StartJoy(.)com is a download page and the main website for an adware and browser hijacker of the same name. A related extension is possible to exist too. Redirects and ads are produced by this adware. If installed, your browsers will be hijacked as well. All created by Imali Media Ltd. To remove the sites and get your settings back, read the article carefully.
|Type||Adware, Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers can have their homepage, new tab and the search engine changed. Adverts appear in search results.|
|Symptoms||Shows advertisements, redirects and modifies a browser’s homepage, new tab and search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages|
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StartJoy(.)com – Distribution Methods
StartJoy can be inside third-party installers. This unwanted program could get inside your computer without your knowledge. That’s because it hides in freeware installation setups and bundled packages. Such packs might have additional components selected to be installed by default. Preventing these installations can be done with checking for a Custom or an Advanced menu.
StartJoy can also be downloaded from its main website as the above snapshot shows. The StartJoy(.)com website serves will try to download a .crx file. The file is more than 20 MB and could contain malicious code and apps. Visiting random sites or clicking on ads might be another distribution method. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
StartJoy(.)com – A Closer Look
StartJoy(.)com is the main domain of the adware platform with browser hijacking capabilities Start Joy. That is another Imali Media, Ltd. project, as they have developed such unwanted programs before. A prime example of that is TvNewTab(.)com.
The StartJoy programs and sites can modify the home page, new tab, bookmarks and the search engine will change either to search.startjoysearch(.)com or to startjoysearch(.)com. Other sites are not excluded. An example:
When it enters your computer, the program will change settings to all your browsers. An add-on or extension might be added as well. The extension associated with the unwanted adware and hijacker can do the following:
- Read and change your data on all startjoysearch(.)com sites
- Read your browsing history
- Change your search settings to: search.startjoysearch(.)com
- Read and change your bookmarks
search.StartJoyplussearch(.)com or another domain will serve as a filter for every one of your search queries. You will also get redirected to sites partnered in some way to StartJoy(.)com. Sponsored advertisement and similar content can appear in search results.
Notice in the picture above, how a Yahoo search engine look-alike is used. Adverts of all kinds could be present on websites, such as pop-ups, pop-unders, banners etc. You might be redirected, and the sites you land on could get revenue from a pay-per-click set-up.
The information which can be collected is the following:
- Your IP address
- Referral data
- Your browser and platform types
- Date and time of visiting their services
- What you clicked on
- Name and e-mail address
- Shipping address and zip code
- Age and gender
- Occupation and household income
- Platform (OS) type and other information
You can preview the Policy in the snapshot down here:
When you use the StartJoy(.)com site, and its services or search engines, you give your consent for the collection of your information. Tracking technologies, as well as cookies, might be implemented in the adware and its related content to gather further information about you.
Completely Remove StartJoy(.)com
To remove StartJoy(.)com manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions written down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the adware completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program will keep your machine secure in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove
Step 2: Uninstall 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 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 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall 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 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 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 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 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 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 will be removed.
Eliminate 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.