bestMovies Search Plus Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: bestMovies Search Plus potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

bestMovies Search Plus browser hijacker removal instructions

What is bestMovies Search Plus?

According to the developers, the bestMovies Search Plus app makes the everyday browsing experience easier, faster, and more enjoyable. This application is movie-themed and allows users to search for various movies using its search bar. In fact, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted app (PUA) and a browser hijacker. Apps of this type gather browsing-related information and make changes to browser settings. This particular browser hijacker also promotes the eanswers.com search engine.

eanswers.com browser hijacker

Generally, browser hijackers target popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Once installed, bestMovies Search Plus assigns eanswers.com as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. In summary, users of hijacked browsers are forced to visit this site when they open their browsers/new tabs or enter a search query into the URL bar. bestMovies Search Plus ensure that these settings cannot be changed. If an attempt to undo/change the settings is made, this app immediately reassigns them. If used, the eanswers.com search engine redirects to search.yahoo.com, thus delivering results generated by Yahoo. This renders eanswers.com useless, since this search engine does not generate any unique results. The bestMovies Search Plus browser hijacker collects information relating to browsing activity such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Personal/sensitive data might also be recorded. These unwanted apps continually collect data that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These actions (by PUA developers and third parties) can lead to problems with privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. Therefore, we recommend that you uninstall bestMovies Search Plus immediately.

bestMovies Search Plus is very similar to nJoyMovies Search Plus, mixSportTV Search Plus, and dozens of other browser-hijacking apps. Developers promote these browser hijackers as apps that offer 'useful' features, tools, etc. These are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and to trick users into downloading/installing them. Once installed, PUAs gather data and cause unwanted redirects, whilst users receive nothing in return.

How did bestMovies Search Plus install on my computer?

bestMovies Search Plus is available on its official website, however, most users install browser hijackers inadvertently when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - this often trick users into installing PUAs without their knowledge. In this way, many users install apps such as bestMovies Search Plus together with other regular software, since they are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other options of the download/installation processes. Information about the inclusion of unwanted, bundled apps is not properly disclosed. Despite this, inadvertent installations usually only occur when users skip steps of the download/installation processes and do not deselect additional apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use trustworthy and official sources to download software, rather than third party downloaders (or installers). Be patient during any installation or download process and check all available "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", and other settings or options. Deselect offers to install unwanted apps and only then finish the installation or download. Be cautious when browsing the web, especially when clicking various ads. Cyber criminals invest many resources into ads design, and it is often difficult to determine if ads are trustworthy. Deceptive ads usually lead to untrustworthy websites (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and others). If you encounter these ads or redirects, check for unknown/unwanted applications (extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons) installed on your browser. Also check for unknown/unwanted programs installed on your computer. Remove any unwanted software immediately. If your computer is already infected with bestMovies Search Plus, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Screenshot of bestMovies Search Plus extension installed on Google Chrome:

bestMovies Search Plus extension

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Quick menu:

bestMovies Search Plus browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

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 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

eanswers.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "bestMovies Search Plus"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the eanswers.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

bestMovies Search Plus browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing eanswers.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing eanswers.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://eanswers.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:

Removing eanswers.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click 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 "Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the bestmovies search plus potentially unwanted application, 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 wish 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 logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing eanswers.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "bestMovies Search Plus" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing eanswers.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a "bestMovies Search Plus" browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.eanswers.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:

Removing eanswers.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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 "eanswers.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the bestmovies search plus potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing eanswers.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "bestMovies Search Plus", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing eanswers.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, find "bestMovies Search Plus",  remove hxxp://eanswers.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing eanswers.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "eanswers.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with bestmovies search plus potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

Removal assistance:
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