The StartJoy is a hijacker program that installs to your browser, it attaches to a lot of popular browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The owners are spreading this web resourсe by using not very decent installation methods, which will lead to changes in your browser settings. It has spread to millions of computer and it is not safe to keep this kind of program inside of your computer.
Once StartJoy hijacker is inside, you will notice that your homepage and default search engine were changed on StartJoy website. And now you will see this page every time you open your browser. This page may look like normal searching service, but the owners can track information on its users and then send it to some third-party peoples, that can appear ty be cyber criminals.
How does StartJoy get into my system?
For StartJoy, there are few ways to be installed. The most common way of installation is called bundling. It means that one programs` installation is wrapped in the installation of another program. That is why it is advised to remove StartJoy page from your computer and check it for more malware in your system. Follow the instruction below to deal with this threat as soon as possible.
Removal tool for StartJoy:
Automatic removal instructions:
- Scan your system with GridinSoft Anti-Malware and click on “Apply” at the end of scan:
- Shut down all your browsers.
- In GridinSoft Anti-Malware click on “Tools” and select “Reset browser settings“:
- Specify all your browsers you want to be reset with the help of GridinSoft Anti-Malware, then click on Reset” button again:
- Restart your computer.
Video explaining how to reset your browser using GridinSoft Anti-Malware:
How to prevent your PC from being reinfected with StartJoy in the future.
GridinSoft Anti-Malware 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:
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 Anti-Malware 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):