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How To Remove The Search.autocompletepro.com Redirection Virus and Autocomplete Pro Plugin Extension Hijacker

What is the Search.autocompletepro.com redirection virus?

Search.autocompletepro.com redirections (AutocompletePro Plugin, Auto Complete Pro) are caused by malware, and is categorized as a browser hijacker. Search.autocompletepro.com, while utilizing their AutocompletePro Plugin, installs onto computer systems and hijacks internet settings, in turn changing home pages and provided (managed) search engines. This causes internet browsers to start up at Search.autocompletepro.com and browser searches to redirect to search.autocompletepro.com without owner/user consent.

Autocompletepro Virus

Search.Autocompletepro.com, Autocompletepro.com, and the AutocompletePro Plugin are not safe to use. They are considered dangerous for many reasons concerning   invasion of privacy, ethics, and cyber criminal activity. By using AutocompletePro and the AutocompletePro Plugin (as cleverly stated in their terms), you are allowing them collect you personal information including web history. They use this information to provide what they claim are “enhanced” searches and links. In reality the links they provide are sponsored (they’re paid for), by what could be a drive-by-download website or a link that allows the installation of third party malware, including adware and spyware platforms.

If issues causing redirections to Search.autocompletepro.com are not resolved you are at high risk of becoming a victim of cyber crime involving credit theft, extortion, identity theft, and other forms of severe criminal activity.

Browser hijackers and redirections to unwanted websites in general is often the first sign of a malware, virus, and/or Trojan infection. Use the detection and removal steps provided in this article to protect you and your computer from further issues which may results in complete computer functionality.

Why is my Home Page Search.autocompletepro.com?

If your browser’s home page changed to search.autocompletepro.com without your consent you are likely infected with third party malware, viruses, and/or Trojans. search.autocompletepro.com, and associated websites such as Mysearchresults.com are commonly referred to as internet browser hijackers and alongside third party malware can hijack home page settings to accommodate search.autocompletepro.com.

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Why are internet searches and URLs redirecting to Startpins.com?

If your internet browser is redirecting to search.autocompletepro.com while performing searches and typing URLs into the browser’s address bar without your consent you are (again) most likely infected with third party malware, viruses, Trojans. Search.autocompletepro.com uses the AutocompletePro Plugin for Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer to alter provided search engines, causing browsers to redirect to search.autocompletepro.com and/or associated websites. The search results found on search.autocompletepro.com may contain malicious third party links. Also note, simply visiting search.autocompletepro.com and using the search allows AutocompletePro to attach itself to your internet browser’s provided engine.

Search.Autocompletepro.com Redirection Virus

The search.autocompletepro.com redirection virus may have been contracted by visiting a website hosting malware, drive by download websites, and other cyber criminal phishing techniques including as spam email and malicious social media links. Also note, search.autocompletepro.com may have been voluntarily initiated onto your computer sytem. You can download the AutocompletePro plugin from the autocompletepro.com website (image).

How To Remove The AutoComplete Pro Virus

  1. Anti-Malware Software – If necessary, scan, detect, and remove malware.
  2. System Restore  – Restore system to a date and time before infection and/or issues.
  3. Uninstall AutocompletePro – Uninstall Autocompletepro program.
  4. Remove AutocompletePro Plugin – Remove AutocompltePro plugin.
  5. Repair Home Page – Remove search.autocompletepro.com as home page.
  6. Repair Provided Search Engine – Stop redirections to search.autocompletepro.com.
  7. Clear Cache And Cookies – Delete browser data and tracking cookies.

1. 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.
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2. 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.

3. Uninstall AutocompletePro (Uninstaller)

AutocompletePro installs a program onto your computer. If available, you must uninstall AutocompletePro before you can properly remove the AutocompletePro Plugin and stop redirections to search.autocompletepro.com.

1. Access Window’s Start Menu and select Control Panel

2. Select Uninstall a program or Add and remove programs

3. Find and double click AutocompletePro in the list of installed programs or highlight and click Uninstall.

Uninstall AutocompletePro

4. Remove AutocompletePro Plugin

How to remove the AutocompletePro Plugin.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Click Tools and select Add-ons. (Ctrl+Shift+A)

2. On the Extensions and Plugin tabs, find the AutocompletePro plugin and remove it.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for AutocompletePro plugin and remove it.

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Wrench or 3 bar icon next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.

2. Click the trash can next to AutocompletePro plugin for chrome to remove.

Remove AutocompletePro Plugin

5. Repair Home Page

How to remove search.autocompletepro.com from your home page.

Mozilla Firefox

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.

Google Chrome

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 search.autocompetepro.com and add your preferred home page URL.

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6. Repair Provided Search Engines

How to stop your browser from redirecting to search.autocompletepro.com.

Mozilla Firefox

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 search.autocompletepro.com and click remove. Search.autocompletepro.com may be set as default 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 search.autocompletepro.com and click the Remove button.

Google Chrome

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 search.autocompletepro.com by clicking the X.

If search.autocompletepro.com is a default search engine, add and chose another search engine such as Google as a default engine by selecting Google (etc) and clicking he “make default” transparent blue box that appears.

Search.Autocompletepro.com Hijack

7. Clear Cache And Cookies

If you visited search.autocompletepro.com and fear you and your personal data are being traced, tracked, etc., it is recommended to delete your browser data. Search.autocompletepro.com loads 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.

Lead Editor

Jared Harrison is an accomplished tech author and entrepreneur, bringing forth over 20 years of extensive expertise in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and various other tech domains. He has made significant contributions to the industry and has been featured in multiple esteemed publications. Jared is widely recognized for his keen intellect and innovative insights, earning him a reputation as a respected figure in the tech community.

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