Is your web-browser rerouted to different web site named MyStart Shield ? This problem can be caused by hijacker infection. The hijacker is a type of malware that is created to alter settings of installed internet browsers. If you get it on your PC, then you can experience any of the following problems: a large count of popup ads, multiple toolbars on your browser which you did not install, pages load slowly, startpage, new tab page and default search engine is changed without your permission. The few simple steps which follow, we will tell you about how to solve these problems, get rid of hijacker infection and thereby delete MyStart Shield home page from the Chrome, FF, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge forever.
The hijacker infection, which set the MyStart Shield search as your homepage can also set this intrusive web page as your search engine. You will encounter the fact that the search in the internet browser has become uncomfortable to use, because the search results will consist of a lot of ads, links to ad and unwanted pages and a small amount of regular links, which are obtained from a search in the major search engines. Therefore, look for something using MyStart Shield web-page would be a waste of time or worse, it may lead to even more infected PC system.
Often, the PC that has been infected with MyStart Shield browser hijacker infection, will be also infected by adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that opens a ton of various ads. It can be pop-ups, text links in the sites, banners where they never had. What is more, the adware may replace the legitimate ads with malicious ads which will offer to download and install malicious software and unwanted software or visit the various dangerous and misleading web pages.
A malicious software that can impose changes to current settings of installed internet browsers on MyStart Shield usually affects only Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The MyStart Shield browser hijacker may modify the Target property of web browser’s shortcuts, so every time you open the web-browser, instead of your startpage, you will see a completely different web-site.
It is important, do not use MyStart Shield site and do not click on ads placed on it, as they may lead you to a more harmful or misleading web-pages. The best option is to use the step-by-step guide posted below to free your PC system of hijacker infection, delete the MyStart Shield redirect, and thereby revert back your previous homepage and search provider.
Remove MyStart Shield (removal instructions)
Without a doubt, the browser hijacker is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malicious software. To delete this browser hijacker infection, you can use the manual removal guide which are given below or free malicious software removal utility like Zemana Anti Malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (all are free). We recommend you use automatic removal way that will help you to delete MyStart Shield search easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in machine or in the case where browser hijacker is not uninstalled automatically. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your internet browser or restart your PC system.
Manual MyStart Shield redirect removal
Most common hijackers may be removed without any antivirus applications. The manual browser hijacker infection removal is step-by-step guide that will teach you how to remove the MyStart Shield .
Remove PUPs through the Microsoft Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the PC system cleanup is to delete unknown and suspicious programs. Using the MS Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded programs can clean up the Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer from pop up ads hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will show the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will display a list of all programs installed on the machine.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video guide below.
Get rid of MyStart Shield redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to recover all web browser home page, new tab page and default search provider you need to reset the Microsoft Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your personal computer.
First, start the IE, press ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display 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 PC for the changes to take effect. It will remove browser hijacker infection which designed to reroute your browser to the MyStart Shield site, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as startpage, new tab and search engine by default to default state.
Delete MyStart Shield redirect from Chrome
Like other modern web-browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the browser homepage, new tab page and search provider by default that have been changed by the MyStart Shield browser hijacker.
- First launch the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is finished, your internet browser’s new tab, startpage and search provider by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete MyStart Shield from FF by resetting browser settings
The FF reset will keep your personal information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data and delete unwanted search provider and start page such as MyStart Shield, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
Start the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the internet browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will open 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 procedure to fix your problems that caused by the browser hijacker which cause MyStart Shield web-site to appear. Once, it’s done, press the “Finish” button.
Fix infected web-browsers shortcuts to remove MyStart Shield homepage
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 web browser like below.
Select the “Properties” option and it’ll display a shortcut’s properties. Next, click the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as on the image below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all internet browsers that are redirected to the MyStart Shield annoying web page.
Use free malware removal utilities to completely get rid of MyStart Shield
In order to completely get rid of MyStart Shield, you not only need to delete it from the web browsers, but also delete all its components in your personal computer including Windows registry entries. We recommend to download and run free removal tools to automatically free your system of MyStart Shield browser hijacker.
Run Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) to remove browser hijacker infection
We suggest using the Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM). You may download and install Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) to find and remove MyStart Shield start page from your computer. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the PC system.
Download Zemana Free on your PC system from the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
When the downloading process is complete, 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 on the image below.
When the setup begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana Free on your system.
Once setup is done, you will see window as displayed below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) tool will start scanning the whole computer to find out MyStart Shield hijacker and other browser’s malicious addons. Depending on your system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana Free utility is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
When that process is complete, Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will open a scan report. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana will get rid of hijacker which redirects your web browser to unwanted MyStart Shield page and move threats to the program’s quarantine.
Automatically delete MyStart Shield startpage with Malwarebytes
Delete MyStart Shield browser hijacker infection manually is difficult and often the hijacker infection is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free application will allow you to remove malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and ad supported software that your personal computer can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
Once the downloading process is done, close all applications and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown on the image below.
When the install begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your machine.
Once setup is finished, you will see window as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the hijacker infection that cause MyStart Shield page to appear. Depending on your PC system, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. During the scan MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will detect all threats exist on your personal computer.
After MalwareBytes has finished scanning, MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will show you the results. In order to remove all items, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now begin to delete browser hijacker that causes web browsers to show unwanted MyStart Shield page. When the cleaning process is done, you may be prompted to restart your machine.
The following video explains few simple steps on how to remove hijacker infection, ad-supported software and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Free.
Double-check for potentially unwanted programs with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility which can check your computer for a wide range of security threats like adware, malicious software, potentially unwanted applications as well as hijacker infection that developed to reroute your web browser to the MyStart Shield site. It will perform a deep scan of your PC including hard drives and Windows registry. When a malicious software is found, it will help you to remove all found threats from your PC by a simple click.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
Once the download is complete, open the folder 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 below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to start the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” . AdwCleaner utility will begin scanning the whole machine to find out hijacker that alters web-browser settings to replace your newtab, homepage and search provider by default with MyStart Shield web site. While the AdwCleaner utility is scanning, you may see count of objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
Once AdwCleaner has completed scanning your personal computer, AdwCleaner will open you the results as shown on the image below.
Review the scan results and then press “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will get rid of hijacker infection that causes browsers to show annoying MyStart Shield page and move threats to the program’s quarantine. After the clean up is finished, the tool may ask you to restart your computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Stop MyStart Shield redirect and other unwanted sites
In order to increase your security and protect your system against new intrusive ads and harmful web-pages, you need to run ad-blocking application that blocks an access to harmful ads and sites. Moreover, the application can stop the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard application on your Windows Desktop from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After the download is done, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is finished, you will see a window as displayed on the screen below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow 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 computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-ups, MyStart Shield redirect, as well as other harmful or misleading web-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, which is located on your desktop.
Where the MyStart Shield browser hijacker comes from
Now your PC should be clean of the hijacker which developed to redirect your web browser to the MyStart Shield site. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and annoying malicious pages) and Zemana (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 remove MyStart Shield from the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and MS Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.