How to remove Mystarting123 Virus (June 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Mystarting123 Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If you have recently come to the understanding that your machine has been invaded by a program called Mystarting123 Virus, then we will be able to help you with this issue. It usually all starts the same way: you open your browser, ready to start surfing the web, just as any other time, only to be greeted by a new homepage and perhaps even a new default search engine. What’s more, as you proceed to try using your browser as you normally would, you periodically get redirect to various sponsored websites and pages you never intended to open. Furthermore, it doesn’t even matter exactly what browsing program you’re using – Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera – they are all susceptible to such infections. We can offer to stop these annoying changes and return your browsing experience to its previous, undisturbed state. For this purpose you will first need to remove Mystarting123 Virus from your machine and you can do that with the help of the instructions featured in the removal guide below.

But first: what is Mystarting123 Virus?

Mystarting123 Virus belongs to the software type better known as browser hijackers. You can tell why they’re called that, but what is the point of it? Well, these are basically advertising programs designed to bring ads directly to the users, instead of wait for you to find the ads. Numerous online and other business rely of programs like this for the successful promotion of their products and services with the help of all the annoying popups, banners, box messages and other ads that you are no doubt now witnessing. On the other hand, many software developers, who stand behind these kinds of programs, can also profit from the endless advertising activity. In fact, they are often paid based on the amount of clicks that their ads receive, which is also part of a popular online business strategy called the Pay Per Click scheme.

The Pay Per Click scheme or PPC is most of the time actually responsible for the exact fashion that browser hijackers operate in. You see, software like this is often programmed to monitor your browsing activity and record it. Things like the sites you visit on a regular basis, your search requests and the kind of content you show interest in are what the hijackers will be on the lookout for. This information gives them a better understanding of what you, as an individual, are mostly interested in at the moment and based on that they will direct their ads flow to have a higher chance of attracting your attention. You will obviously be more prone to click on an ad if it has something to do with your latest online searches, right? Right. And that is precisely what programs like Mystarting123 Virus count on.

However, this practice isn’t always seen as justified and is, in fact, often regarded as a privacy invasion. This is also partially the reason why many security experts often put browser hijacker in the category of potentially unwanted programs or PUPs. The other reasons for that include their shady distribution techniques and the potential risks that they may pose for you and your system. Though not inherently malicious or even capable of causing any actual harm, the numerous ads that these programs generate is what poses as a liability. With the significant increase in popularity that threats such as Trojans and ransomware have been enjoying over the past years, pretty much any kind of online content can become a security threat and online ads are no exception. In fact, hackers often use online ads such as banners and popups to infect unsuspecting users with their malware. They tend to inject the said ads with the virus, after which it can automatically be downloaded with a simple click. And with viruses like the notoriously dangerous ransomware, this will mean that you won’t even realize what’s happened until it’s far too late to take any preventive measures.

For this reason we would like to advise you not to interact with any of the online ads that you see on your screen. It’s impossible to tell the harmful ones apart from those that won’t hurt you, but it’s easier to minimize the risk of running into a malvertisement by simply limiting the amount of ads you are exposed to on a day-to-day basis. Please refer to the removal guide below if you would like to get rid of Mystarting123 Virus and all of its invasive ads once and for all.

SUMMARY:

Name Mystarting123
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Numerous ads within browser, new homepage and default search engine that cannot be changed by user.
Distribution Method Usually through the installation managers of other programs.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Mystarting123 Virus Removal

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.


Step1

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).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Mystarting123 Virus successfully!

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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

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.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Mystarting123 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 Mystarting123 Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Mystarting123 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.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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!


  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    The IP’s you’ve send us should’t be present in your Hosts file. Be sure to delete them and save the changes to the file.

     
  • MARTIN

    Didn’t work, there’s nothing installed in control panel, there’s nothing in dns file. Im using chrome, adwcleaner and malwarebytes didnt work, neither AVG.

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      What about the Registry Editor (Step 6) and the Hosts file (Step 4)? Did you find anything there?

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    All of those IP’s need to be removed. Delete them and save the changes.