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How to remove Movie Finder adware and the advertisements it delivers

Also Known As: Ads by Movie Finder
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is Movie Finder?

Movie Finder is rogue software endorsed as a tool for easy access to content relating to film (e.g. best and trending movies, film titles, etc.). Movie Finder features supposedly include quick search options of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), film/TV, home video, video game, streaming content database, and the Rotten Tomatoes film and TV review-aggregation website.

Following successful infiltration, Movie Finder runs intrusive advertisement campaigns and, due to this, is classified as adware. Additionally, Movie Finder monitors users' browsing activity. Since most users download/install adware inadvertently, these programs are also classified as Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs).

Website used to promote Movie Finder adware

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page, and other intrusive advertisements, typically on any visited website. The delivered ads significantly diminish the browsing experience, since they limit browsing speed and site visibility (by overlaying web page content). As well as being a nuisance, these ads are dubious, misleading, and can pose a threat to device/user safety. Once clicked, intrusive ads can redirect to various sale-oriented/promotional (of both legitimate and bogus products), rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious websites. Some of the ads can even be triggered (when clicked) to execute scripts designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without users' permission.

These unwanted apps can have varied dangerous functionality, and these functions can be in different combinations.

PUAs can force-open rogue, dangerous sites. Other types called browser hijackers modify browser settings and restrict/deny access to them to promote fake search engines. The promoted web searchers are rarely able to provide search results, and so they usually redirect to Google, Bing, Yahoo and other genuine search engines.

Furthermore, most PUAs (regardless of type) have data tracking capabilities, and Movie Finder is no exception to this. It can monitor browsing activity (visited URLs, viewed web pages, searched queries, etc.) and collect personal information derived from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is then monetized by sharing with and/or selling to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. Therefore, you are strongly advised to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Movie Finder
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.
Browser Extension(s) Movie Finder
Supposed Functionality Easy access to film/TV databases and related content.
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.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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AdBlock StreamMusiCalmWikiNow and Giphy Search are some examples of adware. This software may seem legitimate and harmless, and users are enticed into download/installation with offers of various "useful" functionality, however, despite how good the functions may sound, they rarely work as advertised and, in most cases, do not work at all.

This is true of most PUAs. The only purpose of these unwanted apps is to generate profit for the developers. Regular users receive no real value and can experience serious issues. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs run intrusive advertisement campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers and collect private data.

How did Movie Finder install on my computer?

PUAs are often downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation of software (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using "Quick/Express" settings, etc.) many users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices.

Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. When clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without users' permission.

Some PUAs (including Movie Finder)n have "official" download web pages from which they can be downloaded.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

You are advised to research all software before download/installation. Use only official and verified download channels. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule), and other third party downloaders commonly offer harmful and bundled content, and are therefore untrusted and should be avoided.

When downloading/installing, read the terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, however, they can redirect to dubious and malicious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and many others). If you encounter ads or redirects of this kind, inspect the system and remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately.

If your computer is already infected with Movie Finder, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Movie Finder adware asking permission to track browsing activity:

Movie Finder adware asking for permissions

Scam website promoting Movie Finder adware:

Movie Finder adware-promoting scam website

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Quick menu:

Movie Finder adware removal:

Windows 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

Movie Finder adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Movie Finder", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Movie Finder ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Movie Finder adware from Internet browsers:

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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Movie Finder  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 "Movie Finder", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Movie Finder ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by movie finder, 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 Movie Finder 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 "Movie Finder".

Removing Movie Finder ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by movie finder 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by movie finder, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Movie Finder 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 "Movie Finder", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Movie Finder ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by movie finder, 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

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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