Search.StartNow.com Removal Instructions
Search.StartNow.com is an annoying browser hijacker that can alter your preferred browser settings without your permission. It slithers into your system via other free software and may easily be unnoticed during the installation process. Search.StartNow.com is set as your home page and default search engine. The only way to restore your settings is to get rid of the program that the hijacker came bundled with.
The program in question may be the StartNow Toolbar by Zugo which often comes with other freeware and can also be downloaded at about.startnow.com. Considering all the disadvantages of having a browser hijacker on your computer, you should not hesitate to remove Search.StartNow.com.
How does Search.StartNow.com work?
Search.StartNow.com may look like a completely legitimate page. It has a search box and quick access buttons to popular websites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Gmail and so on. If you try using the provided search engine you will be instantly redirected to Yahoo Search. Your results will be filled with ads, sponsored links and other unnecessary information. Needless to say, using this search provider is not recommended, especially because you can not be sure of the credibility of the presented ads. If you click on a fake one, it could result in unwanted consequences like malware infection, falling a victim to an online scam and so on.
As soon as the hijacker gets access to your PC, it modifies your home page and default search engine. Every time you open your browser you see its main page and are forced to make use of Yahoo Search. Moreover, the hijacker is also responsible for the increased amount of advertisements and sponsored links that appear on your screen. It slows down your Internet connection, so the pages take longer to load and monitors your online behavior in order to present you with supposedly useful commercial content. You should delete Search.StartNow.com as soon as you can.
How to get rid of Search.StartNow.com?
The best way to eliminate Search.StartNow.com from your browser is by making use of a powerful anti-malware utility. If you download the malware remover, you will be able to terminate Search.StartNow.com and the application that is responsible for it. Your browsers will go back to normal and you will be able to surf the Web freely. Alternatively, you can uninstall the unwanted program yourself by clicking on Start (or right-clicking on the lower left corner in Windows 8), selecting Control Panel and clicking on Uninstall a program (or Add or remove programs in Windows XP). Once you are done removing the software, you may also need to reset your browsers. Instructions on how to do that are presented below.
Remove Search.StartNow.com from Internet Explorer
- Click on the Gear icon
- Go to Internet Options
- Select the Advanced tab
- Click Reset and check the box
- Click Reset once again
Uninstall Search.StartNow.com from Mozilla Firefox
- Press Alt and H simultaneously
- Choose Troubleshooting Information
- Click on Reset Firefox
- Confirm your action
Delete Search.StartNow.com from Google Chrome
- Click on the menu and open Settings
- Go to Show Advanced Settings
- Click Reset settings
- Confirm your action.