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|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by 123movies.co |
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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.