Ads by MovieDea
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is MovieDea?
MovieDea is presented as a legitimate browser extension allowing users to find information about various movies and TV series. This browser add-on may appear to be legitimate and useful, however, MovieDea is categorized as adware.
Using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', this potentially unwanted program (PUP) stealthily installs on computers together with other software and without users' consent.
After successful installation on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, MovieDea generates various intrusive online advertisements such as banners, pop-ups, in-text, and other similar ads. Be aware that advertisements generated by this rogue application (and other similar applications) usually leads to dubious websites and your computer may become infected.
MovieDea records various software and hardware information that is likely to be personally identifiable. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Ziftr, MixVideoPlayer, Web United, and BestPricesApp are just some examples of adware infections similar to MovieDea.
Although these applications claim to provide various useful features, none are of any value to the user. PUPs such as MovieDea are developed to generate revenue by sharing collected data with third parties and the display of intrusive ads. Therefore, MovieDea should be uninstalled from your system immediately.
Most popular freeware download websites, including softonic.com, soft32.com, download.com and many others, employ small programs called 'download clients' (also called 'installers', 'download managers', etc.) to monetize their traffic and free services.
Download clients offer installation of additional programs together with the chosen software, and although it is stated that these promoted apps are '100% legitimate and virus-free', most are adware or malware. To avoid installation of MovieDea, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and ensure no other applications are included.
Additionally, use the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options when installing downloaded software - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. The following removal instructions will guide you through MovieDea adware removal.
Deceptive free software installers used in MovieDea adware distribution:
MovieDea adware generating pop-up ads:
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- What is MovieDea?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MovieDea application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove MovieDea adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MovieDea ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by MovieDea' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove MovieDea extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MovieDea 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 "MovieDea", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes MovieDea ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove MovieDea adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, MovieDea did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the moviedea adware, 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: all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the moviedea adware, 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", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with moviedea adware 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 moviedea adware, 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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