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How to Remove Startpageing123 “Virus” (April 2017 Update)

This page aims to help you remove Startpageing123 “Virus”. These Startpageing123 “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. You may be familiar with Startpageing123 via the Winsnare Adware.

Browser hijackers are a software type, which may target all of your browser apps – Opera, Chrome, Firefox, and/ or Explorer. After that, they might introduce some irritating changes – the usual search engines and default homepages could get modified; a great number of pop-ups and banners may begin covering your browsers’ tabs and windows. What’s even more disturbing, you might start being redirected to websites you had never wanted to go to. Startpageing123 “Virus” – the exact representative, which is discussed in the article below, is an exemplary member of this software family.

Ending up infected by Startpageing123 “Virus” – what’s the most likely way?

Precisely, more or less anything you encounter on the web may result in catching browser hijackers. The potential sources could include contaminated websites; infected torrents; sometimes even drive-by downloads. In spite of the great number of possible carriers of such advertising software, only some of its versions might be blamed for the biggest number of infections. To be completely precise, the exact carrier to be blamed is a mixture of different games, apps and programs, called a software bundle. It may often contain Adware and hijacker-type products.  A lot of users could get very interested in, for example, a game that is included in such a software bundle. Consequently, they may be willing to download the whole mixture. Surprising as it sounds, the mere act of having a bundle downloaded doesn’t necessarily mean catching any form of advertising software.

Startpageing123 “Virus”

How does the infection process really take place?

Any infection may only occur on the following conditions: 

  • When you install a particular bundle using the wrong option in the installer. All the options there, which are safe, include all the necessary information about the contents of the bundle you want to install. In order to make sure your system will stay healthy and safe, it is essential that you always go with the Advanced or the Customized installer features. They will feature a custom process of installing a bundle, in which you get to choose what you really want to incorporate into your system; and what you don’t really need.
  • Stay away from the Quick or the Default, as well as from the Recommended installer options, as they could cause a browser hijacker infection (as a result of the installation of the entire bundle along with the advertising software inside it).

Could we prove that browser hijackers represent malicious programs?

Fortunately, this software has never been regarded as harmful or malicious. It is just that the majority of these programs are classified as potentially unwanted. Nevertheless, real viruses have some distinctive hazardous influence on your system like making the entire system freeze; deleting or corrupting files, directories, apps and/ or account details, etc. Luckily, Startpageing123 “Virus” will NEVER do anything like that to your PC. This hijacker is just an advertising-oriented program, the only purpose of which is to legally promote websites, homepages, search engines and/ or plenty of different  products and services.

However, could any potentially questionable effects result from the contamination with Startpageing123 “Virus”?

Despite all the facts above, hijackers are not the most innocent software on the Internet. It is completely normal for them to sometimes have some rather inexplicable effects, and to also become the reason for a lot of annoyance. For instance, the modification of your default search engine and/ or homepage may really irritate you, despite the fact that these alterations might only have advertising intentions. Furthermore, the potential redirecting to various webpages you have may be awfully annoying for sure. It must also be mentioned that almost all ad-producing programs could have one more disturbing feature. They may be able to access the search request records of your browser apps and could launch ad campaigns based on the results of this rather intrusive form of research. The ads that might be generated after that may also contain goods and services you have recently been searching the Internet for.  As a result, this software has been dubbed potentially unwanted by most users and security experts worldwide.

Removing Startpageing123 “Virus” safely:

For this sensitive operation, we suggest that you head to our Removal Guide below. The instructions inside it have been carefully prepared in order to help you successfully remove this hijacker.


Name Startpageing123
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The settings of your browsers could be changed: you may be shown a lot of ads; redirected to various websites and set entirely new homepages and search engines.
Distribution Method Bundling; distribution of spam and shareware; torrents and infected web pages.
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.

Startpageing123 “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.


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).



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 Startpageing123 “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 Startpageing123 “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Startpageing123 “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.


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!



  • All of those are more than likely coming from the unwanted software so make sure to remove them and save the changes to the Hosts file.

  • Those IP’s are certainly not supposed to be there, be sure to delete them and save the changes afterwards.


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