Delete FilmFanatic

What is FilmFanatic

FilmFanatic is an extension that configures your browser’s settings in a way that allows you to be shown excessive ads. The extension advertises that it can help you watch newly released and classic films for free. In reality, the extension just replaces the new tab page and lists links to various film-related websites.

FilmFanatic injects ads into the search results of the new search engine that its users are forced to use. Now searching for information is more frustrating and time-consuming.

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How FilmFanatic is distributed

This sort of language probably helps FilmFanatic attract new people. The extension is found by people who were just searching for somewhere to watch a new film online. And even though FilmFanatic does not have the tools to let people watch movies, its description gives people the impression FilmFanatic might be some sort of a video streaming service, when FilmFanatic does nothing like that — it just links to a few unaffiliated streaming services!

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FilmFanatic uses legitimate advertising networks to promote its extension. However, it’s also associated with sites like deloplen.com, ouo.io, vexacion.com. FilmFanatic being in the same company as aggressive online adware like deloplen.com casts a shadow on the intentions of the developers. Worse, advertising sites that open new tabs and show pop-ups without your interference can indicate some adware program lurking on your computer.

How FilmFanatic shows ads

If you look into Mindspark, the company that created FilmFanatic, you’ll find dozens, if not hundreds, of browser hijackers that work very similarly to FilmFanatic. Take a look at Myfashiontab.com, SimpleHolidayRecipes, Free.everydaylookup.com — these are just a few examples if the clone extensions. Most of Mindspark’s browser extensions also share their privacy policy which reveals that information collected about each user (search queries, device information, etc.) can be shared with third parties for advertising purposes. Primarily, FilmFanatic wants to advertise to you. This is the explanation for why the search engine that you were using before installing FilmFanatic was replaced with MyWay. hp.myway.com is a part of many browser hijackers and it injects ads into search results. MyWay certainly has more ads than most search engines.

FilmFanatic is not a virus, and it might not even be malicious, but it is predatory. It advertises itself dishonestly. It preys on people who don’t know how to manage their extensions. It profits from people just dealing with it because it’s not very intrusive. And FilmFanatic does not offer a good-quality service. If you want some links pinned to your new tab page, you can easily do that yourself.

Should FilmFanatic be used?

I think this review by Mandi Cortese on the Chrome Web Store is on point: Ultimately, I think it’s fair to call FilmFanatic a browser hijacker. It doesn’t help the user when their search engine is replaced and then they’re blamed for not reading the fine print. FilmFanatic talking about “Watching your favorite films for FREE†in its description, only to put links to some paid streaming services in your new tab page is dishonest. FilmFanatic pushing the ad-filled MyWay search engine has nothing to do with films and has no reason other than monetization to be included in the extension.

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Considering all the ways that ads can be dangerous (malicious ads can lead to phishing pages, malware-hosting sites, scams) and how flawed extensions can be exploited by cybercriminals, it’s worth seriously considering if FilmFanatic deserves access to your browser.

How to remove FilmFanatic

The extension can be removed by going to your browser’s settings. If you are receiving unwanted notifications, you can also block them in the settings. If you suspect that adware recommended FilmFanatic to you, scan your computer with a professional antivirus program, like Anti-Malware Tool, Anti-Malware Tool, or another tool that you trust.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to FilmFanatic. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove FilmFanatic Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for FilmFanatic or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall FilmFanatic Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for FilmFanatic or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete FilmFanatic Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for FilmFanatic or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If FilmFanatic.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove FilmFanatic Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for FilmFanatic or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that FilmFanatic is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the FilmFanatic program.
  7. Select FilmFanatic or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from FilmFanatic

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete FilmFanatic

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect FilmFanatic, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find FilmFanatic in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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