What is search.startjoytabsearch.com?
If you have downloaded the StartJoyTab extension, Search.startjoytabsearch.com must have modified your browser’s homepage as well. At the moment, this hijacker only affects Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers, but we cannot guarantee that different browsers will not be targeted in the future. Our hope is that this hijacker disappears altogether because all it can do is jeopardize your virtual security. Sure, it looks like a regular search provider, but the looks can be deceptive. If you only pay attention to the interface of the hijacker, it definitely can appear to be harmless. However, if you analyze it on a deeper level, you are bound to realize that it can work in a suspicious, potentially malicious manner. It should come as no surprise that we advise deleting Search.startjoytabsearch.com. Our Anti-Spyware-101.com research team classifies this hijacker as a security threat, and you can find all facts supporting this in the guide. If you cannot wait to remove the infection, check out the instructions below.
How does Search.startjoytabsearch.com work?
Search.startjoytabsearch.com is a hijacker that is unlikely to spread on its own. As you already know, an extension might be linked to this infection, and its distribution is still quite unpredictable. The official download page is startjoytab.com; however, at the moment, it does not work. When the installer works, it should offer the extension for Firefox and Chrome users. Of course, the creator of this suspicious software (Imali Media; also responsible for Easysearchit.com, Betternewtabsearch.com, etc.) is likely to use the services of third-party software distributors as well. Their installers might be promoted on descargar.es, malavida.es, and similar suspicious websites. Unfortunately, malicious third-party software distributors care only about the dispersion of the programs they are responsible for, and they might be spreading malware as well. If Search.startjoytabsearch.com and StartJoyTab came bundled with dangerous infections, they might cause different kinds of problems, and so you need to remove them too. If more dangerous threats are found (we advise using a malware scanner), we advise deleting them as soon as possible.
As we have already established, the interface of Search.startjoytabsearch.com can be deceiving. The easy-access links to instagram.com, netflix.com, tvguide.com, ebay.com, amazon.com, and other websites are legitimate, and that might trick users into trusting this hijacker. However, we cannot guarantee that you will browse the web reliably by using the search provider linked to Search.startjoytabsearch.com. This hijacker redirects to Yahoo Search, and while we have nothing against this popular provider, you must keep in mind that the results displayed to you might be tainted. It is quite possible that the hijacker is being used as an advertising tool, and sponsored links could be shown to you via the results page. Furthermore, the creator of this hijacker might sell information about you – or share it with partners for free – to help them develop more successful marketing strategies or, possibly, virtual scams. All in all, this suspicious search tool does not offer beneficial services, and you should not put your virtual security at risk for nothing.
How to delete Search.startjoytabsearch.com
How much experience do you have deleting undesirable programs? What about hijackers? Malware can be very difficult to eliminate, but this is not the case with Search.startjoytabsearch.com. Of course, the infections that might have been installed along with this hijacker could be more dangerous, and so we advise inspecting all threats before you choose one specific removal method. Let’s say a reliable malware scanner discovers dangerous, critical infections. If that is the case, we encourage you to install an anti-malware tool that will automatically eliminate all threats. The right tool will also automatically remove Search.startjoytabsearch.com. If you decide to stick with manual removal, keep in mind that every infection is unique, which means that you might have to eliminate them using different approaches. The guide below shows how to delete StartJoyTab, and, if you succeed, the hijacker should be erased at the same time.
- Launch the browser and tap keys Ctrl+Shift+A.
- In the Add-ons Manager menu select Extensions.
- Identify the undesirable extension and click the Remove button next to it.
- Restart the browser to check if the homepage was restored.
- Launch the browser and tap keys Alt+F.
- Move the cursor over to More tools and then select Extensions.
- Identify the unwanted add-on and click the recycle bin icon next to it.
- Select Remove and then restart the browser to check the homepage.
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