Homepage Taken Over by Google startnow – Manually Remove search.startnow.com Search Engine Redirect VirusPublished September 13th, 2012 by Deborah Gauvin
Having always been pleased with Firefox/IE until there comes the intruder which permanently takes over previous Google, Yahoo or Bing search engine? Having tried all means on its removal but making no progress until now? Are you looking for an effective solution to get rid of search.startnow.com search virus? This post focusing on manual approach sponsored by Tee Support 24/7 online tech team will be most supportive when it comes to such browser virus.
Take a Quick Look at search.startnow.com Virus
Posing as a legit and succinct search engine with a search box enhanced by the leading search engine Google, search.startnow.com actually has nothing to do with Google. And it’s no accident that there also prevails startnow.com search engine with Yahoo logo, which is of course pettifogging. Startnow gets access to the system piggybacking in untested freeware or shareware. The redirect virus is orchestrated to accumulate artificially inflated traffic and profit from it, whereas it’ll inevitably causes damage not only to the infected browser but also to the whole system on multiple layers. To make things worse, it remains unknown to most users that Google Redirect Virus may also tries to download other infectious toolbar and executable files to cause further corruption. Gradually, the system will become defenseless and prone to other infection. Thus it quite important to read over the license agreement before installing any unfamiliar program and take action to completely remove startnow browser hijacker as early as possible.
Google startnow Snapshot
search.startnow.com Side Effects
- Takes up most of CPU and network bandwidth.
- Redirects Yahoo, Google and Bing search queries.
- Adds shortcuts which are linked with malicious sites.
- Modifies default or customized homepage.
- Changes browsing settings to trigger unsafe web sites.
- Adds suspicious pages to bookmark folders.
search.startnow.com Removal Suggestion
The virus program will separate from the original program once upon the penetration and that’s why you can find nothing regarding it from add/remove program on control panel. You may also find the lingering redirect after deleting all cache history, temp files and tracking cookies. To make things worse, the browser reset even re-install makes no difference. Similarly, each scanner shows clean system but the redirect just carries on. Researchers suggest users manually disable search.startnow.com virus with technical guidance. Below is the referential steps on how:
Step 1 : Go to Task Manager with Alt+Ctrl+Delete and stop its process.
Step 2: Search for and delete its related files in Local Disk C:
C:\Program Files\random.exe C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\[you can clear the whole folder] C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp\[you can clear the whole folder]
3.Navigate to remove the registry entries associated as below in Registry Editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName = C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\random.exe
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