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  (10/100) redirect. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker redirect is common problem, which annoys many Internet users at the moment. It is closely related to browser hijacker that is capable to modify the system as soon as it manages to get inside it. For that, it exploits security vulnerabilities just like any other malware application. As soon as this browser hijacker attacks its target PC system, it modifies some of its parameters and leaves HotStart Search box instead of user's default search engine. Besides, may appear as your start page and new tab page as well. If you have been suffering from Redirect on your computer, you should check its system with updated anti-spyware because it is a clear sign that your PC is infected with hijacker.

HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH redirect? redirect starts when PC gets infected with the browser hijacker. Normally, this virus can come on your computer in a bundle with other programs (either malicious or not) that are downloaded from the Internet. When it gets installed, HotStartSearch attacks all Internet browsers and starts interrupting every search session with constant redirections to Though it claims that its search is powered by Yahoo, you should be careful with that because it may still return altered search results for you. We recommend eliminating this virus from the computer and using trustworthy search engine.


If you have been suffering from redirects, you should check your computer with the updated Reimage or other reputable anti-spyware, After that, make sure you follow these steps in order to fix your PC completely:

Questions about redirect

Click Start – > Control Panel -> Select Add or Remove Programs. Here, select the program you want to remove (HotStartSearch in this case) and click Remove.

Internet Explorer:

Open Internet Explorer, go ‘Tools‘ -> ”Manage Add-ons’ -> ‘Toolbars and Extensions’. Here, look for HotStartSearch and click 'uninstall'. Now open IE once again and click Tools -> Internet Option -> General tab. Enter Google or other address to make it the default start page.

Mozilla Firefox:

Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Add-ons’ -> ‘Extensions’. Find HotStartSearch and click ‘Uninstall’. Now open Mozilla Firefox once more, go to Tools -> Options -> General -> Startup and select 'Show a blank page' when Firefox Starts or set a certain website, like Google or similar.

Google Chrome:

Open Google Chrome, click on wench icon, go to settings and choose 'Manage search engines'. Change search engine to google or other and delete HotStartSearch from the list. Then Go to section “On start” and make sure you get blank page while creating new tab.

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