Movie Wizard Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Movie Wizard?
Created by a company called Small Island Developments, Movie Wizard is a rogue browser extension claiming to allow users to adjust screen lights when viewing online videos.
Although this functionality may seem useful and legitimate, be aware that Movie Wizard is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration on these browsers, Movie Wizard generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
These intrusive advertisements include banner, pop-up, in-text, interstitial, and text-link ads. It is highly probable that clicking these ads will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, Movie Wizard monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information, which may be personally identifiable.
For example: operating systems, browser types, cookies, website URLs visited, pages viewed, IP addresses, geographic locations, and other similar details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Movie Wizard from your Internet browsers.
Movie Wizard is similar to other rogue browser add-ons (for example, Share It All, Share Anything, and Movie Mode), which claim to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling certain functions. These extensions are useless to the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Commonly, Internet users inadvertently install adware during the download of free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, download.com, and softonic.com Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser add-ons together with the chosen free software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by paying close attention when downloading free software and never accepting installation of any additional programs offered.
If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any hidden applications and allow you to remove them from the installation list.
If you have already installed Movie Wizard and observe intrusive online advertisements when surfing the Internet, follow this removal guide to eliminate Movie Wizard adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in Movie Wizard adware distribution:
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- What is Movie Wizard?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Movie Wizard application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Movie Wizard ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Movie Wizard adware from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Movie Wizard' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Movie Wizard extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Movie Wizard adware removal:
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 "Movie Wizard", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Movie Wizard, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Movie Wizard adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Movie Wizard" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by movie wizard, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Movie Wizard", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by movie wizard, 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 Wizard".
Computer users who have problems with ads by movie wizard 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 movie wizard, 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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