Remove Start-Search.com “Start Search” virus (Removal Guide)




Start-Search.com Start Search” is a Browser Hijacker from Pinwid ltd which hijacks your favorite browser and replace your default homepage and default search engine with Start-Search.com. Start Search is known to be bundled with free software and offered during the installation process.

It’s often the user itself which allowed the Start-Search.com homepage on their computer. When you install free software from for example; CNET, Download.com, Softonic look at what is offered during installation. The installation of free-software is build to trick you into installing bundled software.

It is advised to always read the End User License Agreements (EULA) or Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast through the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.




Remove Start-Search.com

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This is free removal guide to Remove Start-Search.com from your computer.

Follow all steps as described in this removal guide to remove Start-Search.com ads and all additional adware that may have been installed on your computer.
All the software that is offered in this removal guide is free and known to clean and optimize your computer.

Step 1 – Uninstall Malicious software from your computer

Step 2 – Remove the Malicious Extension from your browser

Step 3 – Remove Browser Hijack using AdwCleaner

Step 4 – Remove infected files using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Step 5 – Optional: Reset browser settings


Remove Malicious software from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7

  • Select Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Goto Programs
  • Select Uninstall a program

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Search for SnapDo, BeeCoupons, SavePass and click the Uninstall button

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* Basically search for any recent installed software you don’t know or trust.
If you want to easily find recent installed software, sort by “Installed On” and remove any recent software.

When you can’t find it, continue to the next step.

 

 


Remove Malicious Software from Windows 8

Drag your mouse to the right edge of the screen. Goto Search and type “Control Panel
Select Control Panel on the left.

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Goto ProgramsUninstall a program

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Search for SnapDo, BeeCoupons, SavePass and click the Uninstall button

windows 8 - uninstall button

Basically search for any recent installed software you don’t know or trust.
If you want to easily find recent installed software, sort by “Installed On” and remove any recent software.

When you can’t find it, continue to the next step.

 

Goto the next step.


Remove the Malicious Extension from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “Geargear_icon_internet explorer icon in top right corner
  3. Select Manage Addons
  4. Goto tab Toolbars and Extensions
  5. Remove all Browser Helper Objects that are listed
    when you can’t find any Browser Helper Objects. Goto the next step.
  6. Click Disable button

Optional: To clean Internet Explorer from any Browser Helper Object it is possible to restore Internet Explorer to default settings. If you would like to restore Internet Explorer to default settings it is advised to backup any files, folders and bookmarks or create a Windows Backup.

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. type in the address bar: http://chrome:extensions or (Goto the 3 stripes in the top right corner, select Settings and on the left side: Extensions)
  3. Remove all extensions by clicking the trash can trash_can_icon_google_chrome icon, right next to the browser extension.
  4. Restart Google Chrome

Optional: To clean Google Chrome from any Browser Extension it is possible to restore Google Chrome to default settings. If you would like to restore Google Chrome to default settings it is advised to backup any files, folders and bookmarks or create a Windows Backup.

Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the 3 stripes in top right corner, Select Add-ons
  3. Remove all extensions by clicking the Remove button
  4. Restart Mozilla Firefox

Optional: To clean Mozilla Firefox from any Browser Extension it is possible to restore Mozilla Firefox to default settings. If you would like to restore Mozilla Firefox to default settings it is advised to backup any files, folders and bookmarks or create a Windows Backup.

Goto the next step.


Remove Browser Hijacker using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner developed by Xplode is a very easy piece of software to remove unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, redirects and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera. AdwCleaner requires no installation and can be ran in a instant to scan your computer for malicious software.

Nowadays many free downloadable software is bundled with all sorts of additional software such as toolbars and other dubious software that you do not want on your computer. The main cause of such unwanted software (PUPs) are the download sites that offer free software that is bundled with adware. CNET, Download.com, Softonic offer software with a custom installer. It’s this custom installer that offers additional software in order to keep the software and services they offer for free.

We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from Adware, Pop-ups, Browser Hijackers, Toolbars or Potentially Unwanted Programs.

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

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AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer.

If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

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Reboot your computer.

After the reboot a log file will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started.
To open the log file in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop mode by selecting WINDOWS KEY + D on your keyboard.

If you want to check the AdwCleaner log for further analyse, you can find the report log in your system drive and then the Adwcleaner folder.
for example: C:\adwcleaner

Goto the next step.


Remove infected files using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free

Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free’s industry-leading scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more. All you have to do is launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and run a scan. It’s that simple. Or if you want even better protection, consider Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and its instant real-time scanner that automatically prevents malware and websites from infecting your PC. Either way you’re crushing malware and foiling hackers

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Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware using the installation wizard.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware needs no configs or specific settings, just install and you are ready to scan your computer for malware and free removal.

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  • Perform a Threat Scan

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Goto the next step if the problem still persists.


(Optional)
Reset Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings

Occasionally it is advised to restore your browser to default settings, as this threat is installed by many different applications. Restoring is the easiest and fastest way to get rid of this threat. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  • Select Internet Options

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  • Goto tab Advanced
  • Select Reset button

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  • Enable Delete personal Settings
  • Click Reset button

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  • Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  • Select Settings

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  • Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings

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  • Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button

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  • Click Reset once more

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Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Goto the three stripes in the top right corner
  • Select the Question Mark

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  • Select Troubleshooting Information in the menu.

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  • Click the Reset Firefox button and confirm Reset Firefox again the pop-up.

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Notice: Old data from Firefox will be placed on your Windows Desktop in a folder called “Old Firefox data”.
As restoring to default settings for Firefox didn’t work out as expected you can restore this folder, otherwise delete this folder from your desktop.

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