MyStartSearch.com Redirect

Also Known As: MyStartSearch.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to eliminate browser redirects to mystartsearch.com?

What is mystartsearch.com?

Mystartsearch.com is a popular website, which can be used as a start-page for your Internet browser. This site presents users with a search bar and links to popular websites and social networks. Mystartsearch.com is a legitimate website and not related to computer viruses or malware, however, the owners of this website employ deceptive promotion techniques to attract web traffic. Commonly, redirects to mystartsearch.com are a consequence of computer users installing various add-ons, toolbars, and plug-ins to their Internet browsers. Browser add-ons that redirect computer users to various websites are distributed using free software downloaded from the Internet. Bundling browser add-ons with free software is a common technique used by developers to monetize their products. Always check each installation window of free software downloads, unchecking any options related to Internet browser homepage or default search engine modification.

mystartsearch.com redirect

Recently, redirects to mystartsearch.com were caused by installation of Foxit reader and other popular free software (VLC, Java, Flash Player, etc.). Note that the developers of these free programs have no connection with mystartsearch.com - redirections to this website are caused by deceptive freeware 'download clients' and 'installers', which bundle these free programs with the mystartsearch.com browser hijacker. The search bar used within the mystartsearch.com website is a customized Google search engine - each time a user clicks on the sponsored links, revenue is generated and shared with the search engine and website referring the traffic. At time of testing, this website posed no direct malware threats, however, this situation can easily change, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate any unwanted browser redirects from your computer as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
NameMyStartSearch.com browser hijacker
Threat TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
SymptomsManipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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The mystartsearch.com browser hijacker is identical to previous variants that redirected Internet users to istart123.com, istartsurf.com, qone8.com, v9.com, awesomehp.com, sweet-page.com, and webssearches.com To avoid installation of browser settings-changing adware such as this, express caution when downloading free software, since today, most freeware download websites employ deceptive download clients in attempts to trick users into installing advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. In most cases, advertised browser extensions add no real value, and moreover, cause browser redirects and generate intrusive ads. When downloading free programs, closely inspect each download step and decline installation of any promoted browser plug-ins. When installing downloaded freeware, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled adware listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you experience browser redirects to the mystartsearch.com website, use this removal guide to eliminate the mystartsearch browser hijacker from your Internet browsers.

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MyStartSearch.com browser hijacker employs "Search Protect" application to block user attempts of changing browsers homepage and default search engine:

mystartsearch.com search protect app

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Quick menu:

Mystartsearch.com redirect 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.

mystartsearch.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed potentially unwanted applications (for example: "WPM18.8.0.212", "Wsys Control 10.2.1.2634", and "mystartsearch uninstall"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to the mystartsearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

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

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Remove mystartsearch.com related Internet Explorer add-ons:

Removing mystartsearch.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select such entries and click "Remove".

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

Removing mystartsearch.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.mystartsearch.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

Removing mystartsearch.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing mystartsearch.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click 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.mystartsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing mystartsearch.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click 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, then remove "mystartsearch".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mystartsearch.com browser hijacker, 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:

Remove mystartsearch.com related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing mystartsearch.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious add-ons ("Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab" or "Quick Start"), select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

Removing mystartsearch.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.mystartsearch.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Removing mystartsearch.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing mystartsearch.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 the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.mystartsearch.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing mystartsearch.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 "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "mystartsearch" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mystartsearch.com browser hijacker, 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:

Remove mystartsearch.com related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Removing mystartsearch.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins ("Fast Start").

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

Removing mystartsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.mystartsearch.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Removing mystartsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing mystartsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click 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.mystartsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

Removing mystartsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "mystartsearch"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with mystartsearch.com browser hijacker 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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove mystartsearch.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
If you have additional information on mystartsearch.com browser hijacker or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

A. Jhalani

Is there any organisation where I can make a complaint against sites like mystartsearch[.]com
Very annoying and never come to know and how it's installed on your computer!??

Relieved

I wasn't even aware of most of mystartseach occurences in my computer. Than you very much!

Abdul Basith

Thank you so much.......excellent article in such a detailed manner...finally removed that crap for which I've been searching through my list of software installed; tried c cleaner ..nothing worked...but now I'm happyyy.Thanks :) :)

Parth Khurana

Amazing really. Solved the problem in minutes. Had been working on the solution for hours. Whoever you are, love from India.

MsDragon

Thank you! This is the most useful article I found on removing the irritating "mystartsearch"! I've been trying to remove it for weeks. The step that worked was removing the extension added in the "Target" field under IE Properties. Thanks again :)

Kof

This step by step and comprehensive advice proved very helpful. Thank you

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