This page aims to show you how to remove Webstarts.biz “Virus”. These Webstarts.biz “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
All about Webstarts.biz: Possible consequences and typical behavior
Webstarts.biz has been classified as a browser hijacker. What you could expect from any browser hijackers are the following consequences:
- Broadcasting of a lot of ads in the form of banners, boxes and mostly pop-ups, which will probably irritate you a lot.
- Modification of your browser – changes in terms of your default search engine and browser homepage.
- Some redirecting may occur – your browser may start opening pages you have never commanded it to load.
It is also important to be aware of the simple fact that every single browser could get affected. Webstarts.biz will not spare Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Explorer.
Details about the way Webstarts.biz typically works
We have already briefly explained above what could be expected from Webstarts.biz. Here we are going to elaborate on some of the program’s additional features. When it comes to the generation of online advertisements, most probably this hijacker won’t do anything randomly. Most browser hijackers have the ability to track your browsing history, as they have access to your browser’s records. As a result, the ad campaigns that are broadcast can be adapted to what the program presumes are your personal preferences and interests. Another possible result of the banner and pop-up production might be a significant slowdown or even a shutdown of your entire PC, which can be quite bothersome. Of course, such a turn of events is strongly dependent on your system’s resources and the processing capacity of your computer.
Is Webstarts.biz a “Virus”?
A common misconception has lead many users to refer to Webstarts.biz “virus”. However this is not an accurate assumption. Ad-generating programs, including all forms of Adware and browser hijackers, usually strive to efficiently promote something –a product or a service. In the case with browser hijackers, the promoted thing could be a web page or a newly-developed search engine that needs popularizing. Don’t worry, this is how marketing works – its tools are more or less harmless, but can often be awfully irritating. Such programs as Webstarts.biz get created and enhanced every day, because goods manufacturers and providers need to promote their products more efficiently. The involved web developers on the other hand just need the money that comes from all the streams of banners and pop-ups, which is why they make their hijackers a little intrusive, but not dangerous. All the activities of these programs are completed in accordance with the respective law and regulations. This means that there is nothing malicious about hijackers. As we have mentioned above, Webstarts.biz cannot do anything harmful or illegal to your computer. Such programs are experts at advertising, nothing else. You cannot expect to be attacked in any way by such a piece of software – no destruction, corruption and encryption of files will come from it. No spying, no data theft or abusive warnings result from hijackers. These programs are not equal to viruses! Real viruses like Ransomware and any Trojan version are capable of self-installing on your PC, while ad-producing software still needs your knowing or unknowing approval to do that.
The places where you can come across such a hijacker
Hijackers could be caught from contagious web pages, contaminated attachments of emails or the emails themselves, also drive-by downloads. The best providers of ad-showing software still are the so-called program bundles. Such combos of programs may include games, apps, other programs as well as ad-producing software in the form of Adware or hijackers. What could also be mentioned about those bundles is that they are normally free and anyone could download them and use them at no charge. However, downloading a bundle doesn’t equal installing the hijacker in it. Webstarts.biz, as it has been stated above, needs your permission to be installed on your computer. This program is incapable of doing that on its own. Still, the way it infects a PC could still appear quite unclear to some users and that is partly why this software has been labeled as potentially unwanted. The key to using a program from a bundle and avoiding an ad-related infection is to install the software you want, but to exclude the Adware or the hijacker inside a given bundle during the installation process. You can only do that by selecting the most detailed installation method and its corresponding wizard feature: the custom or advanced one. All the other ones included in the wizard are not recommended if you want a healthy and safe system. To remove this browser hijacker, simply complete the steps of the Removal Guide we have prepared for you. It is located at the end of this page.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Clearly, such programs affect browsers: replacing the default search engine and/or homepage with new unknown ones; sudden redirection to unfamiliar webpages; broadcasting of plenty of pop-ups and other ads.|
|Distribution Method||Inside free program bundles, torrent and video-sharing webpages, all kind of suspicious letters, also shareware and contagious drive-by downloads.|
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How to Remove Webstarts.biz “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
- Do not skip this – Webstarts.biz may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Webstarts.biz from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Webstarts.biz from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Webstarts.biz from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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