Hello, can you please help me remove this Startpage-home.com from my Firefox. It has been on my web browser for several days and I have encountered into many problem. I even can’t finish my work online timely, which interrupts me a lot. Now I am preparing research report course for my students, but some material online can’t be looked up because of this browser hijacker. I tried to uninstall some malicious apps related to this browser hijacker, but I can’t find any app like that in Settings.
Brief Description of Startpage-home.com Hijacker
Startpage-home.com is a browser hijacker not a useful homepage from web browser. It is created by cyber hacker to target different web browsers and spy on user’s online activities and even steal user’s important personal data. The cyber hackers spread in on the Internet via many ways. They will put this browser hijacker on the website created by hackers. So when you visit the website controlled by cyber hackers, you will easily get his kind of browser hijacker or other malware or virus thing. The main feature of this malicious website is there are many ads or fake messages popping up on the webpage. Some users are attracted by those ads, and then click on the ads trying to view something you want, but actually when they click on the ads, this browser hijacker or other malware will drop into system. Startpage-home.com hijacker is very cunning. It will also be bundled into some unsafe free-installing apps. While users install the free program, this browser hijacker is also installed meanwhile. So when you surf on the Internet, please be cautious, don’t open spam email, receive unknown files or programs sent from stranger or install shareware or open strange links.
Startpage-home.com hijacker changes the homepage and search engine provider of the web browser. And your favorite homepage will be gone. You even can’t change back the default settings of compromised web browser. When you use the search bar to look up something, you will just get the incorrect search results. Even though the search bar it offers labeled with Google, it’s actually not supported by Google. And this browser hijacker will add some malicious adware, extension or add-on into background of web browser, and you will find some unwanted ads keeping displaying on the webpage you browse. Startpage-home.com hijacker will create many junk files in system to take up system capacity, which will slow down computer performance and also Internet speed is affected. You will find web browser works slowly. When you open many tabs at the same time, you will find web browser gets stuck soon. And Windows explorer often stops working when you run several programs or perform some tasks at the same time. Even worse, this Startpage-home.com hijacker can bring other malware or virus into system. If system gets infected with many malware or virus, computer security will be weakened and worsened. To remove it soon is the wise decision.
Main Symptoms of Startpage-home.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 Startpage-home.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 Startpage-home.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 Startpage-home.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 Startpage-home.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 Startpage-home.com browser hijacker.
Step 5: Clear all history, data and cookies of your infected web browser.
Startpage-home.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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Startpage-home.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 Startpage-home.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 Leo R. Oscar & last updated on June 23, 2016 3:52 am