Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
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 is similar to other adware which install together with free software and alter user's Internet browser settings, for example Music toolbar, Aartemis, Nationzoom 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 removal:
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.
Movies toolbar removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser plugins:
Movies toolbar removal from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons." Look for "Movies Toolbar" select this entry and click "Remove".
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons." Click on "Extensions" and remove "Movies Toolbar" and "New tab".
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.
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.