How to remove www.ustart.org redirect from Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox? Why your browser is redirect to www.ustart.org randomly? Follow the guides below to find out an effective manual way, completely removing this nasty Ustart virus.
www.ustart.org redirect ( also called Ustart Virus) is a browser hijacker that can change web browser’s default home page to a particular web site without your permission. It may install itself if a computer user has ever visited illegal or malicious websites or downloaded freeware or shareware from untrustworthy sources. When the first time you visit this website, you will get a prompt saying:
“Welcome on uStart,your start page!
uStart is a free service that collect all your informations from the web and group them on the same page.
All your informations — blogs, news, weather, vidéos, photos, facebook, e-mail … — is automatically updated each time you visit this page”
Although it seems to be a legitimate website, in reality, Ustart Virus is affiliated with browser hijackers and the ZeroAccess Rootkit which can be used to steal private information or install rogue security programs. After being infected, you will be forced to go to this website again and again without your approval. Once the virus is downloaded, it will install UStart Toolbar, and change your default browser home page to UStart.org. However, when you uninstall all the things related to Ustart, your browser still turns to be out of control. Hence, www.ustart.org redirect must be removed as soon as possible.
It is said that you can easily get infected with this redirect virus when you visit illegal websites, download porno movies and other unidentified programs and open spam emails. You may still do these above activities even if you are aware of their dangers because you think your legitimate antivirus software can take care of the threats. But as a matter of fact, the creators of this browser redirect virus are so familiar with the functions of antivirus tools that they can make it escape from the detection and removal of any virus protectors. Thus, it is suggested users to follow the manual guide to delete www.ustart.org redirect.
Considering www.ustart.org redirect can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue without any risk.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once this dangerous redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent, slowing down the computer. If your system’s CPU spike is constant, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc at the same time and it will open up task manager directly. Then change to “Processes” tab.
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\*.*
www.ustart.org is categorized as a browser hijacker that is distributed to computers through spam emails and compromised websites. It can drop a Trojan to the system without your knowledge and cause system instability. Once it is downloaded, it keeps redirecting you to the website you don’t want. What is more, this type of redirect virus is able to track your activity on the Internet. It records what websites you are visiting and sends this information to the remote server where it is used for marketing purposes. It is not only annoying, but also poses risk to your privacy and computer safety. To sum up, www.ustart.org redirect is a dangerous threat that should be deleted timely.
If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by Sarah Poehler, last updated on May 7, 2013 3:56 am | Browser Hijacker Removal Guide