Fmovies Ads

Also Known As: Ads by fmovies.to
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Fmovies[.]to redirect removal instructions

What is fmovies[.]to?

The fmovies[.]to website allows users to watch high-quality movies online free of charge. It states that they can be watched without any annoying advertisements. This information might be accurate, however, fmovies[.]to uses rogue ad networks that deploy various pop-up ads. In summary, this page displays ads, redirects to untrustworthy websites, and might also cause unwanted installations.

fmovies[.]to pop-up redirects

This website contains advertisements that, if clicked, open dubious websites. Using the site also causes redirects to other untrustworthy websites. For example, simply clicking the search tab multiple times opens dubious websites, some of which are scam pages that display fake notifications about 'detected' viruses, errors, and other similar problems. Typically, these websites are used by scammers to promote various unwanted applications. Some of the pages might be used to extort money from people by encouraging them to purchase dubious software or use paid technical support services. Websites opened by fmovies[.]to cannot be trusted and the same applies to ads displayed on them. Clicking them might result in download and installation of unwanted applications, some of which might be malicious. As with many other rogue sites, fmovies[.]to asks visitors to show notifications. Allowing them leads to irrelevant, annoying notifications, advertisements, and other unwanted behavior. As with intrusive ads, bogus notifications can lead to dubious, potentially malicious pages, or unwanted downloads/installations. We strongly advise against granting these permissions to fmovies[.]to and other websites of this kind.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by fmovies.to
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Detection Names (fmovies[.]to)
Quttera (Malicious), CLEAN MX (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.31.18.30
Sibling Domains player.fmovies.to, player1.fmovies.to, player2.fmovies.to, player3.fmovies.to
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, potentially unwanted applications (adware).
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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fmovies[.]to shares similarities with many other pages such as savefrom[.]net, flvto[.]biz, and ytmp3[.]cc. Typically, these websites are not malicious (they do not cause direct damage to computers), however, they lead to websites and show ads that might cause installation of unwanted software or even computer infection with viruses. Avoid these sites.

How did adware install on my computer?

Some of these apps are promoted on supposedly official websites, however, most people install PUAs through intrusive ads that they intentionally or accidentally click, or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This method is used to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted applications with other, regular software that they download or install intentionally. Developers often succeed simply by not properly disclosing information about the inclusion of PUAs in other software set-ups. They hide them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options/settings of set-ups. Furthermore, many users do not check these settings and leave them unchanged, thereby causing unwanted installation/downloads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download and install software with care, especially if it is free. Free programs are often ad-supportive. Download applications using official/trustworthy websites and direct links. Avoid using Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial/dubious websites and other similar methods. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings when going through software setup steps. Many intrusive ads redirect users to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. These ads should not be clicked or trusted, however, if redirects occur even without clicking ads, or ads appear on any visited website, it is very likely that this is due to installed PUAs. Check for suspicious add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins installed on your browser and remove them. The same applies to 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.

Scam website opened by fmovies[.]to:

fmoviesads[.]to opens scam website

Another website opened by fmovies[.]to:

website opened by fmovies[.]to

Screenshot of another dubious website opened by fmovies[.]to:

fmovies[.]to opens website promoting some questionable application

IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.

Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

Google Chrome (PC):

  • Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
  • Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

Google Chrome (Android):

  • Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
  • Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
  • Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
  • Select "Internet options"
  • Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
  • Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
  • Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
  • Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
  • Click the switch under each suspicious website

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
  • Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
  • Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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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.

fmovies[.]to 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 fmovies[.]to 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 fmovies[.]to 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 fmovies[.]to ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fmovies.to, 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 fmovies[.]to  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 fmovies[.]to ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by fmovies.to, 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 fmovies[.]to 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 fmovies[.]to ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by fmovies.to 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.

QR Code
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