Startxxl.com Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Startxxl.com virus refers to a devious browser hijacker which mostly specializes in adult-oriented content. Its main audience is German-speaking users as many of the services that the domain promotes are written in this language. No wonder this website has become the 93,351 top-visited page in Germany, meaning that many people open it daily. We have encountered browser hijackers that are popular in this region. For instance, Startfenster.de and Eusearch.org.

Additional information about Startxxl.com browser hijacker

Startxxl.com redirect virus is brought into browsers with a Startxxl add-on which is meant to be enabled in Mozilla Firefox. In the official extension store of this application, we found only one review, which indicated that this infection displays a lot of pornographic, adult content which is inappropriate for minors and could transmit viruses (Pornhub users targeted with malware ads). The add-on requires users’ to allow the tool to access browser tabs and activity during navigation. Since we do not regard this search engine as trustworthy, we are not eager to indicate this tool as reliable.

Startxxl.com virus

Many malware parasites have tendencies of presenting material which is directed to adults, like Adexchangegate.com redirect which also presents a lot of shifty ads. The main issue is that these rogue search engines hijack browsers’ settings and begin to be treated as preferences without users’ permissions. Startxxl.com virus was explained to have been created an add-ons developers called “uepselon” and they all are meant to serve German-speaking users.

The primary reason why people are reporting Startxxl.com browser hijacker is simple: it starts featuring in browsers without authorization and people have no idea how the tool got in. A likely answer is that the add-on was distributed together with other software applications that users had recently installed into their browsers (Encountering the wild PUPs). This is a very frequent mistake even though people should already know that selecting advanced or custom modes during installation process is the key to having a secure installation process.

Startxxl.com virus is also active in Brazil, Austria, Korea and Czech Republic. Also, with the service, people are allowed to create a custom homepage for themselves. This includes news from CNN, weather forecasts, section for Sports Illustrated, a handy translator, clock and quick image search.

Startxxl.com hijacker

However, by registering to this service, people will have to reveal their email address, first name and last name, gender, country and language. We do not think that an unknown search engine should be aware of this information. Therefore, we encourage users to get rid of this browser hijacker as soon as possible. Protect yourself from re-appearing pop-ups that will display new windows from Pomnd.pro or another ad-serving platform.

Protection against malware

If you are worrying about your operating system being infected with malicious parasites, we are offering you a chance to run a scan with Reimage and leave all your worries behind. This is a very wise decision because people will be allowed to run scans on demand and figure out whether their operating systems need to be cleaned.

An infection with a browser hijacker might be starting point to more disturbing viruses. For instance, a malicious pop-up might be presented which will lead to a website, hosting exploit kits. This means that if your device has any vulnerabilities, they might be exploited for the purpose of delivering malware into your computer.

To initiate a safer browsing, we hope you will consider the following adjustments. First of all, install a reliable AdBlocker which will protect you from miners like Crypto-Loot. In addition to this, never install software applications that might be trying to make unwanted modifications to your browsing.

Therefore, install only essential applications that are considered as reliable. For instance, getting Startxxl add-on is a questionable decision because it can hijack your browsers’ preferences and force you to view adult-oriented content. In addition, it will display fake surveys and other content that might be malware-laden or plan to phish out your personally-identifiable information.



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Guidelines for the removal Startxxl.com virus

How to remove Startxxl.com virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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 Startxxl.com virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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 Startxxl.com virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Startxxl.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 Startxxl.com virus from the list.

How to remove Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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, Startxxl.com virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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 Startxxl.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.

     
 

About the author

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I’m a virus researcher and my field of specialization involves but is not limited to the newly-developed ransomware variants. In my opinion, crypto-viruses are highly-underestimated and some Internet users have very few opportunities to learn about their symptoms before it is too late. Our goal here in 2-viruses.com is to make sure that crucial information about the most relevant malware samples would be available for everyone.

 
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