Can’t get rid of Startpins.com redirect virus? I usually use Firefox as my homepage but I noticed starting last night that http://Startpins.com kept showing up as my homepage and I’m not sure what to do. It hijacked all the browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome. All your search results were redirected to fake search engine….How to get rid of the redirect virus as it has hacked your browsers deeply?

What is Startpins.com? How To Remove This Redirect Thing Completely?

The Startpins.com redirect is also referred to as the Google redirect virus once fully hacked by hackers, and it is a malicious adware that will deliver nonstop popup advertisements to the point where they crash your computer from taking up so much system memory. It is known to cause browsers to crash, and they are all vulnerable to this virus: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome are some of the more popular browsers that the Startpins.com virus is known to attack. Hard to clean out this virus? This virus is typically bundled in a browser hijack virus, which compromises the users Internet browser. The user will soon know that there is a problem when the browser starts to display messages that the browser is not responding or that certain features have been disabled. The Startpins.com virus moves fast and will quickly make it difficult to search the Internet.

When the user tries to visit websites listed on the favorites menu they will be directed to advertisement pages, and the same will happen when a search is performed on sites such as Yahoo and Google. Instead of returning results the user will be sent to an advertisement page. Another sign that the computer has been infected is to close all browser pages and just open one. If the Startpins.com redirect virus has hit the computer there will be nonstop op up ads showing up while connected to the Internet. There will also be “Startpins “ listed in the Task manager, although it will not allow the user to close it. There is no way to remove it directly form the Task manager.

Do not want to lose more data and personal information to this Startpins redirect thing? Cannot uninstall it from Control Panel? Contact YooSecurity Online PC Expert now for removal assistance if you are not familiar with any virus removing process.

Screenshot of Startpins.com Redirect

Startpins.com redirect

How Does A Google Redirect Virus Hijack Your Browser?

Compared to other computer viruses, the Startpins.com redirect virus is fairly easy to detect and identify. Some ways to identity this virus include:

  • Important files and data will be renamed, relocated, or hidden. If this is noticed then there is a good chance that the machine has been compromised and immediate action should be taken to remove the corrupt files.
  • Pop up ads will being to show up during normal Internet browsing, and increase in frequency over time. If the ads start showing up while just connected to the Internet it is a strong sign that the Startpins.com redirect virus has found a new home. The ads will not stop and eventually crash the computer after exhausting the memory.
  • The hackers can access the browser history and target ads based on past browser activity. If there are more ads being shown, and especially when viewing sites that did not have ads previously it is a good indication that a virus has been installed on the computer.
  • If the antivirus program on the computer starts to detect more potentially harmful files it could possible mean that there were other viruses packed in with the Startpins.com virus, causing further damage.

How to Remove the Redirect Thing Without Coming Back?

To successfully remove the whole trace of this redirect thing that hide deep in your system, first of all you need to stop the running processes through the Task Manager. Next manually get rid of Startpins.com browser hijacker from the registry editor. It will require better computer skills to do that. Any lack of experience could lead to unpredictable problems. Also, a backup of necessary files and programs is suggested if you don’t want to mess around with important data.

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 Startpins.com Redirect in Registry Editor as below:

%AppData%\[rnd]
%AllUsersProfile%\Programs\{random}\
%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=””

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Summary

The virus will allow the hackers to control your system and steal your private information such as bank accounts. It should be removed ASAP. While not all antivirus programs will remove 100% of the Startpins.com virus, it is always a good idea to manually remove the infected files to ensure that it is fully removed. If the entire virus isn’t removed it can still do serious damage to the computer. To protect your computer in time, please don’t hesitate to get instant help from YooSecurity PC experts.

Note: Still having problems with Startpins.com redirect thing after the manual removal following all the above steps? Have no idea on how to get rid of this browser hijacker as it changes fast? Please contact YooSecurity Online Expert now to save your computer from all the troubles and future consequences.

Published by Matt Johnston & last updated on March 12, 2013 3:28 pm

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