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TrustedStart.net is the main Web domain for a browser hijacker. The hijacker will redirect you from every search bar, and button found on its page. Each search query you make will land you on the search results of the Plus! Network search page. TrustedStart.net can change the new tab, homepage and search engine of every browser you use. A browser extension could be installed, too. To remove this hijacker and all its files, you should read the article in full.

Threat Summary

NameTrustedStart.net
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionAll browsers on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter all of your search queries.
SymptomsBrowser settings which can be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab. Browser extensions could be added, too. You could see sponsored results and advertising content.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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TrustedStart.net – Methods of Delivery

TrustedStart.net might use various methods for delivery. Тhird-party installations might prove to be the main method of delivery. The unwanted software can penetrate your computer’s defenses without your awareness. Bundle applications and freeware can inject the hijacker on your computer. Setups like these can be set by default to install extra components. More settings could get altered before you notice the changes in your browser or personal computer. Preventing such installations from tampering with your settings is doable if you find Custom or Advanced settings inside the install setup.

TrustedStart.net could utilize additional methods to put its search engine in your browsers. Advertisements for it could be spread around websites as banners, pop-ups and similar ad types. The hijacker could be delivered with the aid of dubious websites hosting redirecting links. Websites such as these could be in a partnership or an affiliate program with TrustedStart.net. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

TrustedStart.net – A Closer Look

TrustedStart.net is the web address of a browser hijacker. The hijacker redirects you to the Plus! Network hijacker from its main page or searches. You can see exactly how the Web address looks in the below screenshot:

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The TrustedStart.net main website page consists of a search bar and several buttons right under it, which should lead to the primary URLs of well-known social media sites. For some of the buttons there, it is quite the opposite – they lead to sponsored content or a modified link of some of the websites through the redirects. The TrustedStart.net page will serve as a replacement for the default search engine of your browser applications, including their new tab and home page. Some browser preferences could be changed, as well. An extension for every browser might be installed too.

If an application related to TrustedStart.net is found inside your computer device or browser programs, then you will certainly see changes in your settings. Software which does that can enter your computer with bundled applications. Plugins, add-ons, and extensions, along with more components, can generate advertisements and spread redirecting links. All redirects can land you on unknown websites or ones with sponsored content. The owners of third-party sites could be affiliated with TrustedStart.net.

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From the snapshot displayed up here, you can see the search results page of TrustedStart.net. As seen above, you get redirected to the search results of Plus! Network. Other search engines might show up in the future, as well. TrustedStart.net obtains information about you and browsing habits from the search queries you make, and that data goes through the servers of the Plus! Network hijacker.

Probable affiliates, both search engines are in some way connected. Every bit of information gained from your search questions will be sent to them. Be wary with the choices you make on their sites, and what information you give in search bars if you choose to surf the Internet from those websites. Do not provide any personal data, such as credential details and the like. Read further to see what information could be acquired from you by TrustedStart.net.

TrustedStart.net – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the TrustedStart.net is not present, so the Privacy of Plus network is the one that definitely applies in this situation. Its policy is quite short. Reading it reveals that you do not need to provide information to use this website, but from your mere usage of it, the website will obtain information about you. Although, nothing specific is given about the data collection. Third parties which are affiliates or partners of the Plus! Network will have access to some of the acquired data.

From the picture below, you can see the Privacy Policy page:

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By using the TrustedStart.net website, services or software related to it will be considered as you have given your approval for the collecting of information that is personally identifying. The Privacy Policy also says that its page will be updated in the event of change. Browser cookies are used for gathering parts of the information, too.

Remove TrustedStart.net Completely

To remove TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove TrustedStart.net

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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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall TrustedStart.net and remove related files and objects

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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 TrustedStart.net:

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 TrustedStart.net. 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 TrustedStart.net. 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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net. 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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net 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 TrustedStart.net 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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