The article will help you to remove StartSearch.co effectively. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions at the end of this article.
StartSearch.co is the main Web address of a search engine for the browser hijacker redirect of the same name. You could get redirected to pages with loads of advertisements or sponsored content that go through the redirect. The StartSearch browser hijacker will switch the main page, new tab, and search engine for every browser program you have installed on your computer system.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Every browser application which is on your computer will get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you lots of advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings that get changed are the start page, search engine and the new tab page.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by StartSearch.co |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss StartSearch.co.|
StartSearch.co – Ways of Distribution
StartSearch.co could be distributed with various methods, the most effective of which is via third-party installation setups. Such installers usually come from bundled applications and freeware that is packed with additional features, set to be installed with some other software. The unpacking of anything additive could occur without any prior notification. You could have installed a media player or some other free program and got your browser settings altered from this hijacker. To prevent unwanted programs from affecting your PC is possible if you find Custom or Advanced settings. There you should have an option to deselect any additional features and software from being added.
StartSearch.co could be distributed with other methods, like add-ons or extensions added to your browser. Other delivery methods may include advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders and redirect links. Sponsored adverts, including targeted content on suspicious websites could also deliver the hijacker. These websites could also be partnered up or affiliated with the StartSearch.co services and website. Browsers which could get affected are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari.
StartSearch.co – More Information
The StartSearch.co URL address is the primary one for the browser hijacker that is named StartSearch. You will be redirected when you are using its services, if you click on links provided by it, and from adverts and pages hosted by its search engine. The main page can be seen from the screenshot right here:
The StartSearch.co browser hijacker can redirect you if you are using its services and interact with whatever links, adverts and other forms of content pushed from its search pages. In case you are indeed using its search engine to browse the Internet, you will get redirected to its search results page.
Be aware that every search that you do on its pages will be sending information to servers related to this StartSearch.co hijacker redirect. The pages displayed in the above and bottom images replace the homepage, new tab and default search engine for every browser that you own.
The screenshot that is shown underneath this paragraph depicts what is the result when you try to make a search query in the StartSearch.co search bar. It redirects you to a search page which is related to the hijacker. Every query in the search will be filtered and sent to servers connected to this hijacker. Thus, everything that you give out as information will be obtained data by the browser hijacker in question. Here is an example of the search results:
In case another search engine loads rather than the one of the hijacker, the website could push even more advertisements and redirects that can place browser cookies on your computer machine, and they can track your online habits. More advanced tracking technologies could also be in play. Be careful of what information you provide on such search pages, especially on ones, associated with StartSearch.co. Refrain from clicking on suspicious advertisements, nor links that are displayed by this service.
The following information can be acquired from you, according to the Policy:
- Your name
- Your email address
- Your IP addresses
- Demographic information
- Information you voluntarily provide
Browser cookies are also dropped by the website and services of StartSearch.co and will collect more information related to your internet activity. StartSearch.co service collects your IP addresses and could identify you in other ways.
In conclusion, you should be wary of what information you provide to search engines and websites, and also, in the case you do not like personal information to be acquired from you by this browser hijacker, you should remove it.
Remove StartSearch.co Completely
To remove StartSearch.co 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.