MyStartSearch is a browser hijacker that is aimed to annoy the users and to change searching options of their browsers in order to increase the traffic and popularity of sponsored resources. If you notice that your default browser search is not Google (or any other that you prefer) and instead you see MyStartSearch or something similar to it be sure that your computer is affected with one of currently popular malicious software. I advice you to undertake all necessary measures to remove this stuff from your PC.
Generally MyStartSearch affects only most popular internet browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and IE, but, however, there are always exceptions so be vigilant if you use certain other web browser and don’t be much scared if you realize that your PC was affected as well by this browser hijacker.
Good question and I’m ready to answer. First you will find that your homepage was changed to mystartsearch without your solution. Then you will see that all your searches are redirected to MyStartSearch and all your search queries will be regularly forwarded via mystartsearch.net. That means that you will never find what you are looking for because all the queries will be changed and all the found pages won’t be relevant enough – most of them will be kinda advertising stuff.
MyStartSearch is usually installed with some other software that you previously download from the Internet. My advice is: never download anything from any suspicious websites and be on the peak of your attention when you install software on your PC. The reason to read everything during installation process is that usually users click on “NEXT” button without checking all the marked ticks in boxes. MyStartSearch.net may be one of those applications that are usually installed in this way.
There are two ways to remove annoying MyStartSearch completely and effectively. If you are an advanced user and strongly believe in yourself, you can try to follow our manual removal guide. It is much harder and takes your time, but you will be proud of feeling yourself a real security buddy. But to be honest it is not a trivial task, so if you don’t want to waste this beautiful day racking your brain, please take advantage of the automatic removal tool which we recommend for this adware effectively elimination.
MyStartSearch hijacker manual removal steps:
Step 1. Delete MyStartSearch from the system.
To delete MyStartSearch application from your PC, you should use “Uninstall the program” tool depending on your operation system.
Windows XP: Start —> Control Panel ––> Add/Remove Programs. Choose the “MyStartSearch” in the list of installed programs by a right-click and press “Remove”.
Windows 7: Start ––> Control Panel ––> Uninstall a program. Just the same actions: right-click on the “MyStartSearch” in a software list and press “Uninstall”.
Windows 8/8.1: Right-click on Start ––> Quick Access Menu ––> Control Panel ––> Uninstall a program. Choose a “MyStartSearch” among a listed here programs, right-click on it and then press “Uninstall”.
Step 2. Reset your browser settings.
It is necessary to reset browser settings after the deletion of the program from the list of software installed on your PC. For this, use the following tips depending on what browser are you currently using:
- Google Chrome Browser: Settings —> Show advanced settings. Click on “Reset settings” in the bottom of the page.
- Mozilla Firefox: press “Refresh Firefox” button in the right top corner.
- Opera: delete “Operapref.ini file” in folder “C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\” on your computer.
- Internet Explorer: Tools —> Internet options —> click on the “Advanced” button and then press “Reset”.
MyStartSearch automatic removal guide
If something went wrong or you just want to see the fast result, please use the help of professional malware eliminator – GridinSoft Trojan Killer. Moreover, even you have managed to remove MyStartSearch from your computer and browser, we recommend you to download this tool and use it as a free antimalware scanner to see whether any other malicious program has penetrated into your system.
Download free antimalware scanner:
After downloading is completed, please install it and run the full scan. Yeah, it will take a time, but security experts always recommend to choose a full scan as your first scan, especially if you suspect that your PC could be infected. Take a look at the screenshots below: it will help you understand what’s going on.
Step 1. Run a full scan of your system
…and go drink coffee until the end of it! 🙂
At the end of the scan, the program will offer you to move all malicious items to the quarantine. Just do it clicking on the “Apply” button and set your system free from the MyStartSearch infection!
Step 2. Reset your browser settings using an appropriate tool:
Check all browser boxes, which might be infected with the MyStartSearch, on a settings tab:
Then just press the “Reset” button. Voila! It is a good idea to restart your computer after all this manipulation and check if these annoying MyStartSearch ads leave you in peace:
Don’t hesitate to contact GridinSoft Trojan Killer developers if you have any problem regarding your system security – you can always reach them submitting a ticket.
Step 3. Celebrate your victory!
Either you choose the manual or the automatic removal solution, congratulations! You won this battle with unfair malware developers. Your computer is clean now, so you should be proud and do something nice for yourself as a gift. Foam bath or tickets for the game? It’s up to you! 😉