Follow a step-by-step guide to remove completely Moviesearchcenter.com browser hijacker from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari browsers and Windows system.
Moviesearchcenter.com browser hijacker lands on your system without your prior consent. It modifies essential browser settings like those of your homepage, new tab page and default search engine. That’s why you see its main page during your browsing sessions. The hijacker primarily aims to display many annoying advertisements in the affected browser as each your click generates revenue to its owners. The suspicious software is also able to acquire sensitive data you provide in the affected browser.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The suspicious domain Moviesearchcenter.com can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.|
|Symptoms||The homepage and new tab browser page of affected browsers can display the main page of Moviesearchcenter.com hijacker. 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 Moviesearchcenter.com.|
Moviesearchcenter.com – Spread Techniques
Moviesearchcenter.com redirect may land on the system after an unintended installation. For the purpose, the installers of various supposedly useful and mostly free apps may contain the code of the hijacker. Thus, during the installation of desired third-party software, you may unnoticeably install Moviesearchcenter.com on your system as well. Such unwanted components are not always disclosed properly so you may be unaware of their existence. Unfortunately, most of them get installed on the PC by default. So be advised to select the Advanced or Custom setup options where you can see whether the installer incorporates extra software or not and deselect all undesired apps.
Another technique used for the distribution of Moviesearchcenter.com is the so-called drive-by-download. It allows malicious intenders to inject the code of the hijacker into different web pages you may visit during browsing sessions. Each time a user visits one of the corrupted pages, it downloads the infection directly on the PC. The links to such pages may be part of malvertising campaigns, send via instant messaging services or post on social media channels.
The annoying Moviesearchcenter.com website can hijack your Chrome, Firefox, IExplorer, Edge or Safari web browsers.
Moviesearchcenter.com – More Details
Moviesearchcenter.com is a suspicious domain that hijacks commonly used browsers so it can force you to use its services. At first, the infected users especially the movie lovers may find the website attractive as three of the most popular websites that present the latest news about movies, TV shows and Hollywood celebrities are accessible at its top left corner.
In fact, Moviesearchcenter.com aims to push its hoax search engine that has the only function to track your search queries (you can read more about data collection in the next paragraph). Thus, when you enter a search query and click enter the hijacker opens a new browser tab where you see the search results generated by Yahoo.
Furthermore, Moviesearchcenter.com redirects through another browser hijacker BlpSearch.com that we at SensorTechForum reported in March last year. As this action happens in less than a second you may miss it and eventually see the Yahoo search results. We pictured the moment when BlpSearch.com appears in the address bar:
Eventually, by using the services of Moviesearchcenter.com browser hijacker you agree with the collection of crucial data related to you and your online preferences. Moreover, the second hijacker BlpSearch.com that is triggered by Moviesearchcenter.com is also capable of obtaining at least your search queries.
Moviesearchcenter.com as many other hijackers primarily aims to generate advertising revenue to its owners. For the purpose, the unwanted software is designed to generate various kinds of online offers that can slow down the performance of your browser. Pop-ups, pop-unders, sliders, videos, sponsored content and other types of ads may appear during each browsing session.
As found in the policy as long as Moviesearchcenter.com is your search engine of choice you agree with the collection of the following details:
- Your E-mail addresses
- Your IP address
- Your Internet service provider (ISP)
- Cookie Information
- Your browser type and version
- Webpages you visit
- Access times
- Your names
- Your physical address
- Your telephone number(s)
- Your login name and password(s)
- Other information you provide
The company that is stated as an owner of the hijacker is Aztec Media. It appears that the second hijacker BlpSearch.com associated with the infection is possessed by the same owners Aztec Media. In case you do not want this company to keep records of your personal information, you should consider the immediate removal of all their dubious services.
Remove Moviesearchcenter.com Browser Hijacker
Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove Moviesearchcenter.com hijacker completely from an affected Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, or Safari browser. The guide reveals how to remove the nasty program from the Windows system as well. You have two removal options manual and an automatic. However, be mindful of some leftovers that may remain on the system after the manual removal. It does not guarantee the security of your PC. So you need to check out whether your PC is safe or at risk. 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 Moviesearchcenter.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Moviesearchcenter.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Moviesearchcenter.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Moviesearchcenter.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Moviesearchcenter.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Moviesearchcenter.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Moviesearchcenter.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Moviesearchcenter.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Moviesearchcenter.com
Step 2: Uninstall Moviesearchcenter.com 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 Moviesearchcenter.com 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 Moviesearchcenter.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Moviesearchcenter.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Moviesearchcenter.com 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 Moviesearchcenter.com 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Moviesearchcenter.com 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 Moviesearchcenter.com 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 Moviesearchcenter.com 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 Moviesearchcenter.com 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 Moviesearchcenter.com will be removed.
Eliminate Moviesearchcenter.com 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.