How to remove Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects
What is Start.searchcontrolsettings.top:
Threat Classification: Adware
Our security experts have shown us multiple emails from various users, which were complaining by the Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects, that they were experiencing recently. Of course, this led to a closer review by our malware research team, which concluded, that the Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects are caused by an Adware infection, which has infiltrated multiple computers using some suspicious software bundles, which were set to use silent or stealth installation and modify several operating system and browser settings, which made the system recovery much harder.
Users that have an Adware infection on their computers might experience Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects which make web browsing almost impossible. The main goal of the adware responsible for these Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects is to generate a revenue for its developers by employing every available asset. Let’s take for example the irritating and intrusive web ads, shown on almost every web page, the user visits – these ads are sponsored ads, meaning that someone is paying to show these ads, which means that the adware will earn something when it shows the ad – and that is what the rogue browser extension is doing – it’s monetizing all the traffic it could hijack or redirect. One more thing – the majority of these web ads are provided by legitimate and respected marketing platforms, which unfortunately have been exploited by the adware developers, in order to generate a revenue.
The adware causing Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects is often bundled with several “Ad-supported” freeware products, which are being used to trick users into installing it. The rogue browser extensions are set to install by default, when the user accepts the Software Bundle’s EULA (end user license agreement) and the user doesn’t chose to proceed with the custom/expert install. That’s why our security consultants are always reminding to read careful what we agree with when installing some product on our personal machines and to always opt-out for a custom/expert installation and skip or deselect the unwanted or unknown software, which is set to automatically install. The possible distribution of the rogue software bundles, that are causing Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects varies, but is not limited to – third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects:
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).
Remove Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect the adware, generating Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to buy a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Read the SpyHunter description – SpyHunter and make sure to review the EULA (End User License Agreement). We always recommend to read & follow SpyHunter Installation Instructions. You’ll learn, that SpyHunter offers unlimited free scans for diagnosis usage, but if you want to use the thread removal feature, you will need to or purchase a subscription. An active subscription permits users to get an unlimited number of one-on-one support sessions either by phone or using remote connection for any malware related issue. The support session will be conducted by a highly trained support technician.
Remove Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove the Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects 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 highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For All users, (including novice), MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter4.
1. Remove Start.searchcontrolsettings.top 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 Start.searchcontrolsettings.top, ShowBox Ads, SearchGoFind.com, Search.searchquicks.com, YouSearch.io, Stoppblock.org, SockShare Ads, Findizer Ads, Social2Search, AppTrailers, Trotux.com, MySites123.com, MyBeginning123.com, Net Surf, Tools Plus, Navigate Pro, BeleelaShopperSearch.com, MyLuckyPage123.com, MyLuckySurfing.com, Search.newtab.online, Search.searchwatchytsn.com, Searchudak.com, 9o0gle.com, Datahub.serving-sys.com, Dashlane, SafeSurfs.com, Searchguide.level3.com, uStarts.xyz, Startab.me, Searchinme.com, Searchme.com, Ds.serving-sys.com, Cpmofferconvert.com, MPC Cleaner, Moonly.com, Play-bar.net, Traffic Junky, TheProfitsMaker.net, From Doc to PDF Toolbar, Ads by Mgid, Find Me Savings, USB Lock, Search Manager, GetsFormsOnline Toolbar, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Ludashi, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net, Syndication.exoclick.com or any other third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. You should also look for all kinds of suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it 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 Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects from the 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 to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then start again the IE 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 lower 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 lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), 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 imported information. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Check for arguments added by the adware causing the Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects in all web browser shortcuts:
The adware could also generate Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects by hijacking the web browser’s start page, which could be made, just by a simple web browser shortcut modification (usually done by adding the requested URL as an argument in order to be force-loaded immediately after initial start). The URL argument should look like (or is similar) to the line one below:
You can repair browser shortcuts manually by right-click it and select properties to make sure, that the target line contains only – “PATH-TO-BROWSER\browser.exe“.
4. Delete any files or folders related to the adware infection, responsible for Start.searchcontrolsettings.top Popup Ads & Redirects by checking the following locations: