Remove Start.alawar.com from Firefox/Chrome/IE

Start.alawar.com is an unreliable search engine. It is promoted as a platform that serves both as a regular search provider and a portal for online games. It features a link to the website it is affiliated to, Alawar, as well as other links. It forwards to another couple of gaming websites, namely Atarata and Gamextazy. There are links to a few popular websites: Google, Facebook, YouTube, Ebay, and Amazon. Do not believe that Start.alawar.com will give you access to reliable online games or that the search engine will give you good search results. The purpose of this website is making monetary proceeds, so you will be seeing sponsored advertisements both in direct ad windows and in the search result pages. You will see pop-ups, offering you coupons, discounts, and price comparisons. Your homepage and search engine will be changed to have the promoted websites be included in between the regular results of your searches. Perhaps the biggest threat to your security will be having your browsing activity monitored and the entries into your personal accounts stored. If you wish to keep your system safe and your data confidential, you should remove Start.alawar.com from your browser.

The presence of Start.alawar.com is associated to browser hijackers. You probably never visited this website. You needn’t have. The hijacker which uses this domain sets it to your browser by itself. You have somehow contacted a browser hijacker that is causing all the issues you are experiencing. Getting infected with this kind of program can happen in a couple of ways. The most common case is freeware. A hijacker can come together with another program you have randomly found on the internet and have decided to install to your PC. The unwanted tool will not ask to run its own process. It is simply ticked for install as an extra tool with the main program from the bundle. This is why security experts always recommend reading the terms and conditions of programs you install to your computer. Any additional program will be listed somewhere in the installation agreement. You should never accept to install a program you did not want to. There is always a chance that it could be malicious. The other distribution method for these hijackers is spam e-mails. The program is included in the attachment of the e-mail, so you must refrain from opening files that come inside an e-mail from an unknown sender.

remove start.alawar.com

The activity around this domain is rather suspicious. Start.alawar.com will be set to your browser as your default search engine without your consent, while your homepage will be changed to ru.redirect.wrapper.services.alawar.com. This is all done to facilitate the distribution of advertisements. They are the main source of income for the developers of Start.alawar.com. Revenue is made on the basis of the pay-per-click system, so the more ads the user follows, the higher the proceeds will be. The company behind Start.alawar.com is called Alawar Entertainment, Inc. It is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. There is evidence about affiliation with Russian websites, though nothing is mentioned on the topic. The latter mentioned homepage that is reset to your browser by the hijacker is a Russian site. The terms of use on start.alawar.com are written in Russian. If you do not comprehend the language, we can inform you that the website’s developers have disclaimed any liabilities, pertaining to third party content. Opening an advertisement window is your risk alone. There is also the risk of having your history monitored and the personal data you have entered into your computer recorded. The data gathering activity can only be put to a halt by deleting the hijacker responsible for it.

You need to find the program which is using the Start.alawar.com platform for its clandestine agenda and uninstall it. Then you should proceed to change your browser’s settings back to the optimal security levels and revert back to the reliable websites you had set as your homepage and search engine.

Remove Start.alawar.com from your computer

Windows 8
1. Click Win+X simultaneously and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Navigate to Uninstall a Program and choose the unwanted software from the list.
3. Press Uninstall to remove the application.

Windows 7
1. Open the Windows Start menu and go to your Control Panel.
2. Select Uninstall a Program and remove the program from the list.

Windows XP
1. Open the Windows Start menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
3. Find the program in the list and remove it.

About the author

Laran Mitchell
Hi, my name is Laran. I am keen in computers and science since my childhood. Now, I study computer science in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I run this website in effort to try to help PC users to clean their machines from malware. Any comments to my malware removal instructions are welcome.

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