Startfenster.com - How to remove?

 
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Startfenster.com is listed as an browser hijacker and you should avoid getting infected with this malicious application. If you pay a visit to their official website at startfenster.com, you will se that it is a questionable search engine and an online shop at the same place. Quite an interesting duo, right? It’s originally in German and this virus is most common between users located in Germany, but people from other locations can be infected as well. This website tries to trick people that it’s a valid and trustworthy search engine and shop by displaying logos of eBay, Facebook and other well known companies. As you can see, there are all kinds of links on Startfenster.com website. You should not click on them, because they will redirect you to the third parties websites. Startfenster.com gains revenue from generating web traffic and collecting sales leads, so their main goal is to make you to click on one of those ads. This source of revenue is completely valid and a lot of companies use it to get their money from, but Startfenster.com has some problems about it. The main problem is that they do not administrate or in any other form moderate their partners that they promote. This means various cyber criminals, such as scammers and hackers can advertise on this website. As long as all those malicious ads stays on this website, is not a big problem, because you can avoid it by simply not visiting it. However, if your computer gets infected with Startfenster.com browser hijacker, you will be constantly redirected to that website. It can be opened randomly on your main web browsers’ page or on a new tab. This browser hijacker can hijack all most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. As for now, it is not available on Mac OSX, so Apple lovers can be relaxed. Once inside, this hijacker will also change your browsers’ settings, such as default search engine or home page (both to startfenster.com). It also has some attributes of an adware, because if your computer is infected with this web browser, some pop-up or banner ads will appear on your web browser from time to time. Those ads usually are labelled with a slogan “Ads by Startfenster.com” or “Brought to you by Startfenster.com” so it is not difficult to indicate them. It is also not recommended to click on them, because if you do so, you will be immediately redirected to third parties website that may be infected and cause some significant harm to your computer. Sometimes it can be really tough not to click on them because they look very appealing. Take into the consideration that most of the time they are fake. They also look very relevant to your interests because Startfenster.com is collecting your personal information, such as browsing history, search queries, your geographic location or information about your software and hardware. They optimise their ads based on this information, so they look more attractive to you. If your computer is infected with Startfenster.com, you may experience slowed-down computer workflow, some error messages appearing from time to time or even blue screen of death. If you have experienced this or other symptoms that were mentioned before, your computer is probably infected with Startfenster.com or other related browser hijacker and you have to take needed actions right now to get rid of this virus.

Startfenster.com

If you are wondering how you can get infected with such a browser hijacker – there are several most common ways. First of all, you can get infected with it when clicking on suspicious links or visiting websites with suspicious content (for instance, adult videos). The most popular way of distribution of this malicious application is bundled with other free software. Usually it is some PDF generator or some kind of media player or an “update” to your Flash player. If you want to avoid getting infected with Startfenster.com, you should pay a close attention to the installation of various freebies. Of course, it would be the best not to download anything from a suspicious looking sources, but sometimes there are some situations when you have no other choice. Do not skip any steps and opt out for a custom or advanced install mode – this way you will be able to see all available options. Read everything very closely as any information can be very important. Look for various checkboxes that can be already checked for you – this is a very important factor. If you notice that some additional software that you are not aware of is being installed alongside – do not allow it, because it can possibly be a malware or any other potentially unwanted program. In case it is too late and your computer is already infected, you should get rid of Startfenster.com browser hijacker right now. You can do it either manually or automatically. We recommend to perform this automatically, because it is more efficient and secure way to do this. Download a trustworthy anti-malware, such as Reimage, SpyHunter, StopZilla or Malwarebytes and scan your computer with it. It will automatically detect and remove the virus, so you wont need to worry about it anymore. It will also protect your computer from similar infections in the future. However, if you, for some reasons, don’t want to use this method, you can do it manually as well. Simply follow our step-by-step Startfenster.com removal guide given below.


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How to get rid of Startfenster.com browser hijacker

How to remove Starfenster virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Startfenster.de 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 Startfenster.com .
    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 Starfenster virus from your browsers

  Top Remove shortcut hijack (all browsers) (optional): If your browser opens Startfenster.com page on startup only, try this:

  • Right click on your browser icon. Choose Properties;
    Shortcut properties
  • Open Short cut tab;
    Remove url
  • Delete Startfenster.com part from target field.

  Top How To remove Startfenster.com 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 Startfenster.de, 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 Startfenster.com 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 Startfenster.com 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 Startfenster.de, 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 Startfenster.com virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Startfenster.com 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 Startfenster.com from the list.

How to remove Startfenster.com from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Startfenster.de 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 Startfenster.com, 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 Startfenster.com 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, Startfenster.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Startfenster.com 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 Startfenster.de 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 Startfenster.com, 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.

         
September 24, 2014 04:45, June 16, 2017 13:26
 

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