How to remove the MovieTab Pro browser hijacker
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is MovieTab Pro?
MovieTab Pro is rogue software categorized as a browser hijacker. It operates by making modifications to browser settings to promote fake search engines. The bogus search engines that MovieTab Pro promotes depend on users' geolocations - it has been observed promoting barosearch.com, my-search.com, search-checker.com, and others.
Additionally, most browser hijackers have data tracking capabilities, which are employed to monitor users' browsing activity - and MovieTab Pro is no exception to this. Due to the dubious techniques used to promote MovieTab Pro, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and other popular browsers are common targets of browser hijackers. Typically, they reassign the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of fake search engines.
Therefore, with a browser hijacker infiltrated, each new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar redirects to the promoted address. This is likely to be the operational pattern for MovieTab Pro, however, it may be different (i.e. the browser hijacker might not make the aforementioned modifications to browser settings).
Rogue search engines, such as barosearch.com, my-search.com, search-checker.com and many others have no genuine value to users. Usually, they cannot generate search results, and so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) legitimate sites.
Even if these fake search tools can provide search results, they tend to be inaccurate and/or promote untrusted or malicious websites. At the time of research, the web search engines promoted by MovieTab Pro (e.g. barosearch.com, my-search.com, search-checker.com, etc.) could not provide search results.
They redirected to Google, Yahoo or Bing (genuine search engines) depending on users' geolocations. Furthermore, browser hijackers can restrict/deny access to the browser settings and/or undo any permitted changes made, thereby making recovery of the hijacked browser impossible without removal of the software affecting it.
As mentioned, MovieTab Pro can track data. It can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information derived from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This vulnerable data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for profit.
To summarize, the presence of data-tracking content on systems can result in financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||MovieTab Pro|
|Promoted URL||barosearch.com, my-search.com, search-checker.com|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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SearchWorld, Road Maps & Traffic and Play Game Now are some examples of other browser hijackers. They may seem normal and offer a wide variety of "useful" functionality, however, the advertised features are seldom operational. In fact, this information is true of most PUAs.
The only purpose of this unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs can hijack browsers, force-open dubious and malicious pages, run intrusive advertisement campaigns and collect private information.
How did MovieTab Pro install on my computer?
Some PUAs (including MovieTab Pro) have "official" promotional web pages, from which they can be downloaded. These applications are also distributed via the download/installation set-ups of other programs. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling".
Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, etc.) increases the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are strongly advised to research all software before download/installation. Use only official and verified download channels, since untrusted sources such as unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders commonly offer deceptive and bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is important to read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads may seem legitimate and harmless, however, they can redirect to various dubious sites (e.g. pornography, gambling, adult-dating, and so on).
If you experience ads and/or redirects of this kind, inspect your devices and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with MovieTab Pro, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
MovieTab Pro browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting MovieTab Pro browser hijacker:
Appearance of MovieTab Pro browser hijacker causing redirects (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is MovieTab Pro?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MovieTab Pro application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove barosearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MovieTab Pro browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove barosearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove barosearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MovieTab Pro 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, "MovieTab Pro"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the barosearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
MovieTab Pro 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://barosearch.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 "MovieTab Pro".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the movietab pro 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 "MovieTab Pro" 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, disable "MovieTab Pro", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.barosearch.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 "barosearch.com", 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 movietab pro 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 "MovieTab Pro", 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 "MovieTab Pro", remove hxxp://barosearch.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with movietab pro 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 movietab pro 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.
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