Funmoods Toolbar

Also Known As: Searchfunmoods.com Redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

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

What is Funmoods?

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.

Deceptive free software installer used in funmoods toolbar distribution:

funmoods browser hijacker installer

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Searchfunmoods.com

Funmoods Toolbar (searchfunmoods.com redirect virus) removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

fun moods uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Funmoods Web Search", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "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:

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

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

funmoods Internet ExplorerClick on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the funmoods toolbar, 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

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

funmoods toolbar Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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 the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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 the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Funmoods" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the funmoods toolbar, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Funmoods Toolbar (searchfunmoods.com) from FireFox:

funmoods toolbar Firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Funmoods.com"

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) 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:

Computer users who have problems with funmoods toolbar removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove funmoods toolbar from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

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:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A 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 privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of searchfunmoods.com 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. 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.

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