Spicystart.com Browser Hijacker - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Spicystart.com website itself is not a virus – it is just a consequence of a browser hijacker add-on installed on your Internet browser. However, due to the reason that this website is automatically set as homepage and default search engine on affected web browsers, we cal this virus Spicystart browser hijacker.

If your computer is infected with it, you are most probably going to experience automatically changed homepage as well as search provider, different search results and additional advertisements leading to websites you should not be visiting. If at least one of those symptoms seems to be familiar to what you are experiencing and you have a suspicion that it is due to Spicystart, please continue reading this article and lear how to solve the problem.

SpicyStart.com virus remove

Spicystart.com malicious features

SpicyStart extension is completely compatible with all most popular web browsers out there, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. If it gets added to one of those Internet browsers, it will make some changes automatically, without even asking you about that.

First of all, both homepage and default search engine will be set to www.spicystart.com and from that moment you will have to pay a visit to this website in order to start browsing the internet. According to the stats from Similar web, 100% of traffic to Spicy Start is direct. That is a clear sign that it’s a browser hijacker, because it is not indexed on any search engines and gains all the traffic from computer users that visits the page directly when a web browser is opened because it is hijacked.

Speaking of the website itself, it looks like a standard page used by browser hijacker. It only features a search box and several links in the footer. If you try to search for something using this search service, you will receive results that most probably are generated by Yahoo search engine. However, this feature is not disclosed by SpicyStart.com. Besides that fact, we do not recommend to use or trust this search page and there are couple of reasons why.

First of all, all search queries submitted to spicystart.com are likely to be recorder. That being said, if you expose some of your private information there, it can be easily leaked – transferred or sold to third parties. Various publishers of malware are using it to target new victims, so in this case you would be more likely to experience attacks from cyber criminals.

Second reason not to use SpicyStart- some of the results might be corrupted. They might alternate results page without your consent and insert links to unreliable websites. This way you might end up on a websites owned by various cyber criminals, such as hackers or scammers and get infected with other malware.

Lastly, using SpicyStart as your homepage is simply inconvenient. Websites like Google or Yahoo are much more sensible start pages and you just stick with them. Spicystart.com virus might also be the reason why your web browser is freezing and working slower than it used to before.

Good thing is that we have discovered and covered tons of various browser hijackers similar to this one in the past, so we know how to deal with it and can provide you with needed assistance. Viruses like Ampxsearch.com or Newtab.today are really similar to this one, so same removal method can be applied.

Basically, what you need to do can be separated into two different levels – you need to remove malicious files of Spicystart.com browser hijacker from your computer and also disable it on your web browser and restore settings. While everything related to web browser can be easily fixed manually, it might be a struggle to remove all files associated toSpicystart.com virus by yourself. That’s why we recommend to scan your computer with anti-malware application, such as Reimage. It features both paid and free versions, so it’s up to you which one to choose. This malware should be easily recognised and removed by Reimage just in a couple of minutes.

Once that’s done, you need to reset your settings on web browser. Please follow instructions provided below this article to do that manually. Also, you can ask us a question in the comments section below.



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Uninstall Spicystart.com from web browsers

How to remove Spicystart.com browser hijacker using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Spicystart.com browser hijacker 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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker .
    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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker from your browsers

  Top How To remove Spicystart.com browser hijacker 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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker, 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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker 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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker 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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker, 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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Spicystart.com browser hijacker 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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker from the list.

How to remove Spicystart.com browser hijacker from IE 11:

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

  Top How to remove Spicystart.com browser hijacker 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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker 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 Spicystart.com browser hijacker, 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.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Spicystart.com browser hijacker, 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 2-viruses.com.

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November 17, 2017 06:57, November 17, 2017 10:16
 
   
 

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