How To Remove The Startpins.com Redirection Virus And Browser Hijacker
What is the Startpins.com redirection virus?
The Startpins.com redirection virus is categorized as well as caused by third party malware (browser hijacker). Startpins.com is known to hijack internet browser settings, including the Home Page, Bookmarks, and Provided Search Engines. In turn changing provided search engines (managed) causes internet searches and URLs typed into the web browser address bar to redirect to startpins.com. This also causes internet browsers to show startpins.com upon start up.
The startpins.com search pages may show sponsored links that can be harmful to your computer system. Such links are capable of tactically applying or installing adware and spyware applications and platforms.
Why is my Home Page Startpins.com?
If your browser’s home page has changed to startpins.com without your consent you could be infected with malware, viruses, and/or Trojans. Startpins.com is commonly referred to as an internet browser hijacker and alongside third party can hijack home pages settings changing them to startpins.com.
Why are internet searches and URLs redirecting to Startpins.com?
If your browser is redirecting to startpins.com without your consent you are (again) most likely infected with third party malware, viruses, Trojans, and/or a corrupt tracking cookie or other file has been placed on your browser and system causing searches and URLs typed into the address bar to redirect to startpins.com. There are many causes of redirections, some are not harmful. To learn more about what causes unwanted redirections and how to remove them in general click here.
The StartPins infection may have been contracted by visiting a website hosting malware, drive by downloadwebsites, and other cyber criminal phishing techniques including as spam email.
1. Remove StartPins’ Pin It Button
The “Pin It” button may have been voluntarily installed into your browser’s bookmarks (favorites). This java script bookmark allows users to pin content from the internet, while allowing StartPins to collect internet activity and personal data.
If Startpins.com’s “Pin It” button is bookmarked on your internet browser, it is recommended to remove it.
- Mozilla Firefox – Ctrl+Shift+B
- Microsoft Internet Explorer – Favorites
- Google Chrome – chrome://bookmarks/#recent
2. Repair Home Page
How to remove startpins.com home page from your browser.
1. Click Tools and select Options.
2. On the General tab, click Restore to Default or add you preferred URL.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Internet Options.
2. On the General tab click Restore to Default or add your preferred URL.
1. Click on the Wrench or 3 bar icon next to the address bar and select Settings.
2. Under the On startup section click Set pages.
3. Click the X next to startpins.com and add your preferred home page URL.
3. Repair Provided Search Engines
How to stop startpins.com redirections.
1. Click the small search arrow or magnify glass near the search bar at the top of the internet browser.
2. Select Manage search engines…
3. Select startpins.com and click remove. The search engine may be a default search engine or listed under Other search engines.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. Navigate to the Search Providers list.
3. Select startpins.com and click the Remove button.
1. Click the 3 bar or wrench settings icon and select Settings.
2. In the Search section select the Manage search engines… button.
3. Remove startpins.com by selecting the X.
If startpins.com is a default search engine, add and chose another search engine such as Google as default engine by highlighting it and clicking he “make default” transparent blue box that appears.
4. Clear Cache And Cookies
If you visited startpins.com and fear you are being traced, tracked, etc., it is recommended to delete your browser data. Sometimes websites load cookie files onto an unsuspecting computer system allowing them to collect, store, and track information such as browser activity and information. You can remove your browser cache and cookie files in your browser’s preference or settings options.
5. Anti-Malware Software (Remove/Troubleshoot Malware)
Malwarebytes is the most recommended Antivirus – Anti-Malware software used to scan, detect, and remove malware including third party browser hijackers that may have infected your system. View other Antivirus recommendations. Once malware has been detected and removed, repair your Home Page and Provided Search Engines.
6. System Restore (Remove/Troubleshoot Malware)
Perform a system restore to an automatic restore point created by Window’s each week or during system updates. This can be very helpful if you suspect a severe infection. Once complete, repair your Home Page and Provided Search Engines.