0123movies.com Malware

Also Known As: potentially unwanted applications
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

0123movies.com redirect removal instructions

What is 0123movies.com?

The 0123movies.com website allows visitors to watch movies online free of charge. This may seem to be a legitimate and useful website, however, developers use it to promote other dubious sites, software, various services, and so on. Note that the site causes redirects to other untrustworthy websites. Furthermore, these redirects occur on virtually every mouse click. To avoid the resultant installation of unwanted apps and computer infections, we recommend that you avoid 0123movies.com and any associated services.

0123movies pop-up redirects

0123movies.com causes redirects to untrustworthy sites that promote potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) such as adware-type apps, browser hijackers, and other malicious software/unwanted apps. If installed, these apps hijack browsers (change settings), force users to visit dubious web pages, deliver intrusive advertisements, collect user-system information, and so on. Having them installed on your system can lead to computer infections, browsing safety and privacy issues, or even identity theft. Additionally, 0123movies.com causes redirects to technical support scam websites that display fake virus error and other alerts/notifications. Scammers use these web pages to generate revenue by tricking people into purchasing unnecessary, dubious software or using their paid services. Additionally, 0123movies.com opens dubious lottery websites often used for phishing purposes: tricking people into providing personal details that could be used to generate revenue. None of the pages opened by 0123movies.com can be trusted. Trusting them can lead to unwanted download and installation of unwanted applications that might cause even more problems. To avoid potential computer infections and other issues, avoid 0123movies.com and other similar websites. Note that, according to security researchers, 0123movies.com might be associated with browser hijackers, and thus it is possible that some unwanted apps might assign this website as the default browser search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. If your browser is already hijacked in this way, a PUA is certainly installed on your system.

Threat Summary:
Name potentially unwanted applications
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased internet browsing speed.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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There are many rogue websites that are supposedly useful (for example, allow users to watch movies free of charge), however, they usually promote numerous dubious sites (by causing unwanted redirects). If you experience unwanted downloads or installations, we recommend that you remove these programs/apps immediately.

0123movies.com website technical analysis:

  • Serving IP address: 104.31.113.219
  • Observed subdomains: cdn.0123movies.com; img.0123movies.com; www.0123movies.com; www0.0123movies.com; www1.0123movies.com; www2.0123movies.com; www3.0123movies.com; www4.0123movies.com; www5.0123movies.com; www6.0123movies.com; www7.0123movies.com; www8.0123movies.com; www9.0123movies.com
  • Full list of detections: VirusTotal

How did adware install on my computer?

PUAs are usually installed through clicked intrusive, pop-up advertisements that are displayed on dubious websites, or when software developers bundle them into the download/installation set-ups of other software. Some ads execute scripts designed to download and install unwanted applications. Generally, this occurs on dubious websites. PUAs are commonly downloaded and installed unintentionally together with regular software - developers trick people using a deceptive marketing method "bundling". Therefore, they hide information about the inclusion of PUAs into set-ups by placing it in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. In many cases, people download and install software without checking the settings, thereby granting PUAs permissions to be downloaded and installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official websites only and use direct links. Unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and so on), third party downloaders and other similar sources/channels should not be used. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. These might run scripts that download and install unwanted apps. Handle software download and installation set-ups with care. Check all available settings, dismiss offers to download or install unwanted programs and only then complete the download/installation. If you experience redirects to dubious websites or intrusive ads appear regularly, this might be due to installed unwanted apps. Check installed apps on the browser and remove all unwanted extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins immediately. Also remove any unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Unreliable lottery website promoted by 0123movies.com:

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The-news9.com website opened by 0123movies.com, which promotes dubious products:

0123movies opens website promoting questionable products

Adult website (watchmygirlfriend.tv) opened by 0123movies.com:

0123movies opens adult dating website 

The apple.com-fixing.live website opened by 0123movies.com displaying a fake virus alert (you can find more information about this website in this article):

0123movies opens website displaying fake virus alert

Website opened by 0123movies.com promoting a dubious app:

0123movies opens website promoting questionable app

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Quick menu:

Adware 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.

0123movies.com adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes 0123movies.com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing 0123movies.com ads from Internet Explorer step 1

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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing 0123movies.com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the potentially unwanted applications, 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 0123movies.com  ads from Google Chrome step 1

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

Removing 0123movies.com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the potentially unwanted applications, 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 0123movies.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing 0123movies.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with potentially unwanted applications 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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

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 didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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