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How to uninstall the Fun APP browser hijacker

Also Known As: searchnewworld.com redirect
Damage level: Medium

What is Fun APP?

Fun APP is one of many potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are classified as browser hijackers. Apps of this type usually promote the address of a fake search engine by changing browser settings and gathering browsing data. Fun APP promotes searchnewworld.com in this way. people do not usually download or install browser hijackers intentionally.

searchnewworld.com browser hijacker

In most cases, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing browser settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. In this case, Fun APP assigns them to searchnewworld.com and users are then forced to visit this address when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar.

Research shows that this browser hijacker does not actually change these settings, however, it detects when users enter search queries and redirects them to searchnewworld.com. Before opening this address, it redirects users to my-search.com and amazonaws, and a number of other dubious web pages.

To stop a hijacked browser from opening these addresses, it is necessary to uninstall Fun APP (even if it does not change the aforementioned settings). I.e., the browser will open my-search.com, amazonaws and searchnewworld.comon on certain occasions as long as the Fun APP is installed on the browser and/or operating system.

Note that searchnewworld.com is classified as a fake search engine, since it provides results generated by Bing (a legitimate search engine). I.e., it simply redirects users to bing.com and does not generate any unique results. Furthermore, most browser hijackers record details such as IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of opened pages, geolocations, and so on.

Some browser hijackers collect sensitive, personal details as well. The developers misuse gathered data to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), or in other ways.

People who have browser hijackers installed on their browsers and/or operating systems risk experiencing problems with privacy, browsing safety, and it is possible that the data could be used to steal their identities. In any case, we recommend that you uninstall Fun APP and other browser hijackers immediately. Never download or install apps of this type in future.

Threat Summary:
Name Fun APP
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Browser Extension(s) Fun APP
Supposed Functionality This app supposed to improve web browsing experience.
Promoted URL searchnewworld.com
Serving IP Address (searchnewworld.com) 192.64.119.60
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated internet browser settings (homepage, default internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
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There are many browser hijackers on the internet including Get Your Coupons Now, Your Streaming TV App and Gamez 4 Us Search (just some examples).

They supposedly deliver useful features, however, they are designed only to promote fake search engines and gather browsing-related details. In any case, they do not operate as promised and put users at risk of various problems.

How did Fun APP install on my computer?

PUAs are usually installed through clicking deceptive advertisements that are displayed on dubious websites, or when software developers include them into the download/installation set-ups of other software. If clicked, some ads execute certain scripts that download and install various unwanted applications.

People often download and install PUAs inadvertently, together with other software, when developers distribute them using a deceptive marketing method "bundling" - they include PUAs into various download/installation set-ups. These are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings and presented as additional offers.

Furthermore, many people download and install software without checking these settings, thereby granting permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed through the set-ups.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do not download software from unofficial web pages, via Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, etc. or install it through third party installers. Software should be downloaded via direct download links and from official, trustworthy websites.

Check all settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. of the download/installation setup and dismiss offers to download or install additionally-included, unwanted software. Do not click intrusive ads that appear on pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating or others.

In most cases, these ads redirect to untrusted, potentially malicious websites or cause download/installations of unwanted, potentially malicious software. Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on the browser immediately.

Also remove software of this kind that is installed on the computer/operating system. If your computer is already infected with Fun APP, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Fun APP browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Fun APP browser hijacker

Fun APP asks permission to read and change various data:

fun app browser hijacker asks for a permission to read and modify various data

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Quick menu:

Fun APP browser hijacker removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.

searchnewworld.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Fun APP"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the searchnewworld.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Fun APP browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing searchnewworld.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing searchnewworld.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://searchnewworld.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing searchnewworld.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click 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 "Fun APP".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnewworld.com redirect, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing searchnewworld.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Fun APP" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing searchnewworld.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Fun APP", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.searchnewworld.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing searchnewworld.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "searchnewworld.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnewworld.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing searchnewworld.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Fun APP", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing searchnewworld.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Fun APP", remove hxxp://searchnewworld.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing searchnewworld.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with searchnewworld.com redirect 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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions 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

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchnewworld.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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