According to computer security experts, Start Siviewer is a application that falls under the category of browser hijackers. Once your browser has become the victim of browser hijacker, this undesired program takes over your browser like Google Chrome, FF, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It imposes some changes to your browser’s settings, including homepage, newtab and search provider by default, and installs unwanted extensions and plugins deep inside your system. This is the main reason why you need to delete it from your machine and revert back your browser search provider and home page back to the default.
Most often, a browser hijacker affects most common browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. But such hijackers as well can infect other web browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of web-browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the browser, it will display an unwanted web site. Even if you setup your home page again, the annoying Start Siviewer page will be the first thing that you see when you launch the web browser.
Table of contents
- What is Start Siviewer
- How to remove Start Siviewer
- How to manually remove Start Siviewer
- Remove Start Siviewer related applications through the Control Panel of your personal computer
- Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked
- Delete Start Siviewer search from IE
- Remove Start Siviewer from Google Chrome
- Delete Start Siviewer from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
- Scan your machine and get rid of Start Siviewer with free tools
- How to manually remove Start Siviewer
- Run AdBlocker to stop Start Siviewer and stay safe online
- How was Start Siviewer hijacker installed on system
- To sum up
As mentioned above, the Start Siviewer browser hijacker infection also modifies the internet browser’s search provider. So, your web browser, when searching something, will display a hodgepodge of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad web-sites and search results from the big search providers such as Google or Bing. As a result, actual use of a browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. Moreover, it can also lead to slowing or even freeze your web-browser.
Also, ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) may be installed on the PC system together with Start Siviewer hijacker. It will insert lots of ads directly to the web sites that you view, creating a sense that advertisements has been added by the developers of the site. Moreover, legal advertisements may be replaced on fake advertisements which will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful software. Moreover, the Start Siviewer browser hijacker has the ability to collect a wide variety of personal info, which may be later used for marketing purposes.
We strongly recommend that you perform the tutorial below that will allow you to remove Start Siviewer search using the standard features of Windows and some proven free applications.
How to remove Start Siviewer
We can help you get rid of Start Siviewer, without the need to take your computer to a professional. Simply follow the removal guide below if you currently have the undesired browser hijacker infection on your machine and want to get rid of it. If you have any difficulty while trying to remove the hijacker, feel free to ask for our assist in the comment section below. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your browser or restart your PC.
How to manually remove Start Siviewer
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually delete Start Siviewer from the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
Remove Start Siviewer related applications through the Control Panel of your personal computer
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of undesired ads or web browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown in the figure below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right like below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and remove all programs which has the name similar to the page that has been set as your Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge start page, new tab page and default search provider. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. uwhen you have found anything suspicious that may be the browser hijacker, adware or PUPs, then select this application and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your computer.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked
Now you need to clean up the internet browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
Right click on the shortcut of infected internet browser like below.
Select the “Properties” option and it will show a shortcut’s properties. Next, press the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown on the image below.
Then press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web browsers that are re-directed to an unwanted web-page.
Delete Start Siviewer search from IE
By resetting IE web browser you return your web-browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker like Start Siviewer.
First, launch the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown in the figure below.
Once the procedure is finished, click “Close” button. Close the IE and reboot your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s newtab, homepage and search engine by default to default state.
Remove Start Siviewer from Google Chrome
Use the Reset web-browser utility of the Chrome to reset all its settings like home page, new tab and default search engine to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of internet browser hijacks such as Start Siviewer.
- First, run the Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete Start Siviewer from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
The Firefox reset will keep your personal information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data and remove unwanted search engine and homepage like Start Siviewer, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
Start the Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the figure below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the Start Siviewer browser hijacker. When, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Scan your machine and get rid of Start Siviewer with free tools
If your machine is still infected with the Start Siviewer browser hijacker, then the best method of detection and removal is to use an antimalware scan on the PC. Download free malware removal utilities below and start a full system scan. It will help you get rid of all components of the browser hijacker from hardisk and Windows registry.
Automatically delete Start Siviewer with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest you to run the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your machine. Moreover, the tool will help you to remove potentially unwanted programs, malicious software, toolbars and adware that your system can be infected too.
Download Zemana antimalware on your machine by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Update: March 3, 2018
Once the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your system. Double-click the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana anti-malware on your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, Zemana antimalware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the browser hijacker and browser’s malicious extensions. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the utility is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
When it completes the scan, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button. The Zemana anti malware will begin removing Start Siviewer hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart the system.
Automatically remove Start Siviewer startpage with Malwarebytes
Delete Start Siviewer browser hijacker manually is difficult and often the hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine. Moreover, the free program will allow you to remove malicious software, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and adware that your system can be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes on your system by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Update: November 9, 2017
When downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC. Double-click the set up file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is complete successfully, click Finish button. Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button . This will start scanning the whole PC to find out browser hijacker . This process can take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
When it has finished scanning, it will display you the results. When you are ready, press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing Start Siviewer browser hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the system.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to remove browser hijacker infection and other malware.
Run AdwCleaner to remove Start Siviewer from the machine
If MalwareBytes anti malware or Zemana anti-malware cannot remove this browser hijacker infection, then we suggests to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijackers, ‘ad supported’ software, potentially unwanted software and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
After downloading is done, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the tool is opened, you will see a screen as on the image below.
Further, press “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC system to find out Start Siviewer browser hijacker which reroutes your internet browser to the Start Siviewer unwanted web-page. Depending on your system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When it completes the scan, you will be displayed the list of all detected threats on your computer as shown on the screen below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box as shown below.
You need to click “OK”. When the clean up is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC system. When your PC is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Run AdBlocker to stop Start Siviewer and stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your machine against new unwanted ads and malicious sites, you need to run adblocker program that stops an access to dangerous ads and sites. Moreover, the program may block the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When downloading is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is done, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can press “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popups, sites such Start Siviewer, as well as other dangerous or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
How was Start Siviewer hijacker installed on system
To sum up
After completing the few simple steps above, your computer should be free from browser hijacker, ‘ad supported’ software and malware. The Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge will no longer display Start Siviewer intrusive start page on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step guide does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.