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An article that helps you to remove Movie Search browser extension from the affected browser and Windows system.

Movie Search is a suspicious browser extension that can hijack your browser without your knowledge. Once installed in the browser it modifies essential browser settings in order to promote the rogue search engine movix.searchalgo.com. Afterward, the suspicious website starts to appear during each browsing session. Thus, Movie Search is classified as a potentially unwanted program that is able to alter the settings of your default search engine, homepage and new tab page. Its removal can be completed by following the instructions at the end of this article.

Threat Summary

NameMovie Search
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe suspicious browser extension Movie Search can be installed in your browser without your consent.
SymptomsMany redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Movie Search – Spread Techniques

The nasty Movie Search might be distributed via variety of shady techniques that are designed to install the extension directly in your browser. The installers of third-party apps are among the most frequently used. Developers of different free and supposedly useful apps do not unveil whether their installers include any additional components or not. Thus, potentially unwanted programs like Movie Search may sneak into your system without your knowledge. In some cases, such side effect can be avoided by selecting the Advanced or Custom configuration options of the setup. These options should provide more information about the installer as well as option to reject the installation of any potentially unwanted programs.

Movie Search affects primarily Chrome users and another channel used for its distribution is Chrome web store as you can see below:

movie search browser hijacker extension chrome web store

The suspicious extension along with the browser hijacker associated with it may also affect other commonly used browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Movie Search – More Details

Movie Search is a nasty browser extension that gets installed in your browser without your prior consent. We have found that the potentially unwanted program can read and change all your data on the websites you visit. Furthermore, Movie Search is designed to change your search settings to: movix.searchalgo.com which is a browser hijacker reported by our team in March 2016.

movie search suspicious browser extension capabilities

Movie Search pretends to provide an easy way for searching the web for FREE unlimited movies, TV series, thrillers and movie reviews. At first, the app may mislead you that it is reliable and useful but after a while, it may start to deliver a lot of annoying online advertisements of all kind. You may see banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, videos, new tab pages, images and other types of ads all over your browser. The ads may be extremely intrusive which is likely to slow down the performance of your browser. It can even crash at times.

Movie Search – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy associated with the Movie Search browser extension can be found on the website of its company owner that is Softorama. Below you can see a picture of the policy:

Movie Search Softorama privacy policy

The policy information reveals what data the company collects from all users of its apps including Movie Search. In short Softorama is able to record the following details about you and your online behavior:

  • Your name
  • Email address
  • Country
  • Telephone number when you communicate with they by phone

Having in mind that Movie Search is a suspicious extension with hijacking capabilities it is also possible that it obtains your search queries, browsing history, browser type and installed apps.

The owners of Movie Search confirm to use the information that you provide for delivering targeted content and advertisements that may be of interest to you and communicating with you. Thus, they may send emails that offer you to purchase various third-party programs or deliver various annoying advertisements in your browser.

Remove Movie Search Suspicious Extension

Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove Movie Search completely from an affected browser. The guide includes steps that reveal how to remove the nasty program from the Windows system as well. You can choose whether to follow a manual or an automatic removal. Once you complete the manual removal some leftovers may remain on the system so you need to check out whether your PC is safe or not. With a scan of an advanced anti-malware tool, you will be able to locate all harmful files and remove them completely from the PC.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Movie Search or other threats.
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To remove Movie Search follow these steps:

1. Uninstall malicious programs from Windows
2. Clean your Browser and Registry from Movie Search

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Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections. She believes that in times of constantly evolving dependency of network connected technologies, people should spread the word not the war.

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