Today’s article is dedicated to a program better known as Mystarting123 V. The Mystarting123 Virus is a typical representative of the browser hijacker software category and if it is also the reason why you have ended up on this page, then we suggest you stick around for a little bit. You have likely discovered Mystarting123 Virus’s presence on your machine with the help of a few tell-tale signs that are characteristic of this type of software. For example, you may have opened your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other popular browser to notice that the homepage is no longer the same. Furthermore, you will soon after also notice a newly set default search engine, which from time to time tends to redirect you to different sponsored pages without even asking for permission. What’s more, you probably also noticed an increased production of ads within your browser – that, too, is s result of the hijacker’s presence in your system. In order to rid yourself of this nuisance, the only possible option you have is to remove the program responsible for it all. And as this may often prove difficult to do by standard means, we have prepared a detailed removal guide just for this occasion, which you will find below.
What is Mystarting123 Virus and what does it want?
As a typical browser hijacker, Mystarting123 Virus’s main goal is to advertise various products, services, websites (e.g. the one it has set as your homepage or the search engine it has replaced your default one with). It does this by integrating with your browser and causing it to generate vast numbers or popups, banners, in-text links, box messages and all sorts of thinkable online advertising materials. You will notice that the ad generation is often pretty aggressive and there’s good reason for that. Browser hijackers like the one you are currently faced with often operate on the basis of a remuneration system called the Pay Per Click scheme or PPC for short. This system ensures that the developers of such programs can earn revenue based on the number of clicks received by the ads that the hijackers generate.
This is largely what determines the overall behavior of programs like this one and is important to know, because, specifically, it often results in the hijackers prying into the users’ browsing patterns. Yes, Mystarting123 Virus may very well be monitoring your movements online. Moreover, it may be recording things related to your recent search requests, the websites you tend to visit most frequently, as well as the things that you like and share on social media or other similar platforms. This is very common with browser hijackers and other online marketing software, because by conducting such rather intrusive research, they can determine the kind of ads you are more likely to show interest in. Hence, you will be more likely to click on those ads and the developers will thus be able to profit. So, this data in fact will shape the appearance of your browser for you personally, as the hijacker will try to display only the ads that it thinks you might click.
Now, there’s a whole bunch of things wrong with the above practice. First of all, no matter how you look at it, unless you knowingly and willing invited Mystarting123 Virus into your system, this is a privacy violation. And we’re not even going to get started on how this information can be passed on to an endless chain of other marketers and third parties. But you’re probably wondering whether this should be your only concern. Well, sadly, it isn’t. We’ve know that many people tend to refer to browser hijackers as viruses and malware, which may raise unnecessary panic, but even though this notion is very mistaken, there are still certain security risks you ought to consider.
First of all, programs like Mystarting123 Virus may render your system vulnerable to external threats and real viruses such as Trojans, ransomware, spyware and worms. Potential infections could occur through the numerous online ads, for example. In addition, the fact that these programs tend to use up a substantial portion of your PC’s resources for the purpose of generating the said ads, your machine can become notably slower, which is another unnecessary and uncalled for effect. With all this in mind, it’s probably obvious by now that you’re better off without such programs in general, which leads us to the removal guide just below the follow table. Follow the instructions in it carefully or simply use the specialized removal tool and it will do the job for you.
Mystarting123 Virus Removal
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.