MyStartSearch is a browser hijacker, the program responsible for amending your browser and changing its home page and search settings. When the attack of it is successful, you will see mystartsearch.com site name to be displayed in the home page of your browser. Opening every new search tab will either give you Quick Start tab (in Google Chrome and Internet Explorer) or Fast Start tab (in Mozilla Firefox).

MyStartSearch virus
MyStartSearch virus

MyStartSearch virus is spread today in the Internet along with other free programs downloaded by users. It claims about itself to be some superb search engine, however, in reality it is absolutely good for nothing when it comes to obtaining and decent search results for your queries. You may notice that the home page of your browser hijacked by mystartsearch.com is full of annoying ads and various forms of intrusive online advertisement.

Clicking on such ads displayed by MyStartSearch hijacker is not recommended. Many of these ads are not safe for kids to look at, and even for grown up people as well. A lot of such ads prompt users into clicking on them, reporting various problems with your PC and offering you to download some tools that are supposedly going to fix them. In reality, this is a misleading information which has in mind to make users install other useless applications into their computers.

Obviously, because of MyStartSearch virus in your computer the whole system will work much slower than usual. You will be really fed up facing mystartsearch.com in the home page of your browser all the time. All such browser redirections through this website (hijacker) are not safe for your PC and may install a lot of malware into your system in the long or short run.

To remove MyStartSearch virus from your computer we recommend you to follow the uninstall instructions below, which will also help you to get rid of Quick Start or Fast Start add-ons (extensions) from your browser infected by this hijacker. Consider purchasing the professional (premium) version of some reliable antivirus software which will prevent all further attacks on the part of such malwares in the future.


Download antimalware we recommend you to get rid of MyStartSearch automatically (click on the button below):

IMPORTANT NOTICE before you download! GridinSoft Trojan Killer is a shareware application. Its 15-day free trial is only able to remove 2 (two) infected items for free. In case your system is seriously infected payment must be made for its full registered version, which will remove all threats identified during the scan of your computer. If your computer requires a powerful real-time protection from GridinSoft Trojan Killer to prevent your computer from being infected with MyStartSearch and similar browser hijackers in the future, payment needs to be made for its license key after 15 days of its free trial expire. If you would like to extend the duration of free trial period of GridinSoft Trojan Killer and the limit of infected items to be removed during this free trial, please create the support ticket by going to this online form. We will give you a personal temporary license key to evaluate GridinSoft Trojan Killer and will send it to you by email, hoping that you will seriously consider purchasing its full version for ultimate antimalware protection.

Steps to uninstall MyStartSearch automatically:

  • Download GridinSoft Trojan Killer through the download button above.
  • Install the software and scan your computer with it.
  • At the end of scan select the action you would like Trojan Killer to perform with infected items in your PC (“Delete“, “Ignore“, “False positive” and “Move to quarantine” actions are available). You may select some specific action for single infected item, or apply such actions to all items:
  • scan_ended

  • Click on “Apply” button to apply these actions selected by you.
  • In the upper menu of GridinSoft Trojan Killer click on “Tools” button (in the form of suitcase) and select the option “Reset browser settings“:
  • tools_reset_browser_settings

  • Choose browsers you want to be reset and select specific reset options. Finally, click on “Reset” button as shown below:
  • reset_browser

How to prevent your PC from being infected with MyStartSearch and similar browser hijackers using GridinSoft Trojan Killer.

  • In the upper menu of GridinSoft Trojan Killer click on “Protection” button (in the form of shield) and click on “Start“:
  • protection_start

  • You will notice this option enabled in system tray of your PC:
  • protection_on_in_tray

  • With this option enabled, Trojan Killer will help you to prevent execution of malicious files by you ahead of time:
  • malicious_item_blocked

  • We recommend that you click on the “Confirm” button each time threat is detected by Trojan Killer with “Protection” mode enabled.

Milestones for manual removal of MyStartSearch.

  1. Restoring the home pages of your infected browser to default parameters.
  2. Fixing the Desktop shortcuts and Quick Launch icons of your browsers infected by MyStartSearch.
  3. Additional steps to fix Mozilla Firefox browser.
  4. Resetting specific browsers (optional).

Milestone number one (1). Restoring the home pages of your infected browser to default parameters.

Restoring the home page of Internet Explorer:

  • Click on gear-wheel icon of Internet Explorer in the upper right part of it, then click on “Internet Options“:
  • Internet Explorer Internet Options

  • In the “General” tab, click on “Use new tab“, or type http://www.google.com or other site you prefer to be displayed in the home page of Internet Explorer, instead of mystartsearch.com:
  • Internet Explorer - use new tab

  • Click on “Apply” and “OK“, then restart Internet Explorer.

Restoring the home page of Google Chrome:

  • In Google Chrome browser, click on the button in the upper right corner of it (in the form of three horizontal lines), then click on “Settings“:
  • How to access Google Chrome Settings

  • Go to “On startup” section, then click on “Set pages“:
  • Google Chrome - On Startup - Set Pages

  • You will see mystartsearch.com page set to be displayed on startup. Click on the “X” button related to it and remove it. Then you may add a new page, such as http://www.google.com, or some other page you want to be displayed in the home page of Google Chrome:
  • Google Chrome Startup Pages

  • Go to “Search” section of Google Chrome Settings, then click on “Manage search engines…“:
  • Google Chrome - Search - Manage Search Engines

  • Remove MyStartSearch as the default search engine of Google Chrome by clicking on the “X” button related to it, and make Google as the default search engine of Google Chrome by clicking on “Make default” button:
  • Google Chrome Search Engines

  • Click on “Done” and restart Google Chrome.

Restoring the home page of Mozilla Firefox:

  • In Mozilla Firefox browser, click on the button in the upper right corner of it (in the form of three horizontal lines), then click on “Options“:
  • Mozilla Firefox Options

  • In the “General” tab of Mozilla Firefox, click on “Restore to Default” button, then click on “OK“:
  • How to restore Mozilla Firefox home page to default

  • Alternatively, you may select “Show a blank page” in order to see the blank page of Mozilla Firefox on startup:
  • Mozilla Firefox - Show a blank page

  • Restart Mozilla Firefox browser.

Restoring the home page of Opera:

  • In Opera browser, click on “Opera” button in the upper left part of it, then click on “Settings“:
  • Opera Settings

  • Go to the “On startup” section of Opera settings, then click on “Set pages“. Remove (delete) mystartsearch.com page from being displayed on startup of Opera browser, and add http://www.google.com to be displayed instead:
  • Opera Set Pages

  • Do not select the option to continue where you left Opera!
  • Restart Opera browser.

Milestone number two (2). Fixing the Desktop shortcuts and Quick Launch icons of your browsers infected by MyStartSearch.

  • If you use Windows XP, right-click on the Quick Launch icons of all your browsers infected by MyStartSearch, then click on “Properties“. In Windows Vista, 7 and 8 you will need to right-click on Quick Launch icons, and then right-click on the name of your infected browser again. Then click on “Properties“:
  • Fixing Quick Launch icons of browsers

  • Likewise, right-click on Desktop shortcuts of your infected browsers, then click on “Properties“:
  • Desktop shortcut properties of browsers

  • Go to the “Shortcut” tab of your infected browsers and check the destination paths to their main executable files. Make sure that they don’t contain any remnants added by MyStartSearch. If you see any of such rudiments after the main destination path to the main executable file of your infected browser, remove this rudiment, then click on “Apply” and “OK” to save all changes introduced by you:
  • Fixing the Desktop shortcut of hijacked browser

    Note! These are the clean targets to the executable files of today’s most popular browsers:
    “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” – for Internet Explorer
    “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” – for Mozilla Firefox
    “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” – for Google Chrome
    “C:\Program Files\Opera\launcher.exe” – for Opera

  • Make sure that you leave the () symbol after “exe“. Remove such rudiments of MyStartSearch from both the destination path in the Desktop shortcut and from the destination path in the Quick Launch icon of your infected browser:
  • Fixing the Quick Launch icon of hijacked browser

  • Restart your browser.

Milestone number three (3). Additional steps to fix Mozilla Firefox browser.

  • In Mozilla Firefox type “about:config” in the address bar and hit “Enter” on your keyboard.
  • Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button:
  • Mozilla Firefox about:config

  • This will open the “Settings” page of your Mozilla Firefox browser.
  • Type “keyword.url” in the search box, then right-click on it and reset.
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box, then right-click on it and reset:
  • browser.search.defaultengine

  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box, then right-click on it and reset.
  • Look for “browser.newtab.url“. Right-click on it and reset. This is a very important step that will prevent the search page of this MyStartSearch from opening in each new tab of Mozilla Firefox browser.
  • browser.newtab.url

  • Restart Mozilla Firefox browser.

Milestone number four (4). Resetting specific browsers (optional).

Use this fourth milestone only in cases other steps to remove MyStartSearch didn’t work. You might need to reset your browser infected by MyStartSearch as explained in the guidelines below.

Instructions to reset Google Chrome browser.

To reset your Google Chrome browser, please follow this guide.

Instructions to reset Mozilla Firefox.

  • In Mozilla Firefox browser, click on the button in the upper right corner of it (in the form of three horizontal lines), then click on “?“:
  • Mozilla Firefox help

  • Click on “Troubleshooting information“:
  • Mozilla Firefox troubleshooting information

  • Click on “Reset Firefox” button:
  • How to reset Mozilla Firefox

  • Alternatively, you may type “about:support” in the address field of Mozilla Firefox browser, hit “Enter” and then press “Reset Firefox” button:
  • Mozilla Firefox about:support

  • Make sure that you carefully read what happens when you reset Mozilla Firefox browser, then click on “Reset Firefox” button:
  • What happens when you reset Mozilla Firefox

  • Restart Mozilla Firefox.

Instructions to reset Internet Explorer browser.

  • Click on gear-wheel icon of Internet Explorer in the upper right part of it, then click on “Internet Options“:
  • Internet Explorer Internet Options

  • Click on the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button:
  • Internet Explorer - Advanced Options

  • Please carefully read what will take place when you reset Internet Explorer, then click on “Reset“:
  • How to reset Internet Explorer