The main page of Startsearch.org looks like your average search engine, and it seems that there is nothing out of the ordinary. But we are here to tell you this search engine is a browser hijacker, and as such, it could be a start of something nasty. Of course, one has to understand that browser hijackers cannot infect a computer with malware directly. They may function more like mediums between you and the malware distributors. However, no matter how small the chance of getting infected might be, you have to avoid it by removing Startsearch.org today. And this why you are reading this article.
Our research shows that Startsearch.org usually infects users in Spain, so if you frequently visit websites based on Spanish servers, you have a bigger chance of getting infected with this hijacker. Of course, users from other countries can get infected, too. After all, malware does not recognize national borders. Yet, the tendency is that the hijacker usually gets detected in Spain.
How does it manage to enter target systems? There is no direct distribution source, so most of the time users are confused as to how this hijacker gets onto their computers. It is very likely that this program comes bundled with freeware or some browser extension you add without any second thought. It should be pointed out that quite a few browser extensions may come with additional features like search engines, and Startsearch.org might be set as your default homepage the moment you add a particular extension to your browser.
What’s more, the program might also be installed on your PC behind your back when you download some freeware app from a file-sharing page. These apps are usually delivered via third-party installers, and these installers can bundle several programs together. Sometimes, the installation wizard may inform you about the additional programs that are about to be set up on your system, but users fail to notice those because they tend to breeze through the installation. They are too eager to reach the finish line to check every single step. Consequently, Startsearch.org and other potential threats get installed on your PC, and you have to deal with them.
As you can see, Startsearch.org will come with a sleek search bar that will try to make you think this application is reliable. Not to mention, there will be a selection of shortcuts right under it, leading you to popular websites, such as YouTube, Yahoo!, Facebook, eBay, Amazon, and so on. These shortcuts should also add up to the overall positive image, but everyone knows that browser hijackers should not be trusted. We may pull out a long list of things that are not right with this application, but the fact it enters your computer uninvited should be enough to make you delete it for good.
You can remove Startsearch.org by restoring your browser’s settings to default. It is very easy to do manually. After manual removal, you should consider scanning your computer with a security application because there might be more unwanted applications on-board. Only when your computer is safe and clean that you will be able to breathe a sigh of relief.