MyStart.com Redirect

Also Known As: MyStart toolbar
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

MyStart.com redirect removal instructions

What is MyStart.com?

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.

mystart.com browser hijacker

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.

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Quick menu:

Mystart.com toolbar removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

mystart.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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.


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Mystart.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser plugins:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Mystart.com from Internet Explorer extensions

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "MyStart Toolbar", select this entry and click "Remove".

Change homepage:

Removing mystart.com from Internet Explorer homepage

 

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.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:

Removing mystart.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

 

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer 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".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mystart toolbar, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing mystart.com from Google Chrome extensions

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.

Change homepage:

Removing mystart.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.mystart.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

Removing mystart.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Search The Web" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mystart toolbar, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing mystart.com from Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "MyStart Toolbar".

Change homepage:

Removing mystart.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.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.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with mystart toolbar removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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