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Filmlicious Virus


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This page aims to help you remove the Filmlicious Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Filmlicious

Filmlicious is a kind of undesirable software that will install a new search engine in your browser and replace the homepage address in order to spam you with ads. Filmlicious is also programmed to redirect your browsing activities to the sites of its partners.

Filmlicious

The Filmlicious Virus will display pop up ads and windows

If it seems that lately your browser has been turned into an advertising platform that constantly tries to expose you to as many ads as possible and page-redirect you to pages that you don’t want to visit, then the most likely culprit behind all this is a browser hijacker such as the newly released Filmlicious. The hijackers are a type of software that most experts regard as unwanted and some even deem malware. And while there’s certainly a big difference between hijackers and malware representatives such as Trojans and Ransomware, with the latter being far more harmful, if Filmlicious has managed to install in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari (or another browser) and change the settings of its homepage, toolbar, and search engine, you would probably be interested in learning how you may be able to stop all this and return things to normal.

Removing a browser hijacker like Filmlicious, however, isn’t a very simple job, and if you’ve already tried to do it on your own, you have more than likely realized that there isn’t an uninstallation wizard for this app, nor can it be found in the Control Panel’s list for uninstalling programs or in the extensions’ menu of your browser. And on the off chance that you have found an entry for the hijacker in the Control Panel or in your browser’s extensions’ manager that seemingly allows you to uninstall the invasive app, using this to remove Filmlicious has most likely not worked. Maybe the hijacker got removed from your browser for a little while only to return to it once you restart the browser or the computer. This normally happens because apps like Filmlicious tend to install additional elements in the system and make alternations in the computer’s Registry which allow them to re-install themselves even after having been removed. Therefore, not only will you have to remove the hijacker itself, but also you will have to find and remove these Registry changes and helper components that allow the invasive application to return. The good news is that we have done our best to prepare a set of instructions that will allow all of this article’s readers to deal with this browser hijacker and ensure that it doesn’t return to their browser.

Advice for the future

The guide and the tested anti-malware tool below will help you remove Filmlicious, but you must also make sure to keep your system clean in the future. The most common distribution tactic used for spreading hijackers is to bundle them with other programs. Therefore, always be sure to check each installer of software you want to install for any bonus elements added to it, which you may not want to install. If you see any such elements, first uncheck them and only then install the main program.

SUMMARY:

Name Filmlicious
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A replacement of the starting page or the search engine of your browser typically indicate the presence of a hijacker.
Distribution Method Most hijackers get installed in the users’ computers through the help of file bundles.
Detection Tool

Remove Filmlicious Virus

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Filmlicious from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Filmlicious from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Filmlicious from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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