- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Do not be mistaken, Search-startpage.com is NOT a reliable search provider. Although it might be easy to mistake this piece of software for a genuine search provider, a redirector should never be called a search provider. If you have entered keywords into the search dialog box represented by this hijacker, you already know that instead of showing search results as a normal search engine, it reroutes you to Google Search. Of course, results corresponding to your search queries are displayed, but that does not mean that it is trustworthy. At the end of the day, even if you are fine with the results shown, would it not be more convenient to operate directly from google.com, rather than a suspicious mediator? This is not the main reason to remove Search-startpage.com, and you need to keep reading.
According to our research, Search-startpage.com could display advertisements, and that might be a reason to remove the hijacker. If the ads are mixed in with regular search results shown via Google Search, you might interact with them unknowingly. Well, how dangerous can it be to interact with ads? You certainly do not want to underestimate advertisements because the ones created by malicious parties could lead you to malicious websites and expose you to virtual scams. Even worse, they could act in drive-by download attacks to infiltrate malware. In case you have already interacted with strange ads, you need to think if you have put yourself at any risk. For example, if you remember disclosing personal data, you should be cautious about scams. If you have downloaded suspicious software, check if it requires removal.
Hopefully, you have not attracted any other infections by interacting with Search-startpage.com, but that does not mean that your operating system is clean. If the hijacker has taken over your browsers, it is likely that it did that along with other programs. Considering that it is not classified as a trustworthy piece of software, it is silly to think that all programs packaged along with it will be harmless. Sure, reliable software could be spread along with the hijacker, but dangerous infections could travel along with it as well. Do not rely on the looks of the programs that are installed or the information that was used to present them. Instead, download a malware scanner to inspect your operating system and identify which programs require removal. Of course, you have to make sure that you use a reliable malware scanner for best results.
Do you know how to reset your browsers? If you do not, you will find the guide below very helpful. If you know how to do that, you will have no trouble deleting Search-startpage.com from your browsers. Note that when you reset the browser, you also get rid of data trackers, which is very important. Also, the homepage and default search settings are reset as well. We include the steps that will help you choose the preferred tools, but if you are having trouble doing that, you can post a comment below asking for help. Once you get rid of the hijacker, we advise employing a legitimate anti-malware tool to fully clean your operating system and patch all security vulnerabilities that could let malicious infections in.