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Remove Movie-quest.co virus (Virus Removal Instructions) - Tutorial

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Movie lovers should not download browser extension from Movie-quest.co

The screenshot of Movie-quest.co

Movie-quest.co is a website created by FirstGate Mobile Limited. It promotes a browser extension that offers to try fast and free movie search. However, it’s a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] that sets search.movie-quest.co as default search engine after the installation.

However, Movie-quest.co is not the only place that offers to download this movie search tool. The extension might also be spreading in software bundles. Thus, it might sneak into the device if users do not pay attention to software installation.

After the installation, this PUP changes current search engine to search.movie-quest.co. Thus, in order to use this movie-related search, users have to enter “movie” in the Omnibox, press space or tab buttons and start browsing through featured movies.

Nevertheless, this feature may look useful for some of you; you should not deal with this application. If it appeared on your PC out of nowhere, you have to take care of your computer’s security. We firmly recommend scanning the system with ReimageIntego or another anti-spyware as soon as you notice changes in your browser.

Movie-quest.co virus is also known for:

  • altering browser’s settings,
  • changing browser’s homepage to www.movie-quest.co/ysh/search?p=,
  • setting search.movie-quest.co as default search provider,
  • triggering redirects,
  • delivering ads.

All these negative features diminish browsing experience, but that’s not all. Some of the links, ads or redirects might lead to potentially dangerous or misleading websites. Thus, while you continue using this search tool, you might end up on the Internet site where cyber criminals might lure you into the trap.

Movie-quest.co removal is necessary not only for protecting your PC from ransomware[2] and other cyber threats. It’s also necessary for your personal privacy. According to the Privacy Policy, the program might collect non-personally identifiable and technical information about users with the help of cookies and similar tracking technologies.

You can remove Movie-quest.co from your browser using reputable security software or by following manual elimination instructions below. Automatic deletion is recommended for those who haven’t installed this extension directly from the website or Chrome store. If this program arrived in the software bundle, there’s a chance that other PUPs arrived on the system as well.

The example of Movie-quest.co virusMovie-quest.co might hijack Chrome's homepage and change the search engine to search.movie-quest.co.

Three distribution strategies of the browser extension

Authors of the PUP use several channels to spread it:

  • the official website,
  • Chrome store,
  • freeware/shareware bundles.

If you are looking for a movie search tool, you can find this app on your own. As you already know, you should stay away from it. However, direct downloads are not the primary distribution method. The hijacker is noticed spreading in software bundles.

Once in a while, you may need to install freeware or shareware. However, you should not rush with this task. Usually, this software is a package full of additional components. Thus, you have to unpack the program before installing it.

It means you have to choose Advanced or Custom settings and carefully follow each of the steps. Make sure that any additional applications are not left pre-selected. Bear in mind that Quick or Recommended do not have this feature. Thus, if you have recently installed a program under them, you may have unintentionally installed Movie-quest.co redirect virus.

The application is widely spread all over the world, so no matter where you live – in the U.S., the U.K. or China[3] – if you do not pay attention to software installation, you might need to deal with undesired activities on your browser.

A step-by-step guide for Movie-quest.co virus elimination

As we have mentioned in the first part of the article, you can remove Movie-quest.co either manually or automatically. Manual elimination requires putting some effort and deleting hijacker-related entries from the system and resetting each of the web browsers.

Have a look at the instructions below. If they seem clear, do not hesitate and get rid of the PUP. If not, opt for the second Movie-quest.co removal option. It requires scanning the system with reputable anti-malware.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Movie-quest.co virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Movie-quest.co from Windows systems

Follow these steps to get rid of the Movie-quest.co browser hijacker:

  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 Movie-quest.co and related programs
    Here, look for Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.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.

Eliminate Movie-quest.co from Mac OS X system

These instructions will help you to remove browser hijacker from the Apps list.

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

Remove Movie-quest.co from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.co and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Movie-quest.co-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.co removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Movie-quest.co virus from Microsoft Edge

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 Movie-quest.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

Get rid of Movie-quest.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.co removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Movie-quest.co from Google Chrome

In order to replace search.movie-quest.co with another search provider, you have to uninstall all suspicious extensions that might be related to the browser hijacker. Then you should reset Google Chrome in order to delete tracking cookies and similar entries. These instructions will show you how to complete this task properly.

  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 Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.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 Movie-quest.co removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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