Search.StartNow.com is a browser hijacker, which is distributed by means of free downloads, and once upon installation it will change your browser homepage search.startnow.com to and default search engine to search.startnow.com. Search.StartNow.com will show you with heaps of ads and sponsored links in your search results, and collect your search queries for malicious goals. The Search.StartNow.com hijack is designed to increase advertising income.
Search.StartNow.com is not a virus in fact, nevertheless it has numerous malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to penetrate into the very heart of OS. This tool may be classified as “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.
Search.StartNow.com provides the compromised PCs with additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements. This “PUP” will modify the settings of the browser including the home page, search settings and in some cases will modify Internet Explorer’s load time threshold, place a lock file within Firefox to block the reputable software from changing its settings disabling the browser’s Content Security Policy in order to allow for cross site scripting of the plugin.
Search.StartNow.com squeezes into your computer together with the installation of freeware applications (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that contain malicious code of this browser hijacker. The penetration of this unwanted tool is carried out invisibly. Usually it is a big surprise for users to detect Search.StartNow.com is a virus.
If you download the “Fast Free Convertor” program, for instance, you will also agree to change your browser homepage and default search engine to search.startnow.com. When you decide to remove “Fast Free Convertor” your web browser’s default settings will not be changed to previous ones. The only manual removal is suitable in this case.
So, be careful installing software because it often happens, a software installer contains malicious codes, such as this Search.StartNow.com browser hijacker. So we recommend you downloading any software from the reliable sources in order not to become a victim of cyber criminals.
Search.StartNow.com automatic remover:
Search.StartNow.com removal milestones:
- Scan your PC with GridinSoft Trojan Killer to remove all forms of malware residing on your PC.
- Once the scan has been completed click “Apply” to remove all detected threats related to this particular hijacker.
- Shut down all your browsers which were attacked with this hijacker.
- In Trojan Killer’s open window click “Tools” and select “Reset browser settings“.
- Specify which particular browsers you want to be reset and what exactly you want to be reset:
- Once your choice has been made click “Reset browser settings” again.
- If you still have any problems related to Search.StartNow.com presence on your system, please get in touch with us through support link for additional assistance.