What is feed.moviegoat.com?
According to its developers, the Movie Goat application enables access to the latest movie-related content (trailers, news, upcoming movies, awards, and so on) directly from the browser.
These features may seem useful, and Movie Goat may seem legitimate, but this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) - a browser hijacker to be more precise. It is installed without users' knowledge, promotes a fake search engine, and collects data.
Movie Goat promotes the feed.moviegoat.com (also known as moviegoat.com) fake search engine. When this app is installed on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, it changes the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URLs to feed.moviegoat.com. These may not seem important changes, but they cannot be reverted.
The Movie Goat app reassigns browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, it is impossible to revert browsers to their previous states without uninstalling the Movie Goat browser hijacker. While it is installed, users are forced to visit feed.moviegoat.com when a new tab is opened or a search query is entered using the URL bar.
When a search query is entered, users are redirected to search.yahoo.com (a legitimate Yahoo search engine). The feed.moviegoat.com search engine is, therefore, useless. As with many other browser hijackers, Movie Goat collects data such as IP addresses, search queries, keystrokes, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and personal or sensitive information.
The details are then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse them to generate revenue. In summary, having an information tracking app installed might lead to various privacy/browsing safety issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you avoid visiting feed.moviegoat.com (or moviegoat.com) and remove the Movie Goat app immediately.
|Name||Movie Goat browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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There are many browsing-hijacking apps (including Utilitool, ObtenezEmail, LokalesWetter, etc.) that promote fake search engines. Furthermore, these apps promote 'enhanced' search engines and offer features (such as access to movie-related content), however, most deliver none of the functionality promised and are designed only to generate revenue.
Some fake search engines deliver misleading redirects and intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, surveys, and so on) - these redirects and ads (and using a fake search engine in general) can lead to computer infections.
How did Movie Goat install on my computer?
Movie Goat has an official website from where it can be downloaded, however, most users (due to lack of knowledge or careless behaviour) allow this browser hijacker to be installed unintentionally. In most cases, users are tricked into installing apps such as Movie Goat when software developers use a deceptive marketing called "bundling".
This is used to install third party applications together with regular software by hiding them in "Advanced", "Custom" or other similar settings. Furthermore, many users rush the installation procedures by skipping steps, thus allowing browser hijackers (or other potentially unwanted applications) to be installed.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to online and computer safety is caution. Download software using official, trustworthy websites or other sources. Avoid using third party software downloaders (or torrents), since these programs are usually monetized by promoting potentially unwanted applications.
Do not finish any installation without first checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options. Deselect all unwanted applications and only then finish the installation process.
Note that most online advertisements may seem legitimate, but they are often designed by cyber criminals and can lead to untrustworthy websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on).
If you encounter these advertisements, check the list of installed applications (plug-ins and other apps) on your browser and eliminate unwanted, suspicious, or unknown entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with Movie Goat, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
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- What is feed.moviegoat.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Movie Goat application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove feed.moviegoat.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Movie Goat browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove feed.moviegoat.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove feed.moviegoat.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Movie Goat browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Movie Goat"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the feed.moviegoat.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Movie Goat browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://feed.moviegoat.com and enter your preferred domain, which 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 your default search engine:
Click the "gear" 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 "Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the movie goat browser hijacker, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Movie Goat Default Search" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.feed.moviegoat.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "feed.moviegoat.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the movie goat browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Movie Goat", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://feed.moviegoat.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "feed.moviegoat.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with movie goat browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the movie goat browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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