We want to inform you about a newly released browser hijacker called search.startjoytabsearch.com. It falls into the category of browser hijackers because its developers distribute it via various shady software distributing websites. As a result, it can replace your browser’s homepage address accidentally. Therefore, we recommend that you remove it from your PC as soon as possible. Furthermore, this hijacker features ad-supported search results and collects information about you to personalize the ad campaign, get more clicks, and generate more advertising revenue. In short, this search engine is malicious, so do not expect it to provide you with a quality service.
While gathering information about this hijacker, we found that it was created by the infamous Imali Media Ltd, an unreliable company that offers its clients web monetization solutions in the form of browser hijackers. This company is responsible for releasing dozens of browser hijackers that include, without limitation, Search.nyknicksbuzzsearch.com, Easysearchit.com, and Search.newtab-mediasearch.com. Some of these hijackers are distributed using third-party software installers while others have dedicated browser add-ons that can also be distributed via software installers but can also be featured on a dedicated website.
In the case of search.startjoytabsearch.com it seems that it is distributed with a browser add-on called StartJoyTab Extension. This extension can be bundled with third-party installers and put up for download on sites such as Descargar.es and Malavida.es. Nevertheless, this extension has a dedicated distribution website at Startjoytab.com. As you can see, you can download it voluntarily if you want, but it is also distributed using software installers that might install it on your computer secretly. Therefore, this is an untrustworthy search engine.
Our tests have shown that StartJoyTab Extension is compatible with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox only. Therefore, you cannot get it on your PC if you have Microsoft Internet Explorer only. If your browser becomes infected with StartJoyTab Extension, then it will automatically set search.startjoytabsearch.com as the default homepage address. Its developers want you to use it for searching the web, but the problem is that its search results are bound to contain promotional links of unverified legitimacy. Some of the previously released browser hijackers by Imali Media did include malicious links among the search results, so it is plausible that search.startjoytabsearch.com can do the same as well.
As far as privacy is concerned, this browser hijacker is known to gather anonymous information about its users. So, if you use it, then it will collect anonymous information such as your IP address, browser type, browsing history, and so on. It will also make use of StartJoyTab Extension to gather information as well. Imali Media can also collect personal information but only on a voluntary basis, but it is collected if you contact the developers or register an account with Imali Media. The collected information is used to tailor the promoted links to suit the interest of the user. That way Imali Media makes more money and creates new browser hijackers. Without a doubt, search.startjoytabsearch.com can jeopardize your PC’s security, so you ought to get rid of it as soon as you can.
Our research has shown that search.startjoytabsearch.com is nothing more than a malicious search engine/browser hijacker that is distributed in a malicious manner and can replace your browser’s homepage address secretly and show you promoted links of false legitimacy to generate advertising revenue. All things considered, it is a highly unreliable search engine, and we recommend that you remove it from your PC as soon as you can.