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Remove Facemoods

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as Face Moods | Type: Browser hijacker

Facemoods is a misleading toolbar that may also be found under the name Face Moods. It has been developed by Facemoods Software and is promoted on various software download pages as a free add-on for improving Facebook Chat by providing a huge variety of winks, emoticons, text effects, and so on. Despite its appealing representation, Facemoods toolbar should not be trusted as it tends to jeopardize web browser’s settings, present users with bogus search results, and even collect/share browsing-related information about the users with suspicious third parties. If you are a security-minded person, you should never use Facemoods virus or any of its clones. To find out more how this app works and how to stop its potentially dangerous activities read the rest of the post.

How can Facemoods hijack web browsers?

Facemoods hijacker can be downloaded from its official page. Nevertheless, people seldom land on this page accidentally because it’s not the one that can be seen on the first pages of search results for toolbars. The considerably more successful distribution method of this tool is ‘bundling,’ which enables Facemoods virus to spread along with other free software. Be careful when surfing the net because you may accidentally fall for installing freeware bundle. This questionable Facebook Chat enhancer may be attached to various zip files, software updates, PDF creators, media players, download managers, and so on. Therefore, whenever you decide to install free software, make sure that you do that as carefully as possible. To stay safe, you should always:

  • Verify it the developer of a free app is reliable;
  • Read EULA, Privacy Policy, and other accessible information;
  • Avoid Express, Quick or Basic installation as these may hide ‘optional downloads’ and install them by default;
  • Choose Custom or Advanced installation instead;
  • Monitor the whole process what will allow you to spot and opt out of unwanted additional downloads.

Facemoods virus

What steps Facemoods virus initiates once installed on a target system?

Questions about Facemoods

Facemoods is deemed as a ‘browser hijacker’ and a ‘potentially unwanted program’ due to several reasons. First of all, it seldom requires an appropriate permission to be installed on the system. Second of all, once its extension is enabled, it performs unauthorized web browser’s modifications. According to the malware analysts, Facemoods redirect virus supports IE, Chrome, and Firefox web browsers, so the changes it performs will be visible on each of them. So what does it do?

  • It installs on a Windows startup;
  • Starts running executable facemoodssrv.exe within Task Manager;
  • Usually sets Start.Facemoods.com or facemoods.com as a default start page, search provider, and a new tab window;
  • Injects a search toolbar on each web browser;
  • Enables tracking cookies and starts collecting browser-related information;
  • Exhibits sponsored search results (filled with sponsored links and advertisements).

These are the main changes, but don’t underestimate them. First of all, you may be annoyed heavily as such changes can ruin your customized browser’s settings and do not allow to reset them. On top of that, each time you browse the net when this toolbar is installed, you risk experiencing Facemoods redirects to doubtful or unsafe web pages. This way, you risk exposing your PC to various cyber threats, including adware, other browser hijackers, malware or even virus. Thus, if you have noticed Start.Facemoods.com homepage on your web browser, as well as Facemoods toolbar installed out of nowhere, we would recommend you to install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and perform a full scan with it. Why? To remove Facemoods malware and all of its counterparts. To help you perform the removal, we will provide a detailed removal guide on the next page.

How to remove this potentially dangerous toolbar?

Browser hijackers like Facemoods PUP do not pose a direct harm to PC’s operating system. However, keeping such third-party toolbars is risky due to close collaboration with third parties and unverifiable content that they may expose you to. Thus, if you have been hijacked by Facemoods virus, you should either employ a professional malware removal tool or perform the removal manually. The guide is given down below.

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To remove Facemoods, follow these steps:

Get rid of Facemoods from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Facemoods and related programs
    Here, look for Facemoods or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Facemoods from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase Facemoods from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Facemoods from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Facemoods-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Facemoods, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Facemoods and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Facemoods-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Facemoods from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Facemoods and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Facemoods removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Facemoods from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Facemoods-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Facemoods from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Facemoods and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Facemoods removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Facemoods from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Facemoods and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Facemoods removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Facemoods from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Facemoods or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Facemoods, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Facemoods removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
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  1. Raul Acevedo says:
    December 30th, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Malware!!!!! Installed without my permission, god knows when.

  2. John David says:
    December 30th, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Facemoods is a spammed product! It keeps installing itself onto my chrome, invites ads and changes my homepage.

  3. Kendra Gay says:
    December 30th, 2015 at 3:15 am

    how do i delete Facemoods? i want google chrome as my search engine and i cant get rid of this!

  4. Scott Berner says:
    December 30th, 2015 at 3:17 am

    This app is a trap. If you want some more Facebook emoticons, look for another tool because this malware takes up chrome/firefox and search engine. The worst app ever!!!

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