Remove WINSTART.VBS virus (Removal Guide)

I will tell you in this post how to fix the issue manually and how to clean it automatically using a special powerful removal tool. You can download the removal program for free here:

Manual removal instructions:


WINSTART.VBS is considered as malicious program (malware).

WINSTART.VBS actively resists detection and employs a number of techniques to ensure that you cannot remove WINSTART.VBS from infected computers.

Technical Information:

  • Full path on a computer= %TEMP%\WINSTART.VBS

How WINSTART.VBS got on your computer?

Phishing is the most common way for malware to infect computers.
It could be a fake email message that appears to be originated from Microsoft Customer Service, eBay, PayPal, Amazon, or even your bank or insurance company.
Fake emails that appear to come from the police, the FBI and other government entities were also reported.

WINSTART.VBS could also infect your computer by exploiting a security vulnerability of your Web browser or one of its plugins.
If this is the case, WINSTART.VBS would be injected into a Web page, and could get to your PC when you visited a malicious or hacked Web site.

WINSTART.VBS can be distributed with legitimate software that is repackaged by the scammers.
It could be downloaded from warez Web sites or download archives.

How do you know you have WINSTART.VBS on my computer?

WINSTART.VBS works in background. It does not appear as a window, does not have a shortcut.
WINSTART.VBS hides its existence from your eyes.

You have 2 ways to remove WINSTART.VBS:

You have 2 ways

Remove it automatically1. Remove Automatically.
Remove it manually2. Remove Manually.

Why I recommend you to use an automatic way?

  1. You know only one virus name: "WINSTART.VBS", but usually you have infected by a bunch of viruses.
    The UnHackMe program detects this threat and all others.
  2. UnHackMe is quite fast! You need only 5 minutes to check your PC.
  3. UnHackMe uses the special features to remove hard in removal viruses. If you remove a virus manually, it can prevent deleting using a self-protecting module. If you even delete the virus, it may recreate himself by a stealthy module.
  4. UnHackMe is small and compatible with any antivirus.
  5. UnHackMe is fully free for 30-days!

Here’s how to remove WINSTART.VBS virus automatically:

STEP 1: Install UnHackMe (1 minute)

STEP 2: Scan for malware using UnHackMe (1 minute)

STEP 3: Remove WINSTART.VBS virus (3 minutes)

So it was much easier to fix such problem automatically, wasn't it?
That is why I strongly advise you to use UnHackMe for remove WINSTART.VBS redirect or other unwanted software.

How to remove WINSTART.VBS manually:

STEP 1: Check all shortcuts of your browsers on your desktop, taskbar and in the Start menu. Right click on your shortcut and change it's properties.


You can see WINSTART.VBS or another web site at the end of shortcut target (command line). Remove it and save changes.

In addition, check this command line for fake browser's trick.
For example, if a shortcut points to Google Chrome, it must have the path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.
Fake browser may be: …\Appdata\Roaming\HPReyos\ReyosStarter3.exe.
Also the file name may be: “chromium.exe” instead of chrome.exe.

STEP 2: Investigate the list of installed programs and uninstall all unknown recently installed programs.

check installed programs to uninstall

STEP 3: Open Task Manager and close all processes, related to WINSTART.VBS in their description. Discover the directories where such processes start. Search for random or strange file names.

Remove WINSTART.VBS virus from running processes

Remove WINSTART.VBS virus from running processes

STEP 4: Inspect the Windows services. Press Win+R, type in: services.msc and press OK.

Remove WINSTART.VBS virus from Windows services

Remove WINSTART.VBS virus from Windows services

Disable the services with random names or contains WINSTART.VBS in it's name or description.

STEP 5: After that press Win+R, type in: taskschd.msc and press OK to open Windows Task Scheduler.
Remove WINSTART.VBS from scheduled task list.

Delete any task related to WINSTART.VBS. Disable unknown tasks with random names.

STEP 6: Clear the Windows registry from WINSTART.VBS virus.
Press Win+R, type in: regedit.exe and press OK.

Remove WINSTART.VBS virus from Windows registry

Remove WINSTART.VBS virus from Windows registry

Find and delete all keys/values contains WINSTART.VBS.

STEP 7: Remove WINSTART.VBS from Google Chrome.
Remove WINSTART.VBS Virus from Chrome Extensions

STEP 8: Remove WINSTART.VBS from Internet Explorer.

Set Internet Explorer Homepage

Set Internet Explorer Homepage

STEP 9: Remove WINSTART.VBS from Mozilla Firefox.

Change Firefox Home Page

Change Firefox Home Page

STEP 10: And at the end, clear your basket, temporal files, browser's cache.

But if you miss any of these steps and only one part of virus remains – it will come back again immediately or after reboot.

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