MovieBox browser hijacker removal instructions
What is MovieBox?
MovieBox is advertised as an app that allows users to access various movie-related sites directly from a new browser tab. This app changes browser settings to promote a fake search engine (feed.moviebox-online.com) and collects various user-system information. Apps of this type are termed browser hijackers and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs), since people often download and install them unintentionally.
After installation, MovieBox assigns the address of the homepage, default search engine, and new tab options to feed.moviebox-online.com. People who have their browsers hijacked by MovieBox are thus forced to visit this web address when they open a browser (new window), new tab, or search via the URL bar (enter search queries). Typically, browser hijackers prevent users from changing the appointed settings by immediately reassigning them if attempts are made to modify the options. To undo, change, or modify these settings, users must uninstall the browser hijacker that is causing the issue. Note that feed.moviebox-online.com is the address of a fake search engine. If used, this site redirects to search.yahoo.com and generates no unique results - it simply provides results generated by Yahoo. Search engines that behave in this manner are useless. Furthermore, most browser hijackers and fake search engines collect details such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened pages, entered search queries, and so on. Some hijackers might also record personal details. Developers share the details with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names (movie-box.online)||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||MovieBox, MovieBox Default Search|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly provides users with quick access to movie-related pages.|
|Serving IP Address (feed.moviebox-online.com)||184.108.40.206|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
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Browser hijackers are all very similar: they promote fake search engines and are used by developers to generate revenue. Typically, these apps do not function as promised and simply cause problems. PUAs can be the reason behind problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. To avoid issues, uninstall MovieBox and other PUAs installed on the browser or operating system. Examples of other browser hijackers are Transit Schedules, Universal Converter, and Simple Package Tracker.
How did MovieBox install on my computer?
PUAs are often installed unintentionally when people click deceptive, intrusive advertisements, or download and install programs. Developers often try to trick people into causing unintentional downloads/installations using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They hide additional (potentially unwanted) software in the download or installation set-ups of other software. In this way, they conceal information about this extra software in setup settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Therefore, unintentional downloads and installations are often caused when people leave these settings unchecked and unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download programs and files only from official, trustworthy websites. Unofficial websites, third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule and other tools or sources should not be trusted. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of all download or installation setups and dismiss/deselect offers to install/download unwanted apps. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, since most will open untrustworthy or even malicious websites, or lead to unwanted downloads/installations. Remove all unwanted applications (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) installed on the browser and programs of this type installed on the operating system. This should stop the browser from opening dubious web pages and showing unwanted ads. If your computer is already infected with MovieBox, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
MovieBox browser hijacker on Chrome Web Store:
MovieBox opens a web page used to promote another PUA:
MovieBox download web page asks for various permissions:
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- What is MovieBox?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MovieBox application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove feed.moviebox-online.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MovieBox browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove feed.moviebox-online.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove feed.moviebox-online.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MovieBox browser hijacker removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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, "MovieBox"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the feed.moviebox-online.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
MovieBox 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.moviebox-online.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 "MovieBox".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the feed.moviebox-online.com redirect, 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 "MovieBox" (or "MovieBox Default Search") and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), 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, disable "MovieBox" (or "MovieBox Default Search") look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://feed.moviebox-online.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 "hxxp://feed.moviebox-online.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 feed.moviebox-online.com redirect, 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 "MovieBox", 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, disable "MovieBox", remove hxxp://feed.moviebox-online.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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with feed.moviebox-online.com redirect 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 feed.moviebox-online.com redirect, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove feed.moviebox-online.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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