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You will need to start taking the basic steps for removing malware from your machine. Even if it wasn't intended as malware, it is acting like it.
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.
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.
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