I have an issue on my computer. There is a page named Start-pagesearch.com can always pop up when I go online. I can’t tell if this page is safe or not as I don’t know too much about computer. I tried to change it not to be my homepage from browser settings but I can’t. Is it a virus or something bad? I can’t figure it out by my own. Please help!
Brief Introduction to This Page
Start-pagesearch.com looks like a normal page for people to use. However, the fact is that this domain is not a safe page for people to visit. From the look of it, we can only find a search box on it, which is easy to deceive people to judge it as a legit search engine. Many online security companies have classified this page to be a kind of computer threat which can generate troubles and problems to the infected computers. If people use this page to search information on the web, the results will never be the right things that people look for. Instead, what they will be given are countless pop-ups and fake advertisements. The infected systems will be completely messed up by this hijacker if people don’t remove it in time.
The Screenshot of This Hijacker
It is hard for computer users to realize that this Start-pagesearch.com is a computer threat when they are redirected to it. Also, most anti-virus programs cannot warn people about it as it is not a computer virus. Nevertheless, what it causes to the infected systems can be the same or ever worse than a computer virus. Cyber hackers who make it can spread it with other programs. That’s to say, when people download programs on the Internet, they can be targeted by this hijacker somehow. Hackers can bundle it with those commonly used programs like PDF reader, Movie player and some on so that some inexperienced users can be lured to download and install the corrupted programs to their computers.
Once this Start-pagesearch.com hijacker sneaks into target machines, all browsers installed on the systems can be controlled by it. The default homepages and search engines will be replaced by it. Under this case, as soon as people run the infected browsers, they can be taken to this hijacker. People will be given a lot of pop-ups when they go online. The performance of the infected computers can be slowed down by those pop-ups. People will take a long time to run other programs and load web pages. What’s worse, this hijacker can take people to some other vicious sites which can help other kinds of computer viruses to come and make more damages.
The properties of Browser Hijacker
-Can not be detected by your anti-virus software, which makes it hard to uninstall from the computer.
-Once you open your browser, you will be redirected to some unknown websites.
-Can slow down the performance of the computer, or even blue screen.
-Can pop up many unwanted advertisements when you are doing something else.
-Can change your settings in your browser and it is not easy to change it back.
If you find any symptoms listed above showing on your computer, then your computer must be suffered with a browser hijacker that causes you keep being redirecting to this Start-pagesearch.com. Welcome to contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for manual removal guide. Also, we will provide a short removal guide below for computer literate.
NOTE: Being afraid to do any wrong operation during the process of removing this browser hijacker? Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts, we are here to help you:
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: Find Ctrl, Alt, and Delete these 3 keys and then press them together to open task manager to end the process related to this hijacker, the name of the process of it is random.
Step 2: Try to find Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
Step 3: Click on Start button at the right lower corner, then click on Control Panel
Then you will come to the Control Panel windows, click on Add and Remove Programs
Then try to find the program which relates to this browser hijacker, highlight it and choose Remove, the program’s name is random.
Step4: Change your homepage in your browser (Take Internet Explorer as an Example)
From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options.
Then type the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK
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Start-pagesearch.com is not a safe search engine for people to trust. It can cause many problems to the infected computers. PC users will receive tons of annoying pop-ups during the use. Those links are created by cyber criminals with evil purposes. The infected computers will be attacked by more computer viruses and cyber hackers can take advantage of this hijacker to steal personal information saved on the infected machines. People will suffer from more troubles and losses if they don’t take this hijacker off from their computers in time.
Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on August 5, 2016 12:56 pm