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Remove Movie2k ads (Free Guide) - updated Dec 2018

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Movie2k is a website that delivers questionable redirects to commercial content-filled or even malicious sites

Movie2k ads 

Movie2k is not a useful website even when it seems to give the advantage of watching movies and TV online. This adware-type virus operates via web scripts. Its primary mission is to direct you to its sponsored domains. For a while, a user may not even suspect that their browsers have been compromised with this PUP. The particular Movie2k.to website got closed in 2013 because of the questionable behavior and methods. Nevertheless, there are tons of different sites with the same or at least similar name and identical tactics, for example, movie4k.to. Millions of users have migrated to the alternative service after the shutdown. You should already know about risks when you use these online streaming websites. We do not recommend such services because you can get malware on the system or possibly expose your private information. Additionally, these sites use pirated movies and TV shows.

Name Movie2k
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Similar to movie4k.to
Symptoms Causes redirects to possibly malicious sites and delivers intrusive advertisements 
Current status The website is closed since 2013
Danger level Medium. It is not malicious but displays content that may lead to malware infections
Distribution Bundling technique during freeware installations, similar websites[1]
Elimination Clean the system with Reimage and avoid visiting Movie2k.to and similar sites

You may already use or be familiar with websites that offer online streaming services or gives the opportunity to watch TV shows or movies online. Often such websites contain advertisements and you cannot leave your AdBlock extensions or programs on since the main profit comes from visited ads. 

However, neither of these domains leave the impression of trusted websites. The latter contain embedded scripts which redirect you to a series of questionable web pages. Speaking of movie2.io, it also cooperates with sponsored domains: micmusic.com, gomediaz.com. Once you click on the play button, you will be redirected to a couple of shady websites.[2]

In 2013 the Movie2k was shut down by MPAA due to the high-pressure operation that involved a letter to the United States House of Representatives.[3] This Romania based website quickly recovered with a new name and right now has multiple versions of the same service that allows watching pirated movies and TV shows. 

Despite how useful this service may look, it does not contain any EULA or privacy policy which are crucial for legitimate domains. Thus, due to these factors, you may consider Movie2k removal. For that purpose, anti-malware programs come in handy because Reimage, and other similar tools can find all related programs or files and delete them from the system.

The image of Movie2k.io
Movie2k.to is a site that promotes the service as a useful online TV streaming service.

Movie2k.to is a site that promotes the service as a useful online TV streaming service.

Online streaming websites with a silent adware infiltration

If you spend a significant share of your free time while watching movies online, you may notice how much advertising content is placed in similar domains. While usually such ads can be canceled after a second attempt, visiting such domain may leave more troublesome effects.

Not to mention the annoying frequency of Movie2k ads, they might be a harbinger of other issues. After you click on them, you may get redirected to one of the dozens sponsored domains. For instance, you may be misled to the domain with a ridiculously long URL name claiming that you have been the lucky visitor and offered to reclaim your prize. Researchers[4] advise avoiding these scams and reward campaigns.

Such claims are simply scammed messages. However, more credulous users may fall for the scam and disclose their personal information – phone number, email address, and other personal information. In that case, you might become a victim of an elaborate tech support scam and eventually face more severe consequences.

Movie2k adware
Movie2k is a program that offers online movie watching services but it gives no value when it redirects to possibly malicious websites.

Lastly, due to the factors mentioned above, Movie2k redirect issue should not be ignored. Although symptoms of this program may look harmless, the more time adware and other PUPs spend on your machine the more infected computer system may get.

You might find yourself in the web pages infected with malicious files or even exploit kits. In that case, make a rush to remove Movie2k. We have a few solutions for reputable antivirus programs below the article and additional tips on adware elimination.

PUP distribution techniques and avoidance tips

If you have been looking for an answer, how this adware plagued the browser, you might easily guess it. As mentioned before, the PUP functions via web scripts injected in movie streaming or P2P file sharing domains. If you have been a frequent visitor, it is not surprising why your browser got “complemented” with them.

More sophisticated PUP like programs employ another technique – “bundling.” Thus, it is crucial to pay attention to the applications you download and install. Note that even Java or Adobe Flash Player might contain questionable attachments.

The image of Movie2k.io
Movie2k.to is a site that promotes the service as a useful online TV streaming service.

Movie2k.to is a site that promotes the service as a useful online TV streaming service.

Thus, to evade them, develop a habit of choosing “Custom” or “Advanced” settings during every installation process. It gives the opportunity of de-selecting unwanted programs. Also, regularly scan the computer with an anti-spyware application.

Pay close attention to Movie2k elimination procedure

In this case, manual Movie2k removal may not be sufficient in eliminating the adware. It is of high importance to delete all related elements. In that case, a cybersecurity tool might be a better solution. It takes only a couple of minutes to remove such virus as a potentially unwanted program. 

However, to remove Movie2k form the system completely it is better to use reputable tools. Since the software bundling contains additional installations, you need to clean the system fully. On the final note, you should carefully examine the browser‘s toolbar whether it does not contain any unwanted attachments.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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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The example of Movie2k ads

To remove Movie2k ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall Movie2k from Windows systems

  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 Movie2k and related programs
    Here, look for Movie2k 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'

Get rid of Movie2k from Mac OS X system

Mac OS users should be wary of Movie2k troublesome behavior as well. Scanning the device and the toolbar would be useful.

  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 Movie2k 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'

Eliminate Movie2k 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 Movie2k 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 Movie2k removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Movie2k ads 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, Movie2k should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Movie2k from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You need to clean each browser separately to make sure there are no additional adware tools left

  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 Movie2k 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 Movie2k removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Movie2k from Google Chrome

Do not forget to check the browser for additional content and potential threats luring on your 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 Movie2k 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 Movie2k removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Movie2k 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 Movie2k 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 Movie2k removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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