How to Remove Search.moviecarpet.com (Chrome/Edge/Firefox)

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I wrote this article to help you remove Search.moviecarpet.com. This Search.moviecarpet.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Search.moviecarpet.com is a search provider and recommendation center for movies and sports. The website lists information about movies from various genres and different times. The same is true for sports. The platform gives access to an archive of sports events and results. Search.moviecarpet.com features an embedded toolbar complete with a separate search field. There are a couple of links bars. The first set of quick access buttons is listed below the main search field. The following websites are included: Google Mail, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Pinterest, Groupon and Instagram. These platforms have been chosen for their popularity. The second set of links has been selected in unison with the theme of the website. It is located in the toolbar. The links lead to portals for movies and sports.

It is stated that Search.moviecarpet.com brings search results enhanced by Google. Analysis on the domain has revealed that this is not the case. The search engine returns supported results. Security experts have found that Search.moviecarpet.com is associated to a hijacker. The malicious program uses the domain as a gateway to the web browser. It can penetrate Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and other browsing clients. The agenda of the hijacker starts with setting the homepage and default search engine to Search.moviecarpet.com. This enables the rogue program to generate advertisements through the web browser without restrictions.

Displaying ads is the main way for the Search.moviecarpet.com hijacker to monetize its activity. The developers of the program support third party platforms. They use the pay-per-click system to make proceeds. The covert tool forces users to conduct their searches through the Search.moviecarpet.com website. This platform does not function like regular search providers. Rather than bringing the best results to the entered queries, it links to sponsored websites. It should be noted that the owners of the hijacker do not scan the websites they agree to support. Hackers can take advantage of this security flaw and engage this service to redirect users to infected domains.

Remove Search.moviecarpet.com
The Search.moviecarpet.com Virus

The same risk is evident with the advertisements the Search.moviecarpet.com hijacker displays. The furtive program produces different kinds of ads, using marketing techniques to make them enticing. The featured content is comprised of shopping deals. You will be shown offers for a wide variety of items, such as clothes, technological devices, furniture, accessories, decorative elements, sports gear, gardening equipment, video games, toys and others. The Search.moviecarpet.com hijacker applies a variety of tricks to make the listings enticing. It decorates the advertisements with flash animations, colorful patterns, cursive fonts and other special effects. Keep in mind that the ads are risky. Do not allow the smoke and mirrors to cloud your better judgment. It is best to avoid unsolicited content.

Another potential threat around the Search.moviecarpet.com hijacker is data trading. The insidious program collects information from the web browser. It can access your history, keystrokes, cookies, geographic location, IP address, email account, telephone number, area code, physical registration, demographic details, user names, passwords and financial credentials. The owners of the rogue tool will sell your private data on darknet markets. They will not ask you for permission or notify you of their intentions. Cyber criminals often purchase personal information and use it to hack users’ online accounts. The proprietors of the Search.moviecarpet.com website, a company from Nicosia, Cyprus called Findinfo Ltd., do not take responsibility for security issues. The entire burden falls on the end user.

There are a couple of ways to contact the Search.moviecarpet.com hijacker. The main propagation vector is bundling. The sinister program hitches a ride with freeware, shareware and pirated tools. It gets included as a bonus app in their terms and conditions. To avoid giving it access to your system, you have to find the option and deselect it. The default setting will be to install the extra utility. The other dark pattern used to spread the Search.moviecarpet.com hijacker is spam emails. Similar to the latter technique, the secluded program travels merged with a file. In this instance, the host can be an image, a text document, a zipped folder or a compressed archive. The carrier will be appended to the letter as an attachment. The sender will describe it as an important piece of documentation. He could write on behalf of an existing organization to make it seem genuine. You can proof the reliability of a given message by checking the email address it was sent from.

Search.moviecarpet.com Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Search.moviecarpet.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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