How to remove search.strtpoint.com (Virus Removal Guide)

Search.strtpoint.com (search.strtpoint.com virus, Search Start Point, Start Point Search) is a search engine with a bad online reputation. Programs used to promote this search engine, such as InstallMac have been reported to gather user browsing data and modify existing  internet browser settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer in order to cause browser redirects to search.strtpoint.com, bing.com and other websites. Programs used to promote search.strtpoint.com are found in the browser hijacker category of potential computer threats.

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Furthermore, programs used to promote strtpoint.com search engine will continuously cause affected internet browsers to redirect to and start-up on search.strtpoint.com and other websites when users open a new browser window, open a new browser tab, or search the web using the browser address bar.

Browser helper objects (BHOs), add-ons, and extensions that cause redirects to search.strtpoint.com may have permission to access, collect, control, read, and modify existing Internet browser settings, as well as install additional software. This means it may be necessary to remove multiple browser attachments and uninstall multiple programs when removing search.strtpoint.com.

How to remove search.strtpoint.com

This search.strtpoint.com removal guide will help you completely remove search.strtpoint.com virus, Search Start Point, Start Point Search, and malware from your computer to stop unwanted browser redirects to search.strtpoint.com and other websites. Follow each step below to completely get rid of this infection and repair corrupted settings.

Step 1: Scan your computer for malware

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2. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.

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4. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.

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5. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer after removal to completely remove detected files.

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6. You can additionally chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer provide a threat.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 2: Clean up and repair settings

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface. This will clean up unnecessary junk that may have been introduced to your computer.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything you do not recognize is found. This will help you locate and remove unwanted browser attachments and repair other settings.

Step 3: Uninstall unwanted software

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to access the Windows 8 Start Menu).

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2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.

3. In the list of installed programs search for unwanted program(s) and double click it or select the program in the list and select the Uninstall button.

Step 4: Remove browser attachments

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the search.strtpoint.com extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the search.strtpoint.com add-on and remove it.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the search.strtpoint.com add-on, click it, and click the Remove button.

Step 5: Remove search.strtpoint.com search engine

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove search.strtpoint.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove search.strtpoint.com search engine from the list.
  • In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to search.strtpoint.com  search engine to remove it.

Please note, If http://www.search.strtpoint.com/ is set as Google Chrome’s default search engine, add (or select) a new search engine (such as Google.com) and select the new search engine as the default search engine, then remove the unwanted search engine by clicking the X next to it.

Step 6: Remove search.strtpoint.com homepage

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove search.strtpoint.com.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove search.strtpoint.com.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
  • In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove search.strtpoint.com.com and replace it with your preferred homepage URL.