What do you know about Startxxl.com?
Startxxl.com is a browser hijacker infection which mainly targets Mozilla Firefox browser. Most of the computer users from Germany reported that this Firefox extension appeared on their Internet browser out of nowhere. Besides, the browser's default search engine and homepage were set to above-mentioned URL address. This web portal offers not only search the web through four categories but also a customize homepage as well. The hijacker threat is available on the official website of Mozilla's add-ons. However, due to the ability of infiltrating the targeted machine sneakily, it is often referred as a Startxxl.com virus. Security researchers at RMV want to stress out that technically this threat is not considered as a hazardous computer virus. This threat cannot cause any kind of direct damage to your PC.
However, the appearance of Startxxl.com virus on your default homepage should not be tolerated. The issue with the hijacker infection is that it might redirect system users to potentially dangerous sites. Thus, searching the web by using this tool is not recommended at all. It allows searching in web, like Amazon, Wikipedia and eBay. However, the main problems begin in the search results page. Whenever you click on a necessary search result, you might be rerouted to an unknown domain. The hijacker uses its own database, thus it might not only trick you into visiting questionable domains but also provide modified search results. These unwanted redirect issues are useful for the creators of Startxxl.com. By rerouting you to third-party web portals, they usually generate revenue. The hackers might also profit from online advertising just by delivering lots of online advertisements on your Firefox browser. However, these commercial content might be malicious or even dangerous for you.
How To Avoid Installing Add-ons Associated with Startxxl.com?
As RMV security experts have mentioned before, this Mozilla browser extension is available on the Firefox add-ons domain. However, direct downloads are not considered as a main way how this threat spreads. Bundling is one of the primary strategy used by the cyber criminals for the distribution of hijacker threat like Startxxl.com. This method allows adding browser hijacker as an additional or optional component in program packages. Every time when you download freeware, you have to make sure that you are downloading and installing a single application, not a bundle. To identify and deselect the unwanted softwares, you need to deselect all extra components by selecting Custom or Advanced installation wizards at the time of installing freeware onto your PC.
How to Manually Remove Startxxl.com From Compromised PC ?
Uninstall Startxxl.com and Suspicious Application From Control Panel
Step 1. Right Click on the Start button and select Control Panel option.
Step 2. Here get Uninstall a Program Option under the Programs.
Step 3. Now you can see all installed and recently added applications at a single place and you can easily remove any unwanted or unknown program from here. In this regard you only need to choose the specific application and click on Uninstall option.
Note:- Sometimes it happens that removal of Startxxl.com does not work in expected way, but you need not to worry, you can also take a chance for the same from Windows registry. To get this task done, please see the below given steps.
Complete Startxxl.com Removal From Windows Registry
Step 1. In order to do so you are advised to do the operation in safe mode and for that you have to restart the PC and Keep F8 key for few second. You can do the same with different versions of Windows to successfully carry out Startxxl.com removal process in safe mode.
Step 2. Now you should select Safe Mode option from several one.
Step 3. After that it is required to press Windows + R key simultaneously.
Step 4. Here you should type “regedit” in Run text box and then press OK button.
Step 5. In this step you are advised to press CTRL+F in order to find malicious entries.
Step 6. At last you only have all the unknown entries created by Startxxl.com hijacker and you have to delete all unwanted entries quickly.
Easy Startxxl.com Removal from Different Web browsers
Malware Removal From Mozilla Firefox
Step 1. Launch Mozilla Firefox and go to “Options“
Step 2. In this window If your homepage is set as Startxxl.com then remove it and press OK.
Step 3. Now you should select “Restore To Default” option to make your Firefox homepage as default. After that click on OK button.
Step 4. In the next window you have again press OK button.
Experts Recommendation:- Security analyst suggest to clear browsing history after doing such activity on the browser and for that steps are given below, have a look:-
Step 1. From the Main Menu you have to choose “History” option at the place of “Options” that you have picked earlier.
Step 2. Now Click Clear Recent History option from this window.
Step 3. Here you should select “Everything” from Time range to clear option.
Step 4. Now you can tick all check boxes and press Clear Now button to get this task completed. Finally restart the PC.
Remove Startxxl.com From Google Chrome Conveniently
Step 1. Launch the Google Chrome browser and pick Menu option and then Settings from the top right corner on the browser.
Step 2. From the On Startup section, you need to pick Set Pages option.
Step 3. Here if you find Startxxl.com as a startup page then remove it by pressing cross (X) button and then click on OK.
Step 4. Now you need to choose Change option in the Appearance section and again do the same thing as done in previous step.
Know How To Clean History on Google Chrome
Step 1. After clicking on Setting option from the Menu, you will see History option in the left panel of the screen.
Step 2. Now you should press Clear Browsing Data and also select time as a “beginning of time“. Here you also need to choose options that want to get.
Step 3. Finally hit the Clear Browsing data.
Solution To Remove Unknown ToolBar From Browsers
If you want to delete unknown toolbar created by Startxxl.com then you should go through the below given steps that can make your task easier.
Go to Menu option >> Tools >> Extensions >> Now choose the unwanted toolbar and click Trashcan Icon and then restart the browser.
For Internet Explorer:-
Get the Gear icon >> Manage add-ons >> “Toolbars and Extensions” from left menu >> now select required toolbar and hot Disable button.
Find the Menu button at top right corner >> Add-ons >> “Extensions” >> here you need to find unwanted toolbar and click Remove button to delete it.
Open Safari browser and select Menu >> Preferences >> “Extensions” >> now choose toolbar to remove and finally press Uninstall Button. At last restart the browser to make change in effect.
Still if you are having trouble in resolving issues regarding your malware and don’t know how to fix it, then you can submit your questions to us and we will feel happy to resolve your issues.