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Remove Moviesfanatic.com redirect (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Mar 2018

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Moviesfanatic.com is a fraudulent search directory which is offering quick access to movies

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Name Moviesfanatic.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Distribution Spreads bundled together with freeware
Symptoms Sets itself as the primary search provider by assigning to homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL

Moviesfanatic.com is a fraudulent search engine which shares the features of a browser hijacker. In other terms, this search directory looks similar to Google, Bing or Yahoo. However, its primary goal is to hijack your regular browser and set itself as the primary search provider. This way, the potentially unwanted program (PUP) will be able to generate never-ending ads and track your activity online.

Questions about Moviesfanatic.com redirect

Usually, Moviesfanatic.com virus may infiltrate your computer in a bundle with freeware and shareware as an optional component. This is often done without any direct warning of the user. So, it is evident that such programs should never be trusted or let inside one's system.

Moviesfanatic.com privacy policy

After Moviesfanatic.com hijack, the user can notice slight changes which are applied to its regular browser, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. At first, they might seem insignificant while later, the person is unable to use another search engine instead of this unreliable one.

That's the biggest problem because MovieFanatic also shares the features of an ad-supported program. In other terms, it tries to generate revenue for its developers by pay-per-click[1] marketing scheme — the contrivers gain profit from the traffic brought to affiliate websites from the fake search engine.

Moviesfanatic.com ads

Even though we can't declare that each of Moviesfanatic.com search result is wrong, but you should keep in mind that one part of them can be filled with commercial content and links that may lead you to suspicious websites. In fact, there is a risk that you can end up on a site where hackers distribute malicious programs and infect your computer with one.

Finally, you should be aware of Moviesfanatic.com tracking ability. This browser hijacker is set to collect information about people's search terms, most visited websites and data that they enter when visiting them. No matter how harmless it may seem, there are lots of activities that require such information.

Moviesfanatic.com provides quick access to social media sites

Note that the developers of MoviesFanatic will be able to access the following information:

  • IP address;
  • Geolocation;
  • Clicked ads;
  • Frequently visited pages;
  • Search queries, etc.

Additionally, despite the fact that such data is classified as personally non-identifiable, some of the submitted details might contain personally identifiable information as well. Such actions should not be tolerated since you can never be sure that the collected details will not be misused against you in the future.

Moviesfanatic.com illustrationMoviesfanatic.com is an unreliable search engine which supposedly provides quick access to film streaming websites.

For all the reasons mentioned above, we recommend you to remove Moviesfanatic.com as soon as you notice its presence. This fake search directory might stealthily infiltrate additional components, so we suggest using a professional malware removal tool for the elimination procedure. Our top pick would be ReimageIntego.

However, if you want to try manual Moviesfanatic.com removal, check the end of this article. There you will find guidelines showing how to uninstall this browser hijacker from your system and reset the modifications made. 

Explaining how browser hijackers enter your system

Moviesfanatic.com terms and conditions

We want to warn you, that potentially unwanted programs, including browser hijackers, are not remotely infiltrated on your system. In fact, you unconsciously can install these programs during the installation of unreliable free software online. Usually, it might be shady system optimization tools or PDF converters.

PUPs are distributed by employing a popular marketing tactic, called bundling[2]. This method is designed to offer two products as one to increase the sales. Unfortunately, many people are tricked to infiltrate browser hijackers without fully understanding it. Likewise, next time you install software, read its Privacy policy and End User's License Agreement.

Moviesfanatic.com offers quick access to popular movies

Besides, you should select Custom or Advanced installation option and then carefully follow every installation step. When doing so, you should uncheck all pre-checked check marks that allow installation of PUPs. If this page has already shown up on your web browsers, you should think about its removal.

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Moviesfanatic.com redirects to movie streaming sites

If you have noticed any of the symptoms mentioned above, it means that your computer is infected with Moviesfanatic.com virus. It is not as dangerous as ransomware-type infections. Although, its elimination might be tricky for a novice computer user and lead to system damage.

If you want to save your time and make sure that Moviesfanatic.com removal will be completed safely, NoVirus.uk team suggests choosing[3] an automatic elimination method. It requires you to get an antivirus and run a full system scan to examine and detect potentially unwanted programs. Later, the security software will uninstall them with a few clicks.

After you remove Moviesfanatic.com, do not forget to reset the alterations made by the browser hijacker to your system. Below you will find a guide showing how to reset Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and other browsers to the primary state.

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To remove Moviesfanatic.com redirect, follow these steps:

Remove Moviesfanatic.com from Windows systems

If you find Moviesfanatic on your Windows system, immediately perform the following 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 Moviesfanatic.com and related programs
    Here, look for Moviesfanatic.com 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 Moviesfanatic.com 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.

Get rid of Moviesfanatic.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Moviesfanatic.com from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Moviesfanatic.com 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 Moviesfanatic.com 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 Moviesfanatic.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Moviesfanatic.com redirect 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 Moviesfanatic.com-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

Delete Moviesfanatic.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Usually browser hijackers hide additional components which support their activity. Likewise, you must uninstall all suspicious extensions to fix Mozilla.

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

Erase Moviesfanatic.com from Google Chrome

Simple Moviesfanatic removal won't stop it from reappearing on Chrome. You have to delete the additional components which are related to the hijacker as shown below.

  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 Moviesfanatic.com 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 Moviesfanatic.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Moviesfanatic.com 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 Moviesfanatic.com 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 Moviesfanatic.com, 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 Moviesfanatic.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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