What is Movie Bar browser hijacker?
Movie Bar hijacks a web browser by changing some of its settings. The main purpose of this application is to promote the quicknewtab.com address (a fake search engine). Most of the times, users download and install browser hijackers unknowingly, for this reason they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Movie Bar in detail
Usually, browser hijackers change the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab to an address of some fake search engine. Movie Bar changes the aforementioned settings to quicknewtab.com. This fake search engine can show results generated by Bing, Google, or another search engine - it depends on the user's geolocation.
It is important to mention that search engines promoted by browser hijackers can be designed to include links to potentially malicious websites and unwanted advertisements in their results. Therefore, it is recommended to browse the web using legitimate search engines and avoid using fake search engines.
It is worthwhile to mention that the Movie Bar browser hijacker may not allow users to revert the changes that it has made. Therefore, it may be necessary to uninstall this browser hijacker before taking further steps (changing the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab to the preferred address).
It is important to mention that browser hijackers can be designed to collect IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, or other browsing data. In some cases, they are capable of accessing sensitive information (like credit card details, passwords).
Individuals behind apps of this type could misuse gathered details for marketing purposes, sell them to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), or monetize them in another way. This may cause users problems with web browsing safety, online privacy, or other issues. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to have apps of this type installed.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Movie Bar|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (quicknewtab.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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Browser hijackers in general
In conclusion, browser hijackers are designed to promote fake search engines. Apps of this type do that by modifying changing a default search engine, homepage and URL of a new tab. Most browser hijackers are useless to their users. A couple of examples of other browser hijackers are Browse Safely, TopPDFSearch, and Movie stuff.
How did Movie Bar install on my computer?
Most users download or install browser hijackers and other types of PUAs unintentionally. Sometimes users cause it by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to run certain scripts. In other cases, users download or install PUAs through downloaders, installers of other programs.
In the second case, PUAs can be found in downloaders, installers as optional offers. Those offers can be declined using their "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings, or by unticking checkboxes. Users agree to download or install offered applications when they leave those settings unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download software only from trustworthy, official websites and through direct links. Third-party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, and other channels, sources of this kind can be used as tools (channels) to distribute PUAs.
Downloads, installations should not be finished without checking downloaders, installers for settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and declining offers to download or install undesired applications Intrusive ads that appear on questionable pages should not be trusted (clicked) as well.
It is common that ads displayed on shady pages are designed to open untrustworthy websites or even download, install unwanted software. Also, there should not be any unwanted, unknown apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) installed on a web browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Movie Bar, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Quicknewtab.com redirects to google.com (GIF):
Quicknewtab.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Website promoting Movie Bar browser hijacker:
Notification saying that Movie Bar can change search settings:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Movie Bar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Movie Bar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Movie Bar browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove quicknewtab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove quicknewtab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Movie Bar browser hijacker removal:
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, "Movie Bar"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the quicknewtab.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Movie Bar 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 "Movie Bar" 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 "Movie Bar", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.quicknewtab.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 "quicknewtab.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 movie bar 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 "Movie Bar", 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 "Movie Bar", remove hxxp://quicknewtab.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 movie bar 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 movie bar 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 movie bar redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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