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Remove StartApp (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

StartApp is the suspicious program that appears as AV tool detection result Android/Adware.Startapp

StartAppStartApp is the platform and service related to ad-supported sites that create commercial content and causes frustration for many users with intrusive behavior. Aggressive advertising program gets bundled with other programs like other potentially unwanted programs, and appears on the system out of nowhere, so people are not aware where those pop-ups, banners and in-text ads come from.

The program can be called adware because it does nothing else but delivers commercial content and focuses on redirecting victims' online traffic. It even gets to be called a StartApp virus, but this is not a malicious program like ransomware or serious spyware that can significantly damage the machine.[1] However, there is no reason to keep the application on your computer or mobile device since it gives no value for the system or performance. This is considered a version of the Android virus since it affects this OS mainly.

Name StartApp
Type Adware[2]
Symptoms Shows questionable content with advertisements, promotional material, redirects online traffic to shady websites, installs other applications
Affects Computers and mobile devices
Danger Can expose the user to malicious content, install shady programs and tools without permission or knowledge
Distribution Freeware installations, promotional advertisements, other PUPs
Avoidance You should keep tools like Reimage and run those on the system more often to clean these intruders and avoid infiltration in advance
Elimination Get an anti-malware program and remove StartApp with all the related files and programs

Ads by Startapp is the indicator that can be noticed on various banners, pop-ups or other material delivered by this adware to your screen. If you can see this at the corner of the pop-up, you can be sure that this program is responsible for all those redirects and intrusive behavior you encounter on a daily basis.

StartApp creates frustrations for the user and diminishes the time online significantly. This is not a virus, rather a type of particular software created to be incredibly bothersome and annoying not malicious. There is no worry to panic but adware makes some particular change son the system that can make the removal process more difficult:

  • changed registry keys,
  • altered startup program preferences;
  • installed other applications, tools, in-browser content;
  • changed appearance of the browser;
  • homepage, search engine, new tab settings set to shady pages.

You need to remove StartApp as soon as you encounter those redirects, pop-up ads. You should rely on anti-malware tools like Reimage and clean the machine. The full system scan can indicate all the intruders and suspicious programs on the machine. Some of the anti-malware tools can even block PUPs in advance when those intruders try to get on the device. So keeping such program on the machine can improve the overall security of the computer.

StartApp removal shouldn't take too much time, especially when you use proper tools that can find all those related files, programs and the adware itself. PUPs are more dangerous because of the issue that various installations and changes happen behind the users' back.

Make sure to get rid of the program so all the Ads by Startapp content stops appearing on the screen. Also, this intruder is one of many threats that have a data tracking issue, experts[3] always note about. Each click, visit on the commercial sites, shady domain allows advertisers to access details about your online browsing preferences and location.

Ads by StartApp
StartApp is the potentially unwanted program that spreads on personal computers and Android mobile devices when the user gets bombarded with advertisements.

Intrusive software gets bundled with freeware and promoted with the help of PUPs

Potentially unwanted programs get bundled with other applications and when the installation is not performed properly, the user skips through important steps, all the packed programs get automatically loaded on the system, including adware, hijackers and even malware. This is the most common method used to distribute ad-supported threats.

You can avoid these threats if you choose Custom or Advanced installation options instead of recommended. Then, all the pre-packed programs are shown on the installation window and you can choose which ones are suspicious and remove them. 

In addition, choosing proper sources, official developers and providers of programs, the software can affect the security state of your machine. Especially when you get cracked software, skip through steps and allow all these programs to infect your device. Visiting commercial sites, clicking on pop-ups can also lead to PUP infiltration, so pay attention to all the details and material you get exposed to.

You need to get rid of StartApp virus and clean the machine no matter the type of the OS

Since StartApp removal can get difficult due to all the pop-ups and banners displayed on your screen and alterations to the system, you should rely on particular PUP elimination method – anti-malware programs. Unfortunately, those cannot work properly when the system changes are made by the intruder. So we have a few tips below.

In general, you can remove StartApp by eliminating those shady applications manually and cleaning the browser from additionally installed extensions, add-ons and so on. However, that takes time and can cause more issues if not done properly.

When you get Ads by Startapp pop-ups on Android mobile device:

  1. Reboot your device into Safe Mode.
  2. When in Safe Mode, go to Settings. Then click on Apps or Application manager (this may differ depending on your device).
  3. Here, look malicious apps and uninstall all of them.

We also recommend turning off the option that allows installing apps that belong to unknown sources. For that, go to Settings -> Security. Once there, turn off this option.

If nothing helps you remove Ads by Startapp from your phone or tablet, you should reset it to its factory settings. For that, you need to perform these steps:

  1. Click the Settings icon on your device. You can find it among other apps.
  2. Select Privacy (or Personal) and Factory reset (you can also find it as Factory data reset, Backup & reset, etc.). We recommend selecting Back up my data to protect it from the loss.
  3. Click Reset device to remove Android virus and other storage from your device.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove StartApp, follow these steps:

Erase StartApp 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 StartApp and related programs
    Here, look for StartApp 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'

Remove StartApp 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 StartApp 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'

Eliminate StartApp 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 StartApp 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 StartApp removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete StartApp 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, StartApp should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall StartApp 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 StartApp 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 StartApp removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of StartApp 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 StartApp 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 StartApp removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase StartApp 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 StartApp 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 StartApp removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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