Although the presence of ClickMovieSearch on your browser might be quite unexpected, it doesn’t there is a reason to panic. This application is very far from a malicious infection, and you can do yourself a favor by removing this app from your browser without too much difficulty.
In this entry, we will tell you more about ClickMovieSearch and other similar applications. Also, you can find out what you should do to avoid such apps in the future. Although they are not direct computer security threats, there is no need to deal with such apps on a regular basis.
So, how come you have ClickMovieSearch on your Chrome browser, even though you don’t remember adding this extension? Well, this potentially unwanted program (and many other similar apps, for that matter) often employ third-party advertising to reach target systems. It doesn’t mean that they trick users into adding them. The truth is that users are often informed about the oncoming modifications and other things associated with this extension, but they simple fail to pay heed to it because they are distracted by something else.
It also happens because the supposed pop-ups that offer ClickMovieSearch to users jump into their screens while users are too preoccupied with browsing a certain website. Thus, they might pay attention to the pop-up, and they might try to close it as soon as possible. While it is true that closing a pop-up is an easy task, some users may miss the X mark by clicking a bold button on the pop-up window. After all, it’s something that catching the eye the most, and some people may not even read what it has to say. This way, they give ClickMovieSearch permission to modify their browser’s settings and add this extension to their browser without even meaning to.
That’s also why we cannot say that ClickMovieSearch is a browser hijacker. A browser hijacker tampers with your browser’s settings without your permission. ClickMovieSearch, on the other hand, receives that permission, and then it changes your default search engine to feed.clickmoviesearch.com. It also reads your browsing history by collecting information on your browsing habits via tracking cookies. Hence, its main function of helping you find new movies and information on them becomes obsolete. The extension is far more prominent as an advertising tool, and it could easily display custom commercial content, generated especially for you.
While it might sound like a good idea – after all, ClickMovieSearch would only show you something that you like, it’s also a security issue. You see, ClickMovieSearch cannot guarantee that the content you see is 100% safe. It’s the same problem with all the other extensions from the same family. They rely heavily on third-party advertising for survival, but they do not review the content they promote. And so, if you land on a dangerous third-party website, you are left to fend on your own. This might lead to a variety of cybersecurity issues, and it’s better to avoid them all.
Of course, to avoid those issues, you should start with removing unwanted applications. To remove ClickMovieSearch you can delete the app via the Extensions menu or by restoring your browser settings to default. We strongly recommend the latter because it would also remove other unwanted extensions, at the same time removing all the tracking cookies, too. To make sure that you have no other unwanted programs on your computer, you can also run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner. You can also employ a powerful security tool to remove unwanted applications if you don’t want to do that manually.