If you’re reading this article, it means that you are seeing the Mystartsearch unknown page instead of your home page or when you open a new tab or perform an internet search you are automatically directed to the unwanted web-page. All of these problems with your machine caused by hijacker infection, which is often installs on the PC with the free applications. You probably want to know how to remove this browser hijacker infection and get rid of Mystartsearch redirect as well as to restore your internet browser’s homepage, new tab page and search engine by default. In the step-by-step instructions below we will tell you about how to solve your problems.
A malicious software which changes settings of web browsers on Mystartsearch search usually affects only Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The Mystartsearch hijacker may change the Target property of internet browser’s shortcuts, so every time you open the browser, instead of your home page, you will see a completely different web-site.
When your machine is infected, every time you start your browser you will see this page. Of course you can setup your start page again, but next time you launch a browser you will see that Mystartsearch search return. As mentioned above, the browser hijacker infection may change the default search engine on this annoying web site too, so all your search queries will be redirected to Mystartsearch. Thus the authors of the browser hijacker may collect the search terms of your queries, and reroute you to malicious web-pages.
Although, Mystartsearch hijacker is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it changes the settings of your web browser. Moreover, an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) can be additionally installed on to your PC with this infection, that will open lots of advertisements, hindering or completely blocking the work in the internet browser. Often such these ads may recommend to install other unknown and unwanted software or visit harmful web-pages.
Therefore it is very important to clean your PC ASAP. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to delete Mystartsearch , as well as other malware and adware, which can be installed onto your computer along with it.
How did Mystartsearch hijacker get on your machine
How to manually remove Mystartsearch
This step-by-step guide will help you remove Mystartsearch homepage. These Mystartsearch removal steps work for the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the web browser or reboot your computer. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Delete Mystartsearch associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Mystartsearch
- Delete Mystartsearch redirect from Chrome
- Get rid of Mystartsearch startpage from Mozilla Firefox
- Delete Mystartsearch startpage from Internet Explorer
Uninstall Mystartsearch associated software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of unwanted ads or internet browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
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Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Mystartsearch
When installed, this infection may add an argument such as “http://mystartsearch.com/” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the FF, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. Due to this, every time you start the web-browser, it will show the annoying home page.
Right click on the web-browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text “http://mystartsearch.com/” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, click OK . You need to clean all browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer.
Delete Mystartsearch redirect from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the browser hijacker, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the web-browser’s start page and search provider by default that have been replaced by Mystartsearch browser hijacker infection.
- First run the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is done, your web browser’s start page and search provider by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of Mystartsearch startpage from Mozilla Firefox
If the FF settings such as start page and search provider by default have been modified by the browser hijacker infection, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, start the Firefox and press button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, press the Help button () as shown on the screen below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the Mystartsearch infection. When, it is done, click the “Finish” button.
Delete Mystartsearch startpage from Internet Explorer
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove Mystartsearch browser hijacker infection, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings such as homepage, new tab and default search engine to default state.
How to remove Mystartsearch automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove browser hijacker from the infected computer. This is because the browser hijacker can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the browser hijacker again infect your system and change its settings to Mystartsearch. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove browser hijacker manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the operating system.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system. The free utility is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you remove browser hijackers, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Download Malwarebytes on your system from the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once the downloading process is finished, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the set up file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, press Finish button. Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to start checking your PC for the browser hijacker which cause a redirect to Mystartsearch. When a malware is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done. Please be patient.
As the scanning ends, you can check all threats detected on your machine. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing Mystartsearch browser hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart the PC system.
I recomend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to remove browser hijacker and other malware.
How to stop Mystartsearch
To increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted ads and harmful sites, you need to use application that blocks access to dangerous advertisements and sites. Moreover, the software can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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- Once the download is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which 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 launch your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up ads, pages such Mystartsearch, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Scan your PC and get rid of Mystartsearch redirect with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and get rid of browser hijacker like Mystartsearch, malware and adware in Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and Edge internet browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (home page, newtab page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
Download AdwCleaner utility by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the download is complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen like below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to open the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” for scanning your computer for the Mystartsearch hijacker and other malware and ad supported software.
When it has finished scanning is finished, it will display a list of all items detected by this utility as shown on the screen below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box. Click “OK” to start the cleaning procedure. When the clean up is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your personal computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Now your system should be clean of the Mystartsearch homepage. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-ups and unwanted harmful pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new browser hijackers, malware and adware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Mystartsearch search from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.