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Remove 123movies.co (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

123movies.co – a browser hijacker that promises a free access to movies and TV series but might compromise online privacy

123movies.co hijacker

Questions about 123movies.co

123movies.co is a potentially unwanted program[1] that establishes its homepage, new tab address and search engine without adequately asking for permission to do so. For such reasons, the PUP is categorized as a browser hijacker which can affect Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Safari. 123movies.co hijack initiates an intense advertisement of sponsored websites and their products/services, allowing the authors to generate revenue. Unfortunately, the end user is the one who has to deal with persistent redirects and altered search results. Additionally, browser hijackers are known to congregate non-personally identifiable information about internet browsing habits and other data.

Summary
Name 123movies.co
Type Browser hijacker / Potentially unwanted program
Distribution Software bundling, unsafe sites, pop-up ads
Main dangers Malware infections, data leak
Symptoms Altered homepage of the browser, unwanted redirects, altered search results, etc.
Elimination You can employ manual removal guide below or usa anti-malware software for automatic termination
System recovery and optimization Potentially unwanted programs might leave a mess on your machine, e.g., changed registry entries. To revert the damage done and ensure optimization of your computer, scan it with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

123movies.co hijacker is most likely established after the installation of third-party software that is initiated by users themselves. This method is called software bundling, and many freeware and shareware developers make use of it. While legal, many researchers believe that it is highly unfair, as it uses deceptive tricks to make users skip some vital installation steps that install additional components on the machine. For such reason, the unwanted app can be called 123movies.co virus by some.

While browser hijackers like 123movies.co are often considered to be just a nuisance, they actually bring in much more than an annoyance. Those who are not wary enough might end up on malware-laden sites where malicious JavaScript could abuse software vulnerabilities[2] to inject much more prominent malware. In such a case, users might not even notice the infiltration, as they do not have to initiate any downloads and a simple redirect to an unsafe site is enough.

Additionally, 123movies.co could initiate the infiltration of additional add-ons, toolbars, browser extensions and other potentially unwanted programs. Therefore, experts[3] suggest not to click on any hyperlinks, ads, pop-ups or other questionable content and remove 123movies.co from their browsers instead. Only then the unwanted activity can be terminated.

Those who do not think that 123movies.co redirects could cause danger should be reminded about the collection of information. Data collection is a common practice among browser hijackers, and such tracking technologies as cookies can be used to gather:

  • IP address;
  • Geolocation;
  • Sites visited;
  • Search queries;
  • Technical details;
  • Links clicked;
  • Bookmarks added, etc.

Therefore, if you value your privacy, start 123movies.co removal immediately. You can rely on our instructions below for that. Additionally, we recommend users to scan their computers using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, or other PC repair software after the browser hijacker is eliminated.

123movies.co potentially unwanted application123movies.co is a potentially unwanted program that hijacks settings of each of the installed browsers

Install free applications caefully: PUPs might be hidden inside

It surprising how many individuals are still not aware of PUP distribution method – bundling. However, it manages to stay unnoticed and not is generally not publicized, hence many users do not know of its existence. Unfortunately, but freeware and shareware developers are quick to abuse this fact, and employ bundling technique to add optional installs into the setups of free applications that they offer. Because the suggested apps are free, this way of monetizing greatly benefits their creators.

Unfortunately, it does the opposite to regular users, as they let in PUPs without even noticing. The trick is to hide additional applications, add-ons, toolbars, system optimizers, and similar useless software under Advanced or Custom Installation mode. It is well known that most users rush the installation process and pick Recommended/Quick settings. Therefore, select Advanced settings and eliminate the pre-selected tick boxes before proceeding.

Additionally, users can also install the PUP when clicking on misleading advertisements.Therefore, it is recommended to refrain from installing browser extensions and add-ons that are advertised on random websites.

Get rid of 123movies.co redirects by using our instructions

Many users might not realize what is causing an increased amount of ads, redirects, and other unwanted activities on their PCs. However, if your search engine is turned to 123movies.co, and you are unable to revert these changes, your computer needs to be cleansed from PUPs.

Our team prepared a set of instructions that can help you remove 123movies.co virus from your computer. Therefore, please follow each step carefully and in the correct order. Do not attempt manual elimination if you are not that computer savvy, however, and rely on security software instead.

Automatic 123movies.co removal can be performed in just a few minutes. All you have to do is download and install reputable security software and bring it up to date. Then, you should run a full system scan which will detect all the unwanted apps installed on your machine and get rid of them automatically.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove 123movies.co, follow these steps:

Uninstall 123movies.co from Windows systems

To eliminate 123movies.co virus from Windows, follow these steps carefully:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall 123movies.co and related programs
    Here, look for 123movies.co or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove 123movies.co from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Delete 123movies.co from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove 123movies.co from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for 123movies.co-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove 123movies.co, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to 123movies.co and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the 123movies.co-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of 123movies.co from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 123movies.co and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 123movies.co removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase 123movies.co from Microsoft Edge

You have to manually reset Internet Explorer to revert changes done by the hijacker:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the 123movies.co-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove 123movies.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Make sure you refresh Mozilla Firefox and the PUP is eliminated:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select 123movies.co and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 123movies.co removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate 123movies.co from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select 123movies.co and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 123movies.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall 123movies.co from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for 123movies.co or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by 123movies.co, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete 123movies.co removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

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You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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