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Type: Potentially Unwanted Application Redirect Redirect may encourage you to install a potentially unwanted program (PUP) called MyStart Space. The application is a browser extension and a search engine targeted at Google Chrome users. Unfortunately, our researchers report the tool could invade users’ privacy or introduce them to suspicious third-party advertisements. Therefore, if you thought about placing the PUP on the browser, we would advise you to read the rest of our article and find out more details about it. At the end of the text, we will provide users with deletion instructions so anyone could get rid of Redirect and MyStart Space easier; should they decide it might be best for the system’s safety. Also, below the article, users can place their questions related to these suspicious tools in the comments area or write us through social media, and we will try to reply as fast as possible.

To begin with, let us talk about how Redirect could start disturbing your browsing. According to our researchers, the redirection may start after the user installs some unreliable application, for example, a browser hijacker or adware. Moreover, it might be initiated by some suspicious browser extension the user could place on the browser while interacting with doubtful pop-up advertisements. One way or another there is a possibility there could be more threats on your system than you may realize. Thus, it might be smart to review recently installed programs or perform a full system scan with a reliable antimalware tool if you have not done it in quite some time.

As we said in the first paragraph Redirect might promote a PUP called MyStart Space or lead you to web pages where such a tool could be suggested. This extension was not classified as a potentially unwanted program without reason. In fact, our researchers say there are two main reasons why it is considered to be untrustworthy. Firstly, the application’s Privacy Policy states the software could gather both your personal and anonymous data. To make matters worse, the tool’s creators claim they might share all of the collected information with their third-party partners or other interested parties. We doubt you would want that your email address or other personal information would be shared without asking your permission, especially if it may end up in the hands of unreliable advertisers.

The second reason we do not think it would be wise to trust Redirect and add MyStart Space onto your Google Chrome is annoying and possibly dangerous advertising content that the PUP might show you while surfing the Internet. The same Privacy Policy states the information the application gathers could be used for marketing purposes or even to present the user with tailored suggestions and ads. The problem is, the ads might redirect the user to web pages belonging to the third party, which means the extensions creators will not take any responsibility if anything goes wrong. For instance, the links on the ads could lead the user to web pages infected with viruses, Trojans, or containing less dangerous threats like other PUPs, adware, etc. Plus, some of the ads might try to get the user’s private information by convincing him to take part in fake lotteries, surveys, and so on.

All things considered, the advertised extension seems to be unreliable and if you want to maintain your system clean and protected it might be a bad idea to install it. In such case, we would advise you to get rid of Redirect as soon as possible by following the first part of the instructions located below the text. The second part will show how to delete the untrustworthy extension related to this redirection; for users who may have already added it. The other way to eliminate both the redirect and the PUP is to install a reliable antimalware tool; with it users could do a full system scan and remove all detected threats automatically by clicking the deletion button.

Eliminate Redirect

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Pick Settings.
  3. Slide down and click Advanced.
  4. Scroll down again to select Reset.
  5. Press the Reset button.
  6. Restart Google Chrome.

Erase MyStart Space

  1. Press ALT+F.
  2. Click More tools.
  3. Pick Extensions.
  4. Find the unwanted extension.
  5. Press the trash bin button near it.
  6. Select Remove.
  7. Close your browser.
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