How to remove Motitags

What is Motitags

Motitags is an old and still-popular toolbar and bloatware. It replaces people’s search engine in order to be able to inject advertisements into the search results page and offers some animated emojis on the new tab page. It seems to be still mostly functional at the time. It can be classified as adware — software whose purpose is advertising to the user. The Motitags browser extension replaces the default search engine with int.search.myway.com or another variant of MyWay search. It edits the browser settings and also replaces the new tab page with a page of its own — hp.myway.com.

How to remove Motitags

What does it do?

The home page of users of Motitags has a clock at the top, a row with various icons above that, a search bar in the middle of the page, then an ad, a row of links below it, and a collection of animated pictures below that. Motitags is made by Mindspark, a company that has made dozens, if not hundreds, of browser hijackers — most of which work the same: replace the new tab page, put a few links to some website, have the search bar lead to a search engine that can be monetized. This is how SimpleHolidayRecipes works, as well as Internet Speed Radar, and Myfashiontab.com.

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To provide users with emojis Motitags has links to their own website, where the emojis are supposed to be hosted. However, it doesn’t seem to show the additional emojis — the website might have been abandoned. It also has some emoji gifs on the new tab page. Motitags’ emojis are apparently supposed to be used to decorate emails and other messages. The new search bar leads to the MyWay search engine. Information about the browsing habits of each user is recorded. The collected information is used to deliver more targeted advertisements. The MyWay results page is filled with ads, most of which are listed above the real search results, making them difficult to ignore.

The private information that Motitags collects includes hardware and software that the user owns, the information that each user gives them by, for example, logging in using their existing social media accounts, and the search queries typed, as well as browsing history.

How is Motitags distributed?

Motitags uses bundles in its distribution. It is known to have been distributed with the Ask extension, a common addition to many browser hijackers. The ask extension can take over the control of the upper address bar of the browser, which was left alone by Motitags. Software bundling is a promotional practice that’s frowned upon because it can easily be abused — in worst cases, bundlers can even be used to distribute serious computer viruses. Bundlers usually benefit from the pay-per-install (PPI) monetization scheme. This scheme encourages the developers of freeware that use bundling to push the additional software to their users at any cost, even hiding it so that people don’t even know that they’re installing additional applications. Motitags’ developers have used bundling to promote their toolbar and include it in the installations of some freeware. This helps Motitags build a bigger audience to the ads.

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There is not necessarily any malicious intent, but there is a lack of care for the users’ well-being. The abundance of ads inevitably hurts a user’s productivity and reduces the accuracy of the search results.

How to uninstall Motitags toolbar

Motitags being installed can indicate other potentially unwanted programs or adware infecting the computer. Anti-Malware Tool, Anti-Malware Tool, or another professional and reputable antivirus program could scan and find malicious and suspicious files and programs. And Motitags can be removed by just accessing the browser settings.



Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

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

Remove Motitags Extension from Google Chrome

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

Uninstall Motitags 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 Motitags or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Motitags 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 Motitags or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Motitags.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Motitags 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 Motitags or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Motitags 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 Motitags program.
  7. Select Motitags or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Motitags

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 Motitags

  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 Motitags, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Motitags 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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