What is Search.mystartabsearch.com?
Search.mystartabsearch.com is a rather questionable search tool that appears in the place of a default search engine on Google Chrome. Also, it changes the New Tab page settings, so you will see it every time you open a new tab as well. You see this questionable search engine every day not without a reason. It is very likely that you have installed the MyStartab extension from mystartab.com or another source, if Search.mystartabsearch.com has replaced the settings of Google Chrome and you see plusnetwork.com in the place of the default search engine on Mozilla Firefox. Yes, this extension is compatible with these two browsers only. As it is responsible for the presence of questionable search engines on your browsers, you need to eliminate this browser extension ASAP to undo the changes it has applied. In some cases, users decide not to do anything and keep Search.mystartabsearch.com (or plusnetwork.com) in the place of their default search tools. Of course, you are the one who can decide what to do in this case, but you should know that security specialists at anti-spyware-101.com do not recommend keeping and using these search tools. There are, of course, several reasons why they cannot say that these search engines are trustworthy.
What does Search.mystartabsearch.com do?
- Pages views
- Usage statistics
- Demographic information
- IP address
- The type of browser
Unfortunately, these are not the only types of information collected. According to specialists working at anti-spyware-101.com, personally-identifiable details like your name, email address, country of origin, telephone number, and title might be recorded too if you provide this information yourself by, for example, registering for an account. Both personally and non-personally identifiable information might be shared with third parties, so if you do not wish to tell anything about yourself to third parties, you should really consider eliminating the MyStartab extension in the near future.
Where does Search.mystartabsearch.com come from?
You definitely see Search.mystartabsearch.com (or plusnetwork.com) because you have a particular browser extension installed on your PC. Even though it can be downloaded from mystartab.com (its official website), a bunch of users say that they have not downloaded this piece of software themselves, but they still see it, which suggests that the MyStartab browser extension might enter computers somehow differently too, for example, it might be spread in software bundles. According to our researchers, even though the bundling method is quite popular these days, this extension might have been installed on your PC when you clicked on a pop-up advertisement. Such ads are usually shown by adware installed on the computer. Therefore, we suggest scanning the system with a diagnostic scanner after the deletion of the MyStartab extension, especially if you remember clicking on some kind of advertisement that has appeared on your screen recently.
How to delete Search.mystartabsearch.com
In order not to see the questionable search engine from your computer, you have to erase the MyStartab extension. If you have never deleted a browser extension yourself and do not know where to start now, you should use our manual removal guide which you can find below this article. Of course, the manual method is not as quick as the automatic one, so if you want to save your valuable time, you should use an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter instead of trying to erase this undesirable software by yourself. You will have to scan your PC with the automatic tool only once.
Remove Search.mystartabsearch.com manually
- Open your browser.
- Tap Alt+H and click Troubleshooting information.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- Click on the Refresh Firefox once again.
- Open your browser.
- Tap Alt+F.
- Select Settings.
- Scroll down and then click Show advanced settings.
- Click Reset settings.
- Click Reset.
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