Hey, there! I am just stumped by a browser hijacker problem. This morning I just read my email, then something said it’s finished installing. I don’t know what has been installed. I checked the Downloads of browser, but no new thing is installed at that time. I’m just wondering what happens then this Ourstartpage.com popping up, but I soon close it. But it can’t seem to be taken off as every time when I restart web browser, this page shows up soon as the homepage. But the original page is Google! How can I change it back? Any ideas?
Brief Description of Ourstartpage.com Hijacker
Many computer users now are misled by this Ourstartpage.com, as on the page, it also shows the tabs like Web, Images, Videos, and News and shortcuts of Facebook, Youtube, Intagram and twitter and so on, which looks like a useful and reliable page as what Google, Bing or Yahoo does. However, Ourstartpage.com is a kind of browser hijacker to hijack your web browser and can’t do anything good to the browser. It changes the homepage, modifies the search engine provider, always shows popups and redirects you to unwanted and malicious websites. The browser hijacker would insert some junk and malicious extension, plugin into background settings of web browser. Favorite, Bookmark or Downloads would also be added some apps or website links. What page you visit will be just filled with popup ads. Those popups will interrupt you a lot. You even can’t do anything on the Internet. Ourstartpage.com hijacker will have a bad effect on Internet speed, as it creates junk files to take up more system capacity and internet resources. You will feel that web browser runs slowly and it takes a long time to load up some website that you actually visit every day. Sometimes web browser just gets frozen there.
Ourstartpage.com hijacker also can use those popups to bring other adware, malware, spyware or virus into system. Some popup is added adware, malware or virus thing by cyber hacker. If you click on the virus-infected popup, the virus will soon activate and get installed into system with your interaction. Therefore, if your computer gets browser hijacker like this Ourstartpage.com, you are advised to remove it as soon as possible to avoid any other virus or malware and further damages to computer system. What’s more, you should be cautious with online things. This browser hijacker usually is spread on some unsafe and junk website controlled b cyber hacker. When people visit those sites, the virus or malware will soon sneak into computer and mess up web browser settings. Also you should not read those spam email or emails sent from strangers, because usually this kind of email contains virus or malware thing. To prevent Ourstartpage.com hijacker from getting your machine, you should learn some tips to avoid virus or malware invasion.
Main Symptoms of Ourstartpage.com Hijacker
-Can change your homepage or the default search engine and it totally prevents you from changing them back
-Can always redirect you to other websites
-Can pop up various advertisements and sponsored links randomly to interrupt your online activities
-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive
-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.
-Can collect and send data concerning your search history and other browsing activities.
-Your sensitive information can be tracked and stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of browser hijacker.
NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with Ourstartpage.com hijacker. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker for you.
The Screenshot of Ourstartpage.com Hijacker
Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)
There is a removal guide of browser hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.
Step 1: Press CTRL, SHIFT and ESC these three keys together at the same time to pull up Windows Task Manager; click Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find and end odd processes related to this Ourstartpage.com hijacker. Names of the processes are random.
Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start Menu, then open Programs, click on Uninstall a program. Find suspicious programs or tool-bars related to the Ourstartpage.com hijacker. Right click on it and select Uninstall.
Step 3: Go to Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then mark “Show hidden files, folders, and drivers” and unmark “Hide protected operating system files” (Recommended) and then click Apply or OK.
Step 4: Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the Ourstartpage.com browser hijacker.
Step 5: Clear all history, data and cookies of your infected web browser.
Ourstartpage.com hijacker has the ability to insert into web browser and spy on user’s online activities, so it is suggested to delete all history, data and cookies of the infected web browser before a complete removal. Take Internet Explorer for example:
a. From the “Tool” menu button in the upper-right corner of the Internet Explorer window, choose “Safety” > “Delete browsing history…“.
b. Then tick Cookie and website data and History, click Delete.
Step 6: Change your homepage of the infected web browser (Take Internet Explorer as Example)
From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools menu and select Internet Options, then click General tab, and input the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK.
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Ourstartpage.com hijacker is a harmful redirect infection to the computer. It changes the homepage and search engine totally and prevents online users from changing back, redirects them to its URL or other malicious websites, steals their personal data like online banking details, credit card or paypal account information or your business data and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Those pop-ups it creates will take up too much Internet resources and slow down Internet speed. The webpage will be hard to load up and even can’t be open after you have tried many times to open the webpage you need. In system, many unwanted junk files will be produced to occupy the rest of system capacity. Even thought at the beginning this redirect infection is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms or payware, this Ourstartpage.com hijacker also has the ability to bring those harmful viruses to attack computer system, which will greatly slow down PC performance and make it run as a snail and further harm to mess up system files and damage system severely.
Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of browser hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!
Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on July 6, 2016 2:41 am