StartSearch “Virus” Removal (Firefox/Chrome/IE)

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

If something inexplicable and strange has been disturbing your browsing experience lately and you have found out its name is StartSearch “Virus”, the following article has been assembled with the sole intention to answer all your questions about the aforementioned piece of software. Today we are going to discuss the reasons why StartSearch “Virus” usually targets only your browsers (Explorer, Firefox, and/or Chrome) and is classified as a browser hijacker. Furthermore, we are going to talk about all the features that normally characterize such a piece of software. Among them we can distinguish the hijackers’ ability to distribute lots of potentially annoying ads; to redirect you to web locations that you haven’t intended to go to; or to set several very different homepages/search engines to your browser apps. What’s more, we will share some prevention tips to assist you in avoiding this sort of software, as soon as you have successfully got rid of the current StartSearch “Virus”-caused infection. For the purpose of safely removing this annoying program we have designed a Removal Guide, which is available to you for free! Just scroll down and check it out.

StartSearch Browser Redirect

StartSearch “Virus” essentials:

StartSearch “Virus” is a piece of software, which belongs to the browser hijacker category- a fact that perfectly explains the reason why this program may be able to render some alterations to the browser apps you have installed on your PC. Such a product might often cause some even more irritating changes to your browsers’ settings. Among the probable modifications could be the display of a lot of online advertisements; and the possible occurrence of some bothering redirection processes; and, also, the broadcast of some unfamiliar search engines and/or homepages. Any other effects resulting from this form of software are highly unlikely.

Are browser hijackers similar to malware (such as Trojans or Ransomware)?

Hijackers may indeed top the list of the most irritating software versions, which you could ever catch on the web. Nevertheless, they aren’t connected to any viruses, and  they have not had or shown any damaging features or effects so far. The characteristic features of the popular malware (like Ransomware and Trojan horse viruses) can include reviewing your data and encoding it, especially the pieces you access most regularly. Furthermore, any normal virus, for instance, one from the Ransomware group, is always fully capable of crashing your system as a whole, or deleting some of your most treasured files. One more characteristic of the popular malware versions, for example – the Trojan-based programs, is their ability to spy on you and track of all your online movements and actions. Another even more annoying aspect is that all these illegal and harmful changes may occur so subtly that you may not notice them before they have resulted in some awful damage.

How does a normal infection process occur? Can StartSearch “Virus” self-install on your computer?

The possible methods of distributing StartSearch “Virus” are usually connected to the reasons why such software gets created in the first place. Developers have the habit of sending hijackers and other versions of ad-broadcasting software by mingling them in bundles with numerous other programs, apps and games. Generally speaking, such software sets are normally free because the people who create them get paid for spreading the ads the hijackers inside them can show on the victim user’s screen. However, any contamination caused by StartSearch “Virus” is not likely to result from the mere act of downloading such a mixture. Such a contamination can only occur on the condition that you decide to install the already downloaded bundle in an ignorant way by selecting an installation option, which doesn’t allow you to select what to incorporate into your PC, and what to exclude from the installation process.

If you are really willing to always keep your system hijacker-free, and to have the opportunity to install only the components of a particular bundle, which you indeed need, it’s compulsory that you go with the most installer feature that provides you with the most control over the installation process (either the Custom, the Customized or the Advanced one). That’s the way to always be given the control over the installation process of any bundle or a particular program and stay safe from any threats!

Our  Removal Guide here may be your solution for the already occurring infection. Make sure to check it out!

SUMMARY:

Name StartSearch
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some slight modifications of your browsers.
Distribution Method Mostly via bundles. Possibly via torrents; shareware; spam.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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StartSearch “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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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.

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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 StartSearch “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 StartSearch “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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