What kind of application is Moviesm?
Moviesm is described as an extension that allows users to watch movies and TV shows anytime and everywhere. Our team has tested Moviesm and learned that this app barely provides useful features and shows intrusive advertisements. Thus, we classified Moviesm as adware. Additionally, this app can read data on all websites.
Moviesm in detail
Advertisements (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons) displayed by Moviesm should not be trusted - they may open untrustworthy websites. For example, deceptive pages asking visitors to enter sensitive information, urging them to call fake technical support numbers or download shady apps (or pay for unnecessary apps or services), etc.
Sometimes, clicking those ads may trigger unwanted downloads or even installations. Also, Moviesm can read (and change) data on all websites. Its developers may use it to gather browsing data, personally identifiable information, and other details. Information obtained via shady apps can be sold to third parties, used to steal identities, for marketing purposes, etc.
|Name||Ads by Moviesm|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
In some cases, apps like Moviesm can modify the settings of web browsers (hijack web browsers) to promote fake search engines. These search engines can generate misleading results (promote untrustworthy websites) and show results generated by other search engines of this kind.
How did adware install on my computer?
Moviesm has an official page. However, it is also promoted on a deceptive page instructing visitors to add this extension to continue/complete. It gets added to a web browser after completing the steps on both official and deceptive pages.
In other cases, adware gets installed alongside other software or via ads designed to run certain scripts. Software bundled with adware has "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings (or ticked checkboxes) in its installer. Users agree to install adware when they complete installations without changing those settings.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications from official websites (or stores). Do not use shady pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources to download apps and files. Also, do trust ads, click fake buttons on dubious sites, or allow shady pages to show notifications.
Deselect optional (unwanted) installations before installing software (it can be achieved using the installers' settings). If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Official page promoting Moviesm:
Deceptive pages promoting this adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Moviesm?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
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:
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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 Moviesm adware using Combo Cleaner:
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 "Moviesm" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by moviesm, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by moviesm 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by moviesm, 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.
Commonly, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Typically, the main problems with having adware added to a browser or installed on a computer are diminished web browsing experience and slower computer performance. In some cases, adware can gather data. Thus, it can cause problems related to online privacy.
What does adware do?
The main purpose of adware is to display annoying advertisements. However, it can have additional functions, e.g., it can be designed to collect information and promote fake search engines.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers monetize their software by promoting various products, web pages, services, etc. It is popular among adware developers to earn money via affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Moviesm adware?
Combo Cleaner will remove all adware from the operating system. It will eliminate adware automatically. Sometimes, users cannot manually remove adware without leaving any of its data in the operating system. Thus, it is recommended to remove adware with specialized software like Combo Cleaner.