Search.funtvtabplussearch.com is a search engine that comes with a browser extension called FunTVTabPlus, though the name somewhat differs between browsers. You might want to remove this extension and its accompanying search engine because they do not provide the functions they claim to. Furthermore, using this search engine involves a certain degree of risk because it can promote dangerous content. In this short description, we will provide information about this search engine's origins, dissemination channels, functionality, and so on. We will also take a look at its useless browser extension and determine why it is also undesirable.
We found that FunTVTabPlus and Search.funtvtabplussearch.com are both products of a company known as Imali Media. This company’s website makes it clear that it is in the web monetization business. Therefore, it seems that this company provides secret advertising services to anyone willing to pay for them. This company is well known to us since we have tested many of its browser extension and search engine combos over the past year or so. Its browser hijackers and malicious browser extensions include Search.funsecuritytabsearch.com, FunMediaTab, FunTVTab, SocialNewPage, Snjsearch.com, and so on. Given that this company has made so many hijackers we have come to the conclusion that it is a malware developer.
As far as dissemination methods are concerned, we have found that FunTVTabPlus is currently being hosted on a dedicated distribution website at http://funtvtabplus.com. This website states that this extension is for users that who want to turn their browser into a TV media center and watch TV online for free. However, that is not what this extension is all about. Truth be told, the claim that it can provide you access to online television networks is absurd. In reality, this extension does nothing even remotely close to providing you Internet television. Its only objective is to manage the browsing hijacking process because Search.funtvtabplussearch.com cannot hijack a browser without software assistance.
Testing has shown that FunTVTabPlus is compatible with the two most popular web browsers that include Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. We found that the browser extension modifies their search-related settings and injects Search.funtvtabplussearch.com as the new tab page for Chrome and as the homepage for Firefox and Internet Explorer. This distribution method has proven very effective as research has shown that it is a popular search engine in Haiti, Brazil, the US, Mexico, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The extension is being promoted using pop-up advertisements supplied by adware and maybe some shady websites, and they initiate this extension’s download when clicked.
Now let us take a look at Search.funtvtabplussearch.com’s functionality. We have found that this hijacker redirects all search queries to a custom Yahoo.com search engine. We say custom because its search results have been altered to accommodate additional promotional links. The promote websites are mostly unknown which is a big security concern. The promotions are set to be shown on the right side of the window, as well as at the bottom, and they are labeled “Ads related to” entered the search query.
However, Search.funtvtabplussearch.com’s main page is tailored and stuffed with links to legitimate movie and TV-related links that include links to IMDB, Netflix, Hulu, CBS, ESPN, and so on. These are just links to the websites, and they do not provide online television services. Frankly, these links are just for show, and this search engine is in no way associated with the legitimate companies that it unwillingly promotes.
In closing, there is no doubt that Search.funtvtabplussearch.com is a browser hijacker because its distribution method includes injecting it into your browser without your knowledge or consent when you click FunTVTabPlus’s promotional link featured either on a website or provided by an adware-type program. Please follow the guide provided below to get rid of this browser hijacker for good. Also, you should check your computer for adware to avoid getting more malware in the future.