If you find that your web-browsers settings have been replaced to Movie-quest.co without your permission then you need to know that your browser has been hijacked with potentially unwanted program from the browser hijacker family. Once started, it takes control of your system including Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Edge and may make certain unwanted changes to its settings such as new tab page, start page and search provider by default, without your knowledge.
Except that the Movie-quest.co alters browser’s startpage and newtab, it also modifies your search engine, which leads to the fact that use of the web browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. The reason for this is that the search results will consist of a ton of ads, links to unwanted and ad web-sites and only the remaining part is search results for your query from well-known search engines like Google or Bing.
The Movie-quest.co hijacker infection is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, introduces changes to settings of web-browsers, and blocks them from changing. Also this hijacker can install additional web-browser addons and modules that will open ads and popups. And finally, the Movie-quest.co browser hijacker infection can gather a wide variety of personal info like what web sites you are opening, what you’re looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, can be sold to third parties.
The Movie-quest.co browser hijacker can alter settings of installed web-browsers, but often that the unwanted software can also infect all types of browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user to see Movie-quest.co unwanted web-page every time start the browser.
We strongly recommend that you perform the step-by-step instructions below which will assist you to get rid of Movie-quest.co search using the standard features of Windows and some proven free software.
In the steps below we will have a look at the hijacker infection and how to remove Movie-quest.co from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web-browsers for MS Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal utilities. Some of the steps below will require you to exit the web-site. So, please read the instructions carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
Manual Movie-quest.co homepage removal
Read this section to know how to manually get rid of the Movie-quest.co hijacker. Even if the step by step guide does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below that can easily handle such hijacker infections.
Removing the Movie-quest.co, check the list of installed applications first
First, go to Windows Control Panel and uninstall suspicious applications, all programs you do not remember installing. It’s important to pay the most attention to software you installed just before Movie-quest.co hijacker appeared on your web-browser. If you don’t know what a program does, look for the answer on the World Wide Web.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the screen below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of software installed on your personal computer. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop-up advertisements and web browser redirect to the annoying Movie-quest.co web-page. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious applications by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Once the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as on the image below.
You will see a list of applications installed on your PC. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of pop up ads and web browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. After the application which you need to uninstall is found, simply click on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as displayed on the screen below.
Fix internet browser shortcuts, changed by Movie-quest.co browser hijacker
After installed, this hijacker may add an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will open the annoying start page.
Right click on the shortcut of infected browser as displayed on the image below.
Select the “Properties” option and it will open a shortcut’s properties. Next, click the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as on the image below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web browsers that are redirected to the Movie-quest.co intrusive web page.
Remove Movie-quest.co homepage from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to restore all internet browser homepage, new tab page and search engine by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your PC.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button like below.
Once the task is done, press “Close” button. Close the IE and reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s homepage, newtab page and search engine by default to default state.
Get rid of Movie-quest.co from Firefox by resetting browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox browser application is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of FF. A reset can fix many issues by restoring FF settings such as home page, new tab and default search engine to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Mozilla Firefox web browser settings to its original state.
Remove Movie-quest.co from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the browser hijacker, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the web browser’s home page, new tab and default search engine that have been replaced by Movie-quest.co browser hijacker.
- First, launch the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Movie-quest.co search automatic removal
There are not many good free anti-malware programs with high detection ratio. The effectiveness of malicious software removal tools depends on various factors, mostly on how often their virus/malware signatures DB are updated in order to effectively detect modern malicious software, adware, hijackers and other PUPs. We suggest to run several programs, not just one. These programs which listed below will help you delete all components of the hijacker from your disk and Windows registry and thereby delete Movie-quest.co startpage.
Remove Movie-quest.co redirect with Zemana Free
You can remove Movie-quest.co search automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM). We advise this malware removal tool because it may easily get rid of browser hijacker infections, PUPs, ad supported software and toolbars with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Now you can set up and use Zemana Free to delete Movie-quest.co home page from your browser by following the steps below:
Click the following link to download Zemana Anti-Malware install package called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your PC.
Author: Zemana Ltd
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Update: April 20, 2017
Start the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this utility on your system.
During install you can change some settings, but we recommend you do not make any changes to default settings.
When install is finished, this malicious software removal tool will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button for checking your computer for the browser hijacker infection which designed to redirect your browser to the Movie-quest.co web page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. While the utility is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
When the scan is finished, you can check all items detected on your PC. You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will delete browser hijacker infection that cause a reroute to Movie-quest.co web-page and add threats to the Quarantine. Once that process is complete, you may be prompted to restart your PC system to make the change take effect.
Use Malwarebytes to remove Movie-quest.co startpage
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to scan for and remove Movie-quest.co search from your PC system. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the PC.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
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Update: May 12, 2017
After downloading is done, close all windows on your PC. Further, launch the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the figure below, press the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install MalwareBytes Free on the PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, press Finish button. Then MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes Free utility will start scanning the whole personal computer to find out browser hijacker that causes internet browsers to open undesired Movie-quest.co web site. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your system. While the MalwareBytes program is scanning, you can see count of objects it has identified as threat.
When finished, you’ll be shown the list of all detected threats on your PC system. You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti Malware will remove hijacker that cause a redirect to Movie-quest.co web site. Once that process is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your system. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) to remove browser hijacker infections, adware and other malicious software.
Scan and clean your PC system of browser hijacker infection with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and run to delete browser hijacker infections, adware, malware, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your PC system. You can run this utility to find threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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After downloading is finished, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen like below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to launch the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” to start scanning your PC system for the browser hijacker that cause Movie-quest.co web-site to appear. This process may take some time, so please be patient. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted applications are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete.
After AdwCleaner completes the scan, AdwCleaner will display a list of detected threats like below.
Review the scan results and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will remove hijacker that cause Movie-quest.co web site to appear and move items to the program’s quarantine. When the procedure is finished, the tool may ask you to restart your system. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Block Movie-quest.co and other intrusive web-sites
By installing an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard, you’re able to block Movie-quest.co, autoplaying video ads and remove lots of distracting and undesired ads on web sites.
- Download AdGuard application on your Windows Desktop from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: May 10, 2017
- When downloading is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is complete, press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your system, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop up ads, web pages such Movie-quest.co, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How did you get infected with Movie-quest.co hijacker infection
Many browser hijacker infections like Movie-quest.co come from internet browser toolbars, internet browser extensions, BHOs (browser helper objects) and third-party software. Most commonly, these items claim itself as applications that improve your experience on the World Wide Web by providing a fast and interactive home page or a search engine that does not track you. Remember, how to avoid the unwanted applications. Be cautious, start only reputable programs which download from reputable sources. NEVER install an unknown and suspicious program.
To sum up
Now your machine should be clean of the hijacker that cause Movie-quest.co page to appear. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted ads and intrusive malicious web pages) and Zemana AntiMalware (to periodically scan your computer for new hijacker infections and other malware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Movie-quest.co from the Google Chrome, FF, MS Edge and Internet Explorer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.