The article will help you remove StartPage.pro totally. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions given at the bottom of this article.
StartPage.pro is a browser hijacker redirect. Associated with the WebStart.me platform, this website can redirect you to it as well as well-known search engines such as DuckDuckGo. When using its services, you can land on pages with a lot of advertisements and sponsored content that go through this hijacker. StartPage.pro will modify your browsers’ start page, new tab, and search settings.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Every browser application on your computer might get affected. The hijacker will redirect you and show a lot of advertisements and sponsored content.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which will get changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by StartPage.pro |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss StartPage.pro.|
StartPage.pro – Methods of Distribution
StartPage.pro can be distributed through various methods. One of these methods is via third-party installations. These installer setups come from bundled apps and freeware that might be set to install additive content on your computer machine. Usually, that could happen without any prior notification. You might have tried installing a video player or free software and got your browser settings altered by this hijacker. Avoiding unwanted programs from affecting your computer is possible if you find Custom or Advanced settings to change things from and deselect what you do not want.
StartPage.pro might be distributed with other methods, like add-ons or browser extensions which install on your browser. Other distribution ways use advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, and redirect links. Sponsored advertisements, including targeted content on suspicious websites could distribute the hijacker, as well. Those websites could also be partnered or affiliated with the StartPage.pro website and services. Browsers which are affected the most: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
StartPage.pro – Technical Information
StartPage.pro is the main Web address of a browser hijacker redirect. You will get redirected when you are using its services – from links, ads or pages that may load from its search results. The main page can be seen in the screenshot given down here:
The StartPage.pro browser hijacker will redirect you everytime you use its services or interact with hyperlinks, ads and similar content found on its search pages. In case you are using its search to browse the Web, you will be redirected to its search results page or a popular search engine.
Take note that every search query that you make on its pages will be sending information to servers associated with the StartPage.pro hijacker in question. The pages displayed in the above and bottom screenshots can replace the homepage, new tab and default search settings of each browser that you have installed on your computer.
The photo that you see under this paragraph shows a clear example of what the results of a search query look like when they go through the StartPage.pro. The DuckDuckGo search engine is used, but it could just as easily have been “WebStart.me”. Every query in the search will be filtered and sent to servers connected to the hijacker. Thus, everything that you provide as information will be obtained by the browser hijacker developers and their affiliates.
StartPage.pro can push advertisements and heaps of redirects that can put browser cookies on your computer device, and they can track your online habits. More advanced tracking technologies could be in play, as well. Be careful of the information you give out on such search pages, especially on those, associated with StartPage.pro. Refrain from clicking on dubious advertisements and links that can get displayed.
You can see the Policy page from the snapshot right here:
The following information can be collected by the hijacker:
- Your name
- Email address
- Cookies and related Data
- Demographic Data
- Site Usage Data (Clicks, interaction with ads etc)
- Other Information (obtained via surveys etc.)
All cookies related to the browser hijacking site and services of StartPage.pro are dropped to acquire more information related to your internet habits and activity. The WebStart.me service could also collect similar data with which you could be personally identified.
In conclusion, you should be wary of any information you provide to such search engines and websites. If you do not like the idea of information to be obtained about you and your Internet activity by this browser hijacker and similar services, you should consider removing them.
Remove StartPage.pro Redirect
To remove StartPage.pro 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 redirect 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.