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Suddenly Web-start.org took over your homepage and you cannot remove it.
The web-start.org virus is a browser hijacker. And no, it isn’t harmless. We have never come across a safe cyber infection; chances are, you haven’t either. web-start.org could be classified as a shortcut hijacker. Why? Because it messes with your browsers’ shortcuts. This way the virus forces you to use its domain every single time you browse the Web. As you could imagine, your consent, permission and opinions are irrelevant. Hackers are in control now. They are only interested in the illegitimate profit web-start.org helps them gain. Your preferences aren’t part of the picture. What’s even worse is that your safety ends up seriously jeopardized. Immediately after installation, the hijacker’s shenanigans begin. web-start.org firstly scans your machine for browser shortcuts. Then it modifies them behind your back. You see, this program works in complete and utter silence. PC infections in general are secretive and stealthy. The parasite you’re stuck with right now is no exception. You will also notice a brand new (malicious) browser add-on. It gets installed by the parasite to serve one purpose only. To take control over your entire browsing experience. Once again, this pest doesn’t bother to ask for authorization beforehand. Thanks to its plugin, your browsers are now compromised. They generate sponsored, modified, unreliable web links. Don’t even for a minute forget that these links are displayed by an infection. There’s no plausible scenario in which they are harmless. web-start.org also modifies your default search engine/browser homepage. Both of them are now replaced with the parasite’s domain. Do you now see where the name “hijacker” comes from? Not only does this program take over your browsers but it also does so without your permission. You end up being exposed to all types of malware imaginable. As mentioned, web-start.org generates sponsored web links. The virus doesn’t discriminate between safe and dangerous ones. That means you’re constantly a click away from potential cyber threats. Is that a risk you’re willing to take? If not, stay away from this hijacker and its nasty tricks. Your browsers generate web traffic to some specific websites. Those could be either perfectly safe and real or corrupted and very harmful. Compromising your device further has never really been that easy. Stay away from the seemingly attractive links web-start.org displays to prevent further harm. Always keep in mind you’re dealing with a parasite here. The sooner you manage to uninstall it, the better.
How did I get infected with?
This program has an official website. The problem is, you can’t have installed it from there. How do we know? Because web-start.org offers no download option. A rule of thumb is to avoid programs whose pages lack a download button. This is a huge red flag concerning their reliability. Then how did the hijacker land on board? It was probably bundled with other programs. Next time you install bundled software, watch out for infections. There might be some sneaky intruder attached to the program packages. Furthermore, there might be a whole bunch of viruses. To prevent installation, you have to stay away from illegitimate websites. More often than not, they include at least one infection in their bundles. You have to deselect it before it manages to get installed. In order to do that, you firstly have to spot this nuisance. That is why we recommend opting for the Custom or Advanced option. It is more time-consuming than clicking “I accept”, yes. However, taking your time online will help you protect your safety. And that should always be your number one priority when surfing the Internet.
Why is this dangerous?
You get redirected to random websites. You stumble across various browser modifications. You also are unable to find what you search for online. It goes without saying web-start.org simply doesn’t belong on your computer system. The parasite’s plugin works with all three of the most popular browsers out there. Yes, that means Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer are infected. Your once trustworthy browsers now redirect you and generate unsafe search results. In addition, this program is to blame for some privacy issues. The hijacker spies on your IP addresses, usernames and passwords, browser history, etc. Hackers might involve you in financial scams or even identity theft. To delete this pest manually, please follow our detailed removal guide down below.
How to Remove Web-start.org virus
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Web-start.org 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.
The Web-start.org adware is specifically designed to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.
STEP 1 : Uninstall Web-start.org from your computer
Simultaneously press the Windows Logo Button and then “R” to open the Run Command Window
navigate to HKCU\software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Modify the string with a value data and set it to google.com for example.
STEP 2 : Remove Web-start.org homepage from Chrome, Firefox and IE
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the Web-start.org by clicking on the little recycle bin
- Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind
Open Mozilla Firefox
- Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
- Disable the unwanted Extension
- Go to Help
- Then Troubleshoot information
- Click on Reset Firefox
Open Internet Explorer
- On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
- Click on Internet options
- go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
- Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset
- Restart Internet Explorer
How to Permanently Remove Web-start.org Virus (automatic) Removal Guide
To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.