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Remove Home.bitmotion-tab.com virus (Removal Instructions) - Aug 2017 update

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Home.bitmotion-tab.com tries to earn users' trust with an appealing design 

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Bitmotion virus is perceived to be a dubious search engine which does not only offer its search engine services but persistently promotes its extensions. Thus, you might notice Bitmotion New Tab instead of your previous one. The latter is devised by Victory Commerce Ltd. Nevertheless, it is promoted as a tool that enhances browsing experience; in fact, it is categorized as a browser hijacker that might alter browser’s settings and prevent users from browsing the Web normally.

Nevertheless, it is promoted as a tool that enhances browsing experience; in fact, it is categorized as a browser hijacker that might alter browser’s settings and prevent users from browsing the Web normally. Is Bitmotion a virus? Technically, it is not, but it may cause troublesome outcomes.

After you enable Bitmotion extension:

  • alter browser’s homepage and new tab page settings without clearly asking user’s permission[1];
  • launch chrome-extension://iinglghmhcgdgjjlafobajghjamdchik/newtab.html page as soon as the victim opens an infected web browser, a new tab or simply clicks on extension’s icon in the browser’s menu bar;
  • alter search results;
  • display intrusive online ads;
  • redirect to suspicious third-party web pages;
  • install helper objects to the affected browsers;
  • collect various information about the user.

Bitmotion Tab redirect phenomenon might become an issue within a while. Keep in mind that this browser hijacker aims to monetize the website it promotes, so it inserts third-party ads into search results[2].

Once users click on paid search links, the browser infection initiates redirects to pre-determined websites to increase their popularity. Although some of these websites can be entirely safe to visit, others might provide dangerous or inappropriate material or even pose a threat to your computer or your privacy.

In fact, consider the privacy of your personal information when using this extension we mentioned above. By enabling Bitmotion Tab virus, you agree to disclose your email address to its developers, also read and change your bookmarks as well as data on websites you visit. On top of that, the Bitmotion-tab virus collects your search terms, links that you decided to click on, IP address, and related data.

Questions about Home.bitmotion-tab.com virus

This parasite is going to annoy you to hell because the described search engine has a background that moves all the time. In addition, the Bitmotion extension can send you surveys and contests, and usually, these ask to provide personal data such as name and email address. Such information can be used to send you spam[3]. Pay attention to these statements:

“We may use an intermediary to conduct these surveys or contests. These companies may use your personal information to help the BitmotionTab communicate with you about offers from the [ tab ] and our marketing partners.”

Although the company claims that these third-parties do not have Victory Commerce’s permission to use user’s personal data for any other purposes, you can never know. Therefore, you should consider Home.bitmotion-tab.com removal as a matter of utmost importance. You might want to use anti-malware like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for it.

If using additional software to eliminate the virus does not seem like the right option for you, you can remove Home.bitmotion-tab.com manually too. You can find a detailed explanation how to complete this task at the end of the article.

Home.bitmotion-tab.com virusHome.bitmotion-tab.com search engine replaces previous homepage without asking for user's permission in a direct way.

Preven the infiltration of PUP-like programs 

To avoid installation of Bitmotion hijacker, you should be very careful when installing various free programs from the Internet[4]. If you tend to rush and act carelessly when installing new programs, you will have to find a way to get rid of it later. However, you can prevent its installation by making a couple of easy modifications in software installers.

When you open an installer of a certain program, you will be provided with its Privacy Policy and Terms of Use papers, which are very important, so read them carefully. Later, you will be asked to select installation mode, so choose Custom or Advanced one and then find statements saying that you agree to install additional programs. Remove checkmarks placed in checkboxes next to them and proceed with the installation.

The hijacker mostly aims at Chrome users located in the United States. However, some infiltration cases were noticed in Bulgaria[5] as well. Thus, users from these countries should be extremely careful.

Remove Bitmotion virus quickly

The best way to complete Bitmotion Tab removal is to use a professional malware removal tool[6]. If you have an antivirus, it might fail to successfully detect this intruder because such programs usually are capable of finding critical viruses, meanwhile, bitmotion-tab is just a spyware-type parasite.

If you are wondering how to remove Bitmotion Tab manually, save time and use the instructions described below – be very careful and implement steps with precision if you want to annul changes made by the potentially unwanted program. Otherwise, your browser remains to be taken to hostage. You may also uninstall Bitmotion by resetting the default browser settings.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Home.bitmotion-tab.com virus, follow these steps:

Erase Home.bitmotion-tab.com from Windows systems

Uninstall programs developed by Victory Commerce Limited.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Home.bitmotion-tab.com and related programs
    Here, look for Home.bitmotion-tab.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Home.bitmotion-tab.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Delete Home.bitmotion-tab.com from Mac OS X system

Check the list of installed Apps and delete all entries that are related to home.bitmotion-tab.com.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Home.bitmotion-tab.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Home.bitmotion-tab.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Home.bitmotion-tab.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Home.bitmotion-tab.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Home.bitmotion-tab.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Home.bitmotion-tab.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Check Internet Explorer for suspicious add-ons. If you find any, remove them and reset the browser as shown below.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Home.bitmotion-tab.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Home.bitmotion-tab.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Home.bitmotion-tab.com virus from Microsoft Edge

The hijacker might affect Microsoft Edge as well. Thus, follow these steps to fix it:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Home.bitmotion-tab.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove Home.bitmotion-tab.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall questionable extensions that somehow managed to enter Firefox without notifying you first.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Home.bitmotion-tab.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Home.bitmotion-tab.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Home.bitmotion-tab.com from Google Chrome

In Chrome, go to Extensions tab and remove this extension:
Bitmotion extension

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Home.bitmotion-tab.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Home.bitmotion-tab.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Home.bitmotion-tab.com from Safari

If your Safari's homepage was set to Bitmotion Tab, you should remove Bitmotion – New Tab extension, as well as other suspicious entries. Then reset the browser.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Home.bitmotion-tab.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Home.bitmotion-tab.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Home.bitmotion-tab.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. ZOe says:
    April 20th, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I infected my machine with this accidentally. bitmotion tab – I removed it, but it kept coming back. In result, I only managed to get rid of it for good with anti-malware program.

  2. 777 says:
    April 20th, 2017 at 9:08 am

    THANKS GOD. I finally erased this hideous virus from my PC! at first, I couldnt find it, but with these instructions, everything was clear for me.

  3. Connie says:
    April 20th, 2017 at 9:08 am

    gone! the virus is gone. thank you, 2-spyware 🙂

  4. helena says:
    April 20th, 2017 at 9:08 am

    still stuck… cant find it…

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