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Starter keeping trying to turn over the engine and won't shut off

I have a 96 4runner and Ive had a problem, twice my car has had a hard time starting but when it kicks over the starter continues to run, then if I turn my key back and my engine off the starter is still running, and I'm unable to stop it. Usually I smell a burning smell and then it eventually shuts off, but this has caused my ignition to get rougher and rougher.
Now I DO have a aftermarket remote starter installed (though I haven't used it in months), could this be the problem?
Do I need a whole new starter or maybe just a new solenoid?
Also, if this happens again I've read I can just yank my battery term and the starter will quit (better then letting it run until it burns up), is this OK in a pinch?

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Pulling the battery is fine, I would suggest the remote starter or the ignition switch are bad. Its not the solenoid if it starts the car, solenoids default to off not to on.

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