When you run your internet browser such as the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge, the web site named Search-startpage.com opens automatically instead of your start page? Or this unwanted page replaces the new tab page and browser’s search engine ? Then most probably your PC system has become a victim of the hijacker that usually gets installed as a part of some free software. Do not be surprised, it happens, especially if you are an active Internet user. But this does not mean that you should reconcile with these unwanted redirects. You need to disinfect your PC from dangerous software such as this hijacker as soon as possible. Because the annoying homepage can be a way to infect your system with more dangerous malicious programs such as viruses and trojans. The few simple steps which follow, I will show you how to get rid of browser hijacker infection and thereby remove Search-startpage.com homepage from your web-browser forever.
Most often, the Search-startpage.com browser hijacker affects the most common browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. But such browser hijackers as well may infect another internet browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding ‘http://search-startpage.com/’ into Target field of a web-browser’s shortcut). So every time you start the web-browser, it will show Search-startpage.com search. Even if you setup your home page again, it’s still the first thing you see when you launch the internet browser will be the unwanted Search-startpage.com web-site.
When your computer is infected, every time you start your browser you will see this site. Of course you can setup your homepage again, but next time you launch a browser you will see that Search-startpage.com return. As mentioned above, the browser hijacker infection may alter the default search engine on this annoying web page too, so all your search queries will be redirected to Search-startpage.com. Thus the authors of the hijacker infection may collect the search terms of your queries, and redirect you to malicious web-sites.
The Search-startpage.com hijacker is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters browser settings, and blocks them from changing. Also this browser browser hijacker can install additional browser addons, extensions and modules that will open advertising banners and popups. And finally, the Search-startpage.com browser hijacker can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web-pages you are opening, what you are looking for the World Wide Web and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties. Therefore it is very important to clean your system as quickly as possible. Thereby remove Search-startpage.com search, as well as other malware and ad supported software, which can be installed onto your system along with it.
How to Search-startpage.com hijacker get installed onto personal computer
How to manually remove Search-startpage.com
If you perform exactly the step-by-step guide below you should be able to uninstall the Search-startpage.com startpage. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web-browser or reboot your computer.
- Get rid of Search-startpage.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to uninstall Search-startpage.com redirect
- Remove Search-startpage.com from Chrome
- Remove Search-startpage.com startpage from Firefox
- Remove Search-startpage.com homepage from Internet Explorer
Get rid of Search-startpage.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and delete the program that causes the appearance of unwanted advertising links or browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to uninstall Search-startpage.com
Now you need to clean up the internet browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the browser, and not on any unknown file. Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option.
It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The browser hijacker can replace it. If you are seeing something like “…exe http://search-startpage.com/” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as shown on the image below. Once is done, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for browser shortcuts which redirects to an annoying sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove Search-startpage.com from Chrome
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next click to Settings option. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as_shown and click on the Reset settings button. Confirm your action, click on the Reset button.
Remove Search-startpage.com startpage from Firefox
If the Firefox settings such as homepage, new tab page and search engine by default have been replaced by the hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, launch the Firefox and click button to display the Tools menu. It opens the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, click the Help button (). In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type about:support in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. It will display the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the Search-startpage.com browser hijacker infection. Once, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Search-startpage.com homepage from Internet Explorer
First, open the Internet Explorer, press ). Click “Internet Options” as shown below. In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button. You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove Search-startpage.com browser hijacker infection, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s home page to default state.
Remove Search-startpage.com with MalwareBytes Anti-malware.
Delete Search-startpage.com manually is difficult and often the browser hijacker infection is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the MalwareBytes Anti-malware Free that are completely clean your PC. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove adware and toolbars that your system may be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM) from the link below.
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When the setup begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes Anti-malware on your personal computer.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your PC for the infection that cause a redirect to Search-startpage.com. This task can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Remove Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti-malware will begin removing Search-startpage.com browser hijacker related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to Restart.
How to stop Search-startpage.com homepage
To increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted advertising links and dangerous pages, you need to use application that blocks access to malicious advertising and pages. Moreover, the software can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard using the following link.
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- After the download is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up ads, pages such Search-startpage.com, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Get rid of Search-startpage.com hijacker and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot get rid of this hijacker, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijackers, adware, PUPs, toolbars. Also you can ask for help our Myantispyware team below.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen as shown in the figure below.
Press “Scan” button to perform a system scan for Search-startpage.com browser hijacker infection and browser’s malicious extensions. Once AdwCleaner has finished, it will open a scan report as shown in the figure below.
Review the report and then click “Cleaning” button. It will open a prompt.
Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC.
When your system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
How to ask for help the Myantispyware team
If you are seeking a help for Search-startpage.com removal then follow these steps.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop. HijackThis download
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon, and click the button labeled “Do a system scan only”.
- Once the scan is complete, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop
Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with Search-startpage.com removal.