- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Webstarts.biz is a browser hijacker that settles on users’ browsers while altering their Shortcut target lines. Thus, for users who are not experienced with this type of browser hijackers, it might be difficult to get rid of the threat. As you see, the application is capable of changing your default start page. Nonetheless, because of the way it does it, just replacing Webstarts.biz through browser setting might not help. Fortunately, you do not have to settle for this unreliable search engine as we can help you eliminate it manually. Our researchers tested the application and prepared removal instructions that you can follow if you slide at the end of the article. Also, we advise users to read the article as well and find out more about the hijacker.
It appears to be the application is mostly popular in the United States and India. To distribute the hijacker in such huge regions, Webstarts.biz creators might be using either bundled installers or malicious pop-ups. Users could find such content on their own while visiting unreliable web pages or they could notice the threat advertised in one of the ads displayed by suspicious programs installed on their computers. The second variant is rather possible, especially if you recall seeing more doubtful ads than before. Therefore, it might be a smart idea to check the system and clean it from potential threats. To help you with this task, you could use a legitimate antimalware tool.
At the time our specialists tested the application, they indicated that it is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Another thing they noticed was that the software could change user’s homepage by altering data called Target line. You can find it if you right-click the browser’s icon and choose Properties. For example, if you are using Google Chrome, its Target line should normally look like this: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.” However, to hijack the browser, the software adds “Webstarts.biz” at the end. As a consequence, the search engine instantly becomes user’s new homepage. Same should happen if you use either of the other two browsers.
The problem with Webstarts.biz is that even though the search engine should collect results matching your provided keywords, these results could be modified in the process. Thus, what you may receive might include third-party advertisements. There is also a chance that some of these ads might originate from suspicious web pages. What could happen if you enter such websites depends on what these sites contain. For example, if you visit a site that promotes other browser hijackers, adware, or potentially unwanted programs, you may download such software without even realizing it might be dangerous. Nevertheless, if the user is redirected to a web page with malicious data, e.g. Trojans, viruses, ransomware, and other threats, his computer could get infected.
You should also keep it mind that some part of the ads may lead you to web pages, which might not respect your privacy. In fact, some of the third-party web pages could try to collect private data, such as email address, telephone number, etc. Even though we cannot be absolutely sure of this, these risks are quite possible, and you should be aware of them if Webstarts.biz hijacked your browser. Accordingly, we advise users who care about their system’s security not to trust the application and erase it too.
If you check the instructions below, you will see that they do not provide separate steps for different browsers. It is because the removal process is all the same for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome as the only different part is the original Target line, so no matter what browser you use, you should successfully erase Webstarts.biz manually while following the instructions available below. The other way to eliminate the application is to delete it with a reliable security tool. Additionally, you could check the computer for other possible threats and remove them together with the hijacker at the same time.