What is Web-starter.biz?
How does Web-starter.biz work?
It was discovered that Web-starter.biz is hosted on the same server (IP address: 18.104.22.168) as other browser hijackers, including safebrowsing.biz, esurf.biz, safesurfs.com, and houmpage.com, all of which, of course, should be deleted. Is this a coincidence or a sign that the creators behind these search tools are up to something fishy? We believe it’s the latter, and it is possible that different companies are involved with the production of these browser hijackers. According to our research, it is most likely that these hijackers are used as advertising and promotional tools. First of all, Web-starter.biz is not a real search provider, and that is another sign that it is not reliable. When you enter a keyword, you are redirected to plusnetwork.com search engine that displays advertisements. It is possible that the hijacker earns money for redirecting you to this strange search engine and for exposing you to ads. It could even earn money for promoting easy-access links to Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, eBay, AliExpress, Amazon, Gearbest, and Banggood. Although these links are legitimate, and they route to authentic sites, you should not consider the hijacker useful because of that.
Since Web-starter.biz does not have an official installer, it must have entered your operating system in some strange, possibly clandestine manner. Was it installed along with third-party software? When the hijacker is executed, it should change the settings of your browser. It is most likely that the shortcut of your browser will be modified to launch Web-starter.biz upon startup despite the set homepage/start page. Unless you fix the shortcut, you will keep encountering the hijacker every time you launch your browser. You might encounter other threats as well if the hijacker was downloaded along with third-party software that is malicious. We strongly suggest employing a malware scanner to examine your operating system and let you know if malicious threats exist. It is exceptionally important that you discover malware as soon as possible because you might stop malicious activity in time before any harm is caused. Of course, if you become a victim of malicious activity, we can try to assist you. Use the comments section below to explain your problems, and we will try to come up with a solution ASAP.
How to erase Web-starter.biz
Web-starter.biz is a hijacker that is not only useless – as it does not work as a search tool – but also very suspicious. This hijacker can modify the browser’s shortcut, and that is why you keep facing the same unwanted page every time you launch your browser despite your attempts to modify the homepage. Our manual removal guide below shows how to fix the shortcut and how to reset your browsers. We advise resetting the infected browsers because that is how you delete Web-starter.biz fully and completely. Clearing the cache and eliminating cookies that could be installed to spy on you and leak your personal information is exceptionally important. If you do not want the hassle, and if other threats are present, all you need to do is install an automated malware detection and removal tool. As long as you install a legitimate and updated anti-malware tool, you will not need to worry about malware that exists now or that might attack later.
Fix the browser shortcut
- Right-click the shortcut of the infected browser.
- Select Properties.
- Click the Shortcut tab and find the Target area.
- Erase the hijacker’s URL (usually after iexplore.exe”/chrome.exe”/firefox.exe”) and click OK.
- Fix the remaining corrupted shortcuts.
- Open the browser and tap Alt+T.
- Select Internet options and click the Advanced tab.
- Click Reset and choose Delete personal settings.
- Click Reset again and then restart the browser.
- Open the browser and tap Alt+H.
- Select Troubleshooting Information.
- Click the Refresh Firefox button on the right.
- Click Refresh Firefox again and then restart the browser.
- Open the browser and tap Alt+F and click Settings.
- Scroll down and click Show advanced settings…
- Scroll down and click the Reset settings button.
- Click Reset and then restart the browser.
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