What is 123movies.co? What does 123movies.co do? Read on how to remove it.
123movies.co is a browser hijacker redirect. The website will redirect you to its own search engine which will offer you TV series and movie titles. However, you will get constantly redirected can find yourself on pages with lots of adverts and sponsored content that go through this browser hijacker. The hijacker will change the start page, new tab, and search settings for the browser applications you have on your computer system. 123movies.co seems to not load as a domain, but do not let that fool you, as it will appear if you have a PUP or malware on your computer. Other domains related to the same hijacker are possible to exist.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Each browser application on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and will display lots of advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine and the new tab.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss 123movies.co.|
123movies.co — Update March 2019
In March, 2019, it appears that 123movies.co does not load its website normally anymore, but only from a related browser extension or an application that has installed its files onto your computer and made your browsers to open it in some way. The hijacker might also have other domains similar to the 123movies.co one. Be careful as this threat is still active and if you see it, then it might not be just another redirect, but even nested deeper into your computer.
123movies.co – Distribution Methods
123movies.co might be distributed via various methods. One of those methods is through third-party installations. Those installer setups come from bundled applications and freeware that could be set to install additional content by default on your computer system. Typically, that might happen without any notification. You might have tried installing a media player or free software and got your browser settings modified by the hijacker. To avoid unwanted programs from affecting your PC is doable if you find Custom or Advanced settings. There you should be able to deselect what you don’t want.
123movies.co could be distributed via other methods, like add-ons or browser extensions which install on your browser. Other distribution ways use advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, and redirect links. Sponsored advertisements, including targeted content on suspicious websites could distribute the hijacker, too. These websites might also be partners or affiliates of the 123movies.co website and services. These browsers could be affected: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
123movies.co – Detailed Analysis
123movies.co is the primary URL address of a browser hijacker redirect. You will get redirected when you are using its services, from links, ads and pages hosted by its search engine. The main page can be viewed from the screenshot given below:
The 123movies.co browser hijacker will redirect you if you use its services and interact with links, ads and other content from its search pages. If you are using its search engine to browse the Web, you will be redirected to its search results page.
Note that each search that you do on its pages will be sending information to servers connected to this 123movies.co hijacker. The page displayed in the above image can replace the homepage, new tab and default search of every browser that you have installed.
The photo that you see under this paragraph shows a clear example of what the results of a search query look like when they go through the 123movies.co. Here the search engine remains the same, using the domain on 123movies.co. However, the search shows only movies and TV shows as results. Every query in the search will get filtered and sent to servers connected of the hijacker. So, everything that you give out as information will be gathered by the browser hijacker in question.
The website can push advertisements and lots of redirects that can put browser cookies on your computer system, and they can track your online activity. Other, more advanced tracking technologies could have been used, too. Be wary of the information you provide on such search pages, especially on ones, associated with 123movies.co. Refrain from clicking on suspicious advertisements and links that can show up.
Above you can see a prime example of an advertisement redirect that opens in a new tab or a window pop-up that tries to make you install malware of the same type as 123movies.co.
123movies.co – Data Collection and Tracking
Below you can see some of the sites that put cookies inside your PC through the redirect:
The following domains put cookies on your PC through the 123movies.co website and redirect:
The cookies have a duration of 1 up to 10 years after they enter your computer device.
123movies.co can further collect information from you through every search query you make and through the advertisements you interact with on the site. All obtained data, including personally identifiable information, may be disclosed to third parties and partners of that website. Be careful with the things you enter in the search bar of the 123movies.co site.
Remove 123movies.co Effectively
To remove 123movies.co manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove 123movies.co from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of 123movies.co from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove 123movies.co from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase 123movies.co from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall 123movies.co from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove 123movies.co from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate 123movies.co from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove 123movies.co from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove 123movies.co
Step 2: Uninstall 123movies.co and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by 123movies.co on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by 123movies.co there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of 123movies.co from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall 123movies.co and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove 123movies.co via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove 123movies.co files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as 123movies.co, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove 123movies.co from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase 123movies.co from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall 123movies.co from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove 123movies.co from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the 123movies.co will be removed.
Eliminate 123movies.co from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.