- How To Remove?

Type: Browser Hijacker is a browser hijacker that changes your browser settings and causes lots of inconveniences on your computer. The program infiltrates into computers together with free applications. For this reason you should be very careful when you are installing anything to your computer from the Internet. You can easily avoid programs like if you pay attention to every installation step. One of them offers adding additional programs. You have to deselect any unknown applications, otherwise they will be downloaded automatically.

If you have already gotten Hotstartsearch on your computer, these are the main symptoms of its existence. First of all, your home page and default search provider will be replaced with the web page of its own. Then you will quite often start experiencing redirections to unknown websites. Your search results will be modified too. displays many ads and commercial websites expecting to create bigger traffic. One more thing that you cannot notice that easily is that the program collects your browsing history and sends this data to the remote server. Later this information can be sold to the third parties that use it to display targeted ads. is not malicious however it is definitely annoying. It badly complicates your computer work and can even lead to being infected with serious malware in case you are redirected to some dangerous website of click on an infected link. Remove from your system as soon as you notice it on your computer. Go to Start -> Control Panel, click on “Uninstall Program” on Programs area. Look for any components related to on a list of programs and uninstall them. Depending on what browser you are using, follow the instructions below:

For IE:

  • Open IE and go to ‘Tools‘ → ”Manage Add-ons’.
  • Choose ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and uninstall everything related to from the list.
  • Choose ‘Search Providers’ → choose the search engine you used before and make it your default search provider. Additionally, select ‘Web Search’, click ‘Disable suggestions’ to disable it.
  • Go ‘Tools’ → ‘Internet Options’ and select ‘General’ tab. Click ‘Use default’ or enter your own website name, or other. Finally, click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

For Mozilla Firefox:

  • Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ → ‘Add-ons’.
  • Choose ‘Extensions’ → and click ‘Uninstall’.
  • Go ‘Tools’ → ‘Options’. Finally, reset the startup homepage or change it to

For Google Chrome:

  • Click on the icon ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’, select ‘Options’.
  • Choose ‘Basic’ Options and change Google Chrome homepage to or any other browser and then click the ‘Manage search engines…’ button.
  • Choose ‘Google’ and make it your default search engine.

You are also recommended to scan your computer using a reputable antispyware program, for example, Spyhunter. Don’t forget upgrading it to its latest version to guarantee that all threats will be gone.

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

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

Automatic removal tools

Note: Reimage trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.  We might be affiliated with some of these programs. Full information is available in disclosure

Manual removal


Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on

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I have started in 2007 after wanting to be more or less independent from single security program maker. Since then, we kept working on this site to make internet better and safer place to use.

April 30, 2013 03:05, July 26, 2017 12:22

2 thoughts on “

  1. Actually, you would rather get yourself Anti-Malware application. Try using either Reimage or SpyHunter, both of them are effective fighting malware like this

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