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

Movies toolbar is a browser add-on created by APN LLC and distributed by Bandoo Media. This plugin promises to enhance user's Internet browsing experience by providing it's users with movie trailers, celebrity birthday information and video tools. It's compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. While the functionality added by Movies toolbar can sound legitimate, in reality this toolbar is being categorized as being adware or a potentially unwanted application - it installs on user's Internet browsers without their consent and alters browser settings by changing user's homepage and default search engine to search.ask.com;

Moreover, this toolbar slows down Internet browsers and tracks user's Internet browsing by recording IP address, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), cookie information, and the web page that a user visits. At the time of research Movies, toolbar was distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling. This add-on installed with King Translate, 7Zip and iLivid software. This browser plugin doesn't add any significant value - it's just a collection of links to various video related websites (imdb.com, movies.com, etc.), it's recommended to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from one's Internet browsers.

Movies toolbar

Movies toolbar is similar to other adware which install together with free software and alter user's Internet browser settings, for example Music toolbar, AartemisNationzoom and many other. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted programs, Internet users should be very careful when downloading free software. Nowadays most of freeware download websites are using shady download clients (small programs which offer installation of advertised browser plug-ins) to monetize their free services, reckless free software downloading can easily end up in adware infections. When downloading free software inspect every downloading step and opt-out installation of promoted programs and browser extensions by clicking on a "decline" button. If you have already installed Movies toolbar use the provided removal guide and eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.

Screenshot of a deceptive free software installer promoting Movies toolbar:

Movies toolbar installer

Movies toolbar removal:

Movies toolbar uninstall from Control Panel

Windows 7 users:

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel."

Windows XP users:

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

Windows 8 users:

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

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 that cause browser redirects to search.ask.com website, scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all the entries that this program detects to make sure 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:

Movies toolbar removal from Internet Explorer:

Removing Movies toolbar from Internet Explorer extensions

Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons." Look for "Movies Toolbar" select this entry and click "Remove".

Change homepage:

Removing Movies toolbar from Internet Explorer homepage

 

Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options," in the opened window remove search.ask.com and enter your preferred domain that will open every 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 "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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"

If you continue having problems with redirects to search.ask.com, you can 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 on "Advanced " tab, then click Reset.

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 on "Advanced " tab, then click Reset.

Movies toolbar removal from Google Chrome:

Removing Movies toolbar from Google Chrome extensions

Click on bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "Movies toolbar" select this entry and click on a trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Removing Movies toolbar from Google Chrome homepage

Click on the wrench (bars) icon, 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 on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings," in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...," remove "Ask.com," now you can add or select your preferred search engine.

Movies toolbar removal from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Movies toolbar from Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click "Firefox" (at the top left 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 every 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 having problems with redirects to search.ask.com, you can reset you Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox," in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.

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.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Movies Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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