WowMovix(.)com is the main page for the WowMovix browser hijacker. To remove this unwanted program and everything related to it, you should read the whole article carefully.
This hijacker will change your browsers’ search engine, homepage and new tab setting. You will be redirected to affiliates of the hijacker or other sites. Search results can show misleading results and sponsored content. There are browser extensions connected to the hijacker.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers will have their homepage, new tab setting and search engine changed.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage and new tab setting. Browsers have a new search engine. You will be redirected when doing searches. Results show targeted content.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundled Packages, Google Web Store|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by WowMovix(.)com, Movix(.)searchalgo(.)com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss WowMovix(.)com, Movix(.)searchalgo(.)com.|
WowMovix(.)com – Spread
WowMovix(.)com is often spread via third-party installations. The hijacker might get inside your PC secretly, because it hides in freeware installations and bundle packages. The packages have additional components selected for installation. Frequently undisclosed, those components install WowMovix(.)com. Preventing that is possible if in a Custom or an Advanced settings menu there is an option to see what is going to be installed and deselect it.
There are many browser extensions and add-ons connected with the WowMovix(.)com hijacker. Here are a few of them:
- WoMovix Start
- Search by WowMovix
- WowDownload Search
The most widespread one is Search by WowMovix. Unfortunately all of these extensions can be found on the Google Web Store as shown below:
The hijacker also spreads through advertisements, like banners or pop-ups, and from visiting unknown sites. Such websites, which have a low reputation, are often affiliates of the hijacker’s developers. Browsers that are affected – Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari.
WowMovix(.)com – More Information
WowMovix(.)com is the main page of a browser hijacker. After it gets on your computer, it will change settings like your DNS and the homepage, new tab and search engine on your browsers.
Unfortunately, there are browser extensions related to the hijacker, helping it to gain more popularity. All of them can do the following modifications:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Read and change your browsing history
- Read and change your bookmarks
- Change your search settings to: movix(.)searchalgo(.)com
- Manage your apps, add-ons, extensions and themes
These extensions usually come bundled with software installed on your computer, but most of the widespread ones are also on the Google Web Store. These extensions can further redirect you to sites affiliated with WowMovix. The three sites that you will inevitably be redirected to are:
All of your search queries will be filtered through one of these domains. The main one which also is featured as the search engine and new tab is Movix(.)searchalgo(.)com. You can be redirected to Yahoo in some cases and see targeted content and misleading results from searches. Among the search results there can be advertising, like in-text links, for example:
Advertisements might redirect you more than once, whatever their kind is – pop-ups, links, pop-unders, in-text-links, banners or others. From the redirects, you will land on different webpages, that may gain revenue from that based on a pay-per-click scheme.
Information that may be collected according to the policy:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your telephone number
- E-mail addresses
- Country of origin
- Your nickname
- Your website
- Company and title in the company
- Your Facebook and/or Google account
- Data used from a questionnaire, subscription form or a contest entry form
Just from using the services of WowMovix(.)com gives your consent for your data to be collected. Be careful, as that also may include accounts of your social profiles. Everything may be shared with third parties.
Remove WowMovix(.)com Completely
To remove WowMovix(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker and its components completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software will keep your machine secure in the future.