How to Remove Search.startnow.com From Chrome/ Firefox/ IE and Fix Chaos

Posted by Britt Duncan - February 9, 2014

Search.startnow.com is a fake website which causes lots of chaos and inconvenience on the affected computer. Some antivirus tools find it much difficult to completely get rid of Search.startnow.com virus. Keep reading this article and follow effective and professional manual guide to solve the problem.

Is Search.startnow.com a dangerous virus?

Search.startnow.com is known by many as a hazardous browser hijacker to help criminals to commit cyber crimes. Pretending to be a genuine search provider, Search.startnow.com secretly gathers individual information from the compromised machine. Internet Users may encounter this virus when they download infected applications and pay a visit to hacked websites. Even the protection tools inside your computer remain active, you still have the chance of being infected as tricky Search.startnow.com hijacker has the ability to sheldaway from detection.

Many users may choose to open other browsers to surf the Internet so as to avoid the effects of Search.startnow.com. However, as the time goes by, the redirect virus will seek chance to invade all the browsers installed in your system as well gradually. Other symptoms of being infected manifest as slow Internet connection, long time loading of websites and modification of default browser settings and so forth.

Other potential threats, such as worms and Trojans, can also be added to the victimized system since Search.startnow.com hijacker has compromised the computer and can redirect users to unauthorized web pages. Considering all the inconveniences Search.startnow.com redirect virus has brought to your machine, it is a must for you to tack effective actions to delete it.

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Disadvantages and risks of Search.startnow.com Virus:

1. It could insert many codes to the system registry and execute itself on Windows boot-up
2. It drops files to the system and makes changes to Chrome/ Firefox/ IE without any approval
3. It replaces home page and search engine and provides numerous sponsored search results
4. It causes web redirects frequently to unwanted pages and generates tons of annoying ads
5. It records online activities and collects important information especially the credit card data
6. It may introduce many other computer threats like Trojans, spyware, and malware
7. It slows down the whole computer performance greatly by taking up high system resources

Manually Get Rid of Search.startnow.com Virus

According to our research, we found that Search.startnow.com redirect is caused by Search.startnow.com toolbar that often gets installed together with other free toolbar or programs. And Search.startnow.com toolbar has made many changes to your computer system and web browsers. So, you should keep very patient and careful when you are following our removal steps and manually removing Search.startnow.com virus.

1. Please close all your web browsers before deleting Search.startnow.com malware.

2. Click Start button and then Control Panel

3. Click Add or Remove Programs

4. Locate and remove Search.startnow.com toolbar and other unknown software or toolbars

5. Run your Internet Explorer

6. Click Tools and then click Manage Add-ons option

7. Click Toolbars and Extensions to disable Search.startnow.com toolbar or other suspicious add-ons and then click Search Providers tab to remove unwanted search engine.

After uninstalling Search.startnow.com toolbar and reverting its changes to your browser, you need to go through the following steps if you want to completely get rid of Search.startnow.com virus.

1. Search and delete the following registry entries of Search.startnow.com virus

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ Search.startnow.com

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClasses[Search.startnow.com]IEHelper.DNSGuard.1

2. Search and remove the following malicious files of Search.startnow.com malware

C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Search.startnow.com.exe

C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Search.startnow.com

You should know that manually editing registry needs some computer know-how and is rather risky for computer newbie. Another fact is that Search.startnow.com virus is able to update its version frequently and change its file locations. So the manual removal can not guarantee a thorough removal of Search.startnow.com virus.

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