I am so frustrated! I have accidentally downloaded something that has
hijacked my search engine in Google Chrome. I tried getting help elsewhere and
followed their instructions. I checked to see what search engines were listed
in my settings, options and it’s not listed there. I checked my extensions and
it’s not listed there. I copied this from my address line. I checked my
installed programs and it’s not listed there either. I’m at a loss. I have a
little HP mini-laptop running Windows XP. Here’s what pops up in my address
line and hijacks my searches (and the URL listed is something that contains
“funmoods.com” as it’s domain name).
In this excerpt from
Answercast #49, I look at a search engine that seems to be hijacked by
funmoods. Looks like time for some malware cleaning.
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Hijacked search engine
If something is hijacking your searches:
And it isn’t present as an extension;
And it isn’t present as a search option in your browser;
And it isn’t available in add/remove programs;
Then it is my strong belief that what you have would be better classified
as “malware.” You’ve got an infection on your machine that’s doing this.
My strong recommendation is that you run up-to-date anti-virus scans, up-to-date anti-spyware scans, and up-to-date scans using a tool called Malwarebytes. It’s a
free tool from Malwarebytes.org.
That is the way that I typically recommend anybody begin when they suspect
that their machine has been infected with some form of malware.
And something that hijacks your search engines and does not give you an
opportunity to remove it or bypass it…
Clearly, in my mind, qualifies as malware.
My guess is that if your anti-spyware solution doesn’t knock it out, there’s
a very good chance that Malwarebytes.org’s will.