MyStart toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to mystart.com?
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 that computer users download from the Internet. When installed on user's computer this toolbar will set your Internet browsers homepage to mystart.com the default search engine would be set to yahoo.com On it's own mystart.com website is not related to malware or virus infections, it's a legitimate website which is promoted using browser toolbars.
While such promotion technique is legal most commonly computer users installs this toolbar without their consent. To avoid installing unwanted toolbars and plug-ins computer users should closely look at every installation window of free software that they have downloaded from the Internet. Free software developers are commonly bundling their programs with browser toolbars and add-ons for monetization purposes. The main revenue source of MyStart and other similar toolbars comes from clicks on sponsored search results. Notice that MyStart toolbar is not a virus or malware and redirects to mystart.com is a direct consequence of browser toolbar installation.
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 to user's Internet browsing experience and on the down side using them (particularly online games shortcut) may lead to installation of additional unwanted software. 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 by yourself you don't need to follow any removal steps, however if you feel that your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox) redirects you to mystart.com without your consent you can use the provided removal information and eliminate such redirects.
MyStart toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "Anti-phishing Domain Advisor, MyStart Toolbar" select these entries and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Anti-phishing Domain Advisor, MyStart Toolbar" select these entries and click Remove.
After uninstalling MyStart Toolbar scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended anti-spyware software.
MyStart toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove MyStart Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Visicom Media Inc. related entries (MyStart Toolbar) and disable them. To change your homepage from mystart.com to your preferred: 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 which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove MyStart Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "MyStart Toolbar". To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove mystart.com and enter your preferred domain.