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How to remove the Movie Bar browser hijacker?

Also Known As: Movie Bar redirect
Damage level: Medium

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).

quicknewtab.com browser hijacker

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 Summary:
Name Movie Bar
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Movie Bar
Supposed Functionality Improved browsing experience
Promoted URL quicknewtab.com
Serving IP Address (quicknewtab.com) 104.21.40.106
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.
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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):

movie bar browser hijacker quicknewtab.com redirects to google.com

Quicknewtab.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):

movie bar browser hijacker quicknewtab.com redirects to bing.com

Website promoting Movie Bar browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Movie Bar browser hijacker

Notification saying that Movie Bar can change search settings:

movie bar browser hijacker notification

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Quick menu:

Movie Bar browser hijacker 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.

quicknewtab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing quicknewtab.com related Google Chrome extensions

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 Bar" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing quicknewtab.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing quicknewtab.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the movie bar redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing quicknewtab.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing quicknewtab.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing quicknewtab.com from Mozilla Firefox 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 Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

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, 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 browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

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 browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the movie bar redirect, 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.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

Removal assistance:
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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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