How to get rid of MyStart Search

September 2016


How to get rid of MyStart Search


MyStart.com is a browser hijacker that takes control of your web browser and change its settings:
  • Modify the default homepage.
  • Modify the default search engine.

To get rid of MyStart follow the below procedure:

Via the Control Panel

  • Go to the Start menu.
  • Open the Control Panel > Programs and Features
  • Uninstall the following programs:
    • Feven
    • MyStart Toolbar

Remove MyStart Search from the startup programs

  • Open the Run tab.
  • Type the following command: msconfig
  • Go to Startup tab.
  • Uncheck SearchProtection.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a cleaning program that can help removing malwares. After downloading and installing Malwarebytes, click the "Updates" tab and run "Search for updates". Then, launch a full scan and click "Show results" after the end of the scan. Check all detected items, then click "Remove Selected". Reboot the PC, if asked to.

AdwCleaner by Xplode


AdwCleaner is a software created specifically for cleaning adwares. Launch AdwCleaner and click on Remove. You will probably need to reboot the computer after the scan.

Clean your web browsers

Remove browser extensions:
  • Firefox: Tools > Add-ons > Extension tab.
  • Google Chrome: Click on the Settings menu> Tools / Extensions
  • Remove the MyStart toolbar, Feven and any other parasites extensions.

Set your homepage and search engine.

Avoid getting infected again

You should be careful when installing free programs, as many of them are bundled with PUPs.
  • Read the EULA/TOS before installing softwares and always download programs from official sources.
  • If you are using Avast! or AVG, enable the detection of PUPs.
  • WOT can help you to filter websites distributing harmful programs: http://ccm.net/faq/7386-wot-web-of-trust.

SpyHunter -Beware of fake security blogs

  • When you perform a Google search on MyStart.com, fake security blogs are displayed in the result pages
  • These sites offer disinfection solutions in the form of a fix (specific tools).
  • This fix turns out to be a paid anti-spyware (Spyhunter, YAC or Spyware Doctor)!
  • These fake security blogs earn money for each successful installation or sale of the anti spyware.
  • Free alternatives exist, so you don't need to pay for such programs!

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