Can’t get rid of http://www.ustart.org virus redirect search engine from Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8 or Windows XP on your work computer? All the browsers ( Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and so on) on my laptop/desktop have been hijacked by uStart Virus redirect thing, what do i do?

What is uStart Virus? How Do You Fix The Problem?

The uStart virus (http://www.ustart.org) is a browser hijacker that is installed on the computer when another program that has been bundled with the virus is installed on the computer. It has been developed by computer hackers as a way to make money from advertisers that pay each time their ads are clicked on. While there isn’t an immediate threat to the users personal or financial information it is a major inconvenience and it should be removed as quickly as possible if found on the computer.

Once uStart Virus is installed it will change the system settings, making the default home page the uStart.org page and the Internet browsers will all be set to automatically redirect to that page. Now, whenever a search is performed on this page the user will be brought to a site that is controlled by the hackers and contains advertisements that compensate them financially each time a visitor clicks on the ad. This is the only goal of this hijacker and the more people that they are able to infect with it will lead to a larger amount of people that will end up clicking on one of the ads. You are required to eliminate uStart virus out of your computer ASAP.

To save your computer, Live Chat with YooSecurity Expert Now. You can follow the manual removal guide below to get your problem fixed. (For advanced computer users)

Screenshot of uStart Virus Search Engine

ustart

How to Verify The uStart.org Spyware Attack Your Computer?

There are several risks that users need to be made aware of. The uStart virus will display the following traits when installed on the computer:

  • It will change the default browser settings on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
  • It will redirect the user to pages filled with ads and pop ups will begin to appear more frequently.
  • The home page will be changed to uStart.org and will also display pop up ads.
  • It has the ability to redirect the user to any website that the hackers decide on, which are all owned by them and make revenue each time the user clicks on a link or banner.
  • It has the ability to record the web browsing history and send that data back to the hackers.
  • It could possibly attract and install additional malware and viruses if left installed for a long period of time.
  • If the pop up ads continue and multiply in numbers it will eventually slow the system down and use all of the available memory, causing the PC to crash and any saved information is at risk of being lost forever.
  • Overall speed of the computer will slow down greatly and it is first noticed during the start up and shut down process.

Even if the uninstall feature is used it will not remove this hijacker. Follow the instructions below to fully restore the browser settings and eliminate the uStart Virus from the computer. For complete removal instructions, see below.

Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the domain. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager.
taskmanager

Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
FolderOptions

Step C: Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor.
Run+regedit

Step D: Delete all these associating files and registry entries of uStart virus in Registry Editor as below:

%AppData%\[random thing]
%AllUsersProfile%\Programs\{random thing}\
%CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Users\””
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = “”.exe.dll
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings\{.exe}
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun=””

Video On How To Remove uStart Redirect Virus:

Summary

Since you found out that uStart Virus is a fake search engine, and the virus changes all your settings of all your browsers, making your search results were redirected to its fraudulent page. Although it looks as it is a real website, it is not true for what you can see on the page. Anti-virus software didn’t pick it up as the infection is stubborn, what you need to do to clean out the threat is manual removal step by step, if you are advanced computer users, you can follow the tips above to get it resolved, otherwise, it is better to get a PC professional for tech support.

Note: Have no clue on how to get rid of uStart virus as it changes fast? Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts now to save your computer from all the troubles and future consequences.

Published by Matt Johnston & last updated on May 6, 2013 8:12 am

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