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Remove OurStartpage(.)com Browser Hijacker Completely

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OurStartpage(.)com is the main website page of a search engine, considered to be a browser hijacker. This hijacker adjusts browser settings, such as the homepage, search engine, and new tab. Some extension can be added to your browser applications. No privacy policy is featured on the site. To remove the browser hijacker, you should continue reading the article carefully.

Threat Summary

NameOurStartpage(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionBrowsers on your PC will have modified settings, like the homepage, search engine and new tab.
SymptomsYou could get redirected from the homepage or new tab when browsing. You could see ads in websites generated by the hijacker.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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OurStartpage(.)com – How It Is Spread?

OurStartpage can be spread via third-party installation setups. That’s a common way for such an application to get inside your PC without you knowing. Bundled packs or installations for free software could install the hijacker. By default, freeware setups might have features selected for installation and in some cases hide them. Such features are usually additional software. Avoiding unwanted software getting in your machine is possible if you find Custom or Advanced options menu, where you can deselect features.

The OurStartpage hijacker could be spread with advertisements, such as pop-ups, banners or similar. Another way for spreading is through visiting suspicious websites, which contain redirects. These sites could be partnered in some manner with OurStartpage(.)com. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.

OurStartpage(.)com – Overview

OurStartpage(.)com is the website for a search engine and a browser hijacker named OurStartpage. Its developers tried to make it more interactive by adding a clock and humorous jokes on the page.

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Above you see the main page of the OurStartpage browser hijacker. A photograph is used as a background image. The photograph is of a museum called “Musée du quai Branly” which is located in Paris, France. Interesting how the hijacker owners show you what picture they have used, but not their privacy policy or what information they can collect.

If software linked with it is on your computer, you will see settings of your browsers getting changed. The new tab and homepage plus the search engine in use will be the newly changed settings. Be aware that you might get a toolbar or a sidebar along with the changes.

Some sort of an extension or browser add-ons tied to OurStartpage might be nested in your browsers. If you see additive extensions, know that they probably also employ hijacking capabilities. Most of them arrive with another application inside bundled software. These extensions can easily land you on OurStartpage(.)com affiliated websites through redirecting.

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In the snapshot above, you can see an example search of OurStartpage(.)com. You can be redirected to various domains. By using its search engine, you will get redirected to the search results of Google or another reputable browser. That could be a tactic to trick you into trusting the program, but you still might see a lot of advertisements, in-text links, and sponsored content while browsing.

OurStartpage will be used as the primary filter for all of your searches and queries, possibly gather personal and impersonal information from them, track you and observe your browsing habits and overall internet usage. Do not enter your name, credit card and banking credentials and do not login into any sites if you have the hijacker.

The Privacy Policy of OurStartpage(.)com is either non-existent or very well hidden. That should be even more worrying because it is not explicit what information is collected from you and other users.

Browsing via OurStartpage(.)com or using services that are affiliated with it, may automatically give your consent for information collection. The information may be personally identifying, as well as such about your computer device. Third parties may be getting this information as well, so be careful in what you click, browse and enter in search results.

Remove OurStartpage(.)com Completely from Your PC

To remove OurStartpage(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal guide written below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove OurStartpage(.)com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove OurStartpage(.)com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall OurStartpage(.)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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by OurStartpage(.)com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by OurStartpage(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for OurStartpage(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of OurStartpage(.)com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall OurStartpage(.)com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to OurStartpage(.)com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to OurStartpage(.)com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to OurStartpage(.)com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 OurStartpage(.)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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as OurStartpage(.)com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove OurStartpage(.)com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as OurStartpage(.)com, 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.



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Remove OurStartpage(.)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.


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Erase OurStartpage(.)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.



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Uninstall OurStartpage(.)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.



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Remove OurStartpage(.)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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the OurStartpage(.)com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate OurStartpage(.)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.


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