Funmoods Toolbar

Also Known As: Searchfunmoods.com Redirect
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Funmoods Toolbar - how to remove browser redirects to searchfunmoods.com?

Funmoods toolbar is a browser add-on used to add smileys to social networks and emails. When installed on your computer, however, this toolbar changes your default search engine and homepage. Furthermore, start.funmoods.com displays deceptive advertisements, tricking computer users into completing various surveys or subscribing to costly mobile services.

Another reason why Funmoods toolbar is categorized as an unwanted application is that uninstalling this add-on from your Control Panel will not fully remove it from your Internet browser - further removal steps are required to fully eliminate this toolbar. You can download this toolbar from all major software distribution websites, from its homepage, and other sources. In some cases, the funmoods toolbar is bundled with free software and thus people often unwillingly install this browser add-on. Recently, download.cnet.com began bundling this unwanted toolbar with most of the free software offered on their website. Download.cnet.com is one of the most popular software download websites on the Internet and methods such as this, used to monetize incoming web traffic, are deceptive. Express caution while using download.cnet.com, since their downloader is bundled with the funmoods toolbar. To prevent installation of this toolbar, be sure to uncheck several ticks during the software installation steps.

funmoods toolbar

The homepage, presented after installation of the funmoods toolbar, displays a search engine that mixes advertisements with simple search results. In this way, it further monetizes incoming traffic. While the funmoods toolbar is not malware or a virus, many PC users find it complicated to remove. This potentially unwanted application is similar to Babylon toolbar and Delta search toolbar. If you have not installed this toolbar willingly and have trouble removing it, use this step-by-step removal guide.

Funmoods Toolbar (searchfunmoods.com redirect virus) removal:

fun moods uninstall

Windows 7 users:

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Funmoods Web Search" and click Uninstall.

Windows XP users:

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Funmoods Web Search" and click Remove.

After uninstalling Funmoods Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. Use recommended anti-spyware software.

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Funmoods Toolbar (searchfunmoods.com redirect virus) removal from browsers:

Video demonstrating how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Uninstalling Funmoods Toolbar is not enough, remove the remaining unwanted components from your Internet browsers manually.

Remove Funmoods Toolbar (searchfunmoods.com) from Internet Explorer:

funmoods Internet ExplorerClick "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Funmoods Toolbar related entries (Funmoods Toolbar, Funmoods Helper Object) and disable them.

To change your homepage from searchfunmoods.com to your preferred website: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove searchfunmoods.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Funmoods".

If you continue having problems with redirects to searchfunmoods.com, you can reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the open window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Remove Funmoods Toolbar (searchfunmoods.com) from Google Chrome:

funmoods toolbar Google Chrome

Click on the wrench icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "FunDial" and "Funmoods", select them and click on the trash can icon.

Change your homepage from searchfunmoods.com to your preferred website - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over searchfunmoods.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Funmoods" and add or select your preferred domain.

Remove Funmoods Toolbar (searchfunmoods.com) from FireFox:

funmoods toolbar Firefox

Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Funmoods.com"

To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the open window, remove searchfunmoods.com and enter your preferred domain.

Change default search engine:

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "Funmoods"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with redirects to searchfunmoods.com, you can reset you Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the open drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window, click on "Reset FireFox" button.

 

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Manual Funmoods Toolbar removal:

If you were unable to remove Funmoods Toolbar using the steps above, you can use these manual removal instructions. Use them at your own risk. If you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)

End these Funmoods Toolbar processes:

funmoodssrv.exe

Remove these Funmoods Toolbar registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\esrv.EXE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\escort.DLL
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\escortApp.DLL
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\escortEng.DLL
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\escorTlbr.DLL

Delete these Funmoods Toolbar files:

%ProgramFiles%\Funmoods\1.5.23.22\funmoodssrv.exe
%ProgramFiles%\Funmoods\1.5.23.22\uninstall.exe
%ProgramFiles%\Funmoods\1.5.23.22\escortApp.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Funmoods\1.5.23.22\escortEng.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Funmoods\1.5.23.22\escorTlbr.dll
%ProgramFiles%\Funmoods\1.5.23.22\escortShld.dll

After removing Funmoods toolbar scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Use recommended malware removal software.

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Funmoods Toolbar distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of Funmoods Toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Funmoods Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on Funmoods Toolbar or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Comments 

 
#13 monster 2013-01-10 02:25
Thank you. I got from C-net
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#12 octane 2012-11-22 08:44
Got it from Cnet - seamed like a trusted source "*ç%&/(& - manual removal, search and delete registry keys and entries, there is quite a number, delete files.
funny how funmoods show "removals" themselves.
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#11 Crayfish 2012-11-21 15:44
Thanks for the info. I have always regarded CNet as a trusted download site but from hereon will not. I deselected "Funmoods" from the downloads but still the insidious creep snuck in and P..d me right off.
Thanks again..
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#10 Brittany 2012-11-20 09:14
Hi - I uninstalled this from my control panel, however, when I go to disable it in my browser (internet explorer) I cannot click on the disable or delete buttons (they are ghosted out so I can't click on them). Any suggestions?
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#9 tharindu 2012-11-11 22:41
Thank you for this info! I unwittingly installed this horrid little toolbar and found that I could no longer use the vertical scrollbar in Firefox. Additionally when using Firefox I could not click on site navigation links, only hyperlinks. I tried standard uninstall and even a system restore. Your advice made my day, as it fixed all these issues!
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#8 tharindu 2012-11-11 22:40
it is so sweet and can search easly and imediatly therefore i
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#7 Grateful 2012-11-10 10:42
The steps up to "Manual Funmoods Toolbar Removal" were all useful, but not sufficient. I didn't trust my computer knowledge enough to mess with the registry. I found a useful final step at Forum.PreciseSecurity .
"a. Open Mozilla Firefox Internet Browser.
b. On Google’s Search box, click the “arrow down” beside the logo.
c. Select “Manage Search Engine” from the drop-down list.
d. Choose your desired search default (like Google) and click the button “Move up.” It should be on the top of the list to set it as default.
e. You can now remove other installed search engines."
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#6 M Z 2012-10-27 07:49
Thank you for your help. I was able to get rid of the unwanted toolbar. 5
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#5 whatsthescenario 2012-10-19 14:12
This tutorial is the BEST way to remove funm and you don't have to download any addition extension or special toolbars. Very comprensive, works great.
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#4 lena 2012-09-30 08:57
Thank you for this info! I unwittingly installed this horrid little toolbar and found that I could no longer use the vertical scrollbar in Firefox. Additionally when using Firefox I could not click on site navigation links, only hyperlinks. I tried standard uninstall and even a system restore. Your advice made my day, as it fixed all these issues!
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