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Remove StarConcept

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

StarConcept is one of the programs that fit the ‘adware’ and ‘potentially unwanted program’ (PUP) categories. According to security experts, there are several reasons for that. First of all, it is spread by ‘bundling,’ what means that people seldom install it purposely. Second of all, it is supported by advertising and is set to show lots of sponsored pop-ups and banners promoting affiliate pages. Third of all, StarConcept adware is crammed with tracking cookies that may gather and store information about users and their browsing activities. If you want to find out more about this application, what risk does it pose, and how to remove StarConcept virus, keep reading this post.

What issues may StarConcept PUP cause?

Despite the fact that people getting used to adware-type programs that are spread actively via software packages, it is recommended to use neither StarConcept nor any of its clones. If you decide to try it, you also unconsciously agree to receive an excessive amount of commercial advertisements, rendering your PC’s resources, diminishing web browser’s performance, disclosing browsing-related information, and so on. In fact, none of above-mentioned activities can cause severe issues like identity theft or PC crash, StarConcept Ads are considered potentially dangerous as they can cause infiltration of other adwares, browser hijackers, or in some rare cases, even viruses or malware.

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How does it work?

StarConcept malware is based on the JustPlugIt engine. Besides, it is technically known as a cross-browser add-on as it is compatible with all types of web browsers, including Google Chrome, IE, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. In most of the cases, people install it along with other freewares, such as various download-managers or PDF creators. Right after that, StarConcept extension starts exhibiting its first trait – annoyance. To be more precise, it starts generating tons of pop-up, pop-under, banner, full-page ads, textual links, and other disruptive content. Unfortunately, but content tagged as ‘Ads by StarConcept’, ‘StarConcept Ads’ or ‘Powered by StarConcept,’ and similar are not only irritating. Such ads are linked to unpopular third-party websites, so clicking on them can expose you to really doubtful domains that are filled with suspicious content, such as various installers, fake software updates, misleading pop-ups, links, and so on. Thus, beware of StarConcept redirects as you can never know what destination page you may be forced to visit.

By the way, according to security experts, this adware is associated with privacy violation. Neither during the installation process nor after it StarConcept redirect virus requires for user’s authorization to collect information like search terms, visited websites, data entered in them, clicks, IP address, PC’s location, email address, and so on. Thus, weighing all pros and cons, you should not even consider delete StarConcept virus or not. Employ Reimage and perform a full system check with it.

How can StarConcept hijack my computer?

The sole purpose of StarConcept adware is to make easy money from advertising. If you have never wanted to install this “shopping assistant” but it showed up on your PC as if out of nowhere, it means that you did not pay enough attention to the freeware’s installation process and agreed to install the entire software package. Adware programs, including StarConcept, tend to spread bundled with other freewares and sharewares. NOTE: such components are always set by default. Therefore, to avoid software bundles, you should select Advanced/Custom installation option and carefully monitor the entire installation process. This way you will get the ability to see all ‘optional downloads’ and unmark ticks saying that you agree to install StarConcept virus or any of its relatives, including Surf Canyon, Fast And Safe, Coupon Monkey, and so on. If you opt for StarConcept removal, see the instructions on the Page2.

How to remove this adware/PUP?

‘Ads by StarConcept’ may not only annoy you to death but may also expose you to unreliable third-party websites. Thus, to prevent them from appearing, you should remove StarConcept adware without a delay. For this purpose, you should follow the steps provided down below:

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To remove StarConcept, follow these steps:

Uninstall StarConcept from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall StarConcept and related programs
    Here, look for StarConcept or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Eliminate StarConcept from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for StarConcept or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete StarConcept from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for StarConcept and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete StarConcept removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove StarConcept from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, StarConcept should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase StarConcept from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select StarConcept and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete StarConcept removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of StarConcept from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select StarConcept and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete StarConcept removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall StarConcept from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for StarConcept or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete StarConcept removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Kristopher12 says:
    December 28th, 2015 at 3:27 am

    I used to like this app till it started causing my web browser to show ads. Then it became impossible to browse without clicking on those fake StarConcept ads. I do not recommend using it

  2. Scot Duke says:
    December 28th, 2015 at 3:29 am

    “Ads by StarConcept”… now I know where they came from! I have endured the presence of those pop-ups for more than a month. Thank you guys for a comprehensive removal instructions. Seems that I removed StarConcept virus manually

  3. Julia C says:
    December 28th, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Why cant I remove it manually??? I deleted StarConcept from the programs list , but it keeps showing ads when I browse. I dont know whats the matter.

  4. Ryan Ramage says:
    December 28th, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Maybe StarConcept adware has some hidden components? I would perform a scan in this case or try to disable the extension o your web browsers

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