Ourstartpage.com Virus - How To Remove?

 

Ourstartpage.com, just like other browser hijackers, tries to give you an impression of a legitimate search provider. It has a user-friendly interface. And, of course, there is nowhere written on its website that it, actually, is a PUP – a potentially unwanted program. However, if you entered its URL even in its own search bar and made a search about it, the first page of search results would reveal you the true nature of Ourstartpage.com.

About Ourstartpage.com Browser Hijacker

Ourstartpage.com browser add-on has shortcuts to Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Amazon and Ebay arranged in two lines on its grey background underneath the search bar. It is characteristic of rogue search engines to contain icons of the most popular websites on its main search page. No sign of the company this search provider belongs to is given on the main page.

The leading country to visit Ourstartpage.com website is Denmark because 25.56% of generated traffic comes from this country. The top-five also consists of Brazil, Thailand, Spain and India. While it used to contain its own original interface, now, once you enter Ourstartpage.com URL into an address bar, you will be simply redirected to a Google service. However, it is still possible that this domain won’t be solely operated by the reliable parties. Unknown people could still initiate monitoring and track the search queries that users execute via the search box.

While the website was still active, it ranked 930,888 globally and received a position of 27,991 In Denmark. It is being hosted in Arizona. The website was updated about a moth ago, on 23rd of June. It started its activity on June of 2016 and will expire on the same month of 2018. Even though there is some time before the website will be shut down, it already has lost its original interface that we have included into the screenshots below.

The website’s IP address is 104.25.177.22 and it informs us that it is located in California. Arin company is indicated as the registrar of this application but we do not know whether it is involved in the activity of Ourstartpage.com. If you notice the latter URL before the legitimate Google page is displayed, this could be a sign that an unknown source is silently examining your browsing activities.

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Why do Ourstartpage.com browser plug-in hijacks your default browser settings? Well, browser hijackers makes money from illegitimate advertising business, known as malvertising. This business is implemented through two strategies regarding the display of advertising content. The first method involves the promotion 3rd party websites in the search results. The second one encompasses the display o 3rd party ads on the non-affiliated websites. Furthermore, Ourstartpage.com module monitors your browsing and provide this info to 3rd party which, then, crystallize your interests and make the advertisements correspond them. What is more, this rogue application may send invitation to other hijackware and open roads to other type of malware.

Ourstartpage.com hijacker can have a different interface – look at the screenshot below. This upgraded version of the rogue search engine has a changing wallpaper. It does also greet you. The welcoming phrase may differ according to the part of the day. For instance, at noon it can alert you of the lunchtime. This updated version of Ourstartpage.com extension shows the time of your location at the moment, the day of the month, the current month and year. Nevertheless, if you want to uninstall it because of the malfunctioning specified above, you will not be able to do that with the means the developers of this malicious application provides you with. Ourstartpage.com/uninstall.html is supposed to be the address with provides you with the latter function. However, even if you click the Uninstall button, the hijacker will not let you rest in peace and keep operating on your computer.

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How does Ourstartpage.com Browser Hijacker Enter Your Computer?

Highlightly and iRobinHood software have been reported to spread Ourstartpage.com extension. Other freeware/shareware may be also involved in the distribution of the latter PUP. Thus, pay attention to the way you perform the installation of various free apps which you download from the Internet. It is not a secret that many users tend to rush through the installation steps by stubbornly clicking the Next button. We believe that from no on you will become a conscious user and cease succumbing to this fashion. Make sure to choose Advanced/Custom settings in the future because only in this mode you will have permission to opt out otherwise hidden PUPs.

Reimage or SpyHunter are the malware removal tools to be applied for the removal of Ourstartpage.com browser hijacker and all its leftovers. These automatic utilities are typically employed in the case of such infections and have already become acknowledged as efficient security software. There is a secondary option aiming at the sole elimination of this unwanted program, that is, manual removal. For manual removal refer to the guidelines below.



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Manual removal of Ourstartpage.com virus

How to remove Ourstartpage.com Virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Ourstartpage.com Virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Ourstartpage.com Virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Ourstartpage.com Virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Ourstartpage.com Virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Ourstartpage.com Virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Ourstartpage.com Virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Ourstartpage.com Virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Ourstartpage.com Virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Ourstartpage.com Virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Ourstartpage.com Virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Ourstartpage.com Virus from the list.

How to remove Ourstartpage.com Virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Ourstartpage.com Virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Ourstartpage.com Virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Ourstartpage.com Virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Ourstartpage.com Virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Ourstartpage.com Virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Ourstartpage.com Virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Ourstartpage.com Virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

     
 

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