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Remove Mystartpage.net (Virus Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Stealing programs

MyStartPage – a questionable search tool

Mystartpage.net screenshot

MyStartPage is Chrome and Firefox startup page and search engine created by WebSyrup. The program is related to WebStart.me browser hijacker[1] and shares similar features. It can enter the system unnoticed bundled with free programs and replace default homepage or/and default search engine.

Summary
Name MyStartPage.net
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Might modify browser's settings and shortcuts
Symptoms Browser's homepage, default search engine new tab URL might be set to MyStartPage.net
Distribution methods Software bundling
To uninstall MyStartPage.net, install ReimageIntego and run a full system scan

Soon after the hijack, MyStartPage.net is set as default browser’s startup page. It includes lots of links to social networks, video, and music streaming sites, news and sports portals, and other useful corners of the web. However, these changes and functionality might not be appreciated by those who haven’t installed it on purpose.

The so-called MyStartPage virus spreads bundled with free programs. For this reason, it can enter the system unnoticed. Users can spot it only when they open the affected web browser. However, they might be unable to set their previous search provider easily. It seems that the program alters browser’s settings to remain longer on it.

However, MyStartPage.net virus can be eliminated by uninstalling suspicious browser extensions and resetting web browser. Automatic removal is possible too. But you need to obtain ReimageIntego or another anti-malware software first.

Modified browser’s settings are not the only reason why cybersecurity specialists recommend MyStartPage removal. The program is related to DuckDuckGo which might also be identified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).[2]

Security experts from NoVirus.uk[3] warn that you might encounter unpleasant MyStartPage.net redirect issues when using this tool and end up on a high-risk website. The same problems were reported about the ads displayed by the hijacker.

MyStartPage.net also uses tracking cookies to collect various information about users and use it for advertising purposes. Therefore, you might receive targeted ads that are based on your search queries or browsing history. Interest-based ads are designed to get user’s clicks in order to get income.

Generating pay-per-click revenue is a legitimate activity. However, an increased amount of ads is annoying, and as we have mentioned, a potentially dangerous activity. Fortunately, MyStartPage.net removal can help to diminish the number of ads.

We have already told that it is possible to remove MyStartPage using reputable security software. However, after system scan, you should reset Chrome, Firefox or another affected browser too. It helps to delete tracking cookies. However, if you do not want to use additional tools, you can get rid of the hijacker by following manual removal guide below the article.

Mystartpage.net virus exampleMystartpage.net is a questionable search engine that has features of the browser hijacker.

Shady methods that are used in PUP distribution

The main page of MyStartPage includes a link to download website. However, it offers to install NetGroove web browser. The similar problem exists with other two links that are supposed to redirect to Chrome and Firefox app download page. However, they lead to nowhere.

It goes without saying that there’s another method used for spreading the PUP. Indeed, it was noticed spreading with various free programs, including PDF converters, music or video players, etc. The application is hidden in Standard/Quick settings.

If you use Standard setup, you give indirect permission to install all apps that are attached to the primary program without even knowing it. Hence, you should never use them. Instead, opt for Custom/Advanced settings that allow monitoring the process and stopping unwanted apps from entering the system.

Get rid of MyStartPage.net

You can remove MyStartPage.net manually and automatically. The latter method is simpler and requires scanning the computer with security software and resetting the browser. The manual elimination requires putting more effort.

Our team has prepared manual MyStartPag removal guide below. If it seems clear, do not hesitate and begin the procedure. Otherwise, opt for the automatic removal method. It will ensure that all hijacker-related components are wiped out entirely.

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To remove Mystartpage.net, follow these steps:

Remove Mystartpage.net from Windows systems

Follow the instructions to uninstall MyStartPage.net from Windows OS:

To remove Mystartpage.net from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Mystartpage.net (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Mystartpage.net from Mac OS X system

Remove Mystartpage.net from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Mystartpage.net-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Mystartpage.net, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Mystartpage.net and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Mystartpage.net-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Mystartpage.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Mystartpage.net and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Mystartpage.net removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Mystartpage.net from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Mystartpage.net-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Mystartpage.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Get rid of all questionable Firefox extensions and reset the browser as explained below:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Mystartpage.net and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Mystartpage.net did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Mystartpage.net removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Mystartpage.net from Google Chrome

To clean Google Chrome and use your preferred search engine, follow these steps:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Mystartpage.net by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Mystartpage.net in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Mystartpage.net-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Mystartpage.net removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Mystartpage.net from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Mystartpage.net and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Mystartpage.net registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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