If you keep receiving the start.searchdimension.online pop-ups offering install an questionable Chrome extension, then it could mean your computer is infected with ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) from the big malware family. Once started, it may install a dangerous browser’s extension that generates a ton of pop-ups or alter the web browser’s settings to show ads on all pages that you are opening in the browser, even on those web-pages where before you did not see any advertisements. We recommend you to clean you computer from adware and thereby delete start.searchdimension.online redirect. Follow the step-by-step guide below as quickly as possible. It will delete the annoying pop-up ads and protect your system from more harmful software and trojans.
The malicious applications from the ad supported software family that modifies the settings of internet browsers usually affects only the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a browser’s shortcut, so every time you start the web browser, instead of your startpage, you will see the unwanted start.searchdimension.online ads.
The ad supported software is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters internet browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the ‘ad supported’ software can install additional web browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject ads within the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge’s screen. Moreover, the ‘ad supported’ software may install browser hijacker that once started, will alter the internet browser’s home page and search engine. And finally, the adware can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web-pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
We recommend to remove the adware, which redirects your internet browser on the start.searchdimension.online annoying web site, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other malicious software on your PC system.
How can you prevent the start.searchdimension.online popup ads
How to manually remove start.searchdimension.online pop-ups
This useful removal guide for the start.searchdimension.online ads. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to get rid of start.searchdimension.online let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Remove suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove start.searchdimension.online from Firefox
- Remove start.searchdimension.online redirect from Chrome
- Remove start.searchdimension.online from IE
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove start.searchdimension.online redirect
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of annoying advertisements and browser redirect to unwanted sites, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Press Windows key , then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ under Programs category as on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown in the figure below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of installed programs. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the web browser redirect to unwanted start.searchdimension.online pop-up ads. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious applications by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it and press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click ‘Start’ button and select ‘Control Panel’ at right panel as shown on the screen below.
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown on the screen below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your PC. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of annoying pop-up ads and 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. When the program, you need to remove, is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as shown below.
Remove start.searchdimension.online from Firefox
If the FF settings have been modified by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the reroute onto start.searchdimension.online web page.
First, launch the FF and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown in the figure below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser address bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software. When it is finished, click the “Finish” button
Remove start.searchdimension.online redirect from Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next, click the “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 on the screen below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove start.searchdimension.online from IE
To remove the start.searchdimension.online you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your PC system.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Microsoft Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as on the image below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
Once the procedure is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and restart your system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove start.searchdimension.online redirect
When the ad supported software is started, it can also change the web browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the web browser, it will be redirected to an annoying ads.
To clear the internet 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 that begins with “http://” that has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ‘ad supported’ software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your PC system, it will show start.searchdimension.online unwanted web site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by unwanted programs.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will display a dialog box which titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the unwanted programs, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious applications. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove start.searchdimension.online pop-up ads with Malwarebytes
Get rid of start.searchdimension.online ads manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your system. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal program. It can automatically detect and remove the adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) of the your PC system. Moreover, this free application will help you to delete browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your personal computer may be infected too. You can follow the instructions below to remove the start.searchdimension.online unwanted redirect completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below.
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Once downloaded, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the setup begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
When install is complete, you will see window as shown on the image below.
Now press on the “Scan Now” button for scanning your PC for the ‘ad supported’ software that causes the redirect to start.searchdimension.online web-site. This process can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the system scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will start removing the adware related files, folders, registry keys. Once the disinfection is done, you may be prompted to reboot the personal computer.
The following video explains the guide above on how to delete ‘ad supported’ software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Stop start.searchdimension.online pop-up ads and other annoying web-pages
To increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted advertisements and malicious pages, you need to use program that stops access to malicious ads and web pages. Moreover, the program can block the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is finished, run the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is finished, 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 which 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 system, AdGuard will start automatically and block ads, pages such as start.searchdimension.online, as well as other dangerous or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your PC and remove start.searchdimension.online pop-up ads with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and get rid of ad supported software, browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Google Chrome, FF, MS Edge and IE internet browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (home page, newtab page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC system.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the downloading process is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen like below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to open the program, click Yes button to continue.
Now, click the “Scan” for scanning your computer for the adware which cause a redirect to start.searchdimension.online ads.
Once the system scan is done, it will show a list of all items detected by this tool as shown on the screen below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box, click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. Once the cleaning procedure is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Once you have finished the step-by-step guide outlined above, your machine should be clean from malware and adware. The Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer will no longer show start.searchdimension.online unwanted pop-ups and redirect you to unknown pages. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new type of adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis by clicking on the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next click “Do a system scan only” button.
- When the system scan is complete, the scan button will read “Save log”, press it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the annoying start.searchdimension.online pop-up ads.