There are two types of malware which I have experienced so far. One affects your whole experience and also use your personal data against your will and the second just changes few things in order to earn revenue out of any process it is being followed. Startpage.com is the second type and it changes the settings in all your internet browser.
Here is a guide on how to remove the Startpage.com redirection virus which is also known as Start Page Hijacker. I promise to keep the removal process well documented and simple enough that if you need to do the same thing in future, you will not find any issues.
There are few things which you need to know about this issue which I will share later. But first, we have to get rid of this.
How to Remove The Startpage.com Redirection Virus
Go on following the steps I have written in this first method. Yes, there is a second method too.
- Download and install Malwarebytes antimalware software. You can get it for free. Of course, you can try any other like HitmanPro or any other of your choice. Make sure you download it from its official website.
- After the installer package file of the antimalware is downloaded, begin installing the software. Going through on-screen instructions will do the job in less than 2 minutes.
- Start the antimalware software and start your first scan. After the completion of the scan, you will see a list of malware present on your system.
- Follow the process and clean each of that malware because they are not at all good for the health and privacy of data present on your computer.
Done! This process will remove the Startpage.com hijacker malware too. It happens in most of the cases, but if it isn’t then you need to proceed to the second process. Even if this first method works, still you should go for the second process, in order make sure that you have left no sign of this virus on your system.
The first step of this process is to clear the cache of your Browser. Whatever web browser you are using, stores Cache and you need to clear it up. You can find how to do that in the documentation of the browser you have installed.
Move into settings and change the home page and search engine. It can be done pretty easily and I am sure you have done it earlier too. At the changing page, you will see home page set to ‘startpage.com’ and so does the search engine. You need to change them with any other website you trust or the search engine in the other case.
Done! This is going to sort the issue out for sure. If it is even present then last thing you can do is to reset the whole browser unit. After resetting, make use of Ccleaner and use it to clean all the temporary files from your computer, particularly the browser.
What is Startpage.com?
The first question you may ask is that, is it a virus? No, it isn’t! It is a malware which you can also call a virus in common language. It hijacks the web browser and changes the homepage and search engine settings.
Every time you open a new tab, it will open its own website which looks like Google search engine, but it isn’t. Rather, it is their own homepage which works almost just like Google.
But, when you make a search using that pretending to be Google search engine, you will find a lot of advertisements, here and there, on the webpage.
Using these advertisements, Startpage.com generates revenue. In most of the cases, it makes use of Google’s CPC network like AdSense and many other.
In short, it is a way to earn money for its developer and I hope everything is clear to you now that why it is present and why it wants to hijack your browser.
If you have any other information left to know then write it down in the discussion section and I will come up with a dedicated solution ASAP.