Sneaky Ad Got Me…. Good. (aka the Story of How I Downloaded & Then Got Rid of the FunMoods Browser & Files)
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I personally hate it. That’s not a big revelation there, though, I’m guessing.
Well, this morning, it downright P*SSED ME OFF! (Excuse my language, but I’m mad.)
Here is the story of how I got the FunMoods browser (download) this morning… and I’ll share how I got rid of it, too.
Disclaimer: There is some debate over whether Funmoods is a virus or not. I’m not saying that it is. However, I say, that considering it cost me HOURS of my workday today, I am not a fan. And, considering they sent me a nasty letter over this blog post, I’m even more irritated than before.
I considered taking this blog post down, but since there are over 63,000 results when you search “Funmoods virus” and even more when you search “Funmoods malware” (50,000 + results) or “Funmoods spyware” (30,000 + results) – it’s apparent to me that others are struggling with “ISSUES” regarding this download, just as I did. Plus, if you read the comments, there are others who have lost time due to this “download”.
First, I woke up this morning (thank God for another day). I got the kids off to school and came into my office. I opened my inbox and found a cool new course that I wanted to check out about how to use the software Paint.net (do not go get it yet, please).
So, I buy the course (Yay!) and set off to download Paint.net (Yay again!).
Then I get to the download page for the free software…
Now, granted, this was before my second cup of coffee, so guess which link I clicked? (If you guessed the one I’ve marked with a big X – you are right!)
Guess what that big blue “Download” graphic (ie blatant advertisement) gave me? Yep. The FunMoods download. It was a crappy ad, and I clicked and downloaded it all on my own.
If I had read a little bit closer, I would have instead seen the download link hidden in the upper right side of the screen. But nooooooo… I was in a hurry.
Update: If you want to download Paint.net – this site appears more trustworthy. Although, if you look at the bottom of this post, I have the link to download GIMP, another free program, instead.
What is the FunMoods (Download)?
They call themselves a search engine but I disagree.
Within moments of clicking “Download” for what I believed to be Paint.net – a graphics program, I knew something was up. My gut said “This doesn’t look right” but again… I blame the lack of coffee in my bloodstream so I ignored it.
All of a sudden both my Firefox and my Internet Explorer browsers “blurped” and came back up with “FunMoods.com” as the default browser set on the sites.
I also noticed that I had a whole bunch of other files downloaded in my “Programs” folder, too.
I also got a fun new “FunMoods” toolbar that I didn’t want.
So, the fun began. And, I will share just how I began to get rid of the junk.
Note: Watch the videos and check your PC to make sure you don’t have any hidden spyware on your PC, too.
Step One: Uninstall the FunMoods Program(s) from your Computer
Step one was to remove the FunMoods program from my computer. That was easy enough and I figured that would be all that I’d need to do. (Wrong.)
Imagine my surprise when I looked at my recent programs and saw that more than FIVE new programs had been added today in that one wrong “click” on a mouse.
If you have Windows and want to know how to see if you have any hidden programs and to Uninstall those Programs, here’s a video to show you how.
Step Two: Remove New FunMoods Firefox Addons
I deleted the programs which was all well and good, but there was still major wonkiness.
So, step two was to figure out what FunMoods had added to Firefox that wasn’t showing up in the general programs.
I searched my Firefox Addons and discovered (shockingly) that there were new Addons installed. Yay! (NOT!)
So, here’s how you check your AddOns in Firefox and disable those that you do not want there.
The files also changed my Internet Explorer settings but I didn’t record a video for how to fix that one. Let me know if you need help with it and I can.
Step Three: Reset your Default Page
The first two steps went pretty smoothly for me. But, no matter what I did, I could not get rid of that FunMoods page every time I reopened Firefox.
I was sorely tempted to pour myself a glass of wine, but it was only 10 am. (Sooooo tempted….)
Here’s what I did next.
Again, I had to update my default page in both Firefox and Internet Explorer, but I only recorded a video for Firefox. I hope it helps.
Now, granted, I am not a security expert, and I fully intend to bug both my husband and my Virtual Assistant to do some more research on this spyware before feeling secure. But, these steps at least got me back on my feet for the time being.
Let me know what you think. Did I miss anything? I would love to hear your thoughts.
PS. Thankfully this could have been a lot worse. If you’re being lackadaisical with your business security and online presence, be sure to check out my guide to protecting your online business.
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