Movies Toolbar

Also Known As: Movies! browser hijacker
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Movies toolbar by Bandoo Media removal instructions

What is Movies toolbar?

The Movies toolbar browser add-on was created by APN LLC and distributed by Bandoo Media. This plugin claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by providing movie trailers, celebrity birthday information, and video tools. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. While the functionality added by Movies toolbar may appear legitimate, this toolbar is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application since it installs without users' consent and modifies the browser settings by assigning the homepage and default search engine fields to search.ask.com

Moreover, this toolbar diminishes Internet browser performance and tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, browser types, internet service providers (ISP), cookie information, and web pages visited. At time of research, Movies Toolbar was distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. This add-on installed together with King Translate, 7Zip, and iLivid software. This browser plugin adds no significant value - it is merely a collection of links to various video-related websites (imdb.com, movies.com, etc.) Therefore, you are advised to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.

Movies toolbar

Movies Toolbar is similar to other adware, which installs together with free software and modifies users' Internet browser settings. Examples include Aartemis and Nationzoom, amongst many others. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted programs, express caution when downloading free software since, today, most freeware download websites use deceptive 'download clients' (small programs offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins) in order to monetize their free services. Be aware that reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections. When downloading free software, inspect each download step and opt-out of installation of promoted programs and browser extensions by clicking the 'decline' button. If you have installed Movies Toolbar, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.

Screenshot of a deceptive free software installer promoting Movies toolbar:

Movies toolbar installer

Quick menu:

Movies toolbar removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop) click "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click at the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

Movies toolbar uninstall from Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for "Movies Toolbar for Firefox", "movies Toolbar for Internet Explorer", and "Movies Toolbar for Chrome", select these entries and click "Uninstall " or "Remove".

After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the search.ask.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

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Movies toolbar removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser plugins:

Internet Explorer logoMovies toolbar removal from Internet Explorer:

Removing Movies toolbar from Internet Explorer extensions

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Movies Toolbar", select this entry and click "Remove".

Change homepage:

Removing Movies toolbar from Internet Explorer homepage

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.ask.com and enter your preferred domain that will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Removing Movies toolbar from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Ask.com".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to search.ask.com, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoMovies toolbar removal from Google Chrome:

Removing Movies toolbar from Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Movies Toolbar", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Removing Movies toolbar from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.ask.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

Removing Movies toolbar from Google Chrome default search engine settings

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Ask.com", now you can add or select your preferred search engine.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal Movies browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

 In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoMovies toolbar removal from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Movies toolbar from Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Movies Toolbar" and "New tab".

Change homepage:

Removing Movies toolbar from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.ask.com and enter your preferred domain that will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "ask.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to search.ask.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Movies Toolbar distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of Movies Toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

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