What is Loadstart.net?

Loadstart.net is a questionable search page that can emerge in your browsers after a browser hijacker finds its way to your system. The appearance of this authentic-looking search engine could put your virtual security at risk, according to our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com. Unfortunately, this threat can show up in all three of your browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Our tests show that this browser hijacker alters your Target lines, which is an intrusive and covert technique schemers tend to use when they want their infections to keep appearing even after users try to remove them from their browsers. Since this hijacker can introduce you to potentially unreliable third-party web content through the contents it may display, you should not wait till you infect your computer with more malicious programs or you become a victim of an online scam; you should remove Loadstart.net now. For the details and potential risks regarding this browser hijacker, please continue reading our report.test

Where does Loadstart.net come from?

Our specialists have found that this browser hijacker is mostly popular in India and the USA. If you are aware of the possible ways in which this threat is distributed over the net, you can actually protect your computer from similar infections. We have discovered that this infection is hosted on a web server (IP: together with dozens of other similar threats, such as Safesurfs.com, Trustedsurf.com, Esurf.biz, and Houmpage.com. These are indeed identical clones of each other. So it is quite likely that they belong to the same family and are created by the very same creators. We have found that this hijacker can use the usual methods its peers or “siblings” spread by. First of all, you may click on a third-party ad (e.g., a pop-up) that promotes a fake software updater. But instead of installing an update, you simply drop this browser hijacker onto your computer, or in a worse case, a whole bundle of malware threats.

You can click on such ads if there are malware infections on your system, such as adware applications and browser hijackers. But you can also encounter such corrupt contents when you end up on suspicious file-sharing websites, let us say, after a web search on a free application or any other free file, such as music or video file. You would not even think that you are on a malicious or fake page because you are unfamiliar with the site. Since you may see 3-4 download buttons, you would be a bit confused as to which one to click on, but you may not think that one or more of them could be corrupt and lead to downloading a bundle of malicious software installers. This is however how most users actually infect their system with such “uninvited guests” as adware programs, fake alerts, keyloggers, and browser hijackers. If this could have happened to you, we recommend that you delete Loadstart.net right now and detect all other potential threat sources by applying a reliable online malware scanner. You can find free scanners on the web but make sure that the one you choose to use is a reliable one before you let more infections on board.

How does Loadstart.net work?

This browser hijacker offers you a number of quick links apart from the main search tool. These links appear as thumbnails below the search box. What is quite suspicious at first sight for an experienced user is that there are no legal documents (EULA and Privacy Policy) and no uninstall instructions and you would expect from a legitimate page or tool. We have also found that clicking on some of these thumbnails could take you to potentially unsafe sites as well as you could be exposed to unreliable third-party ads on the sites you get redirected to. This browser hijacker can generate revenue by driving web traffic to affiliated websites. Therefore, it is only obvious that this infection will try to introduce you to as many third-party contents as possible through the search results as well. Most browser hijackers in general usually redirect your search keywords to popular and reputable search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. This search page, however, uses plusnetwork.com to show you results. The problem is that these results could be manipulated and contain potentially unreliable ads and links that could link to malicious websites operated by cyber criminals. Ending up on such pages may cause more malware infections on your system, but you may also be scammed in a number of other ways that could cost you money, too. If you want to feel safe and use a secure computer, you should not think twice before you remove Loadstart.net.

How can I delete Loadstart.net?

After the cold shower regarding the risks, we should show you the solution, too, leading out of this infection. First, you need to change your Target lines so that they do not point to this suspicious search engine. Then, you can reset your browsers. If you need assistance with these steps, please use our instructions below as a reference. If you want to protect your system from future malware attacks, you need to take web surfing more seriously and you need to become a more cautious surfer. Unless, of course, you are ready to defend your PC with a proper security tool, such as SpyHunter, which can automatically detect and annihilate all possible malware threats.

Restore your Target lines

  1. Right-click on your browser shortcut on your desktop.
  2. Select Properties and go to the General tab, where the Read-only box has to be unticked.
  3. Choose the Shortcut tab and restore the Target line by deleting the undesirable URL from the end.
  4. Press OK.
  5. Right-click on the browser shortcut on your Taskbar.
  6. Find the browser name option at the bottom and right-click on it.
  7. Repeat steps 2 to 5 to restore the Target line.
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 to restore all other Target lines.

How to remove Loadstart.net from browsers

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click Refresh Firefox and then, click Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window.
  3. Click Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and pick Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Reset settings.
  4. Press Reset in the pop-up.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and choose Internet Options.
  2. On the Advanced tab, click Reset.
  3. Select the Delete personal settings checkbox and press Reset.
  4. Press Close.
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