What is MovieSearchBox?
MovieSearchBox is a potentially unwanted program detected to act like browser hijacker. It is an annoying browser infection that can change the main browser preferences to force the browser to show a hoax search engine. All unwanted activities may occur without your permission.
Using the suspicious services of bogus search engines is highly inadvisable because the results they display may trick you to visit questionable sites that expose the overall system security at risk. One more reason to get rid of the hoax MovieSearchBox hijacker is to prevent it from collecting certain details from the affected browser and system.
Furthermore, the presence of this hijacker in your browser may lead to intrusive ad generation. All annoying ads may lower your online security by linking to shady/corrupted sites. The sooner you check the security of your system and ensure that no suspicious or potentially harmful files are running on it, the better.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||An unreliable search engine that hijacks popular browsers and forces people to use its services in order to collect data and monetize its access to the browser.|
|Symptoms||Browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine redirect to the domain portal.moviesearchbox.com
Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads.
The unwanted program may start every time you start the operating system.
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Website|
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Why do you see MovieSearchBox hijacker on your browser?
As we noted, MovieSearchBox is a PUP that acts like a browser hijacker. It tries to push a questionable search engine in order to convince people to provide information about their searches and browsing behavior. The hijacker may be set to affect commonly used web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.
The most common problem that enables bogus search engines like MovieSearchBox to hijack some of the main browser preferences is the unnoticed installation of potentially unwanted programs. Such a program may have landed on your PC by being included in the installer of a program you have recently downloaded.
Nowadays, the web is full of various third-party applications that are presented as helpful but deliver all types of “extra apps” via their installers. Most of those apps can be obtained for free which makes them even more attractive. We all use free versions of different applications but it is of paramount importance that all of us practice caution when installing free apps.
Their installers may feature potentially unwanted apps that should be kept away from the system. Added extra apps may be installed by default by the setup. So, we recommend that you don’t skip reading the information listed in the Advanced/Custom configuration option as it may help you detect the presence of any undesired apps before you agree with their installation.
What a browser hijacker like MovieSearchBox can do when it obtains access to a computer system is a few changes that affect browser preferences. The homepage, the new tab page, and the default search engine may be all set to load the poorly secured site portal.moviesearchbox.com by the hijacker. As a result, you are forced to use the services of a bogus search engine that aims to record searches and make you more prone to click sponsored results.
By activating different tracking technologies, the hijacker may collect certain details, as well:
- Search queries;
- Type of used browser;
- Clicks on links;
- Browsing history;
- Operating system type;
- Geographic location;
- Internet protocol (IP) address;
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP).
Similar to other browser redirects/hijackers (Codingcaptcha.com, Underline Hijacker, X1.c.lencr.org), MovieSearchBox is likely to connect to a remote server and transfer all harvested details. Then its owners may use the data to set advertising campaigns that are close to your onlne interests.
MovieSearchBox may not be a virus but its presence on your PC may lead to serious issues that affect both system security and personal data privacy. To avoid unpleasant consequences, navigate to the removal instructions below and get rid of this undesired and potentially harmful program.
How to Remove MovieSearchBox from Affected Browser and Secure PC
To remove MovieSearchBox redirect along with all files established to support its activities, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you with both manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen PC security, we recommend that you combine the steps. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MovieSearchBox from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MovieSearchBox on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MovieSearchBox in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MovieSearchBox from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MovieSearchBox from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MovieSearchBox from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MovieSearchBox from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable MovieSearchBox Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove MovieSearchBox from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MovieSearchBox
Step 2: Uninstall MovieSearchBox 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 MovieSearchBox 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 MovieSearchBox there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MovieSearchBox from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MovieSearchBox 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 MovieSearchBox 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 MovieSearchBox files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MovieSearchBox, 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 MovieSearchBox 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 MovieSearchBox 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 MovieSearchBox 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 MovieSearchBox 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 MovieSearchBox will be removed.
Eliminate MovieSearchBox 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 MovieSearchBox 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".