Startsearcher.com removal - need new ideas

January 18, 2011 at 20:06:01
Specs: Windows Vista
I'm trying to get rid of "startsearcher" which has hijacked my browser. There is no entry for startsearcher, however, in the program files or in the registry. Hijackthis has not helped. I've also read that people have tried Spybot and Adaware with no luck. Am using Internet Explorer, Windows Vista. Any other suggestions?

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#1
January 18, 2011 at 21:00:15
Go to Tools/Internet Options then click the "Programs" tab. Hit the "Reset Web Settings" button. Uncheck "Also Reset My Home Page" before hitting Yes.

If that fails, here are auto & manual methods.

http://www.spywareremove.com/remove...


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#2
February 12, 2011 at 18:38:19
I was able to stop "startsearcher.com" from opening up as a new tab by going to "remove progams", locating "facebook theme" and removing it.

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#3
February 12, 2011 at 18:52:52
Now run Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/ind...
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/vir...
Forum
http://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/
Error codes
http://forums.malwarebytes.org/inde...
Common Issues, Questions, and their Solutions, Frequently Asked Questions.
http://forums.malwarebytes.org/inde...
http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/ind...
VIPRE Rescue Program
http://vipre.malwarebytes.org/
http://live.sunbeltsoftware.com/
Try it in Safe mode.
If it won't run, rename the downloaded mbam-setup.exe file to mb.exe to help work around certain malware that will block it from being run.
If it still will not run.
1: Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and uninstall Malwarebytes.
Next redownload Malwarebytes but rename it before you download it to your desktop. As you are in the process of downloading when you get to the point that the "enter name of file to save to" box appears, in the "filename" slot, rename mbam-setup.exe to something.exe, then click Save.
If it installed but will not run, navigate to this folder:
2: C:\Programs Files\Malwarebytes' AntiMalware
At the top of the page, Tools > Folder Options > View, click > Show hidden files and folders and untick > Hide extensions for known file types.
How to see hidden files in Windows
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...
Rename all the .exe files in the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and try to run it again.
When it opens, update 1st.
If it won't update after installing, update manually.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam/da...
Download & install.

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