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MyStartPage1.ru is the search engine and main domain for a browser hijacker redirect. The hijacker has a logo which resembles the one of Google, as every letter is colored similarly. Nonetheless, the hijacker redirects to a custom Google Search results page. Sponsored content and advertisements display if you use MyStartPage1.ru or have it on your PC. The hijacker can change the homepage, new tab, and search engine for your browsers. To remove the hijacker, you should read the whole article.

Threat Summary

NameMyStartPage1.ru
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionEvery browser application on your computer could be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you various advertisements.
SymptomsBrowser settings which can be modified are the homepage, the search engine and the new tab.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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MyStartPage1.ru – Ways of Delivery

MyStartPage1.ru may be delivered via different ways. One of those ways can be with third-party installation setups bundle programs and freeware. Such setups might have a default setting for installing additional components in your computer without prior notice. You might have installed a free media player or another program and realize you also have the hijacker installed. You can avoid some of these unneeded installations. All you need to do is find Custom or Advanced settings in a setup to deselect those added components.

MyStartPage1.ru could have more ways for delivering itself to your computer system and browser programs. Often, an extension or an add-on can be responsible for that, which is nested in your browser software. More delivery ways involve advertisements, like pop-ups and banners, plus redirecting links. Sponsored or targeted content on suspicious websites is not excluded to contribute for the hijacker’s delivery. Similar websites could be partners of MyStartPage1.ru. The following browsers can be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

MyStartPage1.ru – In-Depth

MyStartPage1.ru is the main online domain and the search engine of a browser hijacker. If you visit the main domain, you will see a page different from the search page, called Free Avatar Maker. On that page, you can upload images and resize them, but they will not be kept for more than a day. Its search page consists of a white page with no image, a logo, a search bar below it, and some advertisements. The search page can be found at the http://mystartpage1.ru/i/startm.html address. You can view it in the picture below:

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MyStartPage1.ru might try to look like a reputable search engine or some side project of Google, but it is not. The hijacker will just redirect you to the search results page of other search engines – as in this case the one of Google’s custom search. Your search queries will go through the initial web address. The unwanted web page shown in the above picture will replace the homepage, new tab setting and default search for all possible browsers in use. A browser add-on is also possible to be circling the Web and serving the same purpose as the hijacker redirect.

In the image under this paragraph, you can see a prime example of a search which went through MyStartPage1.ru. As you see, you just get redirected to the search results page of Google’s Custom search. You will witness targeted advertisements, sponsored content and could also be redirected further. The main page will redirect you with its on-page adverts. Be aware that the hijacker will filter your search queries, and every bit of information will be stored on their servers. That may include data of how you interacted with the site, search results and ads.

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Cookies are used in the accumulation of the information, which the hijacker wants to obtain from you. Analogous tracking technologies might be in play here, as well. Be very careful with the information you give with your searches, especially if they go through any page provided by MyStartPage1.ru. Avoid clicking on any tempting links and adverts as they might be targeted specifically to you.

MyStartPage1.ru – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the MyStartPage1.ru site is very short and can be accessed from the main domain for this browser hijacker. According to that policy, the site might also be referred to as Free Avatar Maker. Nothing specific is mentioned about information collection, but just that the site uses cookies and Google DART cookies are implemented, too.

Here is how the privacy policy page looks like:

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MyStartPage1.ru can collect information from you from the search queries you make and from the advertisements you click on. As all that data, plus personally identifiable information can be disclosed to third parties, be careful with what you enter in the search bars of this browser hijacker.

The policy of MyStartPage1.ru explicitly says that you consent to it if you are on the site, whether you use it or not. A big part of the collected data is acquired through browser cookies and similar technologies.

Remove MyStartPage1.ru Completely from Your PC

To remove MyStartPage1.ru manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions written below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer secure in the future.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by MyStartPage1.ru or other threats.
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Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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