This page aims to help you remove Funny Collection “Virus”. These Funny Collection “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you are looking for help with an annoying program called Funny Collection “Virus” that has latched onto your browser and has implemented certain unwanted modifications to it, look no further. In the next several paragraphs, you will be given all the information that you may need in order to uninstall the nagging piece of software and eliminate everything that it might have left behind.
What do we call a Browser Hijacker?
Before we get any further, we must make sure that you have a good idea about what you are actually dealing with. Funny Collection “Virus” is only one of many similar programs that are generally referred to as Browser Hijackers. Some typical (and unpleasant) traits of those programs are their tendency to install new search engines and toolbars to all browsers on the user’s PC (Chrome, IE, Edge, Firefox, etc.), change the starting page and sometimes even redirecting the user to other websites. All of this is done with the single purpose of promoting something. Whether that would be certain website, some online service or a piece of software, a typical Hijacker would make sure that you get the hint. The problem is that this can get quite frustrating and even prevent you from normally using your browser at times. After all, no one wants some obscure and undesirable program to get onto their computer and start messing with all of its browsers.
Is your PC system threatened?
It is not uncommon for Browser Hijackers to be referred to as malware or viruses. However, a distinction between the two types of unwanted software needs to be made. First of all, the majority of Browser Hijackers such as Funny Collection “Virus” are not harmful to your system and files. Actual malicious viruses such as the nasty Ransomware for example can lock your files and demand a ransom payment if you want to be able to access them again. In contrast, most Browser Hijackers neither can nor are made with the purpose to cause any actual damage to your PC or mess with your personal data. Another important difference is the fact that while programs like Funny Collection “Virus” do not try to hide their presence from the user, real software viruses are made in such a way, so that they have almost no symptoms and are as difficult to detect as possible. Lastly, it should be said that a big number of the so called Hijackers are actually legal pieces of programming that are being legally distributed. This, of course, cannot be said about the malicious Ransomware or the infamous Trojan horse viruses.
Funny Collection “Virus” is still unwanted!
Now that we made it clear why Browser Hijackers are not some sort of malicious virus, we must remind you why you should still ensure the removal of the unwanted software from your PC. To add to the potential issues that Funny Collection “Virus” might cause, here are several more common problems commonly associated with Browser Hijackers.
- They are often known to fill all of the user’s browser with obnoxious and obstructive adverts as an additional form of online marketing. Apart from being incredibly frustrating and nagging, some of those ads can also potentially serve as redirect hyperlinks to some sketchy and obscure websites that you should certainly stay away from.
- As a method to make the aforementioned ads seem more likable to the individual customer, Funny Collection “Virus” might try to look through your browser searches and determine what your interests are. Later, after this data has been used to enhance the ads coming from the Hijacker, the information might also be sold to third parties for extra income.
- Yet another common complaint regarding most Hijackers is that they cause significant CPU and RAM usage spikes that often cause the computer to experience a productivity slowdown or sometimes even freeze/crash due to the heavy resource consumption.
You must protect your machine!
When it comes to dealing with unwanted software, regardless of whether we are talking about dangerous Ransomware or an annoying Hijacker, there’s one golden rule – keep your PC safe so that none of those could get inside it. To help you with that, we will give you a few useful and very important system protection tips that you must use from now on.
- Open the settings of each of your browsers and see if the automatic downloads option is disabled. If it is enabled, you should disable it. That way, each time a piece of software is about to be downloaded, you will first be notified and asked for a permission.
- A very common way of spreading Hijackers is via different forms of spam so be on the lookout for those. It might be a spam e-mail or a Facebook/Skype message. If there is a link or an attached file, DO NOT click on it if you think that the message containing it is spam
- Using your common sense when surfing the web is essential to your computer’s protection. If a site you’re about to visit seems shady, you should probably avoid it especially if you are looking for a download source.
- Last, but certainly not least, always check the installer of new software you are to install since it might be a file bundle containing the Hijacker. If there is some sketchy looking added application in the setup wizard but you still want to install the main program, at least uncheck that bundled app in order to leave it out. Also, if you are allowed to customize the installation using an Advanced setup menu, always opt for that because that way you will have greater freedom of choosing what gets installed.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Some of the more common Hijacker symptoms are changed browser starting page, new search engine/toolbar added to the browser and occasional intrusive page redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Common ways for spreading Browser Hijackers are sketchy online banners/ads, spam messages/e-mails and file-bundles.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Funny Collection “Virus” from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Funny Collection “Virus” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Funny Collection “Virus” from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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