MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar is not a malicious application, but we could not say it is extremely useful either. Accordingly, it falls under the classification of potentially unwanted programs or PUPs. Even though the extension does not show any signs it might do anything harmful to the system, this still does not mean it is entirely safe to leave it on the computer. Since there are more reliable search tools you could replace MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar with and we doubt a lot of users would miss it, we recommend eliminating the PUP with the steps prepared by our specialists or with a trustworthy security tool. Of course, if you wish to know the extension better before you delete it, you may want to read the report first and only then decide what might be the most beneficial for the system.
The add-on works only on Google Chrome browsers, and it can be downloaded both from the application’s official website (friendlyappz.com) and from Chrome Web Store. Its description explains MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar “configures your Default Search.” Our specialists say it should happen if the user follows the publisher’s instructions: “Just type 'm' then TAB then search the query and get the results you're searching.” As a result, the search query should be sent to the PUP’s provided browser, which opens not on a new tab, but appears on a small window that users can access while clicking the program’s icon.
If we understand the description correctly, displaying the results in this small additional window should help users somehow enhance their browsing experience or as they say “get more from your browser.” Nevertheless, we fail to see how this way of displaying results could be more comfortable for the user. Plus, we do not think the extension’s search engine (f.gomovix.com/search) can provide any better or more content related to movies than any other search engine, e.g., google.com. The difference is we would trust more the results displayed by a reliable search engine that comes from trustworthy developers rather than from a tool created by an unknown company and categorized as a PUP.
Quite often such applications are created to just collect information about user’s browsing habits or interests and show him advertising content to generate revenue. We do not say MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar might be necessarily developed for such reasons, but it could be, and if you see any suspicious links, pop-ups, banners, or other advertising content, it might be safer to be careful with it. However, our researchers think the application is not useful enough so that it would be worth taking any risks. Therefore, it is advisable not to wait until something goes wrong and erase the PUP at once.
There are two ways one can get rid of MoviesFriendly Search Toolbar. Firstly, like any other add-on, it can be removed from the Google Chrome’s Extensions manager. The instructions you can see at the end of this paragraph are here to guide you through this process. The second option is to pick a trustworthy security tool and perform a system check-up. Later, when you see the report, you could press the given removal button and erase all identified threats along with the PUP. This option could be more beneficial to the system if you think there might be more unreliable applications on the computer, but of course, it is your choice.