|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Browsers on your PC will have modified settings, like the homepage, search engine and new tab.|
|Symptoms||You could get redirected from the homepage or new tab when browsing. You could see ads in websites generated by the hijacker.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by OurStartpage(.)com |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss OurStartpage(.)com.|
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.
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.
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.
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.