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Remove Moviesearch.today (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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Moviesearch.today is a browser hijacker that might sell your personal information

Moviesearch.today virus

Moviesearch.today is a dubious search engine that can take over your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or other browser and make unsolicited modifications to it. The browser hijacker is not considered to be malware;[1] however, due to suspicious distribution methods and excessive advertisements and redirects, this program falls into PUP category.

SUMMARY
Name Moviesearch.today
Type Browser Hijacker/PUP
Promoted as Browser extension
Official Website moviesearch.today
Danger Level Low
Symptoms Decreases browser speed, hijacks front page and search engine, displays intrusive ads and redirects to unknown realms
Distribution  Bundling, suspicious sites
Elimination  Download and install ReimageIntego. Manual deletion available – check the guide below

Movie Quest is a browser extension[2] which occupies the browser soon after the Moviesearch.today hijack. The suspicious application offers supposedly enhanced functionality – allows to find information about any movie directly from the browser.

Multiple similar hijackers float around the internet, including moviesfanatic.com, themovie-hub.net, search.movies-tab.com and many others. Despite developers’ promises, these apps end up being nothing but a big disappointment to users. It all comes down to the fact that PUP creators merely want to monetize on compromised browsers and its exhausted users.

If you found Movie Quest embedded in your browser, we advise you to remove Moviesearch.today virus immediately. You can download and install a robust security tool, such as ReimageIntego – it will eliminate all unwanted applications in just a few moments.

As mentioned above, the primary goal of PUP developers is money. To achieve that, they do everything to expose victims to affiliated content as much as possible. It allows them to increase traffic generated to less-popular websites and boost their sales.

If you encounter the following symptoms during your web browsing sessions, your browser is hijacked:

  • The new tab, homepage and search engine of your browser is set to hxxp://www.moviesearch.today/yhs/search?p=
  • A multitude of advertisement banners and pop-ups are injected directly into legitimate websites;
  • Search results of your search queries are altered, promoting sponsored content;
  • Redirects lead you to questionable sites;
  • Additional browser extensions installed without your permission;
  • The browser is slow to respond and sometimes crashes;

These symptoms are not limited to those mentioned above; thus, you might experience some or all of them.

Another big concern of the Moviesearch.today is its spying tendencies. This browser hijacker collects an excessive amount of information, including personal information (if provided while contacting the developer or entering it on the website willingly). However, by submitting this data, you agree to the following:

<…>  In addition, in the event that we undergo a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets, your information may be one of the assets sold or transferred.

Thus, you legally agree that Moviesearch.today is authorized to transfer and sell your data. Do not allow that as it can lead to serious privacy issues! To avoid information leakage, do not enter any personal details into a hijacked engine. Instead, follow this article – it will help you with Moviesearch.today removal.

Moviesearch.today imageMoviesearch.today is a browser hijacker that might snatch your personal information

The way unwanted programs invade careless users’ computers

It is not a secret that bundling is used all over the world by many freeware and PUP developers. Such marketing technique in entirely legal but we do not think it is courteous. Therefore, it is crucial to be attentive while downloading and installing free software from the internet.

Security experts from virusler.info.tr[3] advise taking the following precautions:

  • Select a legitimate download source;
  • Read reviews about the program you are about to install;
  • Inform yourself about all the details of Privacy Policy and EULA;
  • When prompted, pick Advanced/Custom installation mode instead of Recommended/Quick one;
  • In Advanced settings, remove all the ticks next to add-ons, toolbars, search engines, system optimizers and similar.

Eliminate Moviesearch.today and avoid information leakage

As PUPs multiply quickly, it is vital to remove Moviesearch.today on time. Otherwise, you might end up with more PUPs or even malware on your computer.

Fortunately, browser hijackers can be eliminated rather effortlessly (if no other threats are present). All you have to do is download reputable anti-virus program and run a full system scan. This procedure is short and will take up to few minutes of your time. Additionally, operating such software is easy – just follow the on-screen instructions.

If you would like to avoid additional programs on your PC, you can also opt for manual Movie Quest removal. Simply follow our illustrated guide below this article. Beware that incorrect execution of the process might lead to re-infection of the virus as soon as the browser is restarted.

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 Moviesearch.today, follow these steps:

Uninstall Moviesearch.today from Windows systems

To eliminate all the hijacker and its associated files from Windows, follow these steps:

  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 Moviesearch.today and related programs
    Here, look for Moviesearch.today 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 Moviesearch.today 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 Moviesearch.today from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Moviesearch.today from Applications folder:

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

Remove Moviesearch.today 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 Moviesearch.today 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 Moviesearch.today removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Moviesearch.today 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 Moviesearch.today-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

Erase Moviesearch.today from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Firefox settings as soon as Moviesearch.today is deleted:

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

Get rid of Moviesearch.today 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 Moviesearch.today 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 Moviesearch.today removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Moviesearch.today 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 Moviesearch.today 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 Moviesearch.today, 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 Moviesearch.today removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

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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