How to remove (uninstall) Start.me

This entry is devoted to an adware called Start.me and methods to delete it. If you see too much pop-ups in the browser, and the efficiency of your computer has suddenly decreased - this guide will explain you what advertising utilities are, identify the main problem and clean the machine of suspicious programs.

Start.me

There are three basic forms of adware that spread through the Internet nowadays: adware, browser toolbars and browser hijackers. You have to realize that they aren't the fine tools that promote other useful software - they were developed to spam with pop-up windows and links. Internet-criminals are trying really hard to persuade customers that suchlike programs are good: they describe them very well and promise great usability and advantage. So, what's the real aim of advertising programs?

  • Classic adware is famous for the countless spam with different ads, pop-ups and banners. Such utilities could be masked almost to anything: programs for finding movies and music, video and audio players, tools for downloading and updating drivers, system optimizers and much more. Ads emerge as distinct units in search results, links or pop-ups.
  • Toolbars are less annoying than adware and hijackers, but except showing ads they also collect the information about victim's machine and about his doings in the Web. This data is of substantial value for any advertising organization.
  • Browser hijackers don't generate advertising on well-known web-pages. Hijackers, from time to time open a special page in user's browser that passes to one of the dangerous websites.

Suchlike utilities in conjunction and each of them might be used for various sorts of advertising swindle. These programs have one common feature - they all cause problems for the customer and prevent the user from using the Internet. Besides the apparent inconvenience, such as abundance of advertising and pop-ups, Start.me has one more perilous property and it is the abnormal decrease of computer's defense.

 

Now, when we see why was Start.me, you should know how to detect it. The biggest and the most dangerous sign of adware is the advertising overflow. Sign #2 is the emersion of weird software on your computer that you don't remember installing. Such things can appear if user passes the link to download of the installation file. If such thing happens, you may not even understand how virus enters the system.

The mark number 2 is a significant lag of the machine, and an enlargement in its loading time. Deceleration of PC performance isn't exclusively the effect of adware, but this happens very often. PC slows down because all advertising software is working endlessly and never stops. It means that the program is running at system startup and turning off only when the system stops working. When there are too much of them, their contemporaneous work starts to overwhelm the system, and requires so many resources that good tools just cannot operate. This can summon lags, emergency turn-offs and critical errors of basic services. If you notice any of these attributes - you need to scan the system with a reputable anti-virus or clean it of viruses manually.

Methods to remove Start.me

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Start.me manually

Step 1. Uninstall Start.me from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Start.me from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

If you realize that your machine is at risk and prefer to browse the Internet freely, you should immediately uninstall this adware. In your situation it's not only about uninstalling Start.me, but also about total cleaning of PC. User can do it in manual mode, however it will take a lot of time and efforts, and have a big possibility of failure. The point is that different dangerous software apply many ways to guard themselves from deletion. Adware stores backups in different folders on hard drive, set pending installation tasks after deletion, hide their main folders etc. If victim is not skilled enough in uninstalling of adware, the chance of failure and subsequent complications is very high. The plainest and the very effective way to eliminate malware is to use Spyhunter Antivirus. This anti-virus is able to quickly and easy uninstall any malware from the system, but also protect it from viruses in the future. Spyhunter has a number of qualities, among which are daily updates of the signature database, interaction with well-known AV programs, low price, high quality of scanning and deletion and 24/7 tech-support. If you are interested, and want to purchase Spyhunter, or read more about it - click on the link under this paragraph.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Windows 7 and Windows XP

1. Uninstall Start.me from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Start.me and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Start.me
  • C:\ProgramData\Start.me
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Start.me

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Start.me" and delete these elements

 

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How to remove Start.me from Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Start.me and press Uninstall

 

How to uninstall from Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete Start.me from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Start.me and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

How to uninstall Start.me from Mac OS

1. Click Applications in the Finder sidebar

2. Drag unwanted program to the Trash

3. Empty Trash

 

Step 2. Remove Start.me from the browser

How to remove Start.me from Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Start.me

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

How to delete Start.me from Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Start.me

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • On startup
  • Delete all specific pages

 

How to uninstall Start.me from Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Tools
  • Add-ons
  • Remove Start.me

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into homepage field

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Put “about:config” into address bar;
  • Confirm the suggestion;
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”;
  • Reset this field (right-click and choose reset).

 

How to delete Start.me from Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Start.me and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

How to delete Start.me from Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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