The Mystartsearch.com adware is a browser hijacker that is bundled with free programs you download off of the Internet. Many free programs are wrapped in an adware installer that installs programs like this hijacker in order to generate revenue for the freeware developer. Unfortunately, many of these programs are just as bad as normal computer malware and can have a harmful effect on your computer. The mystartsearch.com adware is a browser hijacker that changes browser shortcuts, your browser search provider, and browser start pages to mystartsearch.com without your permission. Furthermore, this adware will append the argument http://www.mystartsearch.com/?type=hp&ts=<timestamp>&from=<affiliate_id>&uid=<hard drive id> to various web browser shortcuts and sometimes shortcuts that are for non-Internet related program. This causes the mystartsearch.com web page to open when you launch one of these hijacked shortcuts. Unfortunately, the method they use to change the shortcuts does not allow you to easily fix them by just going into their properties and you have to instead use special tools to clean them.