A browser hijacker associated with the suspicious search engine Startmain.ru has been reported to affect users on a massive scale. The hijacker may have raised the popularity of the web page with bundled downloads. Since it contains the .ru domain, malware researchers are convinced this software may be designed for Russia-based users. The primary focus of such potentially unwanted programs is to deliver advertisements and collect different information from users via cookies and other tracking technologies. Since software, like Startmain.ru may also prove to be indirectly dangerous because it collaborates with many suspicious third-parties, users are advised to immediately remove Startmain.ru browser hijacker, using the instructions in this article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Changes your home page to a suspicious web page displaying an endless scroll-down menu of ads leading to third-party webistes.|
|Symptoms||Advertisements, slow pc, browser redirects, modified web browser settings.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Startmain.ru Browser Hijacker – Distribution
To be widespread the creators of Startmain.ru hijacker have developed a quite clever way to let it slither into your computer. One strategy which may be used is the so-called bundled packages. This means that Startmain.ru may have been included in a free program’s installer that you may have downloaded via third-party websites. Such free program may be your widely known system optimizer, media player, torrent program or any other free software downloaded. Startmain.ru hijacker may come in the form of a browser extension, add-in or a toolbar to your web browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Edge Browser. It may be present in one of the installation steps of the free program in the Advanced or Custom install preference under the pretext it is a “free extra”. Since most third-party websites usually make money from such bundling advertisements, they do not mind what type of content they advertise online.
Startmain.ru Browser Hijacker – More Information
As soon as this browser hijacker is installed on your computer, you may experience different side-effects on your computer. The first symptom is that your web browser’s home page and new tab pages may be changed to the suspicious search engine Startmain.ru.
The search engine itself has an endless scroll-down type of list with links and pictures to different “articles” and news that once clicked on, redirect users via web links and advertising networks. What is more, the search engine itself goes through a browser redirect as well via the domain searchds.ru which is associated with multiple PUPs and browser hijackers as well:
In addition to this, we were surprised by the fact that the search engine uses a very high number of cookies to collect different information and what is worse, its connection to it is non HTTPs which is highly untypical for search engines:
Besides the fact that there are over 55 cookies on the Startmain.ru browser hijacker, the website does not have it’s own search database and displays results from mail.ru instead:
Startmain.ru Browser Hijacker – Conclusion and Removal Instructions
As a bottom line, the Startmain.ru search engine and browser hijacker is an indirectly dangerous software that may collect different information from your computer via LSOs, cookies, pixels, beacons and other software. The information collected may vary:
- Personal Information – address, name, financial credentials, passwords, etc.
- Non-personal Information – IP Address, system information, browser history, online clicks.
Such information may be shared with third parties or used in targeted advertisements to get you to open different websites. Since the primary goal of this browser hijacker is to make money via third-party websites and pay-per-click schemes, we strongly advise you to immediately remove it from your computer. To do this, it is recommended to follow the instructions below and clean up Startmain.ru hijacker from your web browsers and your computer. Since this program may make itself hard to delete and reappear late, experts strongly advise to use an advanced anti-malware software that will erase it permanently from your computer.