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Remove Search.Funtvtab.com virus (Free Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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I have accidentally installed Search.Funtvtab.com hijacker. How does it operate?

Search.Funtvtab.com virus is yet another browser hijacker[1] that we add to our huge malware database[2]. If you see Search.Funtvtab.com URL in the address bar each time you open your web browser – be it Mozilla Firefox or Chrome, it means that you have recently installed a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that did not adequately inform you about itself. Most likely it came bundled[3] with another free program you recently added to your computer system. Search.Funtvtab.com hijack is a problem, and you have to pay attention to it due to dangers it can cause to you. Once it gets into a computer system, whether installed with or without user’s knowledge, it adds an extension to every web browser and changes default homepage and new tab page settings. Usually, computer users tend to stick with major web search service providers such as Google or Yahoo, and the appearance of Search.Funtvtab.com redirect virus can seem confusing. Nonetheless, many users tend to ignore it and start using it. Sadly, we have to explain you that search results delivered by this vague search engine may be filled with dozens of sponsored links[4], which you will be forced to visit. If you prefer to avoid visiting suspicious third-party websites, better remove Search.Funtvtab.com from browser’s settings and change them according to your wishes.
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Questions about Search.Funtvtab.com virus

Another disappointing fact regarding this browser hijacker is that it collects some information about the user and his/hers behavior online. The FunTVTab extension spies on the victim and collects such information: search terms, links that user clicks on and other information that the developer of this extension calls “anonymous” and “personally non-identifiable.” However, we want you to know that information such as search terms you type into search engines CAN contain personal information[5]. This extension prepared custom advertisements based on collected data, and we bet that you do not want them to reflect all of your interests, especially if you are not the only one who uses the compromised computer. Therefore, you should start thinking about Search.Funtvtab.com removal. The easiest way to get rid of it is to run a program like ReimageIntego.

How can I avoid potentially unwanted programs?

You can avoid potentially unwanted programs just by performing a couple of security checks every time you install a new program to your PC. Let’s say you have just downloaded a free program from the Internet. Do you know how to install it? Most people say, I do, and install the program without even reading information that the software installer provides. That is an absolutely wrong way to install software on the system and direct way to get potentially unwanted programs without even realizing it. Many free programs are bundled with less-known ad-supported programs such as adware or browser hijackers, so you have to drop them off. We suggest choosing Custom/Advanced settings in the installer and reading data provided there. You will be asked to install a couple of “third-party programs recommended for you” – make sure you deselect these offers.

How can I remove Search.Funtvtab.com?

If Search.Funtvtab.com virus infiltrated the system already and you are looking for ways to get rid of it, you finally came to the right website. Below, you can find a complete Search.Funtvtab.com removal guide, which will help you to delete this browser hijacker manually. Please remove Search.Funtvtab.com carefully – make sure you do not skip any steps, and to finish the removal, run a system scan with anti-malware software (it’s free!)

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To remove Search.Funtvtab.com virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search.Funtvtab.com from Windows systems

Look for suspicious and never-seen-before programs that were installed around the same time you installed some new programs on your computer. Uninstall them.

  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 Search.Funtvtab.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.Funtvtab.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 Search.Funtvtab.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.

Erase Search.Funtvtab.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search.Funtvtab.com virus from Applications folder:

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

Remove Search.Funtvtab.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 Search.Funtvtab.com virus 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 Search.Funtvtab.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.Funtvtab.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 Search.Funtvtab.com virus-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 Search.Funtvtab.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If you do not want to see Search.Funtvtab.com search ever again, delete FunTVTab add-on from Firefox.

  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 Search.Funtvtab.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 Search.Funtvtab.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Search.Funtvtab.com from Google Chrome

Delete FunTVTab extension from 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 Search.Funtvtab.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 Search.Funtvtab.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Search.Funtvtab.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 Search.Funtvtab.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 Search.Funtvtab.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 Search.Funtvtab.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. bunn0 says:
    March 3rd, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Search.Funtvtab.com was serving me strange results… thanks for helping me to remove it

  2. qwz says:
    March 3rd, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Thank you guys. I didnt know what to do about this problem. It appeared in my browser all of sudden.

  3. Lydia24 says:
    March 3rd, 2017 at 11:26 am

    such a shame I didnt know how to avoid browser hijackers earlier…

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