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MyStartSearch “Virus” Uninstall (July 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you uninstall MyStartSearch “Virus”. These MyStartSearch “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

In the following text we are striving to sum up all the specific details you need to know about MyStartSearch “Virus”. This program is regarded as a browser hijacker, and is considered rather harmless. However, such kind of software could be really irritating thanks to the possible way it may alter your browser apps. These probable changes could involve the broadcasting of some pop-ups and other versions of online ads, at the time when you are browsing the Internet. Furthermore, some possible redirection may get conducted. Lastly, but very importantly, all of the usual homepages/ search engines, which you normally use, could get substituted with some entirely unfamiliar ones. What’s more, we should also mention that this sort of software can, in fact, only infect your browser apps. And, believe us, neither Firefox, nor Explorer or Chrome will be able to avoid such an infection and its effects.

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What to expect from the programs, referred to as ‘browser hijackers’

Contrary to what you might think, MyStartSearch “Virus” (and all the other hijackers) is NOT A VIRUS. Indeed, some of the existing programs from this software family may show several inexplicable features (like the aforementioned ones, which could really get on your nerves). However, even the capabilities of the existing hijackers to use your most recent search requests in order to match the ad flow to you preferences are not what it takes to identify these programs as viruses.

What are the characteristic features of this particular hijacker – MyStartSearch “Virus”?

Generally speaking, MyStartSearch “Virus” normally behaves as an exemplary hijacker representative. In most of the cases, it is not able to do anything harmful to your PC, different from the aforementioned activities. One more time, this program is just a marketing-driven tool, and can’t become the reason for any serious trouble. Its basic effect is just some great annoyance. What’s more, the process of developing browser hijackers is absolutely legitimate. Through such processes developers are able to earn more profit, and vendors – to have their services/products advertised online.

So a hijacker doesn’t equal a virus, does it?

Great news: indeed, not a single dangerous infection could be blamed on MyStartSearch “Virus” or any of its related programs (other hijackers). This kind of software is noticeably different from any malware type. For example, we will take a Ransomware and Trojan viruses as illustrations of our statements. They are indeed able to harm your PC – because of the encryption of files or the data theft such malware versions are likely to result in. To our delight, nothing like that can happen because of browser hijacker infections.

Hijacker hiding places:

When we discuss the possible hijacker sources, we must claim that there might be several different ones. Nonetheless, the list below only contains the most common of them:

  • Shareware/ torrents: hijackers and Adware could be included in some sometimes illegal torrents and shareware;
  • All kinds of spam: simply by clicking on an ad, which has just popped up inside your browser, you could catch a hijacker-inflicted infection;
  • Contagious web pages: it is possible that some web pages may include ad-producing software that you may catch via willingly (or unwillingly) downloading and installing anything from such locations.
  • Bundles: There are some sets of apps/programs/games that are available on the web for free. They are famous as bundles. Often such mixes might contain ad-broadcasting programs like MyStartSearch “Virus”. To be precise, you cannot catch any hijacker just by downloading any bundle. In fact, the way to do so is to install the entire content of a bundle. In the next paragraphs you are going to learn a possible way to prevent your PC from getting infected.

Having a bundle (or a separate piece of software) installed wisely:

It is essential to remember the advice we are going to share with you here. Bear in mind that via performing the installation in a sensible way, you will start developing some healthy browsing habits. The core of the correctly done installation process is to select the right installer feature. That’s why we recommend that you should avoid the features, which install the entire contents of a given bundle:
 – the “Easy”, the “Default” and the “Recommended” ones.
Simply install just what you really need/want by using the following settings – the “Custom”, the “Advanced”, or the “Customized” ones.

The way to successfully uninstall MyStartSearch “Virus”:

Such contamination might be removed via following the appropriate Guide. We have designed just the one for you – you can use it for free. It is located after the table.


Name MyStartSearch
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browsers may change – some ads and redirecting might be disturbing your browsing experience.
Distribution Method Via bundling; spam; infected web pages; shareware; torrents.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

MyStartSearch “Virus” Uninstall

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


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:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove MyStartSearch “Virus” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove MyStartSearch “Virus” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove MyStartSearch “Virus” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

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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 up 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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