What is Themovie-hub.net? And how does it function?
Themovie-hub.net is a browser extension for Google Chrome browser. This Chrome extension is promoted as a program that helps web users get instant access to movies and help them decide which movie to watch next by providing latest news, movie trailers and clips. This extension is developed by FirstGate Mobile Limited. It also claims to provide “enhanced” search results when finding movie information online. If you are fond of watch movies, you might be enticed to install this browser extension but the thing is it is actually categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program as it hijacks web browsers and tries to control users’ activities online.
According to researchers, Themovie-hub.net seems to be related to themovie-portal.com and movie-quest.co – both of which are also suspicious browser extensions. One of the things that make Themovie-hub.net an unwanted program is when users install or unknowingly install this program it will ask for these permissions:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Change your search settings to themovie-hub.net
And so once this hijacker is installed, it quickly changes the settings of the Google Chrome browser – replacing the default home page and search engine to themovie-hub.net. Another annoying this about this hijacker is that once it is able to apply the changes it has made, it will be hard for you to restore your previous settings. But no worries, as this article will show you how to restore your previous settings and uninstall Themovie-hub.net.
Another annoying thing about this hijacker is that it also displays a bunch of intrusive ads which pops up on any website you visit. It even shows some suspicious content that might redirect you to phishing websites or survey sites that will try to get your information. So if you really value your privacy and don’t want to jeopardize it, make sure that you uninstall Themovie-hub.net right away.
How is Themovie-hub.net distributed on the web?
Themovie-hub.net is distributed as a Movie Quest extension that is offered on its official website and on the Chrome Web Store. However, it was also found that this hijacker spreads as an optional component of some software bundles. Make sure that you use the Custom or Advanced installation setup when you install free software bundles – this way, you can uncover any hidden components in the bundle and get rid of them.
To restore your previous Google Chrome browser settings and to uninstall Themovie-hub.net from your PC, refer to the complete set of instructions below.
Step 1: 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 2: Look for Themovie-hub.net under the list of installed programs and once you’ve found it, uninstall it.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: Close the File Explorer and empty your Recycle Bin.
Step 5: Launch the Google Chrome browser and click the wrench icon. Afterwards, click on Tools from the drop-down menu and select Extensions.
Step 6: Under the Extensions tab, select Themovie-hub.net extension and other suspicious browser extensions related to it and then click on the Trash icon.
Step 7: Click on Remove button from the confirmation dialog box.
Step 8: 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 9: under Settings, look for Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page and click on it.
Step 10: Then click on the Reset browser settings button.
Step 11: After that, a dialog box pops up, click the Reset button to Reset Chrome.
Step 12: After you reset Chrome, enable the Phishing and Malware Protection in Chrome to prevent browser hijackers like Themovie-hub.net extension from infecting your computer again in the future. To do that, click Settings once again.
Step 13: Select the Show advanced settings again.
Step 14: Go to the Privacy section and check the Enable phishing and malware protection option.
Step 15: Restart Chrome.
Follow the advanced steps below to completely get rid of Themovie-hub.net 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:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOS screen 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.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro
A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.
- A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading the program. The installation will start automatically once a download is done.
- Click OK to launch it.
- Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.
- After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.
- Register the program to protect your computer from future threats.