StartPage.com redirect virus. How to remove search hijack

StartPage.com search redirect virus is one of most annoying browser hijack infection. This Hijack.StartPage malware is used to redirect users on infected computer to the http://StartPage.com or any of its associated domain. The logic behind this redirection is obviously gain financial benefits from online users. This bug can enter into a computer through spam emails. It also comes bundled with free software available on Internet. As soon as it gets inside, the StartPage virus attacks any browser installed such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet explorer and it alters their default search provider and home page settings without your consent. The most common sign of being hijacked by StartPage.com virus is you,ll keep getting redirected to http://StartPage.com search engine each time you are searching on Google, Yahoo or Bing. Also upon launching browser window or a new tab, the StartPage keeps appearing automatically. Besides this, you might notice strange advertisements popping up out of nowhere. those ads can even be placed inside any legit website you go to. All these annoying things are caused by StartPage.com virus which has registered itself as a plugin and now it is commanding your web browser for malicious activities. Moreover, this infection also monitors your browsing history, collects your personal information and transmitts the stolen data to the hackers. We highly recommend to uninstall StartPage.com search redirect malware as soon as possible.
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Disadvantages and risks of having StartPage.com search plugin:

  • It may change & corrupt default settings of browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Internet explorer
  • Changes home page and displays unwanted pop-ups advertisements
  • Causes frequent web redirects to wrong websites, hijacks search engine settings and leads to unexpected webpages
  • Keeps record of browsing activities and interests
  • Collects Personal user information which may include sensitive financial data such as logins, usernames, accounts
  • It may bring further infections are direct the user to infectious sites
  • Makes the browser run slow, uses a big part of system resources


Want to get rid of Browser Hijack StartPage.com search plugin?:
To manually remove StartPage.com search plugin, follow the instructions.

First of all, Uninstall the program. (Skip to the next step if the application is not listed in Control Panel).
“Start > Settings > Control Panel. Now Locate and open “Add or Remove Programs” or “PROGRAMS AND FEATURES”. Find “StartPage.com search plugin”. Now click Uninstall/Remove.

Now remove the program from Browser.

Internet Explorer users:
Click “Tools” (if on Internet Explorer 9, click gear icon), Then “Manage Add-ons”. Look for StartPage.com search plugin. Disable if found any.

Block StartPage.com search plugin pop-ups
To stop pop-ups from malware,
Click on TOOLS > POP-UP BLOCKER, then click TURN ON POP-UP BLOCKER. and then go to POP-UP BLOCKER SETTINGS. (Type any website you wish to block popups from)
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Firefox users:
Go to “Tools” (at the top), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable “StartPage.com search plugin”
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Chrome Users:
Click “Tools/Settings” (Wrench incon), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable any file associate with malware.
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Still Spyware StartPage.com search plugin lurking in the system? Remove manually

Stop processes of this malware:
Open Task Manager to stop processes.

Remove associated registry settings:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions,
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” = ’0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced “ShowSuperHidden” = 0

Delete StartPage.com search toolbar infected files:
%Profile%\Local Settings\Temp\startpage.exe
%ProgramFiles%\
%UserProfile%\

System restore:
Have you tried methods above but still malware not removed? Then try Restoring your computer to an earlier state.
Click Start menu > All Programs > System Tools > System Restore
or
Start menu > Backup and Recover > Recover System

Hijack.StartPage.com search virus removal tool

Alternatively, you are advised to use the removal tool below to get rid of this malware infection.
Malware Bytes antimalware

Hitman Pro


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