Uninstalling MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar (Browser Hijacker/PUP/Adware)

Nov 13th 2017 - by Jean-tech in: Blog PC Protection News Tips Virus Removal | 0 Comment

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What is MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar? And how does it work?

MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar is another program advertised to help users look for movies in a quick way by using integrated search at Movie.eanswers.com. This browser extension is made for Google Chrome browsers. It is found at the Chrome Web Store and its official web page is at www.friendlyapp.com which is a slightly modified clone of Medianetnow.com and Superappbox.com – both of these sites are designed to reroute web traffic to Eanswers.com and Yahoo.

MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar shares some similarities with StreamJunkie Search from Theappjunkies.com, nJoy Movies Search from Njoyapps.com and FilmsApp Home from Superappbox. No matter how useful this program may seem to look, especially for users who are fond of watching movies online, this does not change the fact that security experts consider this program as a potentially unwanted program, a browser hijacker and an ad-supported program or adware.

If you install this extension, although it does not necessarily alter your Google Chrome’s settings like its default home page, search engine and new tab page, it will instruct you to type letter “m”, place a space and then write any keyword – doing this would redirect your search queries to a search engine at f.gomovix.com/search. It also provides another search box containing some movie genre categories in a separate pop-up window. But the thing is it’s actually pretty useless as you can get the same result by simply typing any genre of movie you want whether in Google, Bing or other legitimate search engine. To put it simply, it does not matter what search engine you use – the search results are pretty much the same so nothing is really advanced or useful about this browser extension. The only thing it does is to generate profit to its website and to its affiliated websites by delivering countless ads to its users. Aside from that, it allows its affiliated website, Eanswers.com to make profit by redirecting users to another site:

Search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=iba&hsimp=yhs-1&type=rjs996_0_OTW_A1&[KEYWORD ]

It does not take a genius to know that MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar is nothing but a useless program that may even put your security at risk as it has a tendency to redirect users not just to its equally suspicious websites but to sites that may contain harmful viruses or malware. Thus, if you want to keep your computer safe from any kinds of threats, you best uninstall MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar from your computer.

How does MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar circulate online?

MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar is found at the Chrome Web Store and from its official website at friendlyapp.com. Even though it is promoted at the Chrome Web Store and it has its own official website that does not mean that this extension is safe to use. MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar is not the only program which is promoted on Chrome’s online store and has its own website but turned out to be unsafe program.

Follow the given instructions below to uninstall MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar from your computer.

Step 1: Launch the Google Chrome browser and click the wrench icon. Afterwards, click on Tools from the drop-down menu and select Extensions.

Step 2: Under the Extensions tab, select MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar extension and other suspicious browser extensions related to it and then click on the Trash icon.

Step 3: Click on Remove button from the confirmation dialog box.

Step 4: Reset Google Chrome. To do that, click the three stripes icon located at the upper-right corner of your screen. And then select Settings.

Step 5: under Settings, look for Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page and click on it.

 

Step 6: Then click on the Reset browser settings button.

Step 7: After that, a dialog box pops up, click the Reset button to Reset Chrome.

Step 8: After you reset Chrome, enable the Phishing and Malware Protection in Chrome to prevent browser hijackers like MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar extension from infecting your computer again in the future. To do that, click Settings once again.

Step 9: Select the Show advanced settings again.

Step 10: Go to the Privacy section and check the Enable phishing and malware protection option.

Step 11: Restart Chrome and tap the Win + R keys to open Run and then type in appwiz.cpl to open Control Panel to uninstall any suspicious program related to the browser hijacker.

Step 12: Look for MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar under the list of installed programs. Once you’ve found it, uninstall it.

Step 13: Close the Control Panel and tap the Win + E keys to open File Explorer. Navigate to the following directories and look for the hijacker’s installer like the software bundle it came with as well as other suspicious files and delete them.

  • %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
  • %USERPROFILE%\Desktop
  • %TEMP%

Step 14: Close the File Explorer and empty your Recycle Bin.

Follow the advanced steps below to completely get rid of MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar and any files it may have created in your computer upon its installation.

Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
  2. After that, the BIOSscreen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.

  1. To navigate the Advanced Optionuse the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
  2. Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
  3. Press and hold both R key and Windows key.

  1. If done correctly, the Windows Run Boxwill show up.
  2. Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro

A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.

  1. A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading the program. Installation will start automatically once download is done.

  1. Click OK to launch it.
  2. Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.

  1. After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.

  1. Register the program to protect your computer from future threats.

 

 

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