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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

FilmsNet Start

You should not install the extension named FilmsNet Start if you do not want to find your Google Chrome settings altered because this piece of software does that right away. Usually, users get this extension from the Chrome Web Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/filmsnet-start/iiigjoccgnjkohkbfglghdpnbehmlkfj) or its homepage (http://www.medianetnow.com/); however, it seems that it might be distributed using other methods as well. No matter how FilmsNet Start enters systems, it acts the same in all the cases. That is, it goes to change Google Chrome settings. Speaking specifically, you will find your default homepage and New Tab URL changed. Because of this, you will see a new page looking like an ordinary search tool open to you when you launch your web browser. Users who install FilmsNet Start willingly and read its description before installation should know that it applies modifications to browsers, but we are sure that the changes applied are quite a shock for users who install this piece of software accidentally or do not even know anything about its installation. If you belong to the second group of people, you should know that you can undo all the changes you have found undesirable by simply deleting FilmsNet Start from your computer. This extension is just a potentially unwanted program, and it is usually quite easy to delete those applications.

FilmsNet Start is not one of those applications that try to stay unnoticed and only perform activities in the background. Once it is installed, it immediately applies changes to Google Chrome. It alters both the default homepage and the New Tab URL. To be frank, it does not do anything else even though it claims that it will enable users to access unlimited movies, TV shows, movie reviews, etc. for free. Yes, this page it sets contains quick-access buttons that open popular websites, but it does not mean that you should keep it just because of this. Specialists say that users should be very cautious if they perform web searches using the search tool located on this page too because research has shown that it redirects all users’ searches to http://movie.eanswers.com and then displays the modified search results. They drive traffic to third-party pages. Most likely, you will not find anything you are looking for on these websites you are taken to after clicking on any of these modified search results, but it is not the worst thing. In the worst-case scenario, you might also end up on a page promoting untrustworthy software. What is more, the chances are high that all your searches will be recorded too, so you should not enter any personal information in the search box located on the page you see set on Google Chrome.

There are two sources FilmsNet Start can be downloaded from (you can find two URLs at the beginning of this article), but, according to our malware researchers, it is very likely that it might be distributed using other distribution methods as well. For example, users might see pop-up advertisements and install FilmsNet Start by clicking on any of them once. They might find these advertisements on dubious websites after opening them. Also, they might be shown on users’ screens by adware programs. It is very likely that it is the latter case if all kinds of advertisements are opened on your screen periodically. If it turns out to be true, you need to delete that adware program from your computer as well. Untrustworthy software is extremely sneaky nowadays, so it is not always easy to prevent it from entering computers even if it is already known how they are usually distributed. Because of this, you should not try to protect your system from malware all alone. What we recommend doing instead is installing reputable security software.

There is a number of untrustworthy applications that can change your browsers’ settings, but you can be sure that FilmsNet Start is the one responsible for applying changes to your Google Chrome browser if you can find it listed in the add-ons manager next to other active extensions. It is not one of those harmful malicious applications, so we are sure you could delete it from the system yourself. Below this report, you will find our manual removal instructions – follow them step by step to get rid of the undesirable browser extension.

How to remove FilmsNet Start

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Tap Alt+F.
  3. Click More tools.
  4. Click Extensions.
  5. Select FilmsNet Start from the list of extensions.
  6. Click the recycle bin icon.
  7. Click Remove in the confirmation window.
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