What is Mystartsearch.com

Mystartsearch.com by Skytech Co. Ltd is nasty browser hijacker that affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. Main symptoms of infection are: homepage and default search are set to http://www.mystartsearch.com in all installed browsers, when user tries to change settings they revert back. Mystartsearch.com can infect shortcuts also. Mystartsearch.com uses Yahoo search engine, but can implement unwanted advertising. Use instructions below to remove MyStartSearch.com from your computer.

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How Mystartsearch.com infected your PC

Mystartsearch.com uses doubtful distributing methods. It is bundled with free software, and those free programs, usually, fail to inform users about it. Mystartsearch.com is included in installation package as default option. Unless you decline this offer or uncheck certain check-box you are at risk of being infected. Regular antiviruses cannot detect Mystartsearch.com. Use SpyHunter 5 to remove Mystartsearch.com hijacker and protect computer from future threats.

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Remove Mystartsearch.com manually for free

Here is manual step-by-step tutorial for full Mystartsearch.com removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Mystartsearch.com installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Mystartsearch.com from Control Panel

To start removing Mystartsearch.com you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “mystartsearch uninstall” or just “Mystartsearch.com”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller Pro to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Latest versions of Mystartsearch.com hijacker are protected by program called XTab that is located in C:\Program Files\XTab. This program is not present in the list of installed programs, but you can uninstall it manually by going to this folder and running uninstall.exe file. Or you can use SpyHunter 5 antimalware to remove it completely.

Remove Mystartsearch.com from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find mystartsearch uninstall.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Mystartsearch.com from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find mystartsearch uninstall and click Uninstall.

Remove Mystartsearch.com from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find mystartsearch uninstall, click Uninstall.

Cannot uninstall Mystartsearch.com

In some cases Mystartsearch.com won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Mystartsearch. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing Mystartsearch folder and files. This happens, because process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall Mystartsearch.com in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting type F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove “mystartsearch uninstall”

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Mystartsearch from Control Panel often does not bring desired effect. It sometimes have browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Mystartsearch related extension from your browsers manually.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find suspicious extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose suspicious extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Mystartsearch from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Mystartsearch.com, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Mystartsearch.com.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Mystartsearch.com does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Mystartsearch.com extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Mystartsearch.com installs search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is instruction to reset your browsers homepage, newtab and search engine to default values.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings/.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

Remove following files and folders

Mystartsearch.com files:


UninstallManager.exe
277.json
278.json
295.json
306.json
307.json
308.json
309.json
310.json
349.json
360.json
368.json
393.json
414.json
422.json
428.json
501.json

Mystartsearch.com folders:


C:\Users\{your username}\AppData\Roaming\mystartsearch

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Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Mystartsearch.com may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of antimalware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and antimalware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Mystartsearch.com.

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