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How to remove apps promoting illegal streaming sites like lookmovie.io?

Also Known As: Ads by lookmovie.io
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is lookmovie[.]io?

Lookmovie[.]io is the address of an illegal movie streaming website. It is important to know that watching movies for free online from questionable sources like lookmovie[.]io can be dangerous and expose users to cybersecurity risks.

It is known that this particular website uses rogue advertising networks, which means it promotes questionable websites and has shady advertisements on it. Trusting websites like lookmovie[.]io and ads on them may lead to problems related to online privacy, browsing safety and other issues.

Therefore, it is strongly recommended to avoid visiting pages like lookmovie[.]io.

lookmovie[.]io pop-up redirects

At the time of the research lookmovie[.]io opened gearbest[.]com (a legitimate shopping website) and european-news[.]org (a potentially malicious website). Although, it is very likely that it could open untrustworthy websites designed to trick users into paying money for unnecessary (or fake) software, services, downloading and installing adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

Also, lookmovie[.]io could open scam websites designed to trick visitors into providing credit card details, login credentials, and other sensitive information. Advertisements on lookmovie[.]io are likely to be used to promote untrustworthy websites too.

A couple of examples of pages that lookmovie[.]io and ads on it may open are "You Are Our Winner Today!", "Norton Antivirus 2021 Update", "ERROR #DW6BD36". Therefore, it is highly advisable not to visit lookmovie[.]io (or trust ads on it or websites that it is designed to open).

It is worthwhile to mention that websites like lookmovie[.]io can be promoted through potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is not safe to have apps of this kind installed on browsers or computers because most of them are designed to gather various information and (or) generate advertisements).

It is common that PUAs collect geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited (opened) websites, Internet Protocol addresses, or other details related to browsing habits. Although, many PUAs can access personal information too. What is worse, collected data may be sold to cybercriminals, used to steal identities, accounts or for other malicious purposes.

Examples of ads that PUAs serve are coupons, surveys, banners, pop-ups, or other advertisements. More often than not, their ads are used to promote untrustworthy pages. Sometimes, those ads can cause unwanted downloads or even installations by executing certain scripts.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by lookmovie.io
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads
Serving IP Address 5.182.209.79
Related Domains 0xxviii.lookmovie[.]io, c3.lookmovie[.]io, cntr.lookmovie[.]io, false-promise.lookmovie[.]io, img.lookmovie[.]io, metrika.lookmovie[.]io, r.lookmovie[.]io
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.
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There are many illegal movie streaming websites on the Internet. Some examples are moviesjoy[.]to, anitube[.]site, and 4anime[.]to. Typically, these pages offer illegal streaming and use rogue advertising networks (contain untrustworthy advertisements).

It is strongly recommended not to trust websites of this kind and never install applications downloaded through them (or through advertisements displayed on them). As mentioned in the previous paragraph, websites like lookmovie[.]io can be promoted via PUAs.

In most cases, users download and install apps of this kind unknowingly.

How did adware install on my computer?

It is common that potentially unwanted applications are bundled together with other (mainly free) programs. In such cases, users download or install PUAs when they do not change "Advanced", "Manual", "Custom" or similar settings, or untick ticked checkboxes that downloaders or installers for those programs have in them.

By leaving the aforementioned settings unchanged, users agree to any additionally included offers. It is important to mention that fake installers can be used to distribute malicious applications.

Another deceptive method to distribute PUAs is to design advertisements to run certain scripts. Users unknowingly cause unwanted downloads, installations by clicking those ads. Most of those ads appear on unreliable pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Third-party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), questionable, unofficial pages, and other similar tools, channels should not be used to download or install the software. Quite often, these channels are used as tools to distribute various PUAs or even malicious programs.

The safest way to download software (and files) is by using official websites and direct links. Furthermore, download and installation setups often contain "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings.

It is important to check them for offers to download or install unwanted apps and decline them before finishing downloads or installations. Intrusive advertisements that are displayed on untrustworthy pages should not be clicked.

It is common that they open other untrustworthy, potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. All suspicious, unwanted, or unknown extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons that are installed on a browser should be removed.

Programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Lookmovie.io opens gearbest[.]com (GIF):

lookmovie.io opens gearbest.com

Lookmovie.io opens european-news[.]org (GIF):

lookmovie.io opens european-news.org

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Quick menu:

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.

lookmovie[.]io 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 lookmovie[.]io 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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing lookmovie[.]io  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 lookmovie[.]io ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by lookmovie.io 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 lookmovie.io, 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 pop-up 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 lookmovie[.]io ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by lookmovie.io, 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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