A browser hijacker believed to originate from Russia has been reported to be associated with the website Searchstart(.)ru. This program is believed to flood the computer its installed on with heavy advertisements of different types. The website itself also uses a lot of cookies and other tracking technologies to obtain user information. Since both the website and the browser hijacker may collaborate with third-parties, it is strongly advisable for users to remove this PUP(Potentially Unwanted Program) from their computer.
To spread across user PCs, this browser hijacker uses different methods. The main method it may utilize is via bundled installers in which the software may be included as a free extra. The unsuspecting user may not even notice such program since most of the users out there often click on the Express option or fast-click their way through the installer. This is why it is strongly advisable to take your time while installing new software and always choose between the “Advanced” and “Custom” installation options.
Searchstart(.)ru In Detail
After this software has been installed on your computer, it may contain files in the following Windows folders:
Furthermore, the software may modify your web browser’s settings. This may include web browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. The modified browsers may automatically install a browser extension without the user’s consent and obtain certain permissions. One of them is to set the following page as the home page or the new tab page of the web browser:
When the user searches something on the Russian search engine, the results redirect to the Russian Google domain(.ru). Not only this but the software also uses different mechanisms to track the online clicks, searches and browsing history of the user. Here is a screenshot of the cookies that are used by the website as well as third-party sites:
Besides tracking the user, the Searchstart(.)ru browser hijacker is also considered to heavily advertise third-party websites of a different character. This is the main reason why such software is considered to be dangerous for users. Here are the most often met dangers associated with browser hijackers like the Searchstart(.)ru one:
- System crashes.
- Redirects to scamming websites that may resemble legitimate retailers or errors.
- Redirects to malicious URLs that may infect your computer with Trojans, Rootkits, Ransomware and other malware.
- The risk of your entered online information and credentials being stolen and traded on the black market.
Remove Searchstart(.)ru Browser Hijacker
In order to delete all of the files and also the registry entries of Searchstart(.)ru browser hijacker and remove it from your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, there are few steps you need to take. To simplify them and save you time, we have provided removal instructions after this article which you may choose to follow. We strongly recommend that you choose a reputable anti-malware program which to scan your PC. This way you may identify other threats that may be associated with Searchstart(.)ru and protect your computer in the future as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Searchstart(.)ru from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Searchstart(.)ru from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Searchstart(.)ru from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Searchstart(.)ru from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Searchstart(.)ru from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Searchstart(.)ru from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Searchstart(.)ru from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Searchstart(.)ru from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Searchstart(.)ru
Step 2: Uninstall Searchstart(.)ru 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 Searchstart(.)ru 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 Searchstart(.)ru there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Searchstart(.)ru from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Searchstart(.)ru 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.
- 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 Searchstart(.)ru via Step 1 above:
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 Searchstart(.)ru 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 Searchstart(.)ru 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 Searchstart(.)ru 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 Searchstart(.)ru 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 Searchstart(.)ru will be removed.
Eliminate Searchstart(.)ru 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.