- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Quite often browser hijackers are created and distributed in packs. It is common for them to make use of the same server or be related to various browser extensions. For example, Start-search.com is a new browser hijacker that is directly related to Snap.do. Although we cannot say that Start-search.com intends to infect you with malware, the sheer presence of this browser hijacker on your computer rings more than just one alarm bell. If you are computer security-minded user, you will remove Start-search.com from your computer as soon as possible, because that is the first step in trying to protect your PC from harm.
As we have established already, Start-search.com is part of a big group of browser hijackers. In fact, this domain belongs to Pinwid Ltd. just like browse-search.com. This company is known to distribute a vast number of adware applications, such as SavePass Smartbar, BeeCoupons Smartbar, Muvic Smartbar and many others. It shows that rather than trying to infect you with malware, the main reason why Start-search.com gets installed on your computer is money.
Start-search.com usually arrives bundled with various adware applications, and that would not be surprising, considering the fact that Pinwid Ltd. distributes unwanted programs. Once this browser hijacker enters your system, your default homepage and search engine will be changed to Start-search.com.
That would not be much of a problem if you do not perform web search via Start-search.com, however, Start-search.com looks like a genuine search engine that can do no harm, so users are bound to trust it. If you search for something via Start-search.com, this browser hijacker will collect data on what websites you visit and what keywords you enter into its search box. As a result, it will be able to generate custom advertisements based on your web browsing habits. You must have noticed the advertisements right below Start-search.com search box already.
Needless to say, that clicking commercial ads delivered by Start-search.com is a bad idea. This browser hijacker displays ads in order to generate financial revenue to its creators and it does not review nor check whether the ad content is safe or not. Hence, by clicking on third party advertisements you would risk being redirected to unfamiliar websites that host even more adware applications and perhaps even malware!
Due to the fact that Start-search.com cannot be downloaded separately, you will most probably have to remove a bunch of other potentially unwanted applications from your PC. Scan your system with SpyHunter free scanner and a list of unwanted programs will be generated immediately. Remove all the undesirable applications via Control Panel and then follow the instructions below to reset your browser settings to default.
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