What is Star-search.xyz

If you see that Star-search.xyz has replaced your homepage and become your default search engine, then you are likely to be infected with unwanted software categorized as a browser hijacker. Star-search.xyz is fake and it will be displayed each time you log into your browser as long as there is an unwanted program running within the system. It, therefore, redirects queries of users through another dubious domain to legitimate engines like bing.com, ask.com, or search.yahoo.com. This is done to generate illegal traffic and earn money on it. In addition, browser hijackers may also be able to show supplementary ads while viewing different pages as well as gather information on them. Data like passwords, IP-addresses, browser history, or geolocations may be collected and misused for further financial purposes. Also worth noting that browser hijackers may spread to both Windows and Mac operating systems to cover more victims in total. Read our guide below to get rid of such threats on both operating systems and restore your safety eventually.

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How Star-search.xyz infected your computer

As mentioned, the Star-search.xyz domain works on the basis of browser hijackers. Such a hijacker could be installed in the form of a small application while downloading third-party repacks (pirated, cracked, free, etc.). Many users do not pay diligent attention to set-ups downloaded from unofficial resources – they do not check additional sections like “Advanced” or “Custom”, which, in many cases, contain such applications as “recommended” or “useful” offers. As a rule, such offers are enabled by default meaning they will be automatically installed without the intervention of users. It is also possible that information about such offers may not be disclosed at all and they will be installed without a chance to avoid it. As a result, inexperienced users will face unwanted changes not knowing where they came from. In general, unwanted software can be installed via any distribution method available on the web. Cybercriminals may promote a separate landing page through various ads offering users to download something “indispensable” or “useful”.

  1. Download Star-search.xyz Removal Tool
  2. Remove Star-search.xyz from Control Panel and Applications
  3. Remove Star-search.xyz extensions from browsers
  4. Reset browser search and homepage settings
  5. Alternative way to remove Star-search.xyz search redirects
  6. Clean browser shortcuts from Star-search.xyz
  7. How to protect from threats like Star-search.xyz

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To remove Star-search.xyz completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Star-search.xyz and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

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To remove Star-search.xyz completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Star-search.xyz and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of SpyHunter for Mac offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Remove Star-search.xyz manually for free

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

Note: Star-search.xyz can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove Star-search.xyz from Control Panel or Applications

To start removing Star-search.xyz you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Star-search.xyz”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, or Mac.

Remove Star-search.xyz from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Star-search or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Star-search.xyz from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Star-search or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove Star-search.xyz 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 Star-search or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Star-search.xyz from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Star-search.xyz from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Star-search or other suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Star-search or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Remove Star-search.xyz from Windows 11:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the Apps tab on the left side.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Star-search or other recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on 3-dots icon near it and then click Uninstall button near it.
  6. Depending on the type of application (Windows Store app or classic Win32 app) it will be removed immediately or you will need to confirm the action and go through standard uninstall procedure.
  7. Remove Star-search.xyz from Mac:

    1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
    2. Star-search might have an Uninstaller.
    3. Otherwise, drag Star-search from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
    4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

    Cannot uninstall Star-search.xyz in Windows

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

    1. Reboot your computer.
    2. While it starts booting press 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 Star-search or other suspicious program

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

    Cannot uninstall Star-search.xyz in MacOS

    If you can’t uninstall Star-search.xyz using the instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Star-search.xyz. Follow the instructions below:

    1. Download free AppCleaner.
    2. Drag Star-search from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
    3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Star-search.
    4. Click Delete button.

    Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

    Uninstalling Star-search.xyz from Control Panel or Applications often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has a browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove the Star-search.xyz extension from your browsers manually.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
    3. Find Star-search extension.
    4. Click the Remove button 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. Find Star-search extension.
    4. Click three-dots icon near it and choose Remove in the menu.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

    Safari:

    1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
    2. Click Extensions tab.
    3. Find Star-search extension.
    4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) edge://extensions.
    3. Find Star-search extension.
    4. Click Remove link under the name of extension.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. 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 Star-search.xyz from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling the program from Control Panel. To disable Star-search.xyz, 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 Star-search or other suspicious extensions.
    6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Opera Browser:

    Generally, Star-search.xyz 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 Star-search or other suspicious extensions.
    4. Click Uninstall button.
    5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

    Star-search installs a search engine (Star-search.xyz), that hijacks your browsers. Here is the instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
    3. On the left panel expand Advanced options.
    4. Choose Reset and clean up.
    5. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Mozilla Firefox:

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

    Reset Safari:

    1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
    2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
    3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
    4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
    5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
    6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
    7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
    8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
    9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser
    2. Click on 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choose Settings.
    3. On the left panel find and click Reset settings option.
    4. Click on Restore settings to their default values link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    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. Start Opera browser and click on Opera icon in the top-left corner.
    2. Choose Settings and click Advanced on the left side and choose Browser.
    3. Scroll down to the very bottom and click on Restore settings to their original defaults link.
    4. Confirm by clicking Reset button.

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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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    How to protect from threats, like Star-search.xyz, in future

    Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Star-search.xyz 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 the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-virus programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Star-search.xyz.

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