Remove MyStartab (search.mystartabsearch.com) virus

MyStartab stands for a browser hijacker that is integrated with other free programs that you download off of the Internet. When installed this browser hijacker it will change the homepage and search engine for your web browser to search.mystartabsearch.com.

MyStartab extension

MyStartab homepage became the part of your browser after you have installed a freeware programs that had integrated this browser hijacker into their installation. Sadly, some free downloads do not fully mention that other software will also be installed and you may find that you have installed this malicious application without your consent. Just as an example, when you install custom versions of VLC Player, you will also agree to amend your browser home page and default search engine to MyStartab.


However, after you uninstall VLC Player from your PC, your web browser’s default settings will not be reverted. This means that you’ll have to delete MyStartab homepage from your favorite web browser manually. You should always pay attention when installing free programs. Often certain software installer includes optional installations, such as this MyStartab browser hijacker. Be very careful what you give your permission to install. Always switch to the custom installation and uncheck anything that is not common, especially optional programs that you never wanted to download and install initially. Needless to mention, you should not install software that you don’t know. To remove this hijacker fully please follow this guide below.


MyStartab virus automatic removal tool:

MyStartab removal steps:

  • Download GridinSoft AntiMalware and scan your PC with it.
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  • Click on “Apply” to remove all threats found after the scan is completed:
  • Apply actions by GridinSoft AntiMalware

  • Shut down all your available browsers.
  • In GridinSoft AntiMalware click on “Tools” and then on “Reset browser settings“:
  • Built-in utility of GridinSoft AntiMalware to reset browser settings

  • Follow the instructions, select browsers you need to be reset, and click on “Reset” button. Finally, restart your computer to apply all made changes:
  • Options to reset browsers with GridinSoft AntiMalware

Video explaining how to reset your browser using GridinSoft AntiMalware:

How to prevent your PC from being contaminated with MyStartab virus again in the future.

GridinSoft AntiMalware offers excellent solution which may help to prevent your system from being contaminated with malware ahead of time. This feature is referred to as “Real-Time Protection”. By default, it is disabled once you install the software. To enable it, please click on “Protect” button and press “Start” as demonstrated below:

Enabling Real-Time Protection by GridinSoft AntiMalware

This options helps you to prevent execution of malicious programs and to avoid their installation ahead of time. When certain malware tries to install itself into your system, GridinSoft AntiMalware and its Real-Time Protection module will terminate this installation attempt ahead of time. You may click on “Confirm” button to continue blocking this malicious program, or to select “Ignore this file” and allow the malicious application to be installed (at your own risk):

Malicious item blocked by GridinSoft AntiMalware

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