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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 because it frequently alters homepage to and changes the default search engine to 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 virus
Motitags 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 hijack
Motitags 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 '' 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

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Motitags Toolbar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall Motitags Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Motitags Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Motitags Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Motitags Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Motitags Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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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