If you’re seeing a homepage or startup page with the URL startru.net that you didn’t set yourself, your computer may have malware. This search hijacker malware that has infected Chrome and your entire computer as well as other browsers is designed to modify your primary start pages and search to startru.net. startru.net is a search engine portal that provides revenue and traffic to the publisher and advertiser partners by providing less than quality search results and adverts. Most likely your browser was infected with this search malware when you were downloading a free software product that uses a wrapper or bundler to distribute this as well as other PUPs, adware and malware.
While the domain startru.net is not necessarily bad, it potentially hosts less than safe web site search results and banner/text ads that might lead you to installing really bad malware on your computer including Trojans and viruses. It may allow this because it contracts with shady advertising networks that might host malvertising ads (with or without their knowledge). Such malvertising might lead directly to exploits that silently install malware on your computer.
So, if you notice startru.net as your main start page chances are you have been infected by malware. The bigger problem is that its most likely not just a page takeover and easy reset. You may have deep rooted malware on your computer that keeps this page protected and as your primary home and search pages. If this is the case you will need to follow the step by step help below to remove it to take back Chrome.
How Do I Remove startru.net?
Removing startru.net from Chrome is typically pretty easy if you follow the instructions below. There are methods from removing this malware from you browser. Depending on your level of technical expertise you can opt to remove startru.net automatically (recommended) or manually. While removing this manually is not the best course of action since many times the controlling malware is still installed on your computer, Google Chrome has a couple built in functions that may assist with this. However, the recommended removal procedure is to utilize a professional anti-malware removal tool such as the ones we have tested with startru.net below.
Automatically Remove startru.net
In this method we will show you simple steps to search for and remove this malware completely from Chrome. While we have tested a number of professional antivirus and antimalware programs the following is by far the best we have tested that was able to fully remove all traces of startru.net. To get started click the button below to download the the software. We recommend using Reason Core Security as it has successfully proven itself as the most effective antimalware product and scan and removal is 100% free.
If you chose Save, double-click the installer file (reason-core-security-setup.exe) to start the installation process. You might be prompted for Administrator permission, if so click OK.
When the installer opens, click Next > to begin.
The software will walk you through a quick installation process.
You will then be asked to automatically run an initial scan.
This scan should take about 5 to 10 minutes and should find startru.net.
Next, it will ask you to remove startru.net as well as any other detected malware or adware. Click the Remove Checked button.
Your computer should be nice and clean within a few moments! If you keep Real-time Protection running it will prevent any other Chrome malware from infecting your computer and browser.
Note: Reason Core Security like most professional antimalware software is a commercial product. While it's free to clean any malware infections you have during the trial period some features might be disabled when the trial ends.
As you can see using the automated method for removing startru.net is very simple and fast. There are a number of other antivirus and antimalware programs that we also recommend that too are successful in removing this malware. These include Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, ESET NOD32, VIPRE and Microsoft Security Essentials (or Windows Defender).
Manually Remove startru.net
Should you decide to, you can also manually remove this malware from Chrome by following the steps below. It is very important to note however that since this malware might run as a stand along set of processes on your computer even manually removing them using these instructions does not 100% guarantee that its completely removed and startru.net does not show up later down the road. The reason this is the case is because if you do not use a professional antimalware cleaner there is a strong possibility that the activate traces of this malware will simply re-infect Chrome over and over again. Thus, finding and eliminating the entire malware is critical.
Resetting your browser settings will reset the unwanted changes caused by installing other programs including some malware. However, your saved bookmarks and passwords will not be cleared or changed but some settings will be reset such as cookies.
To remove startru.net from Chrome using the built in reset browser settings:
In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu
At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
Under the section "Reset settings,” click Reset settings.
In the dialog that appears, click Reset.
Note: using the Chrome reset functions will not only remove startru.net but will also clear your personal settings such as cookies, saved form data, extensions, themes and search and homepage settings.
Sabrina is a Chrome malware removal expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback about the page.