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StartSearch.org is a Web page redirect, which can hijack your browser software. Settings which the hijacker can alter are the start page, search engine and new tab window of nearly all browsers you use. Every search query you make will be filtered and sent to servers tied to the hijacker. You will see advertising and redirect links in the search results. To remove this browser hijacker, you should read the article carefully.

Threat Summary

Name StartSearch.org
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Browser programs on your computer device could be affected. The hijacker redirects you and can show you sponsored advertising content.
Symptoms The start page, search engine and new tab setting will be switched. You will get redirected from the search results each time you do a search, interact with a search bar or open a new tab.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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StartSearch.org – Distribution Ways

StartSearch.org can be distributed in a few different ways. One of them is through third-party installations of bundle applications and freeware. These installer setups might have been set by default to put additional components on your computer system. Without your awareness, the hijacker can secretly modify specific settings until you notice them. To prevent setups such as these, is manageable if you find Custom or Advanced settings. From them, you should be able to deselect unwanted content.

Another distribution way could utilize a browser add-on, extension or plug-in, and put it in your browsers. Distribution is also possible via banners, pop-unders, pop-ups and other advertisement types. This hijacker redirect might be spread by redirect links of other websites. Websites like those could be partnered or affiliated with StartSearch.org. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

StartSearch.org – Technical Information

StartSearch.org is the primary website page for a search engine. That same page will be placed as your default start page, new tab setting and search service. You can view how the page looks from the picture displayed down here:

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The StartSearch.org page is made of a blank white background image, a search bar with a logo and name of the site and some buttons underneath. The buttons are in the form of big squares and host redirect links to famous websites – YouTube, Yahoo, eBay, Facebook, Amazon, AliExpress, Pinterest, and Instagram. There are also links providing contact details and one to the Privacy Policy or the service. That page replaces your default homepage, search engine, and new tab setting for the browser apps on your computer device.

In the screenshot below this paragraph, you can see an example of a search results page of StartSearch.org. No redirects happen, neither the URL address changes, but the results look almost exactly like those of Google’s search engine. Advertisements and targeted content appear inside the search results as it is evident in the picture.

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Each one of your search queries will be filtered by the StartSearch.org search. Everything you input in whatever search bar of the service is going to be obtained and sent to servers of the website creators. Be wary if you are using the search or do not use it at all. It will invade your privacy and can track your browsing activity.

You should be careful with the information you provide on this service. Do not give out any account information, credentials, banking data or personal details. In-text links or additional redirect ones can be generated when you browse the internet. Information may also be acquired from the website through the aid of cookies as well as more related technologies. Read on to find out what the StartSearch.org website collects as data.

StartSearch.org – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the StartSearch.org is short but gives some insight about the intrusion of your privacy. Both personally and non-personally identifying information will be collected. In the policy, it is written that no personal information is automatically gathered unless you provide it, but this statement is contradictory as it also says that your IP address is collected upon visiting the site.

You can see the Privacy Policy in the image below:

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Site owners state that their site automatically collects this information:
  • Your IP address
  • Browser type
  • Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Cookie information
  • Webpage that you visit
  • E-mail addresses
  • Any information you personally provide

In the Policy, it is also stated that cookies are being used to gather further data which is statistical. Alas, there are also cookies which can obtain personally identifiable information as well. And at the end of the said Policy is it clearly written that in the event of a merger or a sale of the company, all personal information will be provided as an asset and a marketing strategy in such an event. So, be very careful in how you interact with the site and what you do on sites it lands you on.

If you dislike how your privacy is being invaded and all contradictory statements in the policy, then you should remove the browser hijacker and all of its related components.

Remove StartSearch.org from Your PC

To remove StartSearch.org manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove StartSearch.org from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove StartSearch.org

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall StartSearch.org 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by StartSearch.org on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by StartSearch.org there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for StartSearch.org with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of StartSearch.org from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall StartSearch.org and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to StartSearch.org:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to StartSearch.org. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to StartSearch.org. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 StartSearch.org 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as StartSearch.org. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove StartSearch.org files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as StartSearch.org, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for StartSearch.org:


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Remove StartSearch.org 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.


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Erase StartSearch.org 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.



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Uninstall StartSearch.org 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.



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Remove StartSearch.org 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the StartSearch.org will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate StartSearch.org 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.


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