I wrote this article to help you remove Spicystart.com. This Spicystart.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Do you see the Spicystart.com page whenever you decide to search the web? Has the site replaced your previous homepage and search engine without your permission and you are now forced to “Start the day with something spicy”? If the answer to both questions is yes, you are in trouble. There is a cyber infection on your machine and the appearance of the Spicystart.com domain is a clear sign of the invasion. To be clear, you are infected with a nasty browser hijacker. As you may know, these pests are very intrusive, meddling, annoying and also dangerous. Hosting a hijacker is a horrible idea.
Do not sit idly by, doing nothing. Take immediate measures against the threat. As soon as you spot the Spicystart.com site, accept the fact you are infected and start looking for a way to remove the pest. Prompt actions are crucial. If you give the hijacker enough time in your system, it will eventually get out of control and your situation will worsen. Do not expect the threat to disappear by itself. It won`t. It will continue to become more and more troublesome as time passes. The question is are you going to let it destroy your online activities or are you going to stop it? Choose wisely. This is your machine we are talking about.
Once the hijacker enters, it doesn’t waste any time. Problems start pouring on the second. For starters, your browsing experience changes significantly and not for the better. Oh, no. You suffer constant intrusions. All the time. For instance, the Spicystart.com page is not everywhere you look. It is like your online shadow and whatever you do, you cannot escape it. As we said, it even took the places of your previous homepage and search engine and you cannot change them back. If you want to surf the web, you are forced to use Spicystart.com and this is not good. This page is not to be trusted. It doesn’t generate the safe and accurate search results you hope for. It may show you some safe links but it mostly shows you corrupted ones. In other words, it provides quick access to malware.
Yes, the hijacker is a giant hole in your security wall. If you are not careful, you might install more pests on your machine. Bear in mind that your computer is already infected and it is underperforming. Its speed is slow, it lags all the time, it reboots. Imagine what will happen if you invite more parasites. Your online activities are already destroyed. Do not worsen your predicament. Delete the hijacker the first chance you get. The sooner it is gone, the better. For the purpose, follow our removal guide at the end of this article. It will help you deal with the intruder manually.
How did you get infected with the Spicystart.com hijacker? Usually, this type of infections travels the web bundled with other programs. The bundling technique is quite famous among crooks because it is easy and effective. But it is so effective not because of them, but because most people throw caution to the wind when installing programs. This is a mistake. Keeping your PC clean requires time and attention.
For example, when you install apps do you opt for the Custom or for the Basic settings? If you choose the latter, you must change your habits. The Basic settings are completely automatic and you do not have any control over the installation. If there are some additionally attached programs in the bundle, they get installed with no problem. The Custom settings, on the other hand, give you the chance to see and deselect all extras before you finish the installation. They just take a little bit more time but they could also save you tons of future problems.
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.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Spicystart.com from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
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).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Spicystart.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.