MyStartSearch.com is a browser hijacker known for modifying your browser without your permission and exposing your system to potentially malicious websites.
How Does MyStartSearch.com Work?
MyStartSearch.com is compatible with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. The browser hijacker is not a virus. However, it is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because once it enters your system, it changes your default browser settings without your consent and replaces your home page with its own.
The search results MyStartSearch.com provides are not independent results, either. That means MyStartSearch.com will redirect you to other search engines instead of providing you with real search results.
Thus far, the browser hijacker is of no harm to your system despite the fact that it changes your default browser. The problem that malware researchers see, however, is that MyStartSearch.com will start displaying a variety of pop-up advertisements. Clicking on them will then expose your PC to possible threats from the Web because you may be redirected to infected websites.
In addition, MyStartSearch.com will monitor your browsing queries in order to personalize the advertisements it displays.
How Does MyStartSearch.com Enter Your System?
MyStartSearch.com lands on your system bundled with other free programs you download from the Web. That is why it is extremely important to check carefully what programs you install on your PC and pay close attention to the installation process. The tricky part about the bundling deal is that it is unclearly stated throughout the installation process as it is included as a default option in the “recommended” settings. That is why most users fail to opt out of it and end up with unwanted programs in their systems.
Should You Remove MyStartSearch.com from Your PC?
MyStartSearch.com has no real value for you. It does not provide you with its own search results; it replaces your default browser; monitors and records your browsing habits in order to share this information with advertising agencies, and displays annoying pop-up ads that will expose your PC to risks when clicking on them. So, why keeping it?
Our malware experts recommend MyStartSearch.com’s removal as soon as you realize you have it. See the instructions below to remove MyStartSearch.com manually. You can also get rid of it by using a legitimate anti-virus program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MyStartSearch.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MyStartSearch.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MyStartSearch.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MyStartSearch.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MyStartSearch.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MyStartSearch.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MyStartSearch.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MyStartSearch.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MyStartSearch.com
Step 2: Uninstall MyStartSearch.com and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MyStartSearch.com on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MyStartSearch.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MyStartSearch.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MyStartSearch.com and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MyStartSearch.com via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MyStartSearch.com from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase MyStartSearch.com from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall MyStartSearch.com from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove MyStartSearch.com from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MyStartSearch.com will be removed.
Eliminate MyStartSearch.com from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.