How To Remove Webstarts.biz (Web-start.org) Browser Hijacker Virus

Webstarts.biz or Web-start.org is a browser hijacker which modifies your home page. When launched, your browsers will always open webstarts.biz and you will not be able to change the default page. The hijacker modifies shortcuts as well as hides in the Windows system in order to maintain control of your browsers.

Even though it looks like a legitimate web search it is actually a malicious program that should be removed. It takes control of your browser settings as well as hinders the browsing experience by constantly displaying various advertisements. Other methods like cookie stuffing, redirects and activity tracking are also employed in order to generate revenue from the hijacked traffic.

You should remove this unwanted program as soon as possible since it hinders your browsing experience. You can also lose some important personal data if you continue browsing while this hijacker is present in your system. Simple removal methods like changing your browser settings or removing extensions will not work with webstarts.biz, therefore we have prepared an automatic tool that will not only remove the threat but will also secure your computer from similar infections in the future. We have also prepared a manual guide for more experienced Windows users. However, manual method only removes the threat and does not protect your computer.


Recommended Method: Download Webstarts.biz Hijacker Removal Tool

Version:   All Updated:   2 days ago Compatible OS:   All
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Works with: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP. Read instructions here
File name Size
mb3-setup.exe 56.5 MB

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What is webstarts.biz hijacker?

Browser hijackers are becoming more and more common. Most of them are designed to look like search engines and are placed as a default homepage. Webstarts.biz, like many others, also leaves various files across the system to make sure that the browser control is maintained and the settings are reverted as soon as the user tries to change them.

Links realted to this adware:

webstarts.biz
web-start.org

The main revenue source for such hijackers is advertisement. Some displayed advertisements and offers are from legitimate networks. However, the creators also try to maximize the profits by displaying malicious websites, software offers and redirecting the users. They also use cookie stuffing in order to earn affiliate revenue. Finally, custom search engines like plusnetwork.com are used instead of traditional ones meaning that the search results are unreliable and your browsing history is being tracked by a suspicious third party.

This browser hijacker usually infiltrates your computer when you install other software. If you skip installation steps and leave the default options this and any other adware might install together with the legitimate software.

Webstarts.biz adware should be removed as soon as possible. This way you will prevent spying on your online activity and restore normal browsing experience. We have prepared a manual removal guide. However, we recommend simply using the automatic tool provided at the top of the page. This way you will not only be sure that no components of the infection are left but also that your computer is protected in the future.

Here are some screenshots of the webstarts.biz adware in action:

  


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure you are comfortable with editing important Windows settings. In order to not only remove the symptoms but also any possible leftovers of the malware we recommend using the automatic tool provided above.

Make sure to bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which may be required during the removal process.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:

appwiz.cpl

Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Here are some unwanted programs:

Search Protect
Babylon
Browser Protect
Webstarts

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

regedit.exe

Click OK.

 

Search for virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus name. Here are some examples (the last one is the default virus website):

webstarts
web-start
&uuid=

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Make sure you delete only malicious entries as Windows registry is full of important information and deleting a critical entry might result in damaged operating system!

Step 3:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they have been changed by the virus.

Create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions made to the Target field by the virus.

Step 4:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:

about:support

Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

cmd

Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the webstarts.biz adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.


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