How to remove Searchstart.ru Browser Hijacker
What is Searchstart.ru:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
Searchstart.ru is a bogus website, that pretends to be a regular search engine, however after performing some tests our security consultants are pretty sure that it should be classified as a browser hijacker. If your web browser start using Searchstart.ru as your default search engine or homepage, we strongly advise you to consider your system infected by a dangerous malware. In order to clean your system, we recommend running a full system malware scan, using an up-to-date, reputable and reliable anti-malware program like the award-winning SpyHunter 4. Our security analysts found out that Searchstart.ru is a very dangerous browser hijacker, capable of taking over your web browser search settings and/or new tab homepage settings without user’s knowledge or permission. The browser hijacker has been distributed using some suspicious and even dangerous software bundles, configured to install some adware, spyware or fake antivirus or optimization tools by using silent or stealth installation procedure. Our security department strongly recommends you to avoid any search results suggestions by Searchstart.ru, which should be considered also compromised and will be most likely full of SPAM or other 3rd party ads. All the reputable anti-malware software researchers concluded that the Searchstart.ru hijacker is capable of showing compromised web search results, showing search results full of sponsor ads/links and 3rd party advertising.
Usually, Searchstart.ru hijacker comes packed with some popular free software applications and is being installed by default, while the victim performs an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the Searchstart.ru browser hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, popular free software products, infected e-mail attachments, unintentional clicks on ads or banners etc.
Searchstart.ru could (and most likely it would) fill up your entire desktop screen with suspicious, questionable and unwanted ads, that could lead to other much more dangerous malware infections – like ransomware, cryptoviruses, fake anti-malware programs or computer lockdown infections. You should also know and be aware that the Searchstart.ru hijacker would monitor your browsing activity like searching, browsing history, session ids, tracking cookies, account credentials and even local usernames and/or passwords entries. The collected data will later be sold/shared to/with other 3rd party companies for marketing purposes. That’s why this malware infection shouldn’t be left unattended, and needs to be terminated asap, as it presents a very real and serious threat to your online identity and safety.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of important data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Searchstart.ru Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Searchstart.ru and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You will find the SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive free professional help with any malware related issue by an experienced professional.
Manual Searchstart.ru Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Searchstart.ru browser hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Searchstart.ru Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Searchstart.ru, Hohosearch.com, OurWebSearch.com, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, MPC Cleaner, Liveadexchanger.com, Searchguide.level3.com, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net, SafeSurfs.com, Search.MyClassifiedsXP.com, Search.Instantemail.com, Search.Yourcurrentnewsnow.com, Pesquisa.ninja, iLivid, Z.moatads.com, ViceIce.com, Esurf.biz, Search.kuklorest.com, SearchPile.com, Coupon Clear, StartNewTab.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects, NewPopTab.com Redirects & Pop-ups, Shopperz, MPC Cleaner, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com Hijacker, Magical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, Obrona Blockads, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, Space Sound Pro, DP1815, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, BrowseAir, BetterSurf, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, nevertheless We recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got malware infected or within the same week after that! If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Searchstart.ru from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart it in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by Searchstart.ru in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Searchstart.ru might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Searchstart.ru`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Searchstart.ru uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut’s target line.
4. Delete any folders related to Searchstart.ru by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named Searchstart.ru in: