October 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm
Hello There. Let me tell you about a private search engine this is also a browsing hijacker:
Startpage is a privacy oriented search engine. It works by scrapping non-personalised search results of other search engines and displaying it to the visitor. This is done to prevent Search engines from “tracking” your searches. However, this privacy concern is a big fat lie.
Startpage displays advertisements by the same search engines in the same page as the search results. This provides almost the same information to search engines as they would get if you would do the search on their own page and negates all the effort in scrapping results. This is not some sort of mistake – the Startpage creators do not care too much about your privacy but about advertisement impressions and clicks on them.
Thus you can forget about getting any reliable search results, as this is a tool that focuses on promoting specific commercial websites. Startpage.com virus makes are seeking to increase traffic and page ranking of these pages. They also get revenue if you click on any of the ads displayed among your search results. All of the victims of this browser hijacker understand the risks they are taking pretty quickly and they want to get rid of Startpage.com virus.
Not only the program doesn’t allow you to browse regularly, but it also puts you at risk of getting your system infected. It may redirect you to compromised websites where your system can suffer spyware attacks and similar dangers. Furthermore, Startpage.com virus may be recoding your browsing habits, like your search queries and most visited websites. Additionally, it can get access to sensitive data, like your emails, passwords, etc. It can pass this information to the third parties and involve you into other annoying activities.
Complaints such as system slow down and crashes can be attributed to the presence of potentially unwanted program. In the case of Startpage-home.com, displaying too much advertisement can reduce system performance. Video or flash advertisements uses excessive amount of resources that can also lead to system crashes.
It is noticeable that Startpage-home.com exists only to shoot-up advertisements on infected computer. This moneymaking scheme by browser hijacker seems to be very profitable that is why a number of them are popping up daily. User has no beneficial gain from Startpage-home.com, it is only their handler that generate profits at the expense of innocent computer users.
Startpage.com also contains images of violent content nudity and sexual material, so parents must warn their children about this: If any child visits this dangerous website, his parents will be in deep trouble. Kids need to stay away from this malicious trashy domain-right now!!
I urge parents to install the wonderful filtering tool to keep kids and adults safe. This concludes special discussion. Thank you.November 6, 2019 at 9:43 pm
Here’s some more information about Startpage a browser hijacker from http://windowsbulletin.com/malware/hijackers/startpage-com
Startpage.com is often called a browser hijacker because it takes control of the web browser and does things you may not want to do, such as changing your current search engine, or setting a particular web page as the default home page. Many people just call it a virus or malware. Security professionals generally call it a “PUP” or potentially unwanted program. Users who are victims to it tend to have less polite names for them.
Startpage.com comes bundled as part of various other applications and add-ons. In some cases, the “typical” installation already includes the add-on and the only way to turn it off is to use the “custom” installation, which many users won’t do.
A browser hijacker like Startpage.com can change the browser’s default search engine or home page, slow down the loading of web pages, install multiple toolbars in the browser without the user’s permission, and generate multiple contextual warnings for ads.
The purpose of a browser hijacker is to help cybercriminals generate fraudulent advertising revenue. For example, a browser redirects the victim’s home page to the hijacker’s search page, then the hijacker redirects the victim’s search requests to links that the hijacker wants to show to the victim instead of legitimizing search engine results. When the user clicks on the search results, the hijacker is paid. The cybercriminal may also sell information about victims’ browsing habits to third parties for marketing purposes.
A browser hijacker may contain spyware that allows the attacker to obtain the user’s bank details or other sensitive information. Browser hijacker malware can also install ransom software, malware that encrypts data on the victim’s system and holds it hostage until the victim pays a sum of money to the kidnappers to unlock them.
There are usually two ways Startpage.com can enter into your computer. In the first case, you will be tempted to install them via malicious links exchanged by email, instant messaging or some websites.
In the second method, they are provided with real software that is otherwise perfectly functional and usable, but if you install it on your computer, you also install the browser pirate with it. It affects both Chrome, Firefox and the IE Edge browser.
<h2 id=”remove”>How to remove Startpage.com?</h2>
Some antivirus software warns users of the presence of Startpage.com browser hijackers, but some new hijackers may not be detected or the security software may not be able to eliminate the intruder. In these cases, users will need to reinstall their browser to regain control of the user interface.
In extreme cases, the hijacker reinstalls himself in the browser, and users may need to delete the content of their computer, install a new operating system and the latest version of the browser, and restore their personal files from a backup.
And here’s a very important message to Windows users:
Browser hijacking is common and, in many cases, users are unaware that their browser is infected with some malware.
It is therefore important to always read carefully the steps of the installation process and check the unexpected boxes that can be checked by default. In addition, never open URLs or attachments in emails you do not trust.
Caution should also be exercised with browser extensions, as many browser extensions are generally outdated and are therefore misused by hackers for fraudulent activities. Hackers themselves design browser extensions to infect them later with malicious scripts.
Every time you surf the web and are prohibited from visiting a website, and Google’s secure browsing list appears with a warning message, it is best not to ignore it or visit the site anyway.
The good news is that browser hacking doesn’t have to happen to you now that you know what it is. Remember these methods to avoid it, and you will not fall in love with fraudulent scammers!
ALSO. STARTPAGE.COM IS A PRONE-TO PORN SEARCH ENGINE WITH TONS OF IMAGES AND VIDEOS THAT CONTAIN NUDITY AND SEXUAL MATERIAL. IF ANY CHILD VISITS THIS WEBSITE HE/SHE WILL GET INTO REAL TROUBLE.
SO KIDS AND PARENTS, MAKE A STAND. STOP VISITING STARTPAGE.COM. SAY NO TO THE EVIL, PORNOGRAPHIC, AND TRASHY STUFF IN OUR DEVICES!!
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