The start.searchcontrolsettings.club is a ‘ad’ web page that offers to install a questionable browser extension. If this web-site popping up in your web-browser then most probably that your PC is infected with adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). It’s a type of malicious applications that designed to display a ton of annoying advertisements. Unlike viruses, the ‘ad supported’ software will not delete or infect your files, but its actions will cause some problems with your web-browser. This is because, it will infect your computer, get full access to your web-browsers such as Chrome, IE, FF and MS Edge and be able to modify their settings. Of course, it did not ask you for permission and do it secretly as possible. Once your internet browser settings will be replaced, you will be redirected to unwanted ads, some of which can lead to dangerous or misleading sites. For this reason, we recommend that you begin the clean up of your PC system as quickly as possible and thereby get rid of start.searchcontrolsettings.club advertisements.
Most often, the ‘ad supported’ software affects the most common web-browsers like the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. But such the malicious software as well may infect another web-browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a web browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the web-browser, it’ll redirect to the unwanted start.searchcontrolsettings.club page. Even if you setup a new homepage, an annoying web-site will be the first thing you see when you start the Chrome, FF, IE and Microsoft Edge.
The adware is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It’s created with the sole purpose to display dozens of pop-up ads, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open browser window. So, the start.searchcontrolsettings.club is just one of the many sites of the so-called ‘ad-support’ type. It’s designed to fill the web browser’s constant stream of ads, or redirect the internet browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web-sites. Moreover, the ‘ad supported’ software can substitute the legitimate advertising banners on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit dangerous pages. The reason is simple, many advertisers agree on any ways to attract users to their web-pages, so the creators of ad-supported software, often forcing users to click on an advertising link. For each click on a link, the authors of the ad supported software receive income. It is the so-called ‘Pay-Per-Click’ method.
Instructions, which is shown below, will allow you to clean your PC system from the ‘ad supported’ software as well as get rid of start.searchcontrolsettings.club unwanted pop-ups from the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and other web-browsers.
How does your personal computer get infected with start.searchcontrolsettings.club pop-up ads
How to manually remove start.searchcontrolsettings.club redirect
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this harmful software. To get rid of this adware, you can use the manual removal which are given below, or use an anti-malware utility for removing harmful programs, such as Malwarebytes Anti-malware and AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal, which will help you to remove start.searchcontrolsettings.club pop-up ads easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where adware is not removed automatically.
- Remove suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Delete start.searchcontrolsettings.club pop-up ads from Chrome
- Get rid of start.searchcontrolsettings.club pop-up ads from FF
- Delete start.searchcontrolsettings.club ads from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove start.searchcontrolsettings.club redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you start the personal computer cleaning process by checking the list of installed software and remove all unknown or suspicious software. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious applications such as ad-supported software and browser hijackers may be bundled with freeware. Delete the unwanted programs may remove the annoying ads or browser redirect to unknown or annoying web-pages.
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Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list, and remove any suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date of installation in the Control panel.
Delete start.searchcontrolsettings.club pop-up ads from Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next, click the “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 in the figure below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Get rid of start.searchcontrolsettings.club pop-up ads from FF
If the Mozilla Firefox settings have been replaced by the ad supported software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to get rid of the redirect onto start.searchcontrolsettings.club web page.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown on the image 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 address bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation prompt, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software. Once it is finished, click the “Finish” button
Delete start.searchcontrolsettings.club ads from Internet Explorer
First, start the Internet Explorer, then press button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer” settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like homepage and search engine by default to default state, disable ad-supported web browser’s extensions and thereby remove the redirect to start.searchcontrolsettings.club unwanted web-page.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove start.searchcontrolsettings.club redirect
When the adware is started, it can also change the internet browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the browser, it will be redirected to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. 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 which begins with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your internet browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your PC, it will open start.searchcontrolsettings.club annoying web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will display a dialog box which called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the malicious applications, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to get rid of start.searchcontrolsettings.club ads automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove start.searchcontrolsettings.club from the infected computer. This is because the ad-supported software 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 adware again infect your PC and it will start to show annoying start.searchcontrolsettings.club ads. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to get rid of adware manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the PC system.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC. It is an advanced malware removal application developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you delete browser hijackers, malware, ad supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your personal computer for free.
Now, press the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your personal computer. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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After the download is finished, close all applications on your PC. Next, launch the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown on the screen below, press the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, press Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your computer for the ad-supported software which cause a redirect to start.searchcontrolsettings.club. When the ad-supported software or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete. Please be patient.
When the system scan is complete, you can check all threats detected on your PC. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and ad-supported software which cause start.searchcontrolsettings.club advertisements. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your computer.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes program to remove adware and other malware.
How to stop start.searchcontrolsettings.club redirect
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new unwanted advertisements and malicious web-sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to malicious ads and pages. Moreover, the program can stop the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link.
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- When the download is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- When the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a 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 start your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and stop advertisements, start.searchcontrolsettings.club redirects, as well as other dangerous 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 AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
If the problem with start.searchcontrolsettings.club pop-ups is still remained
If MalwareBytes cannot delete start.searchcontrolsettings.club , then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once the utility is launched the main screen will appear as shown on the image above.
- Now, press the “Scan” button to start scanning your personal computer for the ad-supported software that generates start.searchcontrolsettings.club ads.
- When it has finished scanning your PC, AdwCleaner will display a scan report. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, press “OK” button.
The following video explains the instructions above on how to remove adware with AdwCleaner.
Now your PC system should be clean of the start.searchcontrolsettings.club redirect. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and annoying malicious web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware and ad-supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove start.searchcontrolsettings.club pop-up ads from your personal computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.