Easy tips to delete Search.mystartabsearch.com
Search.mystartabsearch.com is a fake search engine that claims to be legit and supposedly provides improved search results. This URL is promoted using MyStartTab extension, powered by Imali Media. MyStarTab is a browser hijacker that encourages the users to enjoy the enhanced browsers’ performance after its download, by promising to offer quick access to movies and TV shows and social media with single click.
MyStarTab encourages the users to access to the sites like imdb.com, netflix.com, hulu.com, cbs.com, cnn.com and many others. It is a browser hijacker that is installed as browser extension. After the installation, it hijacks the installed browsers and takes complete control over the settings. Upon that, on every search query made, you get redirected to search.yahoo.com as the promoted URL (Search.mystartabsearch.com) does not bear to show its own search results.
When used to search, this fake web searcher collects browsing based data. These data include IP addresses, Search queries, Viewed pages, URLs visited, ISP, Geo-locations and etc. This allows the PUA’s developers to increases the visit over various services and products through misleading search results. You might get tricked into downloading/ installing PUAs or malware. Using this browser hijacker and its search engine will cause only troubles and has very little profit. So, you should consider Search.mystartabsearch.com removal right away.
Remember that PUAs can be designed to alter system settings and startup preferences. If so, there will be significant negative impacts to the system. The system may start running slower than ever before. Also, there is a risk of severe system issues such as lags, crashes or even permanent freezes. For all these reasons, you should never take the infection lightly. Immediately remove it so that you can consider browser surfing and system operation without any risk.
How did Search.mystartabsearch.com infiltrate my system?
Browser hijackers often get installed in number of ways. If you visit mystartab.com and click on Add to Chrome button, you might the browser hijacker this way. However, these apps are often distributed through various deceptive means. In many cases, these apps infiltrate systems through intrusive ads or through deceptive bundling (when particular software such as browser hijacker is installed with other software downloaded from the internet). The unwanted apps are often found under Custom/Advanced section. These apps are also sometimes installed through torrent, email attachment sent from unknown.
How to prevent PUAs installation?
All previously described methods can lead to the installation of unwanted apps to your system. So, pay close attention when downloading/ installing any software, especially when it is free. Check all the available installation options and checkboxes – check what you are agreeing to, never jump through the download/ installations setups, do not download software from unknown sources and do not click on any shady ads. Avoid entering to any third party download manners. Have an antivirus tool for betterment. Keep this software updated so that you will the best out of the app. If the system is already infected with the unwanted app, run a full system scans using some powerful antivirus tool and remove it right away.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Search.mystartabsearch.com:
Remove the related items of Search.mystartabsearch.com using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Search.mystartabsearch.com issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Search.mystartabsearch.com) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Search.mystartabsearch.com removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Search.mystartabsearch.com still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Search.mystartabsearch.com plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Search.mystartabsearch.com removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Search.mystartabsearch.com (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.