Start-search.com is a program which has the capabilities to alter settings of internet browsers. This program is categorized as a browser hijacker. Start-search.com, just like its analogues, changes browser’s default search engine and homepage, but these actions are not considered to be malicious because some legitimate programs use the same strategy. Nevertheless, Start-search.com is still regarded as malware because it has some nasty features. Firstly, it has the capabilities to modify IE’s load time threshold. Secondly, Start-search.com can do damage to Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome too. Start-search.com can put a lock file which prevents other software from modifying the altered settings. Finally, the browser hijacker disables Firefox’s Content Security Policy, thus allowing cross site scripting of the plugin. What is more, Start-search.com has the capabilities to gather data concerning browsing habits and search queries, which is also considered illegal.