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ExtTag.exe Removal Manual

Short DescriptionExtTag.exe may have been brought by a PUP.
SymptomsThe display of Ads during browsing – pop-ups, ad-supported search results, modified site text.
Distribution MethodVia bundling, unsafe browsing, fake software updates, etc.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By ExtTag.exe

rp_adware-150x150.jpgIn case you have seen a process in your Windows Task Manager, called Exttag.exe, there is a good chance that you may have adware on your computer. The executable is mostly connected with several unwanted programs, otherwise known as PUPs. The main which has been most detected and reported by researchers so far is believed to be PUP.Optional.Linkury.PrxySvrRS. Linkury is notorious for developing many unwanted apps that are not in fact viruses, but may lead to such, by displaying advertised content. Since the impact of this PUP is high, experts recommend its immediate removal from the PC.

How Did ExtTag.Exe Get in My PC?

There are several scenarios by which this PUP could have gotten in. However, the main one is called bundling. It involves free third-party applications that most likely may have included (in this case) any Linkury products as a part of their installation process. Most freeware may or may not prompt to add such applications as free extras on the user PC. This is done by third party software provider websites that have a database of software, and they provide it via their servers. Most people think such sites are legitimate and decide to download apps from there, and sometimes they get such adware on their PCs.

How Does ExtTag.Exe Work?

This is your typical adware program since it may perform the very same ad-injection tasks, similar to other products of its developers. Linkury has many toolbars and programs that are known to display ad-supported content and processes associated, such as Adware.Linkury.M, Linkury Smartbar or Quickshare, Srptm.exe.

Once it is on your system, the program may run the current .exe files:


Also, antivirus scans have reported the current objects in Program Data associated with ExtTag.exe on an affected PC:


In Firefox:

FF NewTab: C:\\ProgramData\\ExtTags\\ff.NT
FF Homepage: C:\\ProgramData\\ExtTags\\ff.HP

More to it than that, ExtTag.exe may associate with third-parties since such applications live to make profits to their developers via most likely pay-per-click schemes and affiliate arrangements. This is dangerous for the user since third-parties may conceal different risks from them:

  • Infecting PC with malware(Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Ransomware Trojans)
  • Conning the user, using various tactics to collect information or drain his funds(Surveys, Financial Info to claim trials, Fake tech support scams, etc.)

When it comes to making easy money, cyber criminals have become very smart and are continuously developing new tactics and methods to drain the average user’s both funds and information. Such info is either aggregated, sorted and sold to organizations or taken advantage of any other mean that will benefit their interests.

How to Remove ExtTag.Exe?

When it comes to threat removal, you must think of it as an octopus, one of which’s tentacles is linked to your computer. You should first cut the connection and then burn the thing. The same is with PUPs and malware. First, disconnect your PC from the web, just to be safe. Then it is recommended follow the step-by-step removal tutorial, provided below. After that, you should employ advanced malware protection program that will take care of any leftover objects after the manual deletion of ExtTag.exe such as cookies and some other files and folders.

Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

1. Remove/Uninstall ExtTag.exe

1. Remove/Uninstall ExtTag.exe in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall ExtTag.exe.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove ExtTag.exe from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select ExtTag.exe and click “Remove


    After ExtTag.exe is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate ExtTag.exe and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After ExtTag.exe is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select ExtTag.exe to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After ExtTag.exe has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on ExtTag.exe
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall ExtTag.exe. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the ExtTag.exe will be removed.

    3. Remove ExtTag.exe automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

    3. Remove ExtTag.exe automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

    To clean your computer with the award-winning software Spy Hunter – donload_now_140
    It is highly recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter.


    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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