How to Remove Starthi Virus (Win.STARTHI)

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Starthi is not an app you should keep on your computer. It is a rogue application which uses misleading language and visuals to lure its victims into installing it. Once on board, it wastes no time and takes control of your web browser. Security experts have categorized the utility as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). Your anti-virus application may also detect it as Win.STARTHI. This parasite is programmed to generate revenue through a pay-per-click scheme. Basically, it gets paid when you click on its ads. And so, the PUP floods your browser with advertisements. It injects various ads on every website you load. You must have noticed that all pages that used to be ad-free are now heavy on coupons and discounts. That’s right, it’s the PUP. It forces these adverts on you. It is also behind the strange browser redirection. This parasite even dares to pause our online videos for commercial breaks. The Starthi PUP is so intrusive that it’s often referred to as a “virus”. Luckily, it cannot corrupt your entire system. The PUP limits its influence to your web browser only. Bear in mind that the PUP infects all installed browsers. If you happen to have more than one installed, be certain that they are all infected. There is no immune app. Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox, Opera, all are equally vulnerable to the PUP’s attacks. This intrusive parasite is a complete and total menace that should be dealt with immediately. Do not wait for it to get out of control. Take immediate messages against the intruder. The sooner you remove it, the better!

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How did I get infected with Starthi?

The Starthi PUP did not hack your computer. It “hacked” you. The parasite tricked you into installing it. You either downloaded a fake update, a malicious software bundle or a corrupted software copy. The good old spam emails are also a possible cause of the infection. The thing is, all these methods would have failed if you were just a bit more careful. So, learn your lesson. Only you can keep your computer virus-free. Always do your due diligence. Download your software from reputable sources only. When installing a program, pay close attention to the fine print. If available, always select the Advanced/Custom installation option. And, of course, read the terms and conditions. If you cannot spare enough time to read the whole document, use an online EULA analyzer to scan it. If you detect anything out of the ordinary, abort the installation immediately. This is your computer, its security is your responsibility. Do not be lazy. Even a little extra caution goes a long, long way!

Why is Starthi dangerous?

The Starthi PUP is extremely intrusive. It interferes with every aspect of your day to day browsing. You cannot get a simple task done without being interrupted by the PUP. This parasite ruins your browsing experience. But if you have nerves of steel, you might manage to tolerate it for a while. Not forever, though. This parasite tends to get more and more aggressive with each passing day. Given enough time, it gets out of control. You can expect it to drown your browser in a sea of adverts. Your poor web browser will not be able to keep up with the aggressive advertising. It will start to freeze and crash frequently. Your Internet connection, too, will become slow and unstable. Unfortunately, these issues barely touch the essence of the problem. This parasite is not just annoying. It is also a breach of your security. The Starthi parasite has no security mechanism. It cannot protect you against online frauds. Quite the opposite – it turns you into a target. Anyone willing to pay can use it as an advertising platform. Various crooks do. They use the parasite and its resources to reach potential victims. The crooks show you irresistible adverts, but when you click, bad things happen. The Starthi PUP is more likely to redirect you to bogus websites than to legitimate ones. You risk ending up on scam and potentially infected pages. Do not put up with this situation! Act against the PUP now!

How Can I Remove Starthi?

If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Starthi infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.

  • Open your task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
  • Locate the process of Starthi.exe and kill it


  • Open your windows registry editor by typing”regedit” in the windows search box

Navigate to (Depending on your OS version)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

and delete the display Name: Starthi

Simultaneously press the Windows Logo Button and then “R” to open the Run Command

Type “Appwiz.cpl

Locate the Starthi program and click on uninstall/change. To facilitate the search you can sort the programs by date. Review the most recent installed programs first. In general you should remove all unknown programs.

Navigate to C:/Program Files and delete Starthi folder. Double check with any antimalware program for any leftovers. Keep your software up-to date!

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