What is Mystartsearch?
Mystartsearch is an annoying browser hijacker that usually arrives as a part of a potentially unwanted application. The hijacker can enter your system and change your browser settings without your approval. It is compatible with all popular web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The hijacker will not benefit you in any way. In fact, the main purpose of the unwanted program is to generate web traffic.
By advertising their sponsors, the developers of the software make easy profit. In order to promote the associated sites, the program will not only modify your settings, but also insert commercial ads into your browsers, cause constant redirects to unknown sites, and take other undesirable actions. If you want to return your browsers back to normal and not be interrupted every time you surf the Internet, you should get rid of Mystartsearch without delay.
Where does Mystartsearch come from?
Mystartsearch is distributed with the help of freeware and shareware bundles. When you download free software from sites like cnet.com, filewin.com, softonic.com, soft32.com and similar, you are usually presented with optional offers that you may not notice if you skip through the installation wizard. These offers include adware, browser hijackers and potentially unwanted applications. If you do not specifically decline them, you allow the unwanted programs to access your PC. In order to make sure that does not happen again, you should be especially attentive every time you install freeware. Always choose Advanced or Custom mode instead of the Quick or Recommended one and deselect all applications that are not necessary or familiar to you. That way you will not have to deal with Mystartsearch removal or any other unwanted software ever again.
How does Mystartsearch work?
As soon as the hijacker takes over, it replaces your home page and default search engine. The main site that now greets you every time you open your browser may not look too suspicious. However, if you try using the search box presented on it, you will be redirected to a results page that contains various ads and sponsored links. These links should not be blindly trusted, some of them may have nothing to do with your query at all. The same goes for other commercial data that you are bound to encounter thanks to the hijacker. Banners, pop-ups, in-text ads and other advertisements will appear no matter which site you go to and promote a variety of products and services. Again, you should keep in mind that trusting these adverts is not a good idea. If you click on a fake advertisement, you will be redirected to a dangerous page. You may unwittingly infect your system with spyware or malware, disclose your details to third parties or waste your money on fake software. If you want to be certain that does not happen, you should terminate Mystartsearch.
You will also notice other symptoms after the hijacker gets installed. For example, your computer’s speed will slow down, because the program uses up a lot of its resources. Your Internet connection will suffer because of the never-ending ads. You will also be redirected to various sites in the middle of your browsing for no reason at all. Moreover, the hijacker may also track your cookies and gather non-personally identifiable information about your online behavior. It will record which pages you visit, how long you stay on them, what searches you make, what is your geo-location and so on. This data can be sold to third parties. It is usually used to personalize the ads you see online and make them appear relevant and beneficial to you. Unfortunately, just because the advertisements look useful does not mean that they are reliable. We advise that you stay away from all commercials no matter what they promote until you delete Mystartsearch.
As you can see, the browser hijacker can cause various disturbances. It may not be malicious itself, so it can not damage your system or steal your private data on its own, but it can expose you to unsafe web content which could lead to serious consequences. Do not waste any time and eliminate Mystartsearch from your browsers as soon as you can.
How to remove Mystartsearch from my system?
If you want to get rid of all negative changes that the hijacker has made and improve your online security level, you should remove Mystartsearch from your system. If you want to do that manually, you will first have to uninstall Mystartsearch related program. If you are not sure which program that is, you can use the free malware scanner presented on this page to identify it. Once you do, you need to delete it and then eliminate Mystartsearch from your browsers. Instructions below can help you with both of these tasks. If you follow them carefully, you should be able to terminate Mystartsearch for good.
Alternative solution to Mystartsearch removal is to clean your system automatically. To do that you will have to download and install a malware prevention and removal tool that will scan your PC and detect all elements of the infection. It will then delete Mystartsearch as well as other threats that it will find. You will not have to worry about any leftover files as the utility will erase all of them. Another advantage of the automatic removal option is that the anti-malware program will also protect your computer from other potentially unwanted and even malicious applications. The security tool will make sure that your system stays safeguarded from Trojans, adware, spyware, browser hijackers, rootkits, worms and so on.
Manual Mystartsearch Removal Guide
Uninstall from Windows XP
- Open Start menu and go to Control Panel
- Choose Add or remove programs
- Select the application and click Remove
Uninstall from Windows 7 and Vista
- Click on Start and open Control Panel
- Select Uninstall a program
- Choose the adware and click Uninstall
Uninstall from Windows 8
- Right-click on the lower left corner
- Select Programs and Features
- Pick the application and click Uninstall
Remove Mystartsearch from browsers:
Delete Mystartsearch from Internet Explorer
- Click on the Gear icon and open Internet Options
- On the General tab replace your home page
- Click on the Gear icon again and click Manage add-ons
- In Toolbars and Extensions delete unwanted add-ons
- In Search Providers remove Mystartsearch
Remove Mystartsearch from Mozilla Firefox
- Open the menu and click on Options
- On the General tab overwrite your home page
- Go to Search tab and erase Mystartsearch
- Click on the menu again and open Add-ons
- Eliminate suspicious extensions
Mystartsearch Removal from Google Chrome
- Click on the menu and open Settings
- Under On startup click Set pages
- Set a new home page
- Under Search click Manage search engines
- Terminate Mystartsearch
- Go to Extensions and erase unwanted add-ons