a reliable search provider, but research has revealed otherwise. Funnysearching.com is connected to a browser hijacker.
What makes the hijacker behind Funnysearching.com dangerous?
The clandestine program will make unauthorized changes to your browser’s settings. Your homepage and default search engine will be reset to Funnysearching.com. The hijacker alters the web browser’s presets in order to gain control over it. The furtive program manipulates the search results in an effort to make proceeds for its creators. It inserts sponsored pages amid the regular search results. This is a form of paid advertising service. Be advised that the fake results are risky. They could redirect you to corrupted websites, used to distribute malware.
The other form of advertising involves the same risk. The Funnysearching.com hijacker displays ads, containing bargain shopping offers. This includes deals for technological devices, garments, furniture, accessories, decorations, gardening equipment, sports gear, toys, games and others. The windows lead to sponsored web pages which are not disclosed. The only way to find out where a given ad links to is by following it. Doing so would mean taking a risk. The reliability of the promoted platforms is under question. They may harvest infections. Our advice is to steer clear of the ads.
Another threat around the Funnysearching.com hijacker you need to be aware about is the program’s ability to track your browsing sessions and gather information on you. The rogue program can record various kinds of details, including your history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, email account, telephone number, user names, passwords and personal account entries. The gathered data is cataloged and traded on dark markets. Users are not asked to authorize the tracking activity or the sale of their private input.
How is the hijacker behind Funnysearching.com spread?
The Funnysearching.com hijacker makes use of a couple of dark patterns. The preferred technique is bundling. The sinister program attaches itself to another piece of software, either a pirated application or freeware. The hijacker tries to attain permission for getting installed in parallel with the download client. You need to locate where the option for an extra tool is listed and deselect it. Make sure to read the terms and conditions in the course of the install. This could save you from a lot of future issues.
The other propagation vector the Funnysearching.com hijacker gets installed through is spam emails. The secluded program hides behind attached files, described as important documentation. Spammers often introduce themselves as representatives of reputable entities, like the national post, banks, social networks, shopping platforms, courier firms, government institutions and the local police department. To check the identity of the sender, look up the contacts from the message.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Funnysearching.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.