- Hijacks homepage
- Installs itself without permissions
Web-starter.biz is a browser hijacker that will interfere with your regular web browsing habits. Our security researchers say that this program is not active yet, but its presence alone means it might be used by its creators to generate a financial profit pretty soon. If this hijacker happens to enter your computer, you should remove Web-starter.biz from the system as soon as possible. Such programs are very often exploited by cyber criminals, so you might get infected with severely dangerous threats if you allow this application to remain in your system. While you are at it, you should also look for other potential threats.
Perhaps you are wondering why we are telling you to look for other threats. That is because this browser hijacker is bound to come bundled with various freeware applications. In other words, Web-starter.biz does not get distributed individually. It will be always added in some third-party installers that will carry more than one program. What’s more, it is very likely that you will download this browser hijacker or the third-party installer willingly. It is very common that users install unwanted programs unawares. They simply do not understand that third-party installers from random file-sharing sites carry more than just one application.
If you want to avoid installing Web-starter.biz, you should go through every single installation process carefully. Please do not skip steps that tell you about additional features or software that is about to installed on your PC, too. There is a good chance that a third-party installer may give you the chance to deselect Web-starter.biz and other unwanted applications, but users simply skip those steps because they do not grasp the security risks present. Of course, a browser hijacker cannot destroy your computer or steal your money, but there might be other malevolent third parties who would be more than willing to make use of it.
Albeit the Web-starter.biz hijacker is fairly new, there are many other programs that are based on the same web server. This hijacker is hosted on the 18.104.22.168 IP address, and so is a list of other hijackers, including foryourweb.net, safebrowsing.biz, esurf.biz, yourwebing.net, trustedstart.net, and so on. The abundance of these hijackers shows that the developers behind them are very eager to reach their goals. The programs themselves might be really simple, but the sheer amount of them should do the job. Or at least this is what the hijacker developers hope for.
Such programs are often used to make money via the pay-per-click system. It means that Web-starter.biz redirects you to affiliated websites, and each time you click a link to a related website, the people behind his program get paid for those clicks you make. Do you get anything in return? Unfortunately, there is nothing in it for you. Unless of course, you take the potential security risks into consideration. Browser hijackers do not display just any content for you. Web-starter.biz and other similar applications will engage in monitoring your online activity, and they will be really successful at it.
Usually, this monitoring happens via tracking cookies, and thus Web-starter.biz cannot know your banking login information or various passwords. But the hijacker’s creators will definitely know what websites you frequent, and they may insert modified links in the search results. These modified links could look more attractive to you, and you would feel more inclined to click them. Of course, there is no problem if those links really lead you to a useful website. However, the problem is that sometimes Web-starter.biz and other similar domains could be exploited by cyber criminals to promote their content. Hence, some of the links you click could also redirect you to malware-related websites. If that happens, a dangerous malicious infection could be waiting for you just around the corner.
To avoid that, you have to remove Web-starter.biz as soon as possible. This browser hijacker is very intrusive, and it may be hard to delete it from your browser because it hijacks the shortcut target line. Nevertheless, it is possible to modify the target line manually, and we will provide you with the removal instructions, too.
After manual removal, do not forget to run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner, as you definitely need to locate other potential threats. Your computer’s security should be one of your top priorities.
How to Remove Web-starter.biz
Modify the Target Line