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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.

Threat Summary

Name
TypeAdware, Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browsers can have their homepage, new tab and the search engine changed. Adverts appear in search results.
SymptomsShows advertisements, redirects and modifies a browser’s homepage, new tab and search engine.
Distribution MethodFreeware 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.

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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:

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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.

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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 Privacy Policy of StartJoy(.)com is that of Imali Media Ltd. It states that personal and non-personal information can be collected. Under various circumstances, the collected information could be shared with third-parties.

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:

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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.

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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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