What is Movie Right browser hijacker?
Movie Right is a browser hijacker because it changes the browser's settings to search.movieapp.net and does not allow to undo its changes. Search.movieapp.net is the address of a fake search engine. In most cases, users install apps like Movie Right unknowingly. Thus, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Movie Right in detail
Typically, browser hijackers modify the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab - they change them to an address of a specific fake search engine. Movie Right changes the aforementioned addresses (settings) to search.movieapp.net and prevents users from removing this address from the browser's settings.
Research shows that search.movieapp.net redirects to search.yahoo.com or to bing.com (via my-search.com and trafficjunction.com) - it shows results generated by Yahoo or Bing. It may show results generated by other (legitimate or untrustworthy) search engine as well. In one way or another, it is not recommended to use search.movieapp.net.
The main reason why search.movieapp.net or any other fake search engine should not be used is that it may promote unreliable websites (show misleading results), and display dubious advertisements. It is worth mentioning that search.movieapp.net cannot be removed from the hijacked browser's settings as long as the Movie Right is installed.
Furthermore, it is possible that Movie Right collects information related to user's browsing habits, for example, IP addresses, visited websites, entered search queries. It may be designed to gather personal information as well. In one way or another, it is strongly recommended not to have this app installed.
It is possible that information collected by a browser hijacker may be misused for marketing purposes, sold to third-parties, used to steal identities, etc. Therefore, an app of this type could be the reason behind problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, identity theft, and other issues.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Movie Right|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (search.movieapp.net)||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
Browser hijackers affect browsers by changing their settings. Their main purpose is to force users to browse the Internet with a fake search engine. Quite often, apps of this type function as information collectors as well. More examples of browser hijackers are GetGameSearch, SportsSearchDirect, and ProPDFConverterSearch.
How did Movie Right install on my computer?
Pretty often, users download and install browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted applications together with programs that have those apps included in their downloaders or installers included as optional offers. This distribution method is called "bundling". As a rule, PUAs are bundled with free programs.
In most cases, downloaders and installers that are used to distribute PUAs have "Manual", "Custom" (or other) settings, or ticked checkboxes. Users download and install PUAs when they leave those settings unchanged. In some cases, users cause unexpected downloads, installations by clicking advertisements designed to run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Applications and files should not be downloaded (or installed) via third-party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, unofficial sites, or other sources, channels - it is common for them to be used as tools to distribute PUAs (and malware). It is recommended to use official websites and direct links.
Downloaders and installers that have "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings or checkboxes should be examined. Quite often, those downloaders and installers include bundled applications. Ads on shady pages should not be clicked as well - most of those ads advertise untrustworthy sites.
In some cases, those ads can be designed to download, install unwanted apps. Unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a browser and apps of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. If your computer is already infected with Movie Right, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Search.movieapp.net browser redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):
Website promoting Movie Right browser hijacker:
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- What is Movie Right?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Movie Right application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Movie Right 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.
Movie Right 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 Right"), 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.
Movie Right 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 Right" 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 Right", 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 "Movie Right", 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 Right", 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.
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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