This page aims to help you remove Ourstartpage “Virus”. These Ourstartpage removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
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We feel your pain. It is, undoubtedly, absolutely frustrating to open your browser, attempting to be productive or just chill with some YouTube videos, and all of a sudden realize that your whole screen has been hidden behind a thick wall of adverts. This is not an uncommon issue and many users have been complaining about intrusive browser ads, covering their screen as soon as they open their browser. While this is certainly an unpleasant experience, we are here to tell you that there’s probably nothing to worry about. If you too are having this nagging issue with the annoying adverts, we can help you resolve it in not time. Just read through our article and see for yourself.
In most cases, obstructive browser pop-ups, banners, box messages etc. are coming from the sites you visit. Therefore, you can’t do much about them apart from not visiting those sites or getting an ad-blocker. However, if the intrusive ads persist, even after you’ve left the specific site and went to another one that usually does not have annoying pop-ups, then the problem is probably within your own PC. If this is your case, and the nagging ads seem to be on every page, then you most likely have had Ourstartpage installed on your computer without your knowledge.
Introduction to Ourstartpage
Ourstartpage is a browser extension of the adware type. It is notorious for the generation of rage-inducing adverts which tend to heavily obstruct users’ online experience, since they seem to never go away. This is, in fact, the whole purpose of adware programs. Their developers use the pay-per-click method to gain revenue via different browser add-ons like Ourstartpage. The more clicks the intrusive ads receive, the greater the revenue gained. This is the reason why those pop-ups are so awfully intrusive – so that they could make you give up and interact with them, hoping that this would make them go away. In certain cases clicking the X button on an ad might do the job, but more adverts will keep coming. Besides, we strongly recommend avoiding clicking on any part of the ads you see displayed. You see, while adware programs themselves usually do not try to harm your machine, some of those adverts might contain potential security hazards for your system. Occasionally, clicking on them might redirect you to some sort of an illegal and potentially harmful webpage. This happens quite rarely, but there’s just no need to take any chances with your computer’s online security. Even if you just want to close the advert so that it won’t bother you any more, we advise against interacting with it.
What you need to do
With all that being said, the only truly effective way to get rid of the annoying pop-ups is to find and uninstall the program that is causing them, in this case – the Ourstartpage “Virus”. Below this article we have provided our readers with a guide that contains detailed instructions on how you can find, uninstall and remove the unwanted piece of software. We are pretty confident that you can do it yourself by following our guide – adware programs are not like viruses. It’s much easier to deal with this adware than it is to handle malicious software like a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware. Still adware add-ons should not be underestimated, therefore, remain careful with their ads
How to fend off adware in the future
Last thing before we move on to the actual removal part, we need to give you some general advice on how you can prevent it from getting onto your PC in the future. There are several commonly used methods for adware distribution like spam e-mails or file-sharing sites, but we won’t stop on them. The general rule to avoid the aforementioned is to use your common sense and always double-check things that look shady and suspicious (especially when downloading something or opening new e-mail letters, which could by the way be carrying viruses, too).
The adware distribution method that we will elaborate upon is program-bundling. This is a perfectly legal method for spreading software; however, in this case it is being used to install an unwanted program onto your PC. The way to prevent this from happening is to always opt for the advanced settings when installing a new piece of software onto your PC. This is because with this method Ourstartpage is bundled with some third-party program and when that program gets installed, you also get the adware. However, when choosing to customize the installation settings yourself, you’d be able to see what added content there is and leave out anything that you may not want in your system. Simply uncheck the added installs that seem suspicious and potentially unwanted and carry on with the installation of the main program.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||It’s pretty much impossible to miss all the intrusive ads that the adware will generate and display on your browser.|
|Distribution Method||File/program-bundling is, by far, the most effective method with the highest success rate. Other commonly used ways for adware distribution are spam e-mails and torrent/file-sharing sites.|
|Detection Tool||Ourstartpage may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Ourstartpage “Virus” Removal
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Ourstartpage 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.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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 Ourstartpage 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 Ourstartpage from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Ourstartpage 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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