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WebStarts.biz is the online domain for a browser hijacker redirect. This hijacker is closely associated with the Plus! Network and can redirect you from the primary web page, search bars or buttons. Every search that you do lands you on the Plus! Network search results page. WebStarts.biz can switch the new tab, homepage and search engine of whatever browser you have. Some browser extension might be installed, too. To remove this hijacker and all its files, you should read the article in full.

Threat Summary

NameWebStarts.biz
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionAll browsers on your computer might be affected. The hijacker will redirect you and filter all of your searches.
SymptomsBrowser settings which can be modified are the homepage, search engine and new tab. A browser extension could be added. You can see sponsored content and targeted advertising in the search results.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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WebStarts.biz – Distribution Methods

The WebStarts.biz hijacker might use various methods for distribution. Тhird-party installer setups form the most popular such method. The unwanted software could invade your computer system without you being aware of it. Bundled programs or freeware can put the hijacker in your computer machine. Setups such as that might be configured by default to install extra content. Different settings could be replaced in your browsers and computer before you realize. Preventing these types of installations from altering settings is doable if you find Custom or Advanced settings in the setup.

WebStarts.biz might use more methods to distribute its search engine to your browser applications. Adverts tied to it can be generated across websites in the shape of banners, pop-ups and similar ad types. This hijacker could be delivered with the help of websites which seem suspicious and host links that redirect. Websites like those could be affiliated or in a partnership with WebStarts.biz. The following browsers might be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

WebStarts.biz – More Information

WebStarts.biz is the online domain of a browser hijacker. It will redirect you to the search results page of the Plus! Network browser hijacker. The redirects could occur just by browsing the Internet and from the search page, search bars or buttons. You can view how the primary Web domain of the browser hijacker looks like from down here:

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The page located at https://webstarts.biz/ which is displayed above consists of just a search bar, a few buttons put under it. Those buttons redirect to one of the most famous marketing platforms and social media services. The buttons could lead to sponsored content where the URL of the official platform is modified. The WebStarts.biz web page replaces the default search engine for your browser programs, including their new tab and home page settings. Preferences of some browsers could also be changed. An extension related to the hijacker might be installed, as well.

In case you have any application connected to WebStarts.biz which resides on your computer device or browser software, you will eventually see your settings changed. Such applications usually enter your computer through bundled programs. Extensions, plugins, or add-ons, alongside more such components, might generate advertisements and use more redirect links. All redirects can land you on a suspicious website that is unknown to you or one that hosts sponsored content. Owners of such third-party websites might be in partnership with WebStarts.biz.

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From the picture shown above, you can view the search results page of WebStarts.biz. You should notice that you are redirected to the search results of the Plus! Network. That does not automatically exclude other platforms of the same cloth from appearing, too. WebStarts.biz gathers information from you along with your browsing activity, such as the search queries you make. Every little piece of information is sent to servers of the Plus! Network browser hijacker.

Being affiliated or partnered up, both of the search engines are somehow connected. All information acquired from your searches will be delivered the owners of the website. Be extra careful when clicking on links, and message boxes and with your searches. Do not provide information if you are using this search engine as a default one. Refrain from using search bars to enter personal information, like credential details, for example. Read below to see what information can be collected from you by WebStarts.biz.

WebStarts.biz – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the WebStarts.biz website is hidden or non-existent, and so only the policy of Plus Network will be active. That is so because that platform also filters your search queries. The policy on that page is so short that you can view it without scrolling. When you read it, you will find out that you are not required to provide any information to use the website. Regardless, the platform will collect information from you. No depth is provided about what information exactly will be collected. Third parties which are partners or somehow affiliated with the Plus! Network will have full access to most of the data which is gathered.

You can see the Privacy Policy page right here in the image:

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Using the WebStarts.biz website will be considered as your consent to the collecting of information. That also applies to using services, and applications related to the hijacker. The collected information is personally identifiable, and you are unaware what exactly might be acquired. Do not provide any information which is personally identifying you. The Privacy Policy continues to say that the page will get updated if some change happens. Browser cookies, plus more tracking technologies are used in the gathering of the information as well.

Remove WebStarts.biz Fully

To remove WebStarts.biz 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 all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove WebStarts.biz from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WebStarts.biz

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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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 WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall WebStarts.biz and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 WebStarts.biz:

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 WebStarts.biz. 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 WebStarts.biz. 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 WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz. 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 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.



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Remove WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz 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 WebStarts.biz 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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