This guide will help you to remove Pagestartes.com from your browser. The appearance of this site as your home page and the search engine is the result of the penetration of your PC with malware, known as a browser hijacker, which has received widespread in recent days. Many people are faced with the fact that when the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera or Mozilla Firefox starts, it will began to open Pagestartes.com instead of the start page and the option to restore a default browser settings was locked.
A malicious software that changes the settings of browsers on Pagestartes.com usually affects only Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera and Mozilla Firefox. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. Pagestartes.com infection can change the Object property of a browser’s shortcut, so every time you start the browser, instead of your home page, you will see a completely different site.
When your PC is infected with Pagestartes.com, you will see this annoyiong site each time you start your browser. Moreover, a computer parasites like this browser hijacker often change and the search engine by the default, thus collecting data that you are looking for on the Internet. In addition, together with Pagestartes.com on your computer can be installed adware, which will show a lot of ads on each of the sites that you visit. And, of course, received a lot of information about your activity, the authors Pagestartes.com can pass it to third parties for various illegal activities.
Most often Pagestartes.com infection gets on your computer as a part of various free programs, as a bonus. Therefore it is very important at the stage of installing programs downloaded from the Internet carefully review the rules of use and the license agreement, as well as to always choose the manual installation mode. In this mode, you can turn off all unwanted add-ons, including Pagestartes.com infection, which will be installed along with the desired program.
To completely get rid of Pagestartes.com and restore the settings of your browser we recommend that you follow the guidance below. You will need to remove all components of the infection using the standard features of the Windows operating system and several proven free programs.
How to remove Pagestartes.com redirect (Step-by-step instructions)
The following instructions is a full step-by-step guide, which will help you to remove Pagestartes.com hijacker from Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Moreover, the steps below will help you to uninstall potentially unwanted software such as adware and toolbars that your computer may be infected. Please do the instructions step by step. If you need a help or have any questions, then ask for our assistance here or type a comment below.
- Uninstall Pagestartes.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel.
- Remove Pagestartes.com hijacker and malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner.
- Remove Pagestartes.com redirect with JRT (Junkware Removal Tool).
- Remove Pagestartes.com browser hijacker related files and registry keys with MalwareBytes Anti-malware.
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Pagestartes.com redirect
- Block Pagestartes.com and other similar malicious sites
- Reset Chrome settings to remove Pagestartes.com redirect (Optional).
- Reset Firefox settings to remove Pagestartes.com redirect (Optional).
- Reset Internet Explorer settings to remove Pagestartes.com redirect (Optional).
Uninstall Pagestartes.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel.
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type Control panel and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click Start and select Control Panel. It will open the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Click Uninstall a program
It will open a list of all programs. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs.
Remove Pagestartes.com hijacker and malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Once finished, open a directory in which you saved it. You will see a icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Press Start button to perform a system scan for Pagestartes.com adware and malicious extensions. Once AdwCleaner has finished, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click Cleaning button. It will display a prompt.
Click OK. When the cleaning process is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer.
When your PC is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
Remove Pagestartes.com redirect with JRT (Junkware Removal Tool).
Download Junkware Removal Tool from the link below.
Open a directory in which you saved the JRT. You will see an icon like below.
Run it. Junkware Removal Tool will try to update itself, if a new version is available. Once updating is done, you will see JRT DISCLAIMER.
Please read and press any key to continue. First, JRT creates a restore point and once complete, it will start a scan of a computer.
During the scan, Junkware Removal Tool will check Startups, Services, Processes, Files, Folders, Registry keys, Registry values, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer (EDGE), Google Chrome extensions and remove Pagestartes.com related malicious software that has been found.
When cleaning a computer is completed, JRT will display a log file.
Remove Pagestartes.com related files and registry keys with MalwareBytes Anti-malware.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM) from the link below.
Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that named mbam-setup like below.
When the installation begins, you will see the Setup – Wizard that will help you install MalwareBytes Anti-malware on your computer.
Once installation is complete, you will see window similar to the one below.
Now click on the Scan Now button to start scanning your computer for malware that cause a redirect to Pagestartes.com. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click Remove Selected button. MalwareBytes Anti-malware will start to remove Pagestartes.com browser hijacker related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is completed, you may be prompted to Restart.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Pagestartes.com redirect
When breaking into a computer, this browser hijacker may also change the browser’s shortcuts, adding “http://pagestartes.com/…/” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the browser, it will open this annoying web-site.
To clear a 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 http://pagestartes.com that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the text is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Block Pagestartes.com and other similar malicious sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new annoying ads and malicious web sites, in addition to your antivirus software, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous ads and web-pages. Moreover, the software can block the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of websites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program using the following link.
After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the Setup Wizard program window as shown below.
Follow the prompts. After installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click Skip to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press 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 do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up ads, sites such Pagestartes.com, as well as other malicious or misleading web page. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Reset Chrome settings to remove Pagestartes.com redirect (Optional)
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click to 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 below and click on the Reset settings button.
Confirm your action, click on the Reset button.
Reset Firefox settings to remove Pagestartes.com redirect (Optional)
Open Mozilla Firefox menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click on the Help button ().
In the Help menu click on the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on Refresh Firefox button.
Confirm your action. Click on the Refresh Firefox.
Reset Internet Explorer settings to remove Pagestartes.com redirect (Optional)
Open the Internet Explorer tools menu by clicking on the button in the form of gear (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click on the Internet Options.
In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings window. Select the Delete personal settings check box, then click on Reset button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Your computer should now be free of Pagestartes.com redirect in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. If you need help with the instructions, then ask for help here.