Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
MyStart.com redirect removal instructions
The MyStart toolbar browser add-on is developed by Visicom Media. This browser toolbar can be downloaded from its homepage, however, it is often 'bundled' with free software downloaded from the Internet. At time of research, this potentially unwanted application was also bundled with fake downloads such as Java, Flash, and browser updates. Bundling in this manner is a commonly-used and deceptive software marketing method. When installed on users' computers, this toolbar assigns the browser homepage and default search engine settings to mystart.com This website alone is not related to malware or virus infections, however, creators of this toolbar have full control over the software, and thus, are capable of redirecting users to malicious websites at any time.
Whilst bundling is a legal marketing method, users commonly install this toolbar inadvertently without their consent. To avoid installing unwanted toolbars and plug-ins, closely inspect each download step of free software, since freeware developers often bundle their programs with browser toolbars and add-ons in order to monetize their free software. The main revenue source of MyStart.com, and other similar websites, is sponsored search results displayed when users search the Internet. MyStart toolbar is not a virus or malware, however, it is a potentially unwanted application that adds no significant value and diminishes Internet browser performance. Therefore, you are advised to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.
This toolbar is similar to other browser settings-changing adware (which installs together with free software) including, for example, Babylon toolbar, Delta Search toolbar, and FindWide toolbar. MyStart toolbar employs various shortcuts to social networks, games, and coupon deals. While such shortcuts may seem useful, in fact they add no real value and on the downside, their use (particularly online games shortcuts) may lead to installation of additional adware. The search bar presented by MyStart.com employs the Yahoo! search engine and using this should not lead to computer security infections. If you have willingly installed MyStart toolbar, you need take no further action, however, if you feel that your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox) redirect to mystart.com without your consent, use the removal information provided to eliminate this adware from your computer.
Mystart.com virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click at the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "MyStart Toolbar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (that cause browser redirects to the mystart.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Mystart.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser plugins:
Remove MyStart.com from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "MyStart Toolbar", select this entry and click "Remove".
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove mystart.com and enter your preferred domain that will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Search The Web".
If you continue to have problems with redirects to mystart.com, 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.
Remove MyStart.com from Google Chrome:
Click the bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "New Tab Search", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
Click the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over mystart.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Search The Web" and add or select your preferred domain.
Remove MyStart.com from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "MyStart Toolbar".
To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove mystart.com and enter your preferred domain that will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "mystart.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to mystart.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" 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 MyStart.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of MyStart.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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove MyStart.com Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.