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Remove Funnysearching.com virus (Tutorial) - Aug 2017 update

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Funny Searching sparks doubts about its reliability

Screenshot of Funnysearching.com redirect virus

Funnysearching.com virus seems to be an ordinary search engine. However, IT experts do not recommend using this tool as they classify it as a  browser hijacker. Usually, this type of PUPs:

  • collects information about users' habits[1]
  • redirects to sponsored domains 
  • displays pop-up ads

Though this hijacker may not be as persistent as a typical browser hijacker, it surely disturbs your browsing sessions. Specifically, it starts monitoring your activity online, finds out what websites you frequently visit, what do you search for online, what ads do you click on and so on. It mainly looks for information that reveals your interests; later on, it uses such information to generate more relevant ads.[2]

These advertisements are then integrated into search results every time you attempt to search the web via Funnysearching.com search engine. However, you should not trust this search tool, because soon enough you might find out that such searching practice isn’, and cannot be funny at all. The browser hijacker that controls it is sometimes called Funnysearching.com redirect virus, and it got this label, not without reason.

As you probably have understood, clicking on search results brought by this search engine can redirect you to highly suspicious websites, and pose a risk to your computer system. Typical browser hijackers are made to promote third-party partners and their websites, so search tools they present to users hardly focus on the quality of the search results. As a result, results might contain dangerous links, which you should never click on.

Questions about Funnysearching.com virus

To avoid potential risks, we suggest you remove Funnysearching.com hijacker as soon as you can and learn how to install free software safely to avoid browser hijacks. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes does it for you faster. For successful Funnysearching.com removal, use an anti-spyware tool or use guidelines provided below the post. If you cannot understand these instructions, ask somebody to help you or send your questions to our support team. Funnysearching homepageFunnysearching.com keeps changing its veneer.

Hijacker transmission peculiarities

Browser hijackers, just like computer viruses, seek to infect the computer system unnoticeably. However, unlike the majority of viruses, they show signs of existence as soon as they get installed – computer user notices changes that browser hijackers initiate right after opening any web browser. 

To facilitate Funnysearching.com hijack the computer system, computer user only needs to install a program that contains it using default or standard installation settings. To stop browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs before they enter your computer system, choose Custom/Advanced settings whenever you download a new program to your PC. 

These settings generally present some ads asking to install related third-party software or simply some ostensibly useful pieces of software that allegedly can improve user’s browsing experience or improve computer’s performance. It is highly recommended to decline such offers. You only have to deselect suggestions to add “recommended” software to your system.

Eliminate Funnysearching.com from Chrome, Internet Exploer, Firefox and Safari

If your computer has been affected by this browser hijacker, you should notice that it functions slower than usual and that your web browser fails to respond sometimes. It might be Funnysearching.com virus’ fault, so you should not let this program stay in the system for any longer.

Luckily, programs like this hijacker can be removed manually, although it is easier to delete them automatically. For manual Funnysearching.com removal, scroll down to see and follow instructions that our team has prepared. For automatic removal, install and run a decent anti-malware software. Note that this bnrowser infection targets all users, eghether you live in Hungary[3] or the US.

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To remove Funnysearching.com virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Funnysearching.com from Windows systems

Find and remove suspicious applications as well as browser extensions from the system with a help of the guide provided below. You should be looking for Funny Searching or similarly named files to remove. 

  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 Funnysearching.com and related programs
    Here, look for Funnysearching.com 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 Funnysearching.com 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.

Uninstall Funnysearching.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Funnysearching.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Funnysearching.com-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 Funnysearching.com, 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 Funnysearching.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Funnysearching.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Funnysearching.com 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 Funnysearching.com 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 Funnysearching.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Funnysearching.com virus 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 Funnysearching.com-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

Erase Funnysearching.com 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 Funnysearching.com 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 Funnysearching.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Funnysearching.com 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 Funnysearching.com 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 Funnysearching.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Funnysearching.com 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 Funnysearching.com 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 Funnysearching.com, 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 Funnysearching.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. House-21 says:
    November 21st, 2016 at 9:44 am

    i hate Funnysearching.com! It keeps reappearing in my browser!!! I think ive seen it a thousand times already, enough!

  2. u_uu says:
    November 21st, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Couldnt stand these redirects, so removed Funnysearching.com virus with anti-spyware program. I cannot understand why someone creates such cr4ppy programs like Funnysearching.com hijacker…

  3. Orell26 says:
    November 21st, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Finally the computer is nice and clean. Plumbytes removed all malware and spyware. I gotta say Im surprised! 🙂

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