What kind of application is Watch Movies?
Watch Movies is promoted as a browser extension allowing users to easily search for movies. We tested this app and found that it displays unwanted advertisements. Software that shows annoying ads is called adware. It is uncommon for adware to be downloaded and installed (or added to browsers) on purpose.
More about Watch Movies
Advertisements displayed by Watch Movies can open various untrustworthy websites (e.g., various scam pages asking for personal information, offering to download questionable software, urging to call fake technical support numbers, etc.). Also, adware can display ads designed to cause unexpected downloads or even installations.
Also, advertising-supported applications can be used to promote fake search engines. In such cases, they operate as browser hijackers - they change the settings of a web browser to force users to visit a specified address. Using fake search engines can lead to untrustworthy websites and issues related to online privacy.
|Name||Ads by Watch Movies|
|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.
Adware in general
The purpose of adware is to display various ads. In addition to showing ads, adware often manipulates the settings of a web browser and gathers various data. Usually, adware is promoted and distributed using deceptive methods. Thus, most users download and install (or add) adware inadvertently.
How did adware install on my computer?
We discovered Watch Movies on an untrustworthy page instructing visitors to click "Continue" and then add an extension to "complete". This extension gets added after completing the provided steps. In other cases, adware gets installed alongside other software and deceptive advertisements.
When software is bundled with adware, it is installer has checkboxes or settings like "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or similar settings. Users install adware when they complete installations without unticking checkboxes or changing the provided settings.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download apps from legitimate sources (official pages and stores). Avoid downloading apps from questionable pages or use third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources to download them.
Also, deselect additionally included applications before downloading and installing software. Do not trust ads on shady websites or permit such pages to show notifications. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Shady website offering to add the Watch Movies extension:
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Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Watch Movies?
- 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 unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Watch Movies" and other unwanted extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by watch movies, 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 watch movies 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 watch movies, 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?
Usually, adware diminishes the web browsing experience. It shows annoying ads that cover the contents of visited pages. Additionally, adware can slow down a computer and invade privacy.
What does adware do?
It displays various advertisements. Also, it can be designed to function as a browser hijacker and to collect various data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
They use adware to promote products, websites, services, etc. One of the most commonly used ways to monetize adware is participating in affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Watch Movies adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate adware. It can be difficult to remove adware manually without leaving any of its data in the system. Thus, we recommend using Combo Cleaner to remove adware and other unwanted software.