- Hijacks homepage
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
- Changes default search engine
If you often install freeware apps on your computer, sooner or later your default homepage will also be changed. Perhaps it has already been changed to Start2.me, and you do not understand how that happened. The truth is that this search engine travels bundled with a number of potentially unwanted applications. It is not a browser hijacker, and it does not try to expose you to malicious websites, but anything could happen because Start2.me is vulnerable to a third-party exploitation. Therefore, the sooner you remove Start2.me from your computer, the better.
There are many potentially unwanted programs that get distributed around with Start2.me. Some of them include Hao123, Pricemeter adware and Hometab. Start2.me enters your computer when you download and install some freeware apps via Smart Installer. These installers could be uploaded on a number of third-party websites that distribute freeware. Hence, whenever you download applications from unfamiliar websites, you need to be very attentive during the installation process. Chances are that users do get informed about Start2.me and other additional freeware apps that get installed along, but users often skip important steps in order to install software as fast as possible.
This search engine is developed by RBM Solutions, and it seems that it targets Brazilian users, but it does not mean that users around the globe are immune to it. Start2.me functions perfectly on Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer web browsers, so if you allow this search engine to modify your browser settings, the next time you access the internet, you will be redirected to start2.me.
Take note that Start2.me uses customized Yahoo! search engine. You can see Yahoo’s logo on the homepage. Thus, we can tell that this search engine does not provide you with original search service. What is more, it is very likely that Start2.me modifies Yahoo! search results in order to include various commercial advertisements because the application is ad-supported. You can even see flash ads on its homepage, offering you to download computer optimization tools or buy some antispyware application.
Needless to say, Start2.me ads are annoying, and they cause more nuisances than bring any good. In the worst case scenario, the application could get exploited by cybercriminals, and you would get exposed to malicious content via these third-party ads. After all, Start2.me does not check the ad content, so you can never know where you will land if you click any of them.
In order to remove Start2.me from your computer, you need to reset your browser settings to default. Then you need to scan the PC with legitimate computer security program as there might be some residual files that must be removed as well. For any further questions about Start2.me or your system’s security, please leave us a comment below this description.
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