Hey, I meet a pesky problem and can you help me? Every time when I click a new tab on Firefox Mozilla, a new website called Start2.me comes up. What makes me most annoying is that numbers of ads shows on this website. I close pop-up ads and new ads continue to turn up. I thought I must have clicked something wrong and some kind of malware should drop on my computer by accident when I watched a show online. I don’t know what exactly it is. Can you guys help me get rid of it?
Description of Start2.me Hijacker
Well, many PC users may wonder if this Start2.me is a real search engine and a useful website, because it looks like a legit search engine and seems there is no harm, besides it also displays a yahoo search on its interface, which lists common website links under the search bar. However, it is actually a fake search engine and behaves as a browser hijacker. Every time when you enter what you want to search via this search engine, you will always receive a wrong search result or you are redirected to some unknown webpage directly. You will see wrong results with sponsored links or advertisements listed, and if you continue to click on those links or advertising, you will be further redirected to questionable website. When this hijacker comes and gets installed on your computer, it will root its files on operating system and insert add-ons or extensions to your browsers and then change your browser default setting; it will change your homepage to www. Start2.me and replace your default search engine like Goolgle with its own search engine. Thus you have to use it as the new homepage and its search engine. Though change mentioned above, it will be easy and convenient for this hijacker to control you and monitor your online activities and attracts you to click its ads or links. The more clicks Start2.me receives, the more money hackers can earn from ads-supporters. What’s worse, Start2.me hijacker can collects your sensitive personal data like banking details, emails password or other information storage on your computer, which will lets your personal information in a high risk of being leaking even makes you suffer from financial loss. In a word, Start2.me is a fake search engine and does no good to your computer, but put your information and machine in a dangerous situation.
Start2.me browser hijacker can also do further harms to your computer. This browser hijacker can deeply root its rootkit into operating system, slow down your computer and weaken browsers running. It detects security loopholes of your computer and use loopholes as a backdoor or bridge to bring other threats like Trojan horse, worm, ransomware etc.. If so, your computer system capacity will be full of files. And system will be disordered and more programs of files will eat up system capacity. Start2.me hijacker may further disable folder options, task manager, and registry editing tools. Computer will become weaker and perform slowly and improperly. Therefore, if you find Start2.me hijacker on your machine, you should take measures to delete it at once. However, you should also pay attention to your online behavior, which will helps you to avoid this hijacker access on your computer. Nowadays, we usually use computer and network as an assisting tool in life and work, and also this hijacker and other viruses are usually distributed online. Don’t visit suspicious websites especially porn website and click on malicious links, flash pictures and spam email attachments. To keep computer in a clean environment, a good habit to surf online is necessary.
Main Traits of Start2.me Hijacker
-Can change your homepage or the default search engine to Start2.me and it totally prevents you from changing them back
-Can display bunch of unstoppable pop-ups advertisements and junk links randomly to interrupt your online activities
-Can insert unwanted and unknown plugin or extension to your website and always redirect you to other webpages
-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage and make computer performs slower
-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive
-Can collect and send data concerning your search history and other browsing activities.
-Your sensitive information can be tracked and stolen by hacker
NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with Start2.me hijacker. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker for you.
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Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)
There is a removal guide of Start2.me 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 Start2.me 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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Don’t believe Start2.me is a useful search engine. It cannot help you at all but instead brings you many troubles and damages your computer. However, if you find your homepage or search engine has been changed to www. Start2.me, that means this hijacker has been on your computer. It performs many destructive activities like redirecting the webpage to unknown website, taking your webpage to malicious websites, pointing search results to irrelevant results, slowing Internet speed, stealing your important privacy information and connecting you to hackers. And it’s able to introduce other viruses to mess up and weaken your computer and crash down operating system. Therefore, it is a wise choice for you to remove Start2.me as soon as possible.
Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on September 26, 2014 12:28 pm