Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
MyStart.com redirect removal instructions
MyStart toolbar is a browser add-on developed by Visicom Media. This browser toolbar can be downloaded from it's homepage; however, most commonly it comes bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. At the time of research this potentially unwanted application was also being bundled with fake downloads - Java, Flash and browser updates. Such deceptive software marketing method is called bundling. When installed on user's computer this toolbar will set user's Internet browsers homepage and default search engine mystart.com On it's own this website is not related to malware or virus infections; however, creators of this toolbar have full control over the Internet users who have installed their toolbar and thus they could redirect users to some malicious website at any time.
While bundling is a legal marketing method, most commonly computer users install this toolbar without their consent. To avoid installing unwanted toolbars and plug-ins computer users should closely inspect every download step of free software. Freeware developers are commonly bundling their programs with browser toolbars and add-ons to monetize their free software. The main revenue source of MyStart.com and other similar websites comes from sponsored search results that are shown when users search the Internet. MyStart toolbar is not a virus or malware, however it's a potentially unwanted application that doesn't add any significant value and slows down Internet browsers; it's recommended to eliminate this adware from one's Internet browsers.
This toolbar is similar to other browser settings altering adware which installs together with free software, for example Babylon toolbar, Delta Search toolbar and FindWide toolbar. MyStart toolbar has various shortcuts to social networks, games and coupon deals. While such shortcuts may seem useful in reality they don't add any real value and on the down side, using them (particularly online games shortcut) may lead to installation of additional adware. The search bar that is presented in MyStart.com uses Yahoo search engine and using it shouldn't lead to computer security infections. If you have installed MyStart toolbar yourself you don't need to follow any removal steps, however, if you feel that your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox) redirect you to mystart.com without your consent you can use the provided removal information and 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 program that causes browser redirects to mystart.com website, scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all the entries that this program detects to make sure 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 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 every 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 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 having problems with redirects to mystart.com, you can 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 on "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 on "Advanced " tab, then click Reset.
Remove MyStart.com from Google Chrome:
Click on bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "New Tab Search" select this entry and click on a trash can icon.
Click on 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 "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...," remove "Search The Web" and add or select your preferred.
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 every 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 having problems with redirects to mystart.com, you can reset you 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 on "Reset Firefox" button.