If you see Startupfraction.com show up on your web browser’s screen, then is a clear indication of the hijacker’s presence. The browser hijacker changes your home page and search engine. When your machine is infected by browser hijacker, the undesired Startupfraction.com web page will appear when you open a newtab page, or surf the Internet. Further into the post we will give you more information about this browser hijacker, but know that the best way to handle the Startupfraction.com hijacker is to fully remove it from your computer as quickly as possible.
Besides the fact that Startupfraction.com browser hijacker changes your homepage, this undesired web-site can set yourself as your search provider. But, obviously, it does not give you a good search results, as they will consist of a large count of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad web pages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from the major search engines. Of course, the very fact that you encounter with the inability to properly search the World Wide Web, is an unpleasant moment. Moreover, the Startupfraction.com hijacker infection can gather a wide variety of user information, and in the future to transfer it to third parties. What creates the risk of theft of your personal data.
The Startupfraction.com browser hijacker infection is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, makes changes to current settings of web browsers, and blocks them from changing. Also this hijacker can install additional browser plugins and modules that will display advertisements and popups. And finally, the Startupfraction.com hijacker can collect personal information about you such as what web-pages you are opening, what you’re looking for the World Wide Web and so on. This information, in the future, may be used for marketing purposes.
The Startupfraction.com hijacker commonly affects only the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The browser hijacker will perform a scan of the PC system for web browser shortcuts and alter them without your permission. When it infects the web browser shortcuts, it will add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you start the web browser, you will see the Startupfraction.com intrusive web site.
We recommend you to delete Startupfraction.com search and clean your computer of browser hijacker infection as soon as possible, until the presence of the browser hijacker has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the step-by-step instructions below that will assist you to completely remove Startupfraction.com homepage, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
There are exist several free hijacker removal utilities. Also it is possible to remove Startupfraction.com manually. But we advise to combine all these methods below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the tutorial. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to exit your internet browser or restart your personal computer.
Manual Startupfraction.com removal
If you perform exactly the step-by-step guide below you should be able to get rid of the Startupfraction.com from the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge web-browsers.
Uninstall PUPs through the Windows Control Panel
First method for manual browser hijacker removal is to go into the MS Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of applications on your machine and see if there are any suspicious and unknown programs. If you see any, you need to uninstall them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Internet search to find details on the program. If it is a potentially unwanted application, ad-supported software or malicious software, you will likely find information that says so.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the screen below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your computer. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop up advertisements and internet browser redirect to the intrusive Startupfraction.com web-site. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful applications by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as on the image below.
You will see a list of software installed on your computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of ads and web-browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the program which you need to delete is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown on the screen below.
Remove Startupfraction.com from FF
If your Firefox web-browser home page has changed to Startupfraction.com without your permission or an unknown search engine displays results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web browser reset.
First, run the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, press the Help button () as displayed in the following example
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 open 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 dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker which redirects your browser to annoying Startupfraction.com page. When, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Startupfraction.com home page from Internet Explorer
The IE reset is great if your web-browser is hijacked or you’ve unwanted add-ons or toolbars on your browser, which installed by a malicious software.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as displayed below.
After the process is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your machine for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s startpage, newtab page and default search engine to default state.
Remove Startupfraction.com search from Google Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the browser newtab page, startpage and search provider by default that have been modified by the Startupfraction.com browser hijacker.
First run the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as displayed on the image below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will start the task of cleaning. After it is finished, the web browser’s settings including newtab, home page and search engine by default back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your PC.
Clean up the web-browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by Startupfraction.com
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
To clear the 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 such as “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
How to remove Startupfraction.com with free programs
In order to completely remove Startupfraction.com, you not only need to delete it from the internet browsers, but also get rid of all its components in your system including Windows registry entries. We recommend to download and use free removal tools to automatically free your machine of Startupfraction.com browser hijacker.
Automatically remove Startupfraction.com home page with Zemana
You can get rid of Startupfraction.com automatically with a help of Zemana Free. We recommend this malware removal utility because it can easily delete hijackers, PUPs, ad supported software and toolbars with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Download Zemana from the link below. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
When downloading is done, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown in the following example.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana Anti Malware on your personal computer.
Once install is done, you will see window as displayed on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button .Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) application will scan through the whole machine for the browser hijacker which developed to redirect your web-browser to the Startupfraction.com web page. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your machine. While the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malware.
Once the scan is done, the results are displayed in the scan report. In order to delete all items, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana will get rid of hijacker that made to redirect your browser to the Startupfraction.com page and move threats to the program’s quarantine.
How to automatically remove Startupfraction.com with Malwarebytes
Manual Startupfraction.com search removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker can be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your system of browser hijacker infection. Moreover, the free program will help you to get rid of malware, PUPs, adware and toolbars that your computer can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Free by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
After the downloading process is finished, close all software and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your computer for the browser hijacker infection that redirects your web-browser to annoying Startupfraction.com web-site. This process can take some time, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
Once MalwareBytes has finished scanning your machine, MalwareBytes AntiMalware will open you the results. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes AntiMalware will start to get rid of browser hijacker that cause Startupfraction.com web-site to appear. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart the machine.
We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes to remove ad-supported software, hijacker infection and other malware.
Get rid of Startupfraction.com browser hijacker and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility that can be downloaded and use to get rid of browser hijackers, adware, malware, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your PC. You may use this utility to scan for threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download AdwCleaner tool from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: July 4, 2018
After the download is done, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as displayed on the image below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to start the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” .AdwCleaner program will scan through the whole system for the hijacker that created to redirect your web browser to the Startupfraction.com page. While the tool is scanning, you can see count of objects and files has already scanned.
Once finished, AdwCleaner will show a scan report as on the image below.
Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will begin to delete hijacker which modifies web browser settings to replace your newtab, home page and search provider by default with Startupfraction.com page. After finished, the tool may ask you to restart your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Block Startupfraction.com and other intrusive web pages
Using an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad-blocking software will also protect you from harmful ads and web pages, and, of course, stop redirection chain to Startupfraction.com and similar pages.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
- Once the download is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the setup is complete, click “Skip” to close the installation application 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, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up advertisements, web-pages such Startupfraction.com, as well as other malicious or misleading web-sites. 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.
How does your PC get infected with Startupfraction.com hijacker infection
These days some free software makers bundle additional applications that could be PUPs such as the Startupfraction.com hijacker, with a view to making some money. These are not free software as install an unwanted applications on to your MS Windows personal computer. So whenever you install a new free program that downloaded from the Internet, be very careful during installation. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), select custom or manual installation method, uncheck all additional programs.
To sum up
Now your personal computer should be free of the browser hijacker that made to redirect your internet browser to the Startupfraction.com web site. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop ups and undesired harmful web sites) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your PC for new hijackers and other malware). 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 get rid of Startupfraction.com search from the Chrome, Firefox, Edge and IE, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.