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.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The suspicious browser extension Movie Search can be installed in your browser without your consent.|
|Symptoms||Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Movie Search.|
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:
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 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.
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
- 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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Movie Search from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Movie Search on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Movie Search in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Movie Search from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Movie Search from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Movie Search from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Movie Search from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Movie Search Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Movie Search from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Movie Search
Step 2: Uninstall Movie Search 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 Movie Search 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 Movie Search there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Movie Search from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Movie Search 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 Movie Search 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 Movie Search files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Movie Search, 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 Movie Search 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 Movie Search 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 Movie Search 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 Movie Search 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 Movie Search will be removed.
Eliminate Movie Search 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Movie Search from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".