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SearchTechStart.com Redirect Removal

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SearchTechStart.com is the web domain for a browser hijacker redirect. When you make a search query, you get redirected to the search server of FindWide, which is another browser hijacker. Your searches will get filtered from it. SearchTechStart.com can switch the homepage, new tab and search engine of all browsers you have. To remove the hijacker and all of its files, you should read the article to the end.

Threat Summary

NameSearchTechStart.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionEvery browser on your computer can be affected. The hijacker redirects you and filters your searches.
SymptomsBrowser settings which are changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab. You might see sponsored content and advertisements when you are browsing.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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SearchTechStart.com – Methods of Delivery

SearchTechStart.com has more than one delivery method. Its software can penetrate your PC’s security with third-party installations. Software that comes in a bundle with others or such that is freeware can deliver the hijacker to your computer system. Setups like those mainly have additional components set for installing, by default. This hijacker can modify browser settings before you notice. To avoid installations of that sort can be done with you finding a Custom or an Advanced options menu inside the setup.

SearchTechStart.com might use more methods to deliver its search engine to your browser programs. Redirecting links and advertisements are both ways for delivering the unwanted software, especially if opened from dubious websites of low reputation. Banners, pop-ups and more types of adverts could be used, too. This hijacker can deliver itself with the help from websites that are affiliated or partnered up with SearchTechStart.com. The following browsers can get affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

SearchTechStart.com – Information

SearchTechStart.com is the primary domain for a browser hijacker redirect that has the same name – SearchTechStart. You can view the homepage of the hijacker in the picture shown down here:

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The SearchTechStart.com main web page is very simple, consisting of a plain white background, a search bar, logo with a magnifying glass above it and a few links to the “Privacy Policy” and “Terms and Conditions” sections of the website. That exact page will be in that place of your new tab page, home page and search engine for nearly all browsers you have on the affected computer. The hijacker can tamper with the preferences of your browsers, as well.

An extension which is tied to the hijacker might exist, plus more components residing on your computer machine that can spread redirects and advertisements. They could have the same browser hijacking capabilities or land you on suspicious websites or ones filled with sponsored third party content. The owners of such websites might be partnered up or affiliated with SearchTechStart.com.

In the image provided below this paragraph, you can see the search results of SearchTechStart.com. You will be redirected to the search results of Yahoo. Before ending up on that page, however, you will go through the servers of FindWide, which is another browser hijacker. This strategy of landing on a legitimate search engine’s result page is used by many hijackers, trying to get people’s trust.

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SearchTechStart.com can gather all types of information from you and your browsing habits, including the searches that you do. Servers of this hijacker and those of FindWide collect information mainly through those servers. You can read in depth about the Find Wide hijacker from the article on our blog.

You can see the redirect from the below snapshot:

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The search engine will get each bit of information that you input in your search queries. You should be wary in what you put as personal data in searches if you use the hijacker’s search engine. Do not provide any credentials, banking details, personally identifying data or anything of the sort. Continue to read and see what the privacy policy of FindWide and SearchTechStart.com state.

SearchTechStart.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the SearchTechStart.com site is not written but an image. You cannot search for text, copy anything or find things you search for easy. As search queries go via the Find Wide hijacker as well, that policy is also active. The SearchTechStart.com site obtains personally and non-personally identifying information. That information can be shared with third-party partners.

You can view the Privacy Policy from here:

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The SearchTechstart.com website gathers the following information:
  • IP address
  • Unique identifier number
  • Hardware and Software configuration
  • Operating System
  • Browser type
  • Your connected devices
  • Applications you use
  • Browsing activity and internet use
  • Capability and performance
  • Usage patterns
  • Demographics
  • Physical location
  • Interaction with displayed content such as ads, what you added to shopping carts
  • Search quires entered
  • Websites visited and pages viewed

If you use any services connected to SearchTechStart.com or FindWide.com, including applications associated with them, then by the Policy’s statement you are bound to give your consent for personal data collection. The policy states that the site uses cookies, Web and DOM storage data, Adobe Flash cookies, pixel tags, beacons, JavaScript and other tracking and data collection technologies.

Here is an important quote from the policy:

“This data is used, supplemented, sold, and shared with other parties for business purposes”

The FindWide.com website gathers the following information:
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your name
  • Technical information (not specified)

All of that data can be used interchangeably between the two websites, so beware of what your interactions are with both of them and refrain from providing any personal or banking information.

Remove SearchTechStart.com Fully

To remove SearchTechStart.com 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 secure in the future.

Manually delete SearchTechStart.com from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the SearchTechStart.com threat: Manual removal of SearchTechStart.com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1. Remove or Uninstall SearchTechStart.com in Windows
2. Remove SearchTechStart.com from Your Browser and Your Registry Editor

Automatically remove SearchTechStart.com by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove SearchTechStart.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool and back up your data
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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