Movie Search is a potentially malicious browser add-on and extension that reputable internet security programs recognize as adware. This browser extension is similar to the Music Search extension for Google Chrome. The Movie Search extension is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other popular internet browsers. Once the browser extension has been installed it will read and change all your data on the websites you visit and change your search settings to: search.softorama.com, search.yahoo.com, or another Movie Search search webpage that contains a toolbar at the top of the browser window. This will cause affected web browsers to start-up on the website and redirect to the website when you open a new browser tab or search the web using the browser’s address or omni bar.
|Name(s)||Movie Search, Movie Search virus|
|Short Description||This extension is promoted as a free browser utility.|
|Symptoms||The user may experience unwanted advertisements and redirects in the web browser.|
|Distribution Method||This extension bundles with freeware and dubious files and is promoted by deceptive advertisements.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool (Malwarebytes)|
What is Movie Search?
Movie Search is promoted as a free browser utility that allows you to allegedly search for movies online; although we have located no legitimate evidence to support these claims. Even if the browser extension does what it claims to do it can cause many problems.
The Movie Search extension for Google Chrome has permission to read and change all your data on the websites you visit and change your search settings to: search.softorama.com.
Movie Search Removal
The Movie Search extension and other objects that it may bundle with can usually be uninstalled manually from your computer and internet browser. We have provided several steps below the article to show you how remove Movie Search and other threats. However, if you have clicked on any random ads or have been redirected to suspicious websites, your system may have been exposed to malware and other threats. To make sure your PC is completely clean and your information is protected from cyber criminals, we recommend that you follow all the steps below.
- Step 1: Uninstall unwanted programs from Windows
- Step 2: Remove Movie Search extension
- Step 3: Remove Movie Search virus with Malwarebytes
- Step 4: Remove Movie Search malware with HitmanPro
- Step 5: Clean and repair your computer with CCleaner
Step 1: Uninstall Movie Search from Windows
Follow the instructions to uninstall unwanted programs that may bundle with the Movie Search extension from your Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computer. If you do not find unwanted programs installed on your computer but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads and browser redirects it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files.
1. Open Windows Start or Task menu and go to the Control Panel (or directly to Programs and Features).
2. In the “Programs” section click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove programs).
3. Search for unwanted programs in the list of installed programs and double click the program you want to remove to uninstall it. You can also select the unwanted program with your mouse and click the Uninstall button once it appears. A general tip is to click “Installed On” to sort out and locate any programs that installed around the same time you noticed unwanted symptoms.
Step 2: Remove Movie Search extension
Follow the instructions to remove Movie Search extensions, as well as other attachments that it may bundle with from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer & Edge, and Apple Safari. If you do not find a Movie Search attachments installed on your internet browser but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads while you browse the web it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files. To remove Movie Search from Microsoft internet browsers you must uninstall the program.
1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Movie Search extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.
1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.
2. Search for the Movie Search add-on and click Remove.
1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.
2. Search for the Movie Search extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.
Step 3: Remove Movie Search virus with Malwarebytes
Follow the instructions to remove Movie Search with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
2. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.
3. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.
4. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
5. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.
Step 4: Remove Movie Search malware with HitmanPro
Follow the instructions to remove Movie Search with HitmanPro second-opinion software.
1. Download and install HitmanPro second opinion scanner and removal tool.
3. Once Hitman Pro is installed, open the program and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.
4. When the scan is complete, click the Next button again to delete any threats or traces on your system.
5. If you are initially using the free version, to activate it, enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.
6. Restart your computer by selecting Reboot.
Step 5: Clean and repair your computer with CCleaner
Follow the instructions to clean your computer and repair your computer’s settings.
2. Once installed, open the program and go to the main Cleaner screen and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries. If you find any thing suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.
4. To finish things off, go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.