I wrote this article to help you remove Faststartpage.com. This Faststartpage.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The Faststartpage.com website is dangerous. Its constant appearance means that you have a cyber infection on board. A nasty browser hijacker has managed to slither in and it is now wreaking havoc. Did you download this hijacker on purpose? We doubt it. And yet, here it is destroying your previously pleasant online experience. It is using the Faststartpage.com page as a front. It is forcing it on you, it didn’t appear as if by magic. But how did the infection get in? It didn’t pop up out of the blue either. No. You allowed its entrance and you don’t even remember it. This is because it tricked you into giving your consent. This is the only way it can slither in. It relies on trickery and, most importantly, on your haste and distraction.
The infection needs your permission so it turns to the old but gold means if infiltration to get it. Like freeware, for instance. Infections often hide behind freeware bundles. Or, spam email messages, corrupted links, unverified torrents, etc. Any of these tactics will do IF you are careless. As some point, you gave the pest green light probably thinking you are giving your permission to something else. That’s why it is crucial to be extra careful.
Always double-check what you agree to. Stay away from shady pages. Don’t skip the Terms and Conditions. Never open an email from an unknown sender. Don’t click on third-party pop-ups even if they look legitimate. Know that you are the one responsible for keeping your machine safe. Don’t make yourself an even easier victim by being negligent. Infections count on that. Don’t provide it.
However, this hijacker is currently on board making a mess on your machine. The minute it enters the problems start pouring. The pest alerts your browser settings without bothering to ask for approval. It doesn’t need one anymore. It is already in and it makes reshuffles as it sees fit. You suffer constant online intrusions. You get redirected to many suspicious pages starting with Faststartpage.com. This one is crooks` favorite. It appears all the time: when you open a new tab, among the search results, etc. It even replaces your previous homepage and search engine. But there is more. The issues keep piling up.
You are also flooded with questionable pop-up ads 24/7 thanks to the hijacker. Coupons, discounts, deals, offers, best prices, comparisons, video ads, and so on and so forth. You cannot get rid of these ads. As a result from all these interruptions, browsing the web becomes an impossible task. It turns into a nightmare. You cannot find anything you are looking for. If not anything, the easiest thing to find is more malware. Most of these ads conceal more infections in them. Of course, there are some perfectly safe ones as well but you cannot tell which is which without clicking. But if you click on the wrong one, you automatically download more infections. And next time you may download a much more serious threat like a ransomware or a Trojan, for instance.
The last thing you need is compromising your machine even more. It is already struggling due to this one pest. Imagine what could happen if you download five more. You PC is currently lagging. Your system crashes often. Your browsers freeze as well. You need to act immediately. Procrastinating can only make things worse.
All of the above-mentioned issues are really annoying and they effectively ruin your online activities. However, they all pale in comparison with the privacy risk you are taking by keeping the hijacker on board. Why? It spies on your from the background. It has been doing so from the minute it entered. The parasite is programmed to monitor your every online move. But it doesn’t only observe. Oh, no. It shared too. Everything it finds, it catalogs and then sends it to the crooks behind it. These strangers with highly questionable intentions are the worst possible people to have a hold of your private details. They will not think twice before using them for their malicious purposes or selling them to third just as dangerous parties.
Either way, this will end badly for you. Don’t sit around waiting to this to happen. Delete the hijacker now. To do so manually, use our removal guide below and get rid of the infection for good. And a piece of advice for the future. Aside from being more careful, get yourself a reliable anti-malware program. Keep it up to date and perform regular scans on your machine to be sure it is infection-free.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, 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.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove 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 Faststartpage.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.