I wrote this article to help you remove WowMovix. This WowMovix removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
WowMovix is a platform which offers three browser extensions for Google Chrome. WowMovix Start gives access to free movies, trailers, television series, news and reviews on broadcasts and celebrities. Search by WowMovix enhances the browsing results. WowDownload Search is a download manager. The tool allows users to manage their downloads directly from the Chrome browser, without having to tend to the folders on their computer. The extensions are available in the Chrome Web Store. There are links included in wowmovix.com. This indicates that they should be reliable. Upon analyzing them, security specialists have concluded otherwise. The WowMovix extensions are in fact adware.
How can WowMovix be detrimental to my security?
If any of the WowMovix extensions is installed to your browser, you will notice that it conducts some tasks on its own initiative. The rogue tools display pop-up ads, promoting shopping deals. They show bargain offers for a variety of consumer goods, including clothes, accessories, furniture, technological devices, decorations, gardening equipment, sports gear, games, toys and others. The adware displays different kinds of ads, including banners, in-text links, coupon boxes, floating, interstitial, contextual, transitional, comparison, inline and full-page ads.
Do not be fooled into believing the tool works in your favor. The WowMovix extensions work for the benefit of their developers. The advertisements they show you lead to supported websites. This is a service for which the owners of the adware get paid. They receive commissions for directing users to sponsored domains. This monetizing technique is dubbed the pay-per-click system. The problem with this activity is that the linked platforms are not guaranteed to be reliable. They could turn out to be malicious websites, spreading malware. For this reason, we advise you to steer clear of the ads.
The WowMovix adware tools are a threat to your personal security, as well. The covert programs have the ability to track your browsing sessions and collect information on you. They can record your web history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, demographic details, email, user names and passwords. The gathered data can be sold on dark markets without your knowledge or consent.
How did WowMovix get access to my machine?
If you do not recall visiting wowmovix.com and deciding to install any of the extensions to your web browser, the clandestine tools could have tricked their way in. The three adware programs use a couple of penetration techniques. In most cases, they travel in a bundle with another software application. The options for WowMovix are to travel with freeware, shareware and pirated copies of paid utilities. The secluded tool will be included as a bonus with the main program from the bundle. You need to locate the option for it and deselect it. Take the time to review the terms and conditions of the programs you intend to add to your system.
The other way in for the WowMovix tools is through a spam email. The insidious programs can lurk behind an attached file. The sender will compose a legitimate-looking message and direct you toward the attachment, stating it is an important document. Opening the host is all it takes to get your system infected, so be cautious. Spammers often misrepresent existing entities, like the national post, courier firms, banks, e-commerce platforms, government institutions and the police department. To proof the reliability of a given message, check the contacts from the email.
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.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
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).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove WowMovix from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.