How to remove Wowstart.online Browser Hijacker
What is Wowstart.online:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
If your computer browsers have started using Wowstart.online instead of your default search engine, without asking your for permission or any consent, then most likely your PC was recently been infected by a malware, capable of taking over browsers’ settings without asking for permission or any user consent. Moreover, it appears that the Wowstart.online browser hijacker could regenerate itself by hijacking browsers over and over again, rendering the regular removal and uninstall procedures useless. Once the malware infection gets active on the victim’s computer, the Wowstart.online will start modifying windows registry database and browser settings to set itself as default home page and default search engine. So next time when the victim performs a web search, the infected browsers will start showing compromised and/or manipulated search results from http://Wowstart.online full of sponsor ads and other 3rd party ads. Our security department strongly recommends you to avoid any suggestions by SafestSearches.com, however if your PC has already been infected by the browser hijacker, then you should scan your system for malware, using an up-to-date, reliable & reputable anti-malware software solution, just like the SpyHunter 4. After performing conducting multiple tests, our malware researchers concluded that the Wowstart.online browser hijacker works fine with all the well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Usually, Wowstart.online comes packed with other free software products and is getting installed by default, when the user accepts the bundle EULA. The possible distribution of the Wowstart.online browser hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, torrents, other free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc.
Wowstart.online redirect hijacker would fill-up your screen with unwanted advertising, which are trying to attract more and more users to the advertised webpages, in order to generate more income from the online traffic. Wowstart.online may collect various private browsing data like login names, passwords and/or other private sensitive information, which then would be either sold or shared with other third-party companies, which then could use the collected private data for their own marketing purposes. That is why this infection should not being left unattended, and it needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to your online security and identity.
!!! 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!!!
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 Wowstart.online Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Wowstart.online 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 Wowstart.online Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Wowstart.online hijacker manually. However, you should proceed at your own risk. Any of these interventions might render your system inoperable!!! Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Wowstart.online 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 Wowstart.online, OurWebSearch.com, 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-ups & 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, Space Sound Pro, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, BrowseAir, BetterSurf, PassShow, Couponpeak or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, nevertheless we strongly recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got infected with this malware! If you find such installations, just right-click 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 Wowstart.online 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 on the Firefox Main Menu Icon (3 horizontal lines), then at the bottom go over to the Help sub-menu (a question mark ?) and click on Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that will now appear.
4. Firefox will close and reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that has being imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by Wowstart.online in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Wowstart.online might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Wowstart.online`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Wowstart.online 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 Wowstart.online by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named Wowstart.online in: