How To Remove The HotStartSearch Virus – Redirect Removal Instructions (Fast Free Search)

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

6 Responses

  1. Richard says:

    Uninstalled the Fast free converter did the trick. Thanks

  2. Aaron says:

    Thank you. That worked.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you sooo much. This was extremely helpful and easy to understand!

  4. Kevin says:

    I removed everything manually, yet still had problems with it. Sometimes during a google search, when I clicked on the search bar to do a different search, a new tab with hotstartsearch opened.
    There was an Add-on in Firefox called “Fast Free Converter”. Because of the “innocent” name I missed it the first several times (I’ve got a whole bunch of add-ons…).

    • Rose says:

      Thank you, Kevin! I have tried the instructions on this page and have tried over 6 different virus removal programs/spyware/malware etc without success. After uninstalling Fast Free Converter no more annoying browser redirect!

      • Sean Doyle says:

        We’re glad you were able to remove it with help of a comment.

        Please note, the instructions on this page detail that suspicious and third-party programs, add-ons, and extensions should be removed (the amount of software and browser attachments is too large to list). Also note, CCleaner will absolutely disable and remove any startup setting if manually instructed to do so (Instruction: 1 > CCleaner > 3).

        Furthermore, Fast Free Converter will be edited into this article in the future given their relationship.

        Thank you to you both for your comments.

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