Mystart (Mystart virus) is an ad-supported potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and browser hijacker that primarily makes destructive modifications to existing internet browser settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Mystart usually enters a computer system without user knowledge alongside other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
What is Mystart?
Mystart is promoted as a sponsored and recommended web utility application that claims to provide custom and in-depth search results.
Once Mystart is installed it will make changes to affected internet browsers. It will change the homepage, browser shortcut, and default search engine. This causes affected internet browsers to start-up on and redirect to deceptive and sponsored search engines including trovi.com. Mystart is also advertisement supported so users may also notice unwanted pop-up ads.
One of the biggest concerns the cyber security community has with this unwanted program is that it serves ‘targeted’ advertisements. This is a privacy concern because targeted advertisements can only be produced by the browser hijacker if it has access to user browsing data, such as all browsing activities, bookmarks, app data, and browser history. This information is observed and used to generate advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on.
Furthermore, potential Mystart malware primarily bundles with additional unwanted programs, malware, adware, and other possible malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.
Mystart and the programs that it bundles with also schedule new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time Windows starts and remain enabled. Programs and browser attachments that bundle with this deceptive browser hijacker can also cause other issues for computer and internet users aside from pop-up advertisements including browser redirects and a loss in computer and internet functionality.
The Mystart program is usually contracted without consent or knowledge of the computer user alongside third-party programs and files, such as freeware, shareware, torrent files, and other free downloadable content. The potentially unwanted programs and files that deliver the browser hijacker can be introduced to a computer system and affected internet browsers with or without user authorization.
Computer and internet users who seek to download and install free programs and files online may be presented with an opportunity to accept or decline a ‘custom’ offer to install Mystart malware and other programs during the setup and installation process. However, the request to decline Mystart malware from installing is often presented in a very confusing manner. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline Mystart from installing and the program will install against user consent and knowledge.
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- Mystart bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and possible malware.
- Mystart can arrive on a computer system packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as download.com, Softonic, and others.
- Mystart injects visited webpages with pop-up, pop-under, in-text, and in-image advertisements.
- Mystart makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks allowing it to run every time Windows starts and to check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has previously been disabled it will enable itself to run.
How to remove Mystart
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- Step 1: Remove Mystart extensions
- Step 2: Uninstall Mystart malware from Windows
- Step 3: Remove Mystart virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner by Piriform
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Step 1: Remove Mystart extensions
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1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Mystart extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. Search for the Mystart add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.
1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.
2. Find the Mystart extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.
Step 2: Uninstall Mystart malware from Windows
1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.
3. Search for Mystart and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.
Step 3: Remove Mystart virus with Malwarebytes
1. Download and install the free or full edition of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full edition of this program enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is only a free scan and removal tool.
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2. Open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Click the Scan Now button or go to the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.
4. When the malware scan is complete you will notice a list of files it has detected. Click the Remove Selected button, then click Finish, and reboot your computer.
Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner
1. Download and install the free or full edition of CCleaner by Piriform.
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2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.
4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.