How to get rid of MySearchStart.com

September 2016


How to get rid of MySearchStart.com


MySearchStart is a browser hijacker (PUP- Potentially Unwanted Software). Once installed, it will change the homepage and default search engine of your web browser. It is usually distributed via free software (download managers, free PDF readers, video players...). MySearchStart is installed along with other parasite programs (adwares displaying popup ads, malicious toolbars,...).

AdwCleaner by Xplode


AdwCleaner is a tool created specifically for disinfection of adware:
  • Download AdwCleaner (by Xplode) on the desktop.
  • Launch the program and click on Remove and for the scan to be completed. You may need to restart the computer after the scan.
  • Once the removal procedure is complete, a report will be generated.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a disinfection tool known for its effectiveness. It can help remove residue left behind after a scan with AdwCleaner, or handle other types of infections.
  • Download and install Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Make update (Click on the "Updates" tab and then "Search for updates").
  • Launch a full scan.
  • Once the scan is complete, click on "Show results".
  • Select all detected items and click "Remove Selected". If prompted to restart the PC, accept!

Clean your browsers

First you must clean your browser shortcuts, as they have been modified by the malware:
  • Right-click on the browser shortcut > Properties.
  • In the Target field, an http address has been added after the browser_name.exe.
  • Remove this URL and save your settings.

After the disinfection procedure

You should be careful when you are installing free programs, as many of them are bundled with PUPs.
  • Before installing a program, read the EULA.
  • Always download programs from official sources.
  • On the other hand, if you use Avast! or AVG, remember to enable the detection of PUPs.
  • WOT can help you to filter websites distributing harmful program.

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