If you are a movie lover, you might be looking for ways to find the best online movie streaming sites. MovieSearches is a browser extension that sounds like it could help you with this quest, but it is highly doubtful whether it can really deliver. Our research team says that this application is a potentially unwanted program. It could be associated with unreliable third parties, and if you are not careful about third-party content, you could eventually get exposed to multiple security threats. Thus, we strongly recommend removing MovieSearches from your system at once.
It is no longer possible to download this application from the official sources because the pages have been taken down. It doesn’t automatically mean that the application is malicious. It could be that MovieSearches was replaced by a newer extension. There are multiple applications from this family out there, and new editions must be released quite often. What’s more, these applications can be distributed through third-party sources. So, even if the main website is down, there are still ways for MovieSearches to reach you.
If you tend to frequent sites that offer free content, be sure to watch out for third-party ads. Online gaming sites or online streaming pages, could be full of various ads. Clicking on those ads, or sometimes anywhere on the site would launch a pop-up window with new content. Most of the time, it’s some commercial content that redirects you to a betting site, or some video streaming page that needs your clicks. It could also be an offer to add MovieSearches (or any other similar app) to your browser.
Now, it is usually really easy to close such pop-ups, but users miss this fact. They tend to click the notification they see, thinking that it would close the window automatically. While it may DO just that, it also adds the extension or other offered app to the browser. What’s more, by clicking that notification WILLINGLY, you give this app your permission to perform various changes on your browser. Hence, don’t be surprised to see that your default search engine changed. It’s not a browser hijacker, it’s just the extension you added.
Now, some users might think that it’s not a bad idea to have this extension because it still looks for movie content and so on. However, what about all the other content it might expose you to? MovieSearches reads your browsing history, and it uses the collected data to provide modified search results. It even outsources Yahoo! Search to give you those search results because it doesn’t have an original search engine.
The search results that MovieSearches leads you to could be customized based on your likes and preferences. Since this extension collects information on your web browsing habits, it could generate your online profile. It would not be heavily extensive because the app isn’t sophisticated enough to collect your personally identifiable information. Even so, the app could more or less know your likes and preferences, which would result in custom commercial ads or search result links.
MovieSearches wouldn’t be responsible for the security of these links, so you would be clicking at your own risk. Keeping in mind that third-party content could be potentially harmful, you should avoid interacting with it. Thus, the sooner you remove MovieSearches from your browser, the better. The extension itself may not be malicious, but it is still a security hazard that could be exploited by malevolent third parties. If you don’t want to deal with this app on your own, invest in a powerful antispyware tool that will remove MovieSearches automatically long with other potential threats.