This page contains information about Search.startjoysearch.com, how to this infection get installed onto your PC and full step-by-step guide on how to remove Search.startjoysearch.com from your system for free.
- What is Search.startjoysearch.com
- How to Search.startjoysearch.com infection get installed onto computer
- How to remove Search.startjoysearch.com
What is Search.startjoysearch.com
Search.startjoysearch.com is an infection from the family of browser hijackers that modifies the settings of web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Moreover, it may infect anyother browsers by changings their shorcuts, which will lead to the fact that when you start a browser, it will always be forced to open Search.startjoysearch.com, even as your home page has been set to a completely different web site. On curent date, the infection continues to increase the number of computers that have been infected.
Except that Search.startjoysearch.com changes browser’s homepage, it also replaces a search engine, which leads to the fact that use of the browser’s search becomes impossible. The reason for this is that the search results will consist of a large number of advertising links, links to malicious and misleading websites and only the remaining part – it’s search results for your query from the other, well-known search engines like Google.
Often, the computer that has been infected with Search.startjoysearch.com will be also infected with an adware, which will show a lot of various ads. This may be pop-ups, text links in the web pages, banners where they never had and more, replacing legitimate ads with malicious advertising that will offer to download and install malware and unwanted programs or visit the various dangerous and misleading Web sites.
How to Search.startjoysearch.com infection get installed onto computer
How to remove Search.startjoysearch.com redirect (Step-by-step instructions)
The following instructions is a full step-by-step guide, which will help you to remove Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel.
- Remove Search.startjoysearch.com hijacker and malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner.
- Remove Search.startjoysearch.com redirect with JRT (Junkware Removal Tool).
- Remove Search.startjoysearch.com browser hijacker related files and registry keys with MalwareBytes Anti-malware.
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search.startjoysearch.com redirect
- Block Search.startjoysearch.com and other similar malicious sites
- Reset Chrome settings to remove Search.startjoysearch.com redirect (Optional).
- Reset Firefox settings to remove Search.startjoysearch.com redirect (Optional).
- Reset Internet Explorer settings to remove Search.startjoysearch.com redirect (Optional).
Uninstall Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.com related malicious software that has been found.
When cleaning a computer is completed, JRT will display a log file.
Remove Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.com redirect
When breaking into a computer, this browser hijacker may also change the browser’s shortcuts, adding “http://search.startjoysearch.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://search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.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 Search.startjoysearch.com redirect in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. If you need help with the instructions, then ask for help here.