What is Motious.com?
Motious.com may show up as your new home page in your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox browsers after a bunch of malware infections infiltrate your system. The appearance of this search page is due to a browser hijacker that may put your virtual security at risk with the content it may introduce you to. Apart from potentially altered search results, this hijacker also presents to you questionable third-party advertisements on its main page. Although this search page is different from most of its peers as it provides you with additional content, such as hardware reviews. But why would you leave such a risky search page in your browsers? If you want to use a secure computer, you cannot have the luxury of even potentially unwanted programs on board. Therefore, our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com suggest that you remove Motious.com from your browsers as soon as possible. But before you jump to the end of this article to do so, let us tell you more about this infection and its potential risks.
Where does Motious.com come from?
This browser hijacker seems to come from the same creators who are also responsible for an earlier threat named Viceice.com. The latter search page actually redirects to Motious.com for the time being. The most likely way for you to end up with this malware infection in your browsers is to install a questionable freeware bundle or a third-party installer containing a movie file and a driver updater among others. You can drop a package of malware threats onto your system after clicking on unreliable third-party content, such as links, advertisements, fake updaters, fake buttons, and fake system notifications.
It is possible to be exposed to such third-party content mainly in two ways. First, you may visit a suspicious file-sharing (torrent and freeware), online gaming, and dating website that is filled with questionable third-party ads and other disguised content. Sometimes, if you are not familiar with the website you are viewing, it is possible that you click on, for instance, fake buttons (download and navigation buttons) that seem to belong to the website. However, they simply could be third-party ads “under cover.” Of course, it is also possible that you click on the “real” download button, but still end up with a malicious bundle since the page hosts questionable third-party installers instead of legitimate files and bundles. All in all, we suggest that you stick with official and reputable websites whenever it comes to downloading free applications and updates.
Second, it is quite possible that you will find at least one ad-supported program on board that could be responsible for flooding your screen with unsafe third-party ads while you are surfing the net. You should know that such an infection is capable of hijacking authentic ads and redirect you to malicious sites or drop infections. This is why we always emphasize the need for a clean and secure computer if you want to protect your files and operating system. Since it is likely that you let a number of malware threats on board along with this browser hijacker, we suggest that you run a malware scanner so that you can see more clearly what you might be up against. But, as a start, you should delete Motious.com from your browsers.
How does Motious.com work?
When this questionable search page comes up as your home page upon launching your browser, you may notice it at once since this hijacker is quite different from your usual search engines. This infection has a third-party ad at the top, then the search box that is indeed based on a customized Google search engine, and finally, some hardware related content, including a menu and three highlighted reviews. This tool actually provides you with different kinds of hardware reviews, such as PC and clothes. We find it totally useless since there is a chance that the third-party ads this hijacker displays could be risky to click on. And, unfortunately, the same is true for the search results as well.
Although you end up on a customized Google search results page as we have already mentioned, this page could be injected with questionable third-party ads and sponsored content. Clearly, this is a way of generating income for the authors, i.e., by promoting affiliates. Yet, this could be risky for you since you will never know which content you can trust and which you should not risk clicking on. If you do not wish to land on malicious pages where you could be scammed out of your money or simply drop more infections, you should remove Motious.com as soon as possible.
How can I delete Motious.com?
According to our malware researchers, it is enough to restore the home page setting in your infected browsers to eliminate this threat. If you are not familiar with the necessary steps, please use our guide below to assist you. It would be a bit of a risky move to stop at this stage and not go on cleaning your whole system since it is quite possible that you will find further malicious threats hiding. If you do not want or cannot detect and remove all these potentially harmful programs manually, we recommend that you use a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. But even if you employ such effective security software, we still urge you to keep all your programs and drivers updated regularly to make your system less vulnerable for cyber attacks.
Remove Motious.com from your browsers
- Tap Alt+T and select Options.
- In the left panel, navigate to General.
- Press Restore to Default below the Home Page box.
- Tap Alt+F and select Settings.
- Select Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
- Click Set pages.
- Add a new home page URL.
- Remove the questionable home page URL.
- Click OK.
- Tap Alt+T and select Internet options.
- Choose the General tab and click Use default.
- Press OK.
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