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Remove Motitags Toolbar (Free Guide) - May 2019 update

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Motitags Toolbar is a popular potentially unwanted application that replaces default search engine to inject advertisements into search results

Motitags Toolbar 

Motitags Toolbar is an old browser hijacker program that keeps on targeting people with its intrusive campaigns. This is a fake search engine that even installs its toolbar and bookmarks to replace all the useful and needed features of the browser. It affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other commonly used web browsers. It appears pushing emoji applications, extensions and even gets distributed on targeted systems this way – via deceptive promotional ads.[1]

Motitags is a potentially unwanted program, which can change your system settings as soon as it infiltrates a computer. Beware that these changes can cause redirects to unknown websites, annoying pop-up notifications, and similar issues that are expected to help its creators earn some money.

It seems that this program is related to a quite popular search engine ask.com because it frequently alters homepage to home.tb.ask.com and changes the default search engine to search.tb.ask.com. It also redirects searches to MyWay. If you noticed such changes, you should check your computer for Motitags Toolbar virus. In most of the cases, it gets inside computers behind the user's back and then affects all web browsers that are installed on the system without any permission asked.

Name Motitags Toolbar
Type Browser hijacker[2]
Category Potentially unwanted application
Related MyWay
Symptoms Replaces toolbar, default search engine, causes redirects, questionable in-browser search results
Main danger Exposes to dubious content, delivers intrusive commercial material
Distribution Software bundles, deceptive advertisements, websites
Elimination Install anti-malware program and remove Motitags Toolbar. Use ReimageIntego for system cleaning.

Motitags Toolbar is the browser extension that changes the default search engine and delivers questionable results each time the user tries to search for anything on the browser. It also changes the homepage and new tab settings to replace those preferences with its own search engine. 

Also, Motitags Toolbar gets added on the browser, and it injects tons of features that may look useful for the user to keep the hijacker on the system. Unfortunately, the emoji feature that allows decorating your blogs and emails is not working as it supposed to. Sites that should deliver this content shows questionable material and causes tons of additional redirects to more sponsored pages.

Motitags Toolbar tracks information about users' browsing habits this way. This information gets collected and later on used to create and deliver more targeted advertisements for the particular user. Private information that gets recorded also include hardware, software details, information about social media activities, search queries, and browsing online related data.

Unfortunately, Motitags Toolbar redirects can lead to the automatic installation of:

  • browser extensions;
  • toolbars;
  • applications;
  • tools.

Motitags Toolbar may claim to be related to other legitimate services or programs like Instagram, YouTube, or different social media networks, so people believe all the claims and install the toolbar when promotional ads appear on the screen. However, these browser hijackers are affecting more than the browser itself.

Motitags Toolbar virusMotitags Toolbar is the potentially unwanted application that claims to offer improved search results and additional functions.

You can notice intrusive Motitags virus content and annoying redirects, but the program causes changes to the system that cannot be noticed. Your device becomes slower than usual, and performance gets significantly diminished due to alterations in the registry, all the installed content and constant redirects.

As experts[3] note, you need a thorough Motitags Toolbar elimination and process termination to end all the PUP behavior. For that, anti-malware tools are required. Programs like ReimageIntego can also help because the system checks the tool performs indicates potentially unwanted programs and other issues. 

Remove Motitags Toolbar from the machine and clean the system entirely with anti-malware tool, so all the additional changes get reversed and there is nothing malicious left on your computer. This is crucial when dealing with potentially unwanted programs because such intruders can install other files to keep on running on the infected device.

Employ the antivirus program for automatic Motitags Toolbar removal and run a full system scan. During which you can remove all intruders and useless programs. Additionally, check your browsers for additional content, delete any suspicious extensions, and reset your Chrome, Firefox or Safari to default by following the guide below.

If you were tricked into installing Motitags Toolbar on your computer and you want to remove it from there, you should follow these instructions:

  • Uninstall programs that are related to Motitags Toolbar from your computer:

1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for Motitags Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
3. Click 'Uninstall' and then OK to save the changes.

Motitags Toolbar hijackMotitags Toolbar shows various content on the browser to redirect all the online traffic to questionable websites.

Potentially harmful programs infiltrate computers via other freeware

Such rogue tools and applications are delivered in bundles during free software downloads. This distribution method has initiated various discussions on the Internet because people are not notified about the additional installation of two or more programs instead of one clearly.

To avoid such infiltrations, you should choose Custom or Advanced installation method when downloading freeware on your computer. Also, you should uncheck these checkboxes that say that you agree to install this program on your computer.

Otherwise, you may expect continuous advertisements, banner ads, and sponsored links in your search results that seek to boost advertising revenue and earn money. Besides, this toolbar may be set to track PC users and collect information about their browsing habits.

Get rid of Motitags Toolbar and additional applications with anti-malware tools

Since this Motitags Toolbar virus is distributed via promotional content and software bundles, most likely, your device has more intruders than this browser hijacker. Since those programs run in the background, you need a system check to find them all.

Automatic Motitags Toolbar removal is the best solution for this situation because all useless programs and files get detected and deleted during the full system check. Rely on professional and trustworthy anti-malware programs and clean the machine thoroughly.

Remember that when you remove Motitags Toolbar, you may also need to manually check each browser for material installed without your permission that may be left behind. You should also reset the browser to default so all the changes made by the PUP can be reversed.

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To remove Motitags Toolbar, follow these steps:

Get rid of Motitags Toolbar from Windows systems

Clean the machine from Motitags Toolbar

  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 Motitags Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for Motitags Toolbar 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 Motitags Toolbar 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 Motitags Toolbar from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Motitags Toolbar from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Motitags Toolbar-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 Motitags Toolbar, 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 Motitags Toolbar and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Motitags Toolbar-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Motitags Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Motitags Toolbar 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 Motitags Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Motitags Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

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 Motitags Toolbar-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

Erase Motitags Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Motitags Toolbar 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 Motitags Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Motitags Toolbar from Google Chrome

You may need to uninstall Motitags Toolbar and reset the Chrome to default manually

  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 Motitags Toolbar 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 Motitags Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Motitags Toolbar from Safari

  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 Motitags Toolbar 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 Motitags Toolbar, 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 Motitags Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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