Computer users experienced with computer security known enough to understand that the words “toolbar” or “free smileys” are almost always linked to malware and online scams. Many unscrupulous companies attempt to take advantage of the flood of inexperienced computer users new to the Web thanks to Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks. While it is great that new costumers from everywhere around the world are joining the information age, inexperienced computer users make prime targets for many online scams. The Start.funmoods.com website promotes the FunMoods toolbar that is linked to an adware infection. Basically, computer users will be lured by “funmoods” or “facebookmoods”, applications promising cute smileys and other emoticons for Facebook and instant messaging services like MSN and Yahoo chat. Now, it is up to each computer user to think whether having a few smileys is worth the trouble of having ones private information exposed and to have an intrusive application taking over your computer system’s web browser.
FunMoods Toolbar is an add-on and a BHO (Browser Helper Object) that changes the way your web browser connects to the Internet by forcing it to visit certain websites or changing settings within that web browser. Start.funmoods.com is associated with a browser hijacker that, while not infecting your computer at a fundamental level, can be quite annoying. While this toolbar is supposedly there only to allow computer users to have immediate access to “funmoods”, there is no question that it can track online activity and alter how your web browser accesses certain websites.
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