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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow internet connection
  • Slow Computer


HotStartSearch is not a search provider you should trust or use to discover information about things that interest you. First of all, cannot provide you with any reliable search results. Secondly, it is often related to a malicious browser hijacker. Have you noticed unauthorized rerouting to this particular site or it has been set as your home page and search engine without your knowledge? Then we are sorry to inform that your personal computer is now infected with dangerous malware. Needless to say, you should delete HotStartSearch and other potentially running infection as soon as you possibly can; otherwise, you could face serious virtual security dangers soon enough. Want to learn more about the infection’s removal? Then continue reading.

The malicious browser hijacker is also known as a redirect virus because it may initiate unauthorized rerouting whenever you browse the web. Of course, this activity is highly irritating and disruptive; however, you should be more cautious about the sites you are forced to visit. Have you been rerouted to attractive online gaming sites? Maybe one of the sites has offered you a great deal? Whatever you do, do not interact with any of the suspicious sites you have been redirected to and do not trust the provided search results. This may open security backdoors which schemers could use to infect your PC with additional threats. What is more, this is how various web cookies can be dropped on your browsers without you even recognizing that you should remove them.

If you do not want the PC infected with dangerous infections or you do not wish to help schemers generate profit using deceptive strategies, you should remove HotStartSearch hijacker at once. Do you want to delete the threat manually? This is not recommended because other dangerous threats could be already running on the operating system. Instead you should entrust automatic spyware detection and removal tools to delete the hijacker. Click the download below to initiate the installation of a reliable security tool which will delete the infection, and follow the manual guides below to fix home page and search engine settings.

How to delete HotStartSearch from browsers?

Delete from Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet Options, click the General tab, overwrite the Home Page and click OK.
  3. Tap Alt+T once more and select Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Search Providers from the menu on the left.
  5. Hit the undesirable provider, select Remove and click OK.

Delete from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and click the icon on the left of the search box.
  2. Select Manage search providers and Remove the undesirable option. Click OK.
  3. Now simultaneously tap Alt+T and select Options.
  4. Click the General tab, remove/overwrite the Home Page URL and click OK.

Delete from Google Chrome:

  1. Simultaneously tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Under On Startup mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  3. Now change or remove the default URL and click OK.
  4. Under Appearance mark Show Home button, click Change, overwrite the default URL and click OK.
  5. Under Search click the drop-down menu and select a new search provider.
  6. Click Manage search engines, navigate to the undesirable option, click X to remove and then hit OK.
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