How to Remove Startjoytabsearch.com (Chrome/Firefox)

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I wrote this article to help you remove Startjoytabsearch.com. This Startjoytabsearch.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Startjoytabsearch.com is a search provider and entertainment platform. The website has basic search functionality. Its vocal point are the extra features. Startjoytabsearch.com has a toolbar with links to platforms which list information about movies, TV, sports and news. The website also links to social networks, shopping platforms, mailing clients, stream content and free games. There is a secondary search engine which only browses through a selection of websites: NewTabTV+, WhatIsMyMovie, IMDB, Hulu, Rotten Tomatoes, MRQE, TV Guide and TV.com. Another feature of the platform is a links bar. Startjoytabsearch.com provides direct access to the following popular websites: Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, Aliexpress, YouTube, Netflix, IMDB, WorldTime.News, Gossip OnlineMagazine and CBS. The welcoming user interface is a cover-up. Startjoytabsearch.com is a pawn of a hijacker.

The insidious program is not transferred through the website. Startjoytabsearch.com only works as a mediator. It allows the hijacker to perform its scheduled tasks. The platform is harmless without the presence of the hijacker. You can get infected with the rogue program in a couple of ways. The more common propagation vector is bundling. The Startjoytabsearch.com hijacker uses pirated programs, freeware and shareware as download clients. The shady tool gets included as a bonus with the main program from the bundle. The default option will be to have it installed. You have to find the setting and change it. To stay safe, read the terms and conditions of the utilities you add to your system.

The other distribution technique the Startjoytabsearch.com hijacker uses is spam emails. The covert program can merge with a document, an image, an archive or a zipped folder. The carrier file will be attached to a bogus email notification. The person behind the fake message will state that the file is a document and urge you to read it right away. A hidden script or a code can automatize the download and install of the rogue program. This is why you should never open a file before making sure it has been sent by a reliable entity. Check the contact information the sender has provided in the message.

Remove Startjoytabsearch.com
The Startjoytabsearch.com Virus

The Startjoytabsearch.com hijacker interferes with the browser’s DNS settings. This gives it control over the program’s tasks. The malevolent tool changes the homepage and default search provider to Startjoytabsearch.com. The results this engine returns are unreliable. The hijacker inserts supported results amid the regular. The sponsored content is risky. The developers of the Startjoytabsearch.com hijacker do not run the websites through a security scan. It is possible for them to contain infections. Our advice is to halt all searches until you are able to remove the clandestine program. The hijacker makes it impossible to revert back to your custom settings. It is set to keep changing them back.

There are a couple of ways to support third party content. The second method is more aggressive and effective. The Startjoytabsearch.com hijacker generates advertisements, containing bargain shopping deals. The featured goods include clothing items, furnishing elements, technological devices, interior and exterior decorations, gardening equipment, accessories, sports gear and many others. The ads are brought in different shapes and forms. Pop-up and pop-under windows are the most common. Inline, contextual, floating and transitional ads are more discrete formats. They get embedded within pages. In-text links are similar. They come as hyperlinks. The Startjoytabsearch.com hijacker shows a lot of exclusive offers, like sales, coupons, freebies and others.

Keep in mind that the advertisements redirect to unconfirmed websites. Their security status is under question. The registrant behind the Startjoytabsearch.com website has opted out of responsibility for users’ security. The domain belongs to a company from Tel Aviv, Israel called Imali – N.I. Media Ltd. The entity has issued a disclaimer of warranty and a limitation of liability statement. This allows it to avoid taking accountability. You need to protect your computer and your private details on your own.

The Startjoytabsearch.com hijacker can record different kinds of input from the web browser. It can access the browsing history, tracking cookies and keystrokes. The gathered data can be sold on dark markets. The logs from your browser can reveal your IP address, geographic location, email account, telephone number, physical address, user names, passwords and financial details. If your private data falls into the wrong hands, it can be used for theft. The owners of the Startjoytabsearch.com hijacker can sell your information to cyber criminals.

Startjoytabsearch.com Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Startjoytabsearch.com from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Startjoytabsearch.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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