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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Helper Object
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Wowstart.online is a very suspicious search engine that was classified as a browser hijacker. Therefore, the application will change your homepage and your search engine if it manages to enter your system. However, these are not the only qualities that should worry you as this application might also modify search results, show annoying ads or collect your sensitive information. It is advisable to delete Wowstart.online at once, and if you continue reading, we will explain to you why it is potentially harmful in detail. Also, if you already decided to erase it, then slide to the end of the article where you will find our prepared instructions for the browser hijacker’s removal.

This search engine is suspicious, and it is not that difficult to notice it. Wowstart.online’s appearance is quite similar to many other search engines, but if you look carefully enough, you will see that there is no information about its creators. Also, you cannot find such essential documents as the Privacy Policy or End User License Agreement. Without such information, you cannot know how it works and, most importantly, what is Wowstart.online’s policy about private information gathering. Therefore, there is a high chance that it might collect your private and non-private information. The biggest concern is for the private information that could be your name, email, address, telephone number or even credit cards password, and PIN number. All of it could be gathered while using various cookies or this browser hijacker could get it from third party websites that it advertises. The collected information could be used to show you targeted ads or to steal money from you. The second option could happen if you bought something on the Internet while using the browser hijacker as it could record the sensitive information you type in while paying online.

The search results displayed by Wowstart.online might not be objective or related to the object of your inquiry, so you could not describe this application as a useful tool. Moreover, Wowstart.online can modify the search results and also inject them with various sponsored links that could lead you to third party websites. Usually, these ads will promote various adware applications or potentially unwanted programs (PUP) that might be harmful to your computer too. So it is crucial to learn more by reading user reviews and other information about the software before you install it because the ads can lie or exaggerate about the usefulness of the program. Another possibility with the injected ads is that they might redirect you to websites with malware such as viruses, worms, ransomware, etc.

As was mentioned above, the browser hijacker will change your browser settings, but only in Google Chrome and as for the other browsers it does not affect them. You cannot find this program on the Chrome web store, but on its forum, there are user complaints with questions asking how to get rid of this browser hijacker. Since the application does not have an official website with a download button, it is more likely that users install it unknowingly with other programs. It could happen if you download freeware from unreliable websites as they usually bundle their promoted software with adware, browser hijackers or PUPs. Therefore, if you did not want this program and you take the potential harm into consideration, you should delete Wowstart.online right away.

Undoubtedly, the program’s qualities show us that it is a rather suspicious and dangerous application you should not use. The best solution could be to remove the browser hijacker from Google Chrome, and afterward, you could change it to a reliable search engine, which you trust. In order to do that you will have to find particular Google Chrome files and delete them, but do not worry as we will cover that in the removal instructions. So getting rid of this program should not be difficult, but if you need any help with that, or you have some questions, then contact us via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube) and we will respond as fast as we can. As for the future, remember that no legitimate software would change your search engine or homepage without your knowledge. Also, you should consider using a reliable security tool that could help you avoid unwanted programs.

Remove Wowstart.online from Google Chrome

  1. Press Windows Key+R.
  2. Insert the given location: %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  3. Find these files: Preferences, Secure Preferences and Web Data.
  4. Right-click on each of them and select Delete.
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