- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Startjoysearch.com is a search engine that was released by an unreliable software developer called IMALI - N.I. MEDIA LTD. Computer security specialists consider the company as one of the main distributors of unwanted software. This particular search engine causes suspicion too, and it falls under the classification of browser hijackers. If the application somehow entered the system, it is advisable to remove it rather sooner than later. To erase the software successfully, you should have a look at the deletion instructions available at the end of the text. Also, we encourage users to invest their time while reading the rest of the article. Provided details might help you understand how browser hijackers enter the system and what you should do to avoid them in the future.
It is possible that users install Startjoysearch.com because they overlook it on the setup wizard. Users should notice themselves that many installers these days offer more than one program. If you have not seen it, perhaps you do not pay much attention to the information on the setup wizard. As you choose custom or advanced installations settings, there is a good chance that you will see suggestions of additional software. Especially, if you downloaded the installer from a questionable file-sharing website. For example, it could offer users to install adware, potentially unwanted programs, suspicious toolbars, browser hijackers, and so on.
There are a couple of things that users should do to avoid potentially malicious software. Firstly, it is advisable to find out if an application was developed by a trustworthy company. Then, make sure that its installer comes from a reliable source, e.g. developer’s website. Also, another good way to clear all doubts about programs is to read some reviews. Descriptions can be exaggerated, but user opinions can help you paint the real picture. If you keep these tips in mind, we have no doubt that you will manage to avoid similar threats.
You may wonder why Startjoysearch.com is classified as a browser hijacker and what it does on the computer. To begin with, we can say that the search engine fits the category because it hijacks user’s browser. In other words, the software changes particular browser settings. In this case, the application might replace your default new tab page or search engine. As a result, you may be forced to use Startjoysearch.com while searching the Internet.
We would not encourage you to use the software because it might show you modified search results. It means that the application could add third-party ads, pop-ups, links, and other similar content. Interactions with such ads might cause redirection to unfamiliar web pages. Sadly, some of the third-party websites could contain malware, e.g. Trojans, viruses, ransomware, etc. Needless to say, that if you enter a malicious site, there is a chance that you could infect the system.
In fact, that is not the only risk you should consider before using Startjoysearch.com. The ads could also redirect you to web pages that might be developed to gather particular information about users. Of course, it might offer you something in return to submitted email address, telephone number, or other personal data. The question is if it would be worth to reveal your sensitive data to the third party for some freebies.
As you can see the browser hijacker is rather useless as it only provides users with a basic search tool. To make matters worse, there is a possibility that it could show you potentially harmful content. Under such circumstances, we would advise users to get rid of Startjoysearch.com as soon as you can. To help you remove it quicker, we prepared deletion instructions that are added a little below this text. The application settles on your browser by installing an add-on, so the first thing you should do is erase it. Once you complete this task, it would be a good idea to reset the browser. Afterward, you should easily replace modified search engine or new tab page. If manual removal is too complicated for you, try to use a trustworthy antimalware tool. The tool requires installation, but if you keep it updated, it might help you in the future as well.
Reset affected browsers