Movieapp Search browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Movieapp Search?
Apps like Movieapp Search are called browser hijackers because they change browser settings to promote a fake search engine. This particular app promotes the search.movieapp.net address. It is worthwhile to mention that browser hijackers can be used to collect various data as well. It is common that users download and install apps of this type unintentionally. For this reason, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines (their addresses) by changing setting such as the address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. Therefore, users of hijacked browsers are forced to visit a specific address when they enter search queries into the URL bar, open a browser or new tab. Movieapp Search promotes the search.movieapp.net address. Search.movieapp.net is called a fake search engine because it shows results generated by Yahoo: depending on the user's geolocation, search.movieapp.net redirects users directly to search.yahoo.com or open search.yahoo.com via my-search.com, and search-checker.com). In most cases, users can undo the changes that the installed browser hijacker has made only when it is no longer installed. Therefore, search.movieapp.net can be removed the settings of the affected web browser only when the Movieapp Search is uninstalled. It is worthwhile to mention that fake search engines can be used to promote dubious websites. There are fake search engines that display shady advertisements as well. Either way, it is strongly advisable not to use any fake search engines.
It is important to know that browser hijackers can be used to collect various browsing-related data. For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations. It is known that there are browsers hijackers that gather personal details as well. It is common that apps of this type collect data to generate revenue for their developers. More precisely, developers behind browser hijackers tend to use information gathered by their apps for marketing purposes. Although, they could sell gathered data to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), or monetize it in other ways. Therefore, a browser hijacker can be the reason behind issues with online privacy, browsing safety, and other issues.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Movieapp Search|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (search.movieapp.net)||18.104.22.168|
|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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There are many browser hijackers like Movieapp Search on the Internet. Some examples are Search Button, WebRadioSearch, and Conf Search. The only main difference between them is the address (fake search engine) they are used to promote. Also, it is common that browser hijackers are advertised as useful, legitimate applications. However, Apps of this type are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by promoting shady addresses and gathering data. If an app like Movieapp Search is installed on a browser or the operating system, then it should be removed from it.
How did Movieapp Search install on my computer?
Typically, users download or install browser hijackers or other apps of this kind unintentionally. In some cases, users cause it when they click on deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts. However, more often users download or install PUAs alongside other, usually free programs. It is common that PUAs are distributed by bundling them together with other programs. As a rule, bundled applications can be opted out using "Custom", "Advanced" settings, or by unticking checkboxes that downloaders, installers have. Users download or install PUAs with other program when they leave the aforementioned settings unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Downloaders and installers that have settings like "Custom", "Advanced" tend to be bundled with potentially unwanted applications. Therefore, those settings should be checked before finishing downloads or installations. Software (and files) should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links. Other sources for downloading files, programs can be used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious programs. A couple examples of sources of this kind are third party downloaders, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), free file hosting pages. Third-party installers can be used to distribute unwanted software too. Additionally, it is recommended not to click on advertisements if they appear while visiting questionable sites. Those ads can be designed to promote untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser (or programs of this kind installed on the operating system) should be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with Movieapp Search, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
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- What is Movieapp Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Movieapp Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Movieapp Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove search.movieapp.net homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove search.movieapp.net redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove search.movieapp.net redirect from Internet Explorer.
Movieapp Search 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, "Movieapp Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.movieapp.net website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Movieapp Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "Movieapp Search" 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 "Movieapp Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.movieapp.net) 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 "search.movieapp.net", 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 search.movieapp.net 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Movieapp Search", 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 "Movieapp Search", remove hxxp://search.movieapp.net 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 search.movieapp.net 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 search.movieapp.net 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.
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://search.movieapp.net 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 "Movieapp Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.movieapp.net 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.
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 search.movieapp.net redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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