It is a very deplorable story…My poor browser is hijacked by Startjoysearch.com. Every time I open my browser, the ugly face of this web page always jumps up and makes sport of me and I can not do anything except smile bitterly to it.
More Information about Startjoysearch.com
Startjoysearch.com is a unusual kind of insecure program which is defined to be browser hijacker. Technically speaking, this browser hijacker does not attack your computer but infect your browsers and hijack the default homepage and search provider. Similar to most family numbers of browser hijackers, the main purpose of it is to make profits for criminals and cyber crooks through taking victims to advertising websites, sponsored pages, recording personal information and making forcible redirection. The most obvious symptom that you can notice at the first time is that your favorite start page and search engine are all changed to Startjoysearch.com. As a result, when you open the infected browser and surf the internet, you will suddenly get this unexpected page. As it is the main infection which focuses on internet browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, most troubles will be caused when you are using those web browser. What is more, as long as it has been installed on target web browsers, it downloads additives (plugins, add-ons, extension and browser helper objects) with no authorization.
Many other elements will be introduced, making it difficult to remove from infected system and that is the reason why most victims report that it is not able to remove it from control panel. However, removing Startjoysearch.com is not as easy as deleting files. If you want to get rid of Startjoysearch.com, you should know about its primary mode of infection. Most of time, it attaches to other downloads. As above-mentioned, you need to find out the original infection of this threat. After, you need to make moves to remove the program it bundles with and delete its malicious application. Then ten next time you are going to download third party from the internet, do read the terms and agreements before installing. As the previous contents point out that this infection is created for making money, it gathers your sensitive data for profits. Once the infected browsers are under its control, it spies on your browsing activities and records your browsing details. Due to the high risks this threat bring to your computer, there is no reason for you to let it continue staying on your machine. Thus, do remove Startjoysearch.com without any delay. If you have no idea how to remove it from browsers and control panel, do read the below removal guides carefully.
Problems Caused by Startjoysearch.com Browser Redirect
Search results are replaced by unknown sponsored links and ads
Default settings are modified including homepage and favorites
System running speed is reduced or even cause system crash
Certain websites are not available
Additional toolbar is added
Potential malware is installed
Unwanted advertisements jump out every time browser is open
Antivirus program is not working
Tips to Avoid Computer Threats
1.Keep away from suspicious sites
Almost all computer viruses are delivered through the internet. Hackers like to implant the infections into those insecure websites that PC users are easy to visit.
2.Do not download unfamiliar programs
Many users would like to download some freeware from unofficial sites because the official download will cost money. However, those freeware and shareware offered by the free download websites are not completely safe. Once you install those free downloads, you may get your computer infected by virus.
3.Select Advanced or Custom installation
The Advanced or Custom installation should always be the first choice once you are installing the third party programs for some unwanted bundles can be installed along with your wanted software. You need to choose the Advanced or Custom installation to avoid malicious bundles.
4.Keep your Windows Firewall and Windows Defense open
The Windows Firewall and Windows Defense can provide you a safe computer protection which can prevent your computer from infections. You need to keep them open and do not ever close them when you are browsing the internet.
5.Update your system and software
It is necessary to update your system and the software you have installed since the update will fix the loophole of old version.
You can remove Startjoysearch.com automatically or manually .
Method one:Remove Startjoysearch.com Automatically
Method two: Remove Startjoysearch.com Manually
* Step One : download removal tool SpyHunter on your PC by clicking the follow button.
* Step two: Save and Install it on your computer by following the installation wizard.
* step three: After finishing the installation, launch SpyHunter and click “Malware Scan”to perform a full and quick system scan on your PC.
* step four: After the system scan, choose select all and then click Remove to eliminate all the threats on your PC
Method two: Remove Startjoysearch.com Manually
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
Open Safari if it is not already open.
Choose Safari > Preferences, and then click Privacy.
Select one or more website that stores cookies, and then click Remove or Remove All.
When you finish removing websites, click Done.
From step 1 select ‘Settings’ and click on ‘Delete Private Data’
On the box select ‘Delete session cookies’ and ‘Delete all cookies’ and press ‘Delete’ button
To delete a specific cookie click on ‘Manage Cookies’ on the lower area of the box
Select the website you want to delete from the list and click ‘Delete’ button
2. Clear Add-ons and Extensions on the Browsers
*Disable extensions from Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(3). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons
* Disable extensions from Firefox:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Disable extensions from Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button -> Tools -> Extensions
* Disable extensions from Safari
From the Safari menu, select “Preferences”.
In the Safari Preferences window, click the “Extensions” tab. Find the related plugin, then click on the “Uninstall” button. This infection can add more than one extension, it is recommended that you remove all unknown extensions from Safari.
Next, select “Preferences”, go to the “General” tab and change the “Default Search Engine” to Google or other search engine you like. Then, in the “General” tab, find the “Home Page” and change it to “google.com” or other wanted sites.
* Disable extensions from Opera:
From the menu, select Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
Find the relevant extension, and click on “Disable” or “Uninstall”.
3.End the malicious process from Task Manager.
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Startjoysearch.com is used by criminals to force computer users to hit to a particular website, and the increase its advertising revenue. It is very difficult to get rid of and is able to bypass security detection. It is advised to download software from its official sites and read the terms and agreement before installing software on computer. Never click too fast on the installation process Otherwise, Startjoysearch.com can be automatically installed with those malicious programs and change browser settings without attention. This infection usually comes into users computer bundled with third parties. It should be eliminated as soon as possible to avoid further system damage.