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How to uninstall the Movie Side browser hijacker?

Also Known As: movieapp.net redirect
Damage level: Medium

What is Movie Side browser hijacker?

Movie Side is designed to hijack a web browser by altering its settings (by changing certain addresses to movieapp.net - a fake search engine). Most browser hijackers are promoted and distributed using questionable methods. Therefore, it is uncommon for them to be downloaded and installed on purpose.

movieapp.net browser hijacker

Movie Side browser hijacker in detail

Since browser hijackers rarely are downloaded and installed intentionally, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Apps of this type promote fake search engines by changing settings such as the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Movie Side changes them to movieapp.net.

It is known that movieapp.net redirects users to bing.com via my-search.com and trafficjunction.com (a couple of untrustworthy URLs). In other words, movieapp.net is a fake search engine designed to show results generated by Bing. Although, it may show results generated by questionable search engines.

It is important to know that questionable search engines can be designed to promote shady websites - they might generate results containing links to potentially malicious pages. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to use only trustworthy search engines (like Google, Yahoo, Bing).

Usually, users are not allowed to remove a fake search engine (its address) from the browser's settings - a browser hijacker keeps its settings unchangeable as long as it is installed on a browser. Therefore, in order to be able to remove a fake search engine from the browser's settings, it is necessary to uninstall a browser hijacker first.

Furthermore, a browser hijacker is a potentially unwanted application that could be designed to collect visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses, and other information related to a user's browsing habits. Also, it could be designed to gather passwords, autofill data, and other sensitive information.

Information collected by a browser hijacker may be sold to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), used for marketing purposes. Also, it might be used to steal identities, personal accounts, make unauthorized purchases, etc. It depends on what data the installed browser hijacker can access.

Threat Summary:
Name Movie Side
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Movie Side
Supposed Functionality Improved browsing experience
Promoted URL movieapp.net
Serving IP Address (movieapp.net) 69.172.201.153
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

Movie Side probably is advertised as a useful, legitimate application. However, it is unlikely that this app has any useful features. Also, the fake search engine promoted through Movie Side is definitely not a trustworthy one. More examples of browser hijackers are ProRadioSearch, StreamingSearches, and SimpleConverters.

How did Movie Side install on my computer?

Most browser hijackers are distributed through downloaders and installers for free programs. In such cases, those downloaders and installers have settings (for example, "Custom", "Advanced") that can be used to deselect optional downloads, installations. Users agree to download or install unwanted apps when they do not change those settings.

In some cases, users cause unwanted downloads and installations by clicking advertisements displayed on untrustworthy websites. Those advertisements start downloads or installations by executing certain scripts. Also, unwanted apps can be distributed through fake installers.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications and files downloaded from unreliable sources like unofficial pages, via third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, and other sources of this kind should not be trusted. It is common that those sources are used to distribute unwanted apps. It is recommended to use only official pages and direct links.

Downloaders and installers that have "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings are likely to include offers to download or install potentially unwanted apps. Therefore, it is recommended to check those settings and decline unwanted offers. One more recommendation is not to click advertisements that untrustworthy websites have on them.

Quite often, those ads are designed to promote various untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. In some cases, they can download or even install PUAs. Unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons) installed on a web browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed.

If your computer is already infected with Movie Side, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Movieapp.net redirects to bing.com via movieapp.net and my-search.com (GIF):

movie side browser hijacker movieapp.net redirects to bing via my-search.com and trafficjunction.com

Website promoting Movie Side browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Movie Side browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Movie Side browser hijacker removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

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.

movieapp.net browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Movie Side"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the movieapp.net website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Movie Side browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing movieapp.net 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 Side" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing movieapp.net 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 Side", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.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:

Removing movieapp.net 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 "movieapp.net", 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 movieapp.net 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 movieapp.net 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 Side", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing movieapp.net 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 Side", remove hxxp://movieapp.net and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing movieapp.net 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 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, 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 movieapp.net 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.

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