Also Known As: Startpins Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Low
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Startpins.com - how to remove browser redirects to this website?
What is Startpins.com?
The Startpins.com website enables computer users to share their favourite images and websites. By browsing various categories, you are able to discover other users' favourites and comment on 'pinned' images or websites. Although the startpins.com website is not technically a virus or malware, recent user complaints state that their browsers redirect to this website without consent, thus relating it to a malware or Trojan infection. Furthermore, this website displays a search bar, and whilst the organic search results seem legitimate, the sponsored ones are often unrelated to the original search query and may lead to the installation of malware or other unwanted software.
The facility to enhance browsers (by enabling the saving and sharing of images and websites) might seem useful, however, enforcing the use of a specific search engine is deceptive. When examining user complaints relating to startpins.com, it is clear that this website is promoted by free software that computer users download from Internet.
Your default homepage can inadvertently be changed to the Startpins.com website whilst installing free software from the Internet. Some software developers use these methods to monetize their free software. Computer users should closely inspect each installation window of free programs that they install. Redirect problems such as these can be avoided simply by unchecking several options within the installation windows. If your Internet browsers are redirecting to this website, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this redirect.
- What is Startpins.com?
- STEP 1. Remove Startpins.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 2. Remove Startpins.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove Startpins.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Startpins.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".
In the uninstall programs window: look for “Search module”, select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Step1: To remove Startpins.com redirect scan your computer with legitimate antispyware programs. Recommended malware removal software.
Step 2: Browser redirects can be a consequence of modified system Hosts file. The Hosts file is used to resolve canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious sites, despite seeing legitimate URLs in address bar. It is difficult to determine sites are genuine when the Hosts file is modified. To fix this, please download the Microsoft Fix It tool, that restores your Hosts file to the Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:
Remove Startpins.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Check for Startpins.com related extensions: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Startpins.com related entries and disable them.
To change your homepage from Startpins.comt to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Startpins.comt and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the startpins.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Startpins.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate entries related to Startpins.com select them and click on the trash can icon.
To change your homepage from Startpins.com to your preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over the unwanted URL and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the startpins.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Startpins.com redirect from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable any entries related to Startpins.com.
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window, remove Startpins.com and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with startpins.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window, click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Startpins.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Startpins.com Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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