- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
FunMediaTab is one application that you should not install under any circumstances and remove it if you already have because it will infect your web browser with a browser hijacker which will jeopardize your computers security. By jeopardize we mean that you may be exposed to malicious links that lead to the installation of other more dangerous malware on your computer that may be used to steal sensitive information and perform other unwanted actions. This hijacker belongs to the Imali Media malware family that has previously released FunTVTab and SocialNewPage, among other hijackers. So from the outset, it is evident that it comes from a highly unreliable source.
We do not have a shadow of a doubt that this program is malicious. To get some perspective, let us examine how it is disseminated first. We have discovered that this malware is being bundled with malicious installers that drop its files onto your computer without asking for your authorization. The bundles it comes with do not warn about the fact that by installing a particular application you will also install this malicious program. Furthermore, we have discovered that the bundles are put up for download on various free software distributing websites. So if you are not careful, you might accidentally install an application such as FunMediaTab. In addition to this distribution method, this hijacker also has a dedicated website Funmediatab.com that hosts its browser extension for Chrome and Firefox. As if that was not enough the extension for Chrome is put up for download on the Chrome Web Store.
Officially, FunMediaTab is an application that is set to enable you to watch online movies and TV series. However, it does nothing of the sort because its real purpose is not to provide you with a genuinely useful service but subject to commercial advertisements presented in its search results that may be malicious in nature and lead to your computer becoming infected with more malware.
FunMediaTab is a browser extension, but it does not come alone. It brings with it a search engine/browser hijacker that is set as your browser’s new tab page, homepage, and search provider, essentially becoming the dominant search engine that provides all of the content that you see resulting from your searches. So this malicious app can show commercial advertisements in its search results which may appear legitimate at first but hide malicious downloads. Also, this application can display ads in the form of pop-ups, banners, coupons, and other forms that do not require a search engine such as Search.funmediatabsearch.com, which is known to come with this particular browser add-on.
However, we want to take a moment to inform you that Search.funmediatabsearch.com can collect information about you that includes, but is not limited to the IP address of your device, its geographical location, browser type and language, and search and browsing history. This set of data is used to customize the advertisements, make them more attractive to the users so that they would be more prone to click them.
In conclusion, this seemingly useful browser extension provides none of the promised functions because these features were not built into it. It is a scam, and its real objective is to make you see commercial advertisements presented in a number of different ways including the search results. You get ads via the search engine that it comes with as well as various pop-ups, coupons, and so on. Also, it is set to collect although be it non-personally identifiable but still sensitive information. All of this indicates that the program is set to make money from online advertising, so do not hesitate and delete this hijacker as soon as you can.