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123movies.co. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

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

123movies.co hijacker
123movies.co is a browser hijacker that promises free videos online, but also delivers unwanted commercial content

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 Use our instructions below and then scan your machine with Reimage to eliminate the damage done

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, or other PC repair software after the browser hijacker is eliminated.

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 can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they 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:

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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.

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Delete 123movies.co from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for 123movies.co or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Get rid of 123movies.co from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 123movies.co and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 123movies.co removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase 123movies.co from Microsoft Edge

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

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, 123movies.co should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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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
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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
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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

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