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Remove Fmovies (Removal Guide) - updated Nov 2019

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Fmovies is a video streaming service that also serves potentially malicious ads

Fmovies ads

Fmovies is one of many pirated content streaming sites that rely on malvertising to gain revenue for site creators. While many users focus on watching TV shows, movies, and other video content for free, they usually do not realize that their computers are in great danger of malware infection. Fmovies is just one of many online piracy websites, such as  Movie2k123movies.co or Moviepin and many others. While the best way to protect yourself from cyber infections like ransomware, backdoors, trojans, and spyware is staying away from illegal sites, it is a well-known fact that many users will turn the blind eye on such warnings. Therefore, while we do not encourage piracy, we will explore the ways of less risky video streaming site browsing. Do not forget that, if your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari browser is redirecting you to these unsafe sites, it is highly likely that your device is affected by adware.

Name Fmovies
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms Redirects to suspicious commercial sites, delivers intrusive advertisements and browser or desktop notifications
Similar to  123movies.co, Movie2k, or Moviepin
Distribution Malicious websites, software bundles, deceptive ads
Danger Can expose to malicious content, collect information about the user
Elimination Use anti-malware tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner for the system cleaning and remove Fmovies from the device

Fmovies virus is a cyber intruder that may affect your device after recent use of the online streaming service. While the array of malware that can be hosted on pirated sites can differ vastly, we should recommend you scan your device with security software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner – these programs should catch malware without much trouble. Nevertheless, you can also pick another powerful security tool.

It is not surprising that the operation of the Fmovies website is really dodgy. Click on anything – a movie poster, genre, suggestion links – you will end up on some sort of unknown website (usually gambling). Additionally, Fmovies site uses several tricks to make users click on ANYTHING just to be redirected. For example, clicking on promotional posters would lock the image to the cursor, prompting to click to release it.

Even after we managed to get through to the video, the pause button would still redirect us! Additionally, sponsored messages are even embedded within the video itself – does not scream “quality.” Besides, Fmovies was was sued for $210,000 by ABS-CBN in 2017.[1]

Such suspicious practices are not uncommon, and many pirated sites use them. The primary goal or the malicious activity is to gain revenue by either redirecting to sponsored websites or by infecting the machine with data-stealing malware that could use personal information for illegal purposes, such as identity theft.

Once you get infected with Fmovie virus, it may be able to perform several malicious acts, such as altering Windows Registry or creating Scheduled tasks. In such a case, you will be redirected to malicious sites regardless if you are on Fmovie website, or even when your browser is turned off, for that matter.

As soon as you are done with Fmovies removal, you should reset each of the affected browsers. We also advise you use additional security measures when visiting high-risk sites like Fmovies, as we explain below.

Fmovie virus
Fmovies is an adware program that redirects to online shopping or affiliated commercial sites from every click on the page.

Be careful when installing freeware and avoid malware when using dangerous sites

Of course, the best advice would be to stay away from pirated content and hosting websites of such kind and stick to Netflix or Hulu. Unfortunately, this practice will never be achieved, at least not for everybody. There are always people who are willing to risk. Therefore, please check out these tips suggested by experts,[2] they will help you prevent most malware infections while visiting video streaming sites:

  • Install security software with real-time scanning feature that would catch infections before they enter your machine;
  • Use a VPN, it can protect your online privacy;
  • Carefully set security settings of your browser (for example, do not let flash run automatically);
  • When downloading video files, stick to formats like .avi or .mpeg
  • Use ad-blocking applications such as AdBlock;

You should also beware of bundled software and never rush the installation steps. Pick Advanced or Custom settings and remove all the optional components before finalizing the install. This way, you will avoid potentially unwanted programs and malware that is bundled[3] together with the desired software.

Get rid of Fmovies and all associated programs by cleaning the system with antivirus tools

To remove Fmovies virus from the machine completely, you need to choose a trustworthy anti-malware program and scan the system thoroughly. We have a few suggestions for this software down below alongside the tips and guides for browser cleaning. 

Fmovies removal might be difficult due to additional alterations such as modified registry entries, so an automatic method using antivirus programs is the way to go. Cleaning the system fully improves the speed of your device and eliminates cyber threats you had no idea your device had.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . 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 Fmovies, follow these steps:

Get rid of Fmovies from Windows systems

Clean the device from additional Fmovie content and remove adware completely:

  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 Fmovies and related programs
    Here, look for Fmovies 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'

Eliminate Fmovies 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 Fmovies 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'

Delete Fmovies 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 Fmovies 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 Fmovies removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Fmovies from Microsoft Edge

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, Fmovies should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Fmovies from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Make sure to remove Fmovie from the browser and block notifications:

  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 Fmovies 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Fmovies removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Fmovies from Google Chrome

Fmovie removal should help with the security of your system, but you also need to clean the browser separately:

  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 Fmovies 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Fmovies removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Fmovies 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 Fmovies or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Fmovies removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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