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There are so many various computer parasites widely spread on the Internet these days. Security vendors are working every day to spread the message about various dangers on the Internet and to warn computer users to stay away from dangerous content online – but sometimes, the cyber-threats succeed to deceptively impress the computer user to install potentially dangerous software on the system. Today, we are going to describe yet another computer parasite – the browser hijacker. description is a browser hijacker software developed by IMALI – N.I. MEDIA LTD. It is described as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This dubious program comes in a form of a browser extension, which is known to be causing many inconveniences for the victimized PC users. First of all, once hijacker steps into the PC system, it injects it add-ons and extensions to your Internet browser (by the way, it does not matter what web browser do you use – PUP affects all of them). Straight after it infiltrates your computer system, it replaces your previously set homepage to website.

Questions about virus

The website looks like a completely normal search engine at first sight. It even provides some useful shortcuts to the most popular social websites. Examples include Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, also some shopping websites – Aliexpress and Amazon. You can also find shortcuts to view movies and TV-shows. provides much more shortcuts to various websites. Obviously, such variety of useful links might convince the computer user that WondrousMovies Search is an advantageous search engine that can be relied on. It is sad to say that, but in reality, those shortcuts are the only useful thing that this page can provide. hijacker just pretends to be a reliable search engine – in fact, it seeks to promote rogue third-party websites. This hijacker is sponsored by questionable companies, and it supplements its search results with deceptive hyperlinks leading to third-party web domains. hijack

Please take note that redirects can end you both on safe and unsafe websites as well. Sadly, the majority of redirects leads computer users to suspicious and sometimes malicious websites. Remember that you must NOT browse through suspicious websites because only one click on a corrupted link can pull the trigger and initiate an execution of a malicious program. If you do not want to cause such dangers to your computer, we strongly recommend removing this hoax search engine from your browser. To do that, we recommend installing a professional malware removal tool – Reimage. Run a full system scan to find computer threats and remove them with a single click. We have also provided an alternative removal method – you can find it on the next page. Also, we have provided instructions how to avoid installing PUPs on your system on the following page, too.

How to avoid hijack?

PUPs usually travel bundled together with other freeware and shareware. There are only a few steps to follow in order to avoid installing PUPS:

  1. Install software from reliable web sources. If you are not sure whether the page that provides the download link is safe, investigate it by reading users’ comments in various Internet forums.
  2. Do not rush when you install freeware. Closely follow each installation step!
  3. Read Terms of Use document. Do not skip it!
  4. Select Advanced or Custom installation mode. These installation settings let you configure the software components, so you can opt-out all pressingly suggested apps and refuse to install them.

An alternative method to remove this browser hijacker:

As we have already mentioned, it is strongly recommended to remove the virus automatically. However, we also want to impart an another removal option for you. You can try to delete this browser hijacker manually using the manual removal guide, which can be found below this article.

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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Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with SpyHunter 5.
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Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Combo Cleaner.

To remove virus, follow these steps:

Delete 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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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 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 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'

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

Erase virus 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Uninstall 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. TerryOhyo says:
    December 21st, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I opened my browser, and as usual, typed in some keywords to search for interesting information like always. Guess what, i WAS MORE THAN SURPRISED when this scam search site redirected me to an virus website!!! It asked me to install an update, but I didnt agree. You see, I know what browser hijacker is! Well, i am just too tired to uninstall these programs manually, because it is not me who installs them on computer all the time. I have 3 kids, who already use computer. Thats their job.. to infect the computer. ttehy dont know how to install software correctly. Ill have to teach them someday. Ill try SpyHunter, maybe itll fix these problems.

  2. Macys says:
    December 21st, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I cant see the extension that i need to remove!!!! HOW TO REMOVE THIS FREAKING VIRUS helpppp

  3. Matt Secunda says:
    December 21st, 2015 at 8:33 am

    gurl u gotta calm the hell down. just follow the instructions, they are ridiculously easy. Ive removed this browser hijacker from my computer very easily. You have to look for WondrousMovies extension. Delete it, and uninstall it from the add/remove programs list. thats basically all. you can reset the browser if u want too, but i dont think thats extremely necessary.

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