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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Startmain.ru Hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Startmain.ru Hijacker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Startmain.ru Hijacker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Startmain.ru Hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Startmain.ru Hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Startmain.ru Hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Startmain.ru Hijacker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Startmain.ru Hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Startmain.ru Hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall Startmain.ru Hijacker 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 Startmain.ru Hijacker 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 Startmain.ru Hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Startmain.ru Hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Startmain.ru Hijacker 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 Startmain.ru Hijacker 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 Startmain.ru Hijacker 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 Startmain.ru Hijacker 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 Startmain.ru Hijacker 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 Startmain.ru Hijacker 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 Startmain.ru Hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate Startmain.ru Hijacker 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.