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How to Remove Startsear.info Homepage (Removal Help)

Question.

Startsear.info comes up every-time when I open up Internet explorer. I tried to remove it but it won’t appear homepage setting in Internet options. Is there any other setting where I can change it and set as google chrome as my search page?. I used Google to search as my homepage. Could anybody suggestion me How to remove Startsear.info homepage?

Solved Answer.

Startsear.info is classified as an Adware. An Adware is a kind of advertising software which latches itself onto the web browser and uses the user info like search history, recurrent keywords, the most frequented sites etc.to create advertisements related to the user’s interest so as to redirect most of the user traffic to some particular sites in order to generate more traffic.

Startsear.info-homepage-image

Usually the source of this corruption of the web browser such as the Internet Explorer is the free softwares available online. These consist of a wide arrayof free softwares including free games, picture editing tools, PDF readers, music players etc. All such free softwares come wrapped in the Adware package. Some of these Ad wares might be legal and come with legal downloads and installations of the programs. Such softwares aim at making some money for the developer for him to continue his development and to generate him a small cash reward.

The Startsear.info breed of Adware is categorically specified to be PUP i.e. Potentially Unwanted Program. This changes the default settings of your web browser so that the homepage is now startsear.info and you may observe various annoying pop-up ads during your search session.

This is potentially harmful malicious software because not only it has access to the user login and password details, it also sends all the user online activity information to a remote server which acts as a command and control base station and uses this info for their marketing needs.

The program is quite stubborn to removal and if not removed entirely, it keeps on finding ways to come back. To ensure its complete removal, it is important to undo all the changes that startsear.info has made to your system and the browser. Also be certain that you have removed all the redirect tools that may spy on you. Anyway, follow the following steps to remove Startsear.info completely from your computer.

Removal Instructions

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Manual Steps

Step 1 : To Uninstall Startsear.info from computer

  • Click on Start button and then click on Control Panel.
  • Now click on Programs –> Uninstall a program or Program and Features (Windows-7, 8, Vista).
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Uninstall a program for Vista, 7, 8

 

  • For Windows XP users click on Add/Remove Programs.
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Uninstall a program for Windows xp
  • You will get a window which have listed all the installed programs.
  • Uninstall Startsear.info from there.
  • Also do uninstall all the programs which are listed in Suspicious Programs list below, if you find any installed into your computer. Because all these programs are unwanted. You should uninstall all them immediately if you found any.
Uninstall all unwanted programs
Uninstall all unwanted programs

 

Suspicious Programs list

  • Startsear.info
  • Browser defender
  • Browser protect
  • Browser protected by conduit
  • Delta search, Babylon
  • LessTabs
  • WebCake 3.0
  • Yealt
  • LyricsContainer
  • VideoSaver
  • AddLyrics
  • privacy safe gaurd
  • unfriend checker
  • Price peep today
  • Coupon amazine
  • TidyNetwork.com
  • DownloadTerms 1.0
  • Yontoo
  • Uninstall all the unwanted programs, which are not listed here.


 

Step 2 : To Remove Startsear.info from Internet Explorer.

Step 2.1 : Remove Startsear.info from homepage

  • Open Internet Explorer then go to Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active the menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab. Now look into under HOME PAGE Edit Box you got www.Startsear.info, replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.

Step 2.2 : Remove Startsear.info add-ons from Internet Explorer.

  • Open Internet Explorer then go to Tools menu (press “F10” key once to active menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened
  • click on Programs tab then click on Manage Addons, now you’ll get a window which have listed all the installed addons.
  • Now disable the Startsear.info add-on, also disable all the unknown / unwanted addons from this list. (As per below screenshot).

disable-add-ons-from-ie

Step 2.3 : Reset Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer. Click on Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active the menu bar), click on Internet Option. A internet option window will open.
  • For IE9, IE10 users may click on Gear icon IE Gear Icon. Then click on tools.
  • Click on Advanced tab,then click on RESET button.
  • Now you will get a new popup for confirmation, tick mark on Delete personal setting then click on RESET button on that. (As shown on below screenshot)
  • Now your Internet Explorer has been Restored to default settings.

Internet Explorer Reset2

  • Now you will appear a popup stated “complete all the tasks”. After completion click on close button.


Step 3 : To Remove Startsear.info from Mozilla Firefox

Step 3.1 : Remove Startsear.info from Mozilla Hompeage

  • Open Mozilla Firefox, Click on Tools menu (If tools menu doesn’t appear then press “F10” key once to active the menu bar) then go to Options, after that a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab and then look on the very first section named as Startup. Under startup you will see a HOME PAGE Edit Box, under this edit box you will see www.Startsear.info, please replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.
  • Restart Firefox Browser

Step 3.2 : Remove Startsear.info from add-ons

  • Open Firefox and then go the Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active Menu bar) click on Add-ons, you’ll get a page click on extensions from the left side pane. now look on right side pane you’ll get all the installed add-ons listed on there. Disable or Remove Startsear.info add-on, also disable all the unknown / unwanted add-ons from there. (As per below screen shot)

remove-unwanted-addons-from-firefox

Step 3.3 : Reset Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox and then go the Helpmenu (Press “F10” key once to active Menu bar)
  • Go to Help menu then click on “Troubleshooting information”
    Note: you can also open this page in this ways, open Firefox then type this command in the address bar “about:support” (without quote) and then hit enter or OK.
  • You will get a page “Troubleshooting information” page, here you will get “Reset Firefox” option in the right side of the page.
  • Click on Reset Firefox option. and follow their instruction to reset.
  • Now your Mozilla Firefox has been Restored to default settings.

Firefox Reset1

Firefox Reset2


Step 4 : To Remove Startsear.info from Google Chrome

Step 4.1 : Remove unwanted homepage & search engine from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), click on Settings. You will get a configuration page.
  • Under configuration page find a option named as “Open a specific page or set of pages” click on their Set Pages. A another window will come up. Here you will appear the bunch of URL’s under “Set pages”. Delete all them and then enter only one which you want to use as your home page.
Google Chrome Homepage step1
Google Chrome Homepage Reset step1
Google Chrome Homepage2
Google Chrome Homepage reset step 2
  • In the same configuration page click on Manage search engines button. Delete all the search engines from there, just keep only www.goole.com as your default search Engine.
Google Chrome Homepage3
Google Chrome search engine step 3
Google Chrome Homepage4
Google Chrome search engine step 4
Google Chrome Homepage5
Google Chrome search engine Step5

Step 4.2 : Remove unwanted extensions from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), then click on Tools then, click on Extensions. (As shown on below screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions1

  • You will get a configuration page. which have listed all the installed extensions, Remove Startsear.info extension & also remove all the unknown / unwanted extensions from there. To remove them, click on remove (recycle bin) icon Google Chrome remove extensions button(as shown on screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions2

Step 4.3 : Reset Google Chrome

  1. Close all Google Chrome browser’s window.
  2. Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) on your keyboard , you’ll get Run box.
  3. For windows xp: Copy and Paste this following command: %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default" in Run box then click on OK button. You’ll get a Google chrome profile location in windows explorer.For windows 7,8,vista: Copy and Paste this following command: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default in Run box then click on OK button. You’ll get a Google chrome profile location in windows explorer.
  4. In the default folder location, Rename a file, named as “Preferences“ to “Preferences.old“.
    (Note: to do that right-click on Preferences file and click on rename option you’ll get a edit box of Preferences file, now rename the text “Preferences” to “Preferences.old”)
  5. In the same default folder location, Rename one more file, named as “Web Data“ to “Web Data.old“.
    (Note: to do that right-click on Web Data file and click on rename option you’ll get a edit box of Web Data file, now rename the text “Web Data” to “Web Data.old”)
  6. Now start your Google chrome, it should be restored to default settings.


Step 5 : To Remove Startsear.info from Registry

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “REGEDIT” into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a registry editor window.
  • In the registry editor, click on Edit menu and then click on find option, you’ll get edit box to search any string into registry editor
  • Type “Startsear.info” into the find box and then click on Find Next.
  • The search result will highlight the key or value which have contains the Startsear.info string.
  • Now delete the Registry Key/Value/Value-Data if any one contains “Startsear.info” string (must see the example screenshot below)
    Note:- Do not delete the complete value data, just delete the Startsear.info path only (for example see screenshot3 below)
  • Use F3 key to find Next. and do the last step to all results.
  • We are giving you the example on “Conduit” Adware.

Screenshot 1

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Screenshot 2

Registry-cleaning-guide2

Screenshot 3

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Step 6 : To Remove Startsear.info from Autorun Tasks

  • Click on Start button and then do Right-Click on the computer and then do left-click on Manage. A manage window will appear.
  • In the manage window click on Tasks Scheduler from right side pane, then click on “Task Scheduler Library“, Now look on left side pane and Remove all the Tasks which have contains Startsear.info string and also remove all the unknown / unwanted tasks from there (As per the screenshot below).

scheduled-tasks-removal


Step 7 : To Remove Startsear.info from Startup

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Startup tab, here you’ll get all the startup entries, so look on the list and then do Un-check the entries which is contains Startsear.info. Also Un-check all the others entries which you found unwanted. then click on OK to apply all the changes.

remove-unwanted-startup


Step 8 : To Remove Startsear.info from Services

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG” into the run box then click on OK. . You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Services tab, here you’ll get all the startup services list, click on “Hide Windows Services” all the windows related services will be hidden. now it’s only display the 3rd party installed services, now look on the list and then do Un-check the service which have contains Startsear.info. Also Un-check all the unknown / unwanted services. then click on OK to apply all the changes.

remove-unwanted-services


Step 9 : To remove Startsear.info registry entries with Adwcleaner.exe

Here is the proper step-by-step guide to remove any adware from registry, please follow the steps.

9.1 : Download AdwCleaner from the below link.

Click Here to Download: Adwcleaner.exe

9.2 : Run that downloaded file (Adwcleaner.exe).

9.3 : When you get it started, click on scan button to search the Startsear.info files and registry entries (As shown below screenshot).

adwcleaner-scanning-process

9.5 : When scanning process will be finished, click on Clean button to delete all the Startsear.info files and registry entries (as shown on below screenshot)

adwcleaner-cleanup-process

Step 10 : To remove Startsear.info with Hitman-Pro

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x32bit.exe

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x64bit.exe

Hitmanpro-found-adware

 

Step 11 : To remove Startsear.info with Malwarebytes.

11.1 : Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, then double click on it to install it.

Click Here to Download Malwarebytes.exe

How to use malwarebytes

How to use malwarebytes

11.2 : Update online Virus Definition

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11.3 : Tick mark on “Perform quick scan” then click on Scan

11.4 : When the scan done click on “Show results”How to use malwarebytes

11.5 : After clicking on Show result it will you a another window where you will get the found threats. Click on “Remove Selected”

How to use malwarebytes

 

This post was last updated on:2014-07-01 | First Published:2014-07-01

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  10. I can’t see my last msg in the list so i repeat:

    All the last instr failed agn.
    Pls tell me if i uninstall my browsers, how shall i install agn?
    This is something new for me.

    For your Info, the cleaning tools, instantly working ok, finding and cleaning the objects,
    but at the next startup, startsear.info is my homepage agn.
    Tnks

    • Follow the manual instruction, I can fix this issue by using the same given manual instructions, so why you can’t do it if I can do. Let us know if you can’t follow the instruction, I can do that for you.

  11. Hi, now just been back again, with the same problem.
    The last instr didn’t work.
    Pls tell me, when i uninstall my browser, how to re-install, without browser.
    This is something new for me.
    Tnks.

  12. Ok, understood.
    But due to i’am out of the city for a few days, without my pc,
    will follow the last instructions when i return back.
    Will let you know.
    Thanks anyway.

  13. W7
    64
    IE & FIREFOX

    • Run our tool Adware Removal Tool v4.1
      Run Adwcleaner
      And Do reset your IE and Firefox browser
      Let us know if doesn’t fix after that.

      • I’v already done that because the tool advise me to do.
        Every time using the tools, i reset the browsers but the result
        remains the same.
        I can’t underst what kind of page is this think.
        I’v almost married it.

        • Please follow below given more 4 steps in the same sequence.
          1. Run our tool Adware Removal Tool v4.1 again
          2. Run Adwcleaner Again
          3. Run Ccleaner ^(http://download.piriform.com/ccsetup324.exe) once and do normal cleanup.
          4. After that, follow two more manual steps.
          – Remove all the unwanted startup programs from startup using “msconfig” command in Run box.
          – Remove all the unwanted tasks from “Task scheduler” if you found any.

          Must let us know the result of the steps.

          • If this (my last comment’s steps) doesn’t work then you have to reinstall your browser.
            – Take backup of your browser’s bookmarks and uninstall the browser (use Revo uninstaller if possible) then re-install it again from browser’s official website.

  14. I’v been trying with ALL the above instructions plus the MALWAREBYTES and N O T H I N G!!
    Next time open the pc, this think comes up again and again.
    Any additional instructions, please???

    • Hi, Thank you for contacting us regarding this matter,
      We just have updated our database, so we request you to please run our same tool (v4.1) again and then let us know if it cannot remove startsear.info this time.

      • Hi again and good day to you.
        First, thanks for your direct correspondence.
        Now, reference to our subject (startsear.info):
        I’v been following yr latest instructions and running yr new version (V4.1).
        For the First 36 hrs everything was ok, but today by opening the pc this think
        came up again.
        So, now what?

        • OK, No problem, we’ll help you with that. Follow the following 4 steps.

          Step1:- Uninstall all the unwanted & unknown programs from control panel which you may got installed recently. You can click on “installed on” section in control panel –> “uninstall programs” to filter this list by the date. You can use REVO Uninstaller Tool if you face any problem while uninstalling any program. (Note: you can skip that step if you don’t see any unwanted / unknown program)
          Step2:- Download & Run a scan with an Adware Removal (Adware Removal Tool v4.1). Click here to download “Adware Removal Tool v4.1
          Step3:- Download & Run a scan with an anti-adware (Adwcleaner). Click here to download “Adwcleaner.exe ^(http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/dl/125/)“.
          Step4:- Download & Run an Anti-malware scan (Malwarebyes) scan. Click here to download: Malwarebytes ^(http://downloads.malwarebytes.org/mbam-download-exe.php).

          Please let us know again if startsear.info doesn’t remove this time.

          • Good day.
            I’v been following agn all your latest instructions, step by step,
            but no progress.
            After the first reboot, this thing comes up again.

          • Ok, Could you please share following information of your computer with us here.

            1. What operating system version in your computer?
            2. What system type of your windows – 32bit or 64bit?
            3. In which browser Startsear.info keeps coming back?
            Please provide us above information.
            Thanks

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