16Start.com is a fake search engine which is created by the cyber criminals to collect information and data from the infected browser and computer. Usually PC users may get this browser hijack redirect while clicking on the malicious links, installing infected programs or processes, once the 16Start.com redirect virus has been installed to the infected browser, it is able to change the key settings on the browser and even the whole computer. This 16Start.com browser hijack redirect virus has the ability to attack all the browsers on the computer including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, it is an extremely dangerous virus which needs to be removed completely.
In general, 16Start.com redirect virus can be installed to the infected PC without PC user’s permission because the virus process will be attached to the infected programs or processes. Infected computers will suffer slow performance and PC users have to spend a long time going online or opening a new tab on the infected browser, moreover, PC users will be redirected to visit other unsafe websites or forums frequently. 16Start.com browser hijack redirect virus is able to to cause terrible virus infection on the infected computer, PC users need to remove it immediately and completely to keep the computer safe.
Once the infected computer is infected by the browser hijack redirect virus, it will cause terrible virus infection. The infected computer will run much slower than before, PC users will have to spend more time opening a webpage or watching a video. Sometimes the browser can crash frequently which makes PC users annoyed, the browser hijack virus is able to redirect the infected PC to visit other malicious website with different viruses and threats on it, and lots of the popping-up webpage will appear while surfing on the Internet. In a word, the browser hijack redirect virus can cause chaos and problems on the infected computer.
How did you get 16Start.com virus on your computer? Usually these kinds of the viruses will be planted to some programs especially free programs, .exe, .bat or other executable processes and unsafe links. The computer will get the virus infection when the PC users install, open or click on these infected files. Sometimes the virus can even attack the computer by the files on the USB stick as well. Most of the unsafe website and forum will contain the virus infection, the computer can be infected while visiting these webpages.
The browser hijack redirect virus is an extremely dangerous threat on the infected computer. Registry and other system settings can be modified by it completely, that is the reason the nasty redirect virus can escape the tracking of the security tools like anti-virus program or firewall. It is strongly suggested that PC user should get rid of this redirect virus in a manual way to uninstall it. Learn more from the manual removal guide below.
1. Clean cookies
* Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.
* Firefox:Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.
* Opera:Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.
2. Clean add-ons and extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons
(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard
(3). Click Manage add-on and disable all the suspicious add-on.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-on
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-on and click Disable.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
3. Show hidden files and folders.
a. For XP: Press Win+E together, click on Tools, then choose Folder Options
For Vista, 7 and 8: Press Win+E together, click on Organize, then choose Folder and search options.
b. 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. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries of the virus and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press Win+R to get the Run window. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this browser hijacker virus.
16Start.com is dangerous website which acts as a real search engine to collect information on the infected computers, PC users may get irrelevant results which contain other virus infections if they search something on this site. Cyber criminals may use its backdoor process for the malicious purpose as well. Anyway, 16Start.com is not a real search engine which can help PC users go online, if the browser is taken over by 16Start.com redirect virus, PC users need to get rid of it completely to protect the infected machine.
If you are not sure which files are related to malware, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on February 4, 2014 8:17 am