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Start.prss.to Redirect Removal

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Start.prss.to is a webpage which serves as a browser redirect. You may be redirected to it from the Web, or you might have your browsers hijacked. Settings which the hijacker can change include the search engine, new tab setting and start page of all your browser applications. Searches done from the site’s default search will redirect you. You can see advertisements and sponsored content on the main page of the website.

To remove the hijacker and redirect you should read the article to the end.

Threat Summary

NameStart.prss.to
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionBrowser software on your computer system may be affected. The hijacker redirects you and can show you advertisements and sponsored content.
SymptomsThe homepage, the search engine and the new tab will be switched. A browser extension is not excluded to be added as well.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Start.prss.to – Delivery Methods

Start.prss.to can be delivered using different methods. One of them is through third-party install setups of bundled programs and freeware. Such installers can be set by default to put additional components onto your computer, which may not be disclosed. Without knowing that, the hijacker could have tampered with several settings. Preventing these types of installations from happening is possible. You simply have to find Custom or Advanced options to deselect unwanted components.

A similar delivery method could involve a browser extension, plug-in or an add-on, which is to be placed inside your browser applications. Another way of delivery could utilize advertisements, such as banners or pop-ups. The hijacker could be delivered with redirect links generated on other websites. These websites could be partnered with Start.prss.to. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

Start.prss.to – Description

Prss.to is the primary domain for a search engine. That search engine is not reputable and will set the Start.prss.to page as your homepage, new tab setting and default search. From the screenshot shown below you can view the main page:

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The Start.prss.to page is composed of a blank background, a search bar and content on the bottom of the page. That content is sponsored and can include various advertisements. The links to the Privacy Policy and End User License Agreement of the service are hidden in a drop down menu at the top right of the page. The same page will replace the default search engine, homepage, and new tab setting of browsers found on your computer device.

In the picture shown below this paragraph, you can see the results of a search conducted on the Start.prss.to website. As many other browser hijacker programs, you will get redirected to the search results page of a legitimate search engine. As seen in the picture, here you are redirected to the US version of Yahoo. You could see targeted advertisements popping up because of the application that hijacked your browsers. Your search queries get filtered by this hijacker. All information going through will be gathered and sent to servers owned by the website creators.

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Pay more attention to what kind of information you type and where you type it. There might be in-text links and additional redirects generated while you browse. Some information that is obtained by the site can be gathered with the help of cookies and other tracking technologies, as well. Refrain from providing any information which can personally identify you. Continue to read and find out what information the site Start.prss.to collects from you.

Start.prss.to – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the Start.prss.to is present on the site and is quite descriptive. If you read it, you will find out about how the services of the site may intrude your privacy. According to this policy, personal, anonymous and other types of information can be acquired.

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The site owners may collect the following types of information:

Personal Information:
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Information you provided in public forums
  • Information you provided in social networks
  • Information you provided the site owners
  • Your device identifier
  • Your device IP address
Anonymous Information:
  • The number of page views
  • Link clicks
  • Login times
Automatically Captured Information:
  • Your IP address
  • Your browser type
  • Your language
Information obtained by Cookies:
  • Your online activity in the Site
  • The pages you visit
  • The links you click
  • Actions you take within the Site

All information collected from you may be sent to business partners of the Start.prss.to site. Read more in the quote below:

We may allow third-parties, including our authorized service providers, parent and subsidiary companies, affiliates, advertising companies, and ad networks, to display advertisements or place ad tags or beacons on or via our Site. These companies may use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to collect information about users who view or interact with their advertisements.

The Policy of Start.prss.to also states that cookies, Web beacons and other similar technologies might be used for tracking.

Remove Start.prss.to Fully from Your PC

To remove Start.prss.to 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 safe in the future.

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How to Remove Start.prss.to from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Start.prss.to

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to:

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 Start.prss.to. 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 Start.prss.to. 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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to. 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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to 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 Start.prss.to 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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