Uninstall MotionCycle adware

If you find MotionCycle in your Applications folder, your Mac is infected with adware. The reason MotionCycle is classified as adware is that it installs without explicit permission, makes unwanted changes to a browser’s settings, spams users with intrusive ads, and collects information about users’ online activities. The adware itself isn’t particularly dangerous because it does not directly harm computers but the ads it exposes users to can cause serious issues. If you notice it installed on your Mac, the sooner you remove MotionCycle adware, the quicker you can go back to regular browsing.

 

MotionCycle adware

 

You will immediately start seeing a significant increase in ads once MotionCycle adware is installed on your Mac. The advertisement content will be thrown at you in various forms, including pop-ups and redirects. This will certainly negatively affect your browsing experience. In addition to the ads, your browser’s settings will also be altered because the adware has some browser hijacker traits. MotionCycle will change the default search engine, homepage, and new tabs. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to undo the setting changes while the adware is installed. This adware may take over the majority of widely used browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

Adware infections are relatively harmless and do not directly cause damage to computers. However, MotionCycle might expose you to harmful advertisements. You might see bogus virus alerts, ads for dangerous downloads, tech-support scams, giveaway scams, etc. Additionally, you can be redirected to malicious websites. While adware is on your computer, we advise not engaging with any ads at all, just to be on the safe side.

It’s also important to note that MotionCycle adware will monitor your browsing activity and gather data on the websites you visit, the searches you do, your IP address, the content you interact with, etc. The data, while not particularly sensitive, is also shared with third parties for advertising purposes. There’s no reason to put up with any form of data collecting since MotionCycle offers you no useful features and only disrupts your browsing.

How does adware install

Adware and similar infections like browser hijackers can be added as extra offers to free software and installed alongside. The method is referred to as software bundling. Due to the fact that it essentially authorizes unwanted apps to install without permission, this installation method is very controversial. Anti-virus vendors often identify programs that use software bundling to install as potential threats.

The added offers are technically optional, so users can prevent their installations. However, because they are hidden, users frequently are unable to deselect the offers. However, as long as users install freeware correctly, they should be able to avoid all unwanted offers. Correctly installing programs mostly means using Advanced (Custom) settings instead of Default. When installing a program, the installation window may recommend using Default settings but those settings will conceal all offers, allowing them to install automatically. Advanced settings, on the other hand, will make all offers visible, allowing you to deselect everything. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes of those offers. Most free programs nowadays have added offers so you always need to pay attention. Otherwise, you will fill your computer with junk programs that can be difficult to get rid of once installed. It’s much easier to uncheck a couple of boxes during initial installation than it is to have to uninstall persistent adware and browser hijacker infections.

Adware is also frequently spread through fake virus alerts and deceptive advertising. You might encounter a fake Adobe Flash Player update alert, for example. But you would end up downloading adware (or worse, malware) instead of a Flash Player upgrade. Remember that legitimate updates don’t work this way. Never download updates from adverts or notifications in your browser; only do so from official websites.

Another possibility is that this adware was marketed as a helpful extension. You should exercise extra caution going forward if you installed it yourself, thinking it would somehow improve your browsing. Before installing programs in the future, it’s a good idea to do some research on them. To find out whether a certain program is safe to download/install/use, even a quick search with Google or another search engine is enough. Additionally, we recommend you always download programs from official websites rather than from third-party websites.

How to delete MotionCycle adware

There are two ways to uninstall MotionCycle adware from your Mac. You can remove MotionCycle adware manually yourself or you can use anti-virus software. Adware can be removed manually, albeit it can take more time and effort. You can find instructions right below to assist you throughout the whole process. But anti-virus software makes it much easier to delete MotionCycle because it takes care of everything for you. Random redirects and intrusive advertisements will stop after the adware is removed.

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Remove MotionCycle from your Applications folder.

  1. Open Finder → Applications.
    Finder (Applications) Uninstall MotionCycle adware
  2. Find MotionCycle among your installed Applications, and drag it to the Trash.

Remove MotionCycle related files and folders

  1. Open Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
    Finder (Go to folder) Uninstall MotionCycle adware
  2. Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (LaunchAgents) Uninstall MotionCycle adware
  3. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.
  4. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  5. Type ~/Library/Application Support in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (Application Support) Uninstall MotionCycle adware
  6. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added folders and drag them to the Trash.
  7. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  8. Type ~/Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder LaunchAgents Uninstall MotionCycle adware
  9. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.
  10. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  11. Type /Library/LaunchDaemons in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (LaunchDaemons) Uninstall MotionCycle adware
  12. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.

Remove MotionCycle from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
    Safari Preferences Uninstall MotionCycle adware
  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find MotionCycle and click Uninstall.
    Safari extension (remove) Uninstall MotionCycle adware

Remove MotionCycle from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox → Menu (the bars at the top right corner) → Add-ons and themes.
    Firefox Uninstall MotionCycle adware
  2. In the Extensions tab, find MotionCycle, click on the three dots, and click Remove.
    Firefox extensions tab Uninstall MotionCycle adware

Remove MotionCycle from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome → Menu (the three dots at the top right corner) → More Tools → Extensions.
    Google-chrome-pref Uninstall MotionCycle adware
  2. In Extensions, find MotionCycle and click Remove.
    Google-chrome-extensions Uninstall MotionCycle adware

 

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