Remove movieshangar.com Pop Up Ads

Did you just get a popup from movieshangar.com and ask yourself where it came from? Did the movieshangar.com ad appear to have been launched from a web site that under normal circumstances don't use advertising such as pop up windows? Or did the movieshangar.com pop-up show up while you clicked a link on one of the major search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo?

A pop-up ad showing up in a new tab in Firefox:

A pop up ad showing up in a new tab

The screenshot serves as an example of how a pop-up can look like when it appears in a new tab in Firefox. The pop-up in the screenshot is not from movieshangar.com.

If you also see this on your computer, you most likely have some adware installed on your system that pops up the movieshangar.com ads. Don't send angry emails to the website you were browsing, the ads are probably not coming from them, but from the adware on your system.

I'll do my best to help you remove the movieshangar.com pop up in this blog post.

For those that are new to the blog: A little while back I dedicated some of my lab machines and purposely installed a few adware programs on them. I've been tracking the actions on these computers to see what kinds of adverts that are displayed. I'm also looking on other interesting things such as if the adware updates itself automatically, or if it downloads additional unwanted software on the systems. I first noticed the movieshangar.com pop-up on one of these lab computers.

movieshangar.com was registered on 2015-03-31.

So, how do you remove the movieshangar.com pop-up ads? On the machine where I got the movieshangar.com ads I had adware installed. I removed those adware programs with FreeFixer and that stopped the movieshangar.com pop-ups and all the other ads I was getting in Mozilla Firefox.

The issue with popups such as this one is that it can be popped up by many variants of adware, not just the adware on my system. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the pop-ups.

Anyway, here's my suggestion for the movieshangar.com ads removal:

  1. Check what programs you have installed in the Add/Remove programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel. Do you see something that you don't remember installing or that was recently installed?

  2. You can also review the browser add-ons. Same thing here, do you see anything that you don't remember installing?

  3. Please also try to disable the web browser proxy and the system proxy on your system. Did that stop the popups?

  4. If that didn't help, I'd recommend a scan with FreeFixer to manually track down the adware. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I'm working on that scans your computer at lots of locations, such as browser add-ons, processes, Windows services, recently modified files, etc. If you want to get additional details about a file in the scan result, you can click the More Info link for that file and a web page will open up with a VirusTotal report which will be very useful to determine if the file is safe or malware:

    FreeFixer More Info link example

  5. If nothing seems to solve the popups problem, you can try to block movieshangar.com in the Windows HOSTS file.

Here's a video tutorial showing FreeFixer in action removing pop-up ads:

Are you a Mac or Linux user and get the movieshangar.com popups? What did you do to stop the pop up in your browser? Please share in the comments below. Thank you very much!

Did this blog post help you to remove the movieshangar.com pop-up ads? Please let me know or how I can improve this blog post.

Thank you!

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