What is goMovix Start?
goMovix Start is supposed to be a Google Chrome extension that lets you “watch trailers, view movies, tv series and follow your favorite actors”; however, our malware specialists have found that this tool is a questionable search engine that may pose a threat to your system security. Due to the suspicious traits this tool has shown, it has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program, i.e., a PUP. This is the category that includes applications that do not mean direct danger to your computer or your privacy. But do not be misled by this classification because it may still expose you to potentially harmful web content even if indirectly. A lot of users do not mind having sometimes completely useless extensions and applications on their computers. A lot of times they may not even know that such a PUP as this one is on board at all. You should know that if this program is on your system, there is a good chance that you will find a couple of malware infections as well, including adware applications and browser hijackers. Our researchers suggest that you remove goMovix Start because otherwise you may not be able to preserve the security level of your operating system.
Where does goMovix Start come from?
Like most PUPs, this application can also enter your computer in a number of ways. Let us see first the official ones. You can find the promotional website of this program at gomovix.com. If you click on the “Extension” menu there, you can install this browser extension through the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gomovix-start/nngdfnnnkccipoglcgppagpgjkkbfclo). Here you can see that this tool is quite popular because already 370 thousand computer users have installed it through the store alone. We think that it is important to mention here that just because you find an extension in the web store it does not necessarily mean that it is all legitimate, useful, and reliable. As a matter of fact, there could be hundreds of potentially harmful tools in the store and stay there until they get finally reviewed and blocked. This may happen in the near future to this PUP as well.
We have found the official site questionable because it seems that it appears to be more about advertising than actual useful content. Although you can watch movie trailers all right, but once you click on the “Watch online” option, you may simply be presented with a one-minute advertisement that may keep repeating itself instead of showing you the movie. You are also offered a “Skip this ad” button in the top-right corner, but clicking on it will only redirect you to a Google search results page related to that particular movie.
Although lots of people may install this useless PUP through these channels, reports show that there are alternative “routes” as well. According to our specialists, this application may also travel in freeware bundles packed with malicious installers. This means that if you let the whole content of such a package onto your computer, your system may be challenged by several browser hijackers, adware programs, and other PUPs. That is why it is possible that you have already noticed certain changes in your browsers and annoying third-party advertisements that keep ruining your web surfing ride. In order to avoid such bundles, stay away from unfamiliar and questionable file-sharing websites.
It is also possible that you click on a third-party ad, such as a pop-up ad that was generated by an adware application that had penetrated your computer previously. All in all, the presence of this PUP may easily indicate that your computer has been infected with malware threats. Therefore, if you are in doubt, we suggest that you remove goMovix Start and run a malware scan so that you can take care of all other potentially harmful applications as well.
How does goMovix Start work?
This search engine is hosted on the 126.96.36.199 IP address. This seems to be the same web server that is used by musixlib.com and gomusix.com, which are both browser hijackers promoting questionable search engines. This browser extension is mostly popular in India (34.2%), the United States (14.3%), and Indonesia (4.5%). During installation this tool sets your new tab page to load a modified Yahoo search page with quick links to popular websites, including Facebook and Gmail. We do not recommend that you engage with any content this tool offers you. As a matter of fact, its search engine may present to you manipulated results.
All your search requests seem to redirect to the gomovix.searchalgo.com server and then to a modified Yahoo results page. This is how it is possible that you will find affiliated third-party ads and links among the normal search results. However, you will not be able tell the difference and you may not even doubt the reliability of the results since they seem to come from Yahoo, which is a trustworthy search engine. You need to understand that in this case the results may be modified; therefore, should not be regarded as fully reliable. It is also possible that this extension can collect information about your online habits, including your search queries in order to introduce you to targeted advertisements. Clicking on promoted third-party ads and links is always risky. You might get redirected to malicious websites run by criminals. That is why we think that you should delete goMovix Start from your computer.
How can I remove goMovix Start?
This PUP has no working uninstaller; therefore you cannot get rid of it through Control Panel. Instead, you need to delete this extension through your Google Chrome browser settings. We can also offer you a manual way if you would like to see more into the details of the whereabouts of this infection. Please follow our instructions below if you would like help with any of these two options. You need to keep in mind, though, that this PUP may have arrived together with malicious software installers, which may require your immediate attention. Leaving such threats on your computer could lead to unnecessary system security issues that may harm your computer and your privacy as well. If you do not want to manually find and clean each and every infection on your operating system, we recommend that you consider using a professional malware removal application. A regularly updated security tool can provide you full protection from all known malware infections.
Remove goMovix Start from browser
- Tap Alt+F and choose More Tools.
- Select Extensions.
- Select the unwanted extension and click on the trash can icon on the right.
- Click Remove in the confirmation window.
- Press Win+E.
- Locate and delete these folders:%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\nngdfnnnkccipoglcgppagpgjkkbfclo
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