Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is FunOnlinePlay?
FunOnlinePlay is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) identical to GamesCrystal, Froovr, Gamesopolis, and dozens of other dubious apps. By falsely claiming to allow users to play various addictive arcade games, FunOnlinePlay often tricks users to install.
Be aware, however, that FunOnlinePlay is classed as adware. One of the main reasons for these negative associations is stealth installation. FunOnlinePlay infiltrates systems without users’ permission, generates intrusive online advertisements, and displays various intrusive online advertisements.
FunOnlinePlay employs a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, banner, coupon, and other similar intrusive online advertisements. None originate from users' visited websites and, therefore, conceal underlying content. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience.
In addition, displayed advertisements might redirect to malicious websites - even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, FunOnlinePlay records Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic locations), URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, and other similar data.
This information might seem insignificant, however, it is likely to be personally identifiable. The developers of FunOnlinePlay share this gathered data with third parties who commonly misuse private details to generate revenue.
Thus, having an information-tracking app installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly advise you to uninstall FunOnlinePlay adware immediately.
Adware-type applications are often very similar. All falsely claim to enhance the web browsing experience in a certain ways. These claims are merely attempts to trick users into believing that adware-type programs are legitimate. Research shows that most deliver no real value for regular users.
Their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functions promised, apps such as FunOnlinePlay collect personally identifiable information (which is later sold to third parties) and deliver intrusive online advertisements (using the 'Pay Per Click’ [PPC] advertising model).
How did FunOnlinePlay install on my computer?
This PUP has an official promotion site, however, it is also distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Therefore, many users install FunOnlinePlay inadvertently without their consent. Bundling is essentially stealth installation of additional programs with regular software/apps.
Developers hide all third party applications within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings of the download/installation processes. Users who skip this section, often install bogus applications inadvertently. This exposes their systems to risk of further infections and threatens their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush the download or installation processes - analyze each step within the 'Custom/Advanced' section and opt-out of all additionally-included programs.
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- What is FunOnlinePlay?
- STEP 1. Uninstall FunOnlinePlay application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove FunOnlinePlay adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove FunOnlinePlay ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by FunOnlinePlay' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove FunOnlinePlay ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
FunOnlinePlay adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "FunOnlinePlay", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes FunOnlinePlay ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove FunOnlinePlay adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "FunOnlinePlay", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by funonlineplay, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "FunOnlinePlay", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by funonlineplay, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "FunOnlinePlay".
Computer users who have problems with ads by funonlineplay removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by funonlineplay, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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