startjoysearch.com Removal Instructions
If you home page or search engine has been changed to startjoysearch.com
there is a very good chance that you have been the victim of a search hijacking. This type of infection is caused for alarm as it is an indicator a virus or some other malware has infiltrated your computer and took control of your web browser. Once installed, the virus will sneak into your browser (Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, Torch) and change your search settings and provider to startjoysearch.com.
You might thing that simply resetting your browser or removing the reidrection to startjoysearch.com will fix the situation, but it mat be much more deep rooted than that. It is very common for search hijacker viruses to come installed with a malware counterpart known as a search protectors that monitors changes to your search or home pages and quickly reset it to startjoysearch.com if it sees you manually attempting to change it or if it sees an anti-virus program try to reset it.
Depending on which web browser you use, you can attempt to change your search back to its default (Google, Bing, DuckDuck, etc.). To do, follow the simple steps below. If this does not work, it means that you have search protection malware running and you will need to use a commercial anti-virus software to remove this infections. Should that be the case, follow the removal instructions below.
Remove startjoysearch.com from Internet Explorer
- Open Internet Explorer.
- In the top right corner of the search box, click the down arrow.
- Delete startjoysearch.com from the list.
- Click Add. Select Google or Bing.
- Click Add to Internet Explorer.
- Check the box next to"Make this my default search provider."
- Click Add.
Remove startjoysearch.com from Chrome
- Open Google Chrome.
- In the top right corner of the page, click the Chrome menu > Settings.
- Locate and remove startjoysearch.com from the list.
- In the "Search" section, select Google, Bing or Yahoo from the drop-down menu.
Remove startjoysearch.com from Firefox
- Open Firefox.
- In the small search bar in the top right of your browser, click the magnifying glass .
- Click Change Search Settings.
- Delete startjoysearch.com.
- Under "Default Search Engine," select Google, Bing or Yahoo.
startjoysearch.com Removal Options
Removing startjoysearch.com from your computer is an important step to making sure your computer is safe and virus free and your privacy is protected. While the removal instructions may appear overwhelming due to the amount of the steps and numerous programs that will be used, it was created this way to provide clear easy to understand instructions that anyone can use to remove this virus. All instructions and anti-virus programs suggested can be used for free to remove startjoysearch.com.
Self Help Instructions
The removal instructions for startjoysearch.com intended for advanced computer users. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding. If you’re uncomfortable making changes to your computer, consider having a professional help clean your computer or choose a vetted and recommended anti-virus product.
Before using these instructions, it is suggested that you first print it out as we may need to close your browser window or reboot your computer. Having these in print format will be easy. At the very least, if you want to save paper, copy the URL for the page. Next, before starting to remove startjoysearch.com, we will want to do a full reboot of your computer.
Now that your computer has been rebooted, lets start the removal process. In order to remove startjoysearch.com we will want to have access to a few anti-virus tools. Please download the following tools and save them to your computer. You do not need to install them yet.
Reason Core Security
Anti-Malware Software (Recommended)
To begin the removal process, first, reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Networking using the instructions for your version of Windows. When following the steps make sure you select Safe Mode with Networking rather than just Safe Mode. When the computer reboots into Safe Mode with Networking make sure you login with the username you normally use. When you are logged in continue with the rest of the steps.
startjoysearch.com sometimes has a usable Uninstall entry that can be used to remove the software, let's try that first. To do this, click on the Start button and then select Control Panel. if you use Windows XP double-click on the Add or Remove Programs icon. If you use Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 double-click on the Uninstall Program option.
Within the Add or Remove Programs or the Uninstall Program window, scroll through the list of programs and double-click on each of the entries listed in bold below to uninstall them if you see them. The entry name should be:
When you double-click on the entries to uninstall it, follow the default prompts and allow it to remove all files and all configurations related to this program.
Locate the site setup file name reason-core-security-setup.exe
on your computer. It should be in the download folder. If you cannot find it, you can download it again by clicking here
. Follow the onscreen setup instructions. The setup will install the software and run your first scan. The first scan should detected startjoysearch.com on your computer as well as any other malware or virus threats that exists. Now remove them by clicking the Removed Checked
bot to eliminate all threats. Reason Core Security will now delete all of the files and registry entries and add them to the secure quarantine. When removing the files, Reason Core Security may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, continue with the rest of the steps.
You can now close down Reason Core Security. If you elect to keep it, it will silently run in the background protecting your computer from any reinfections of startjoysearch.com as well as all viruses, Trojans, worms, malware and adware.
If your computer is still in Safe Mode with Networking, you can reboot your computer back to normal mode. Once your computer is rebooted and you are back at the desktop, you can proceed with the rest of the instructions.
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
virus-removal-instructions.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in many of the online forums.