How to Remove (Yahoo Startnow Virus)? (Browser Hijacker virus removal Guide)

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How to Remove (Yahoo Startnow Virus)? (Browser Hijacker virus removal Guide)

Postby Autumn » 2012-09-12 1:15

Web browser has been blocked by webpage takes over your defaulted homepage? This post provides you with the best way to remove as well as startnow toolbar from your computer. Learn more here and remove it thoroughly.

What is is defined as a nasty browser redirect virus that can frequently redirect opened web page to or other unknown websites via modifying DNS settings as well as browser internet setting.

A screenshot of

Why get infected with

Visiting insalubrious websites, receiving spam emails or downloading fake nasty applications will all lead to this infection.

What can result in?

1) is able to affect all kinds of browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Once slipped into a PC, it can modify or delete system files, which may make irrevocable damage to computer.

2) installs itself in a computer without user's knowledge or permission. contains rootkit and Trojans which can automatically record your online behaviors in order to steal personal information and confidential data such as bank account information, credit card information, social security number. These confidential information then be transferred to remote server. Your personal information will be in high risk of exposure to public.

3) may mislead you to open more sites unwanted and download some malware applications.

Symptoms of

1) Computer runs abnormal and very slowly.

2) Find many strange processes that has never been found before in the Task Manager.

3) Being redirected to or other unknown odd web pages when open web browser every time.

4) Web browser runs more slowly than before.

5) Always been popped up some irritating advertisements unwanted.

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It's really annoying and dangerous to get infected with and to keep being redirected to this website. You're highly encouraged to remove this redirect virus as soon as possible if you have faced such problems mentioned above. This step-by-step removal guide will tell you how to do it. Read more. Removal Guide

Important Note: 1) Before you start to remove, please make sure you have saved all files and backed up system files. 2) You may also need to print out this page because you need to shut down your PC during the removal process. (If you have alternative device, please disregard this tips)

Step 1> Boot/Restart your computer into "Safe Mode with Networking".


Step 2> Log on to your computer as an Administrator who has the right to add or remove software. Click Start Menu->Control Panel (Uninstall a Program for Window 7)-> Double-click Add/Remove Programs (Programs and Features for Windows 7)

control Panel .jpg

Scroll down to the startnow entry and click Uninstal or Remove. Click Next to confirm, and then Finish.

Step 3> Reset homepage. Open Internet Explorer->select Tools->Internet Option->General.

You have two options. One is to set homepage as a blank page. The other is to set a certain website (Just type a website into the address box) as the homepage. Then click OK to save the change.


Step 4> Check the LAN settings of your browser. may alter your Internet settings to block you from accessing other security websites, so you need to change the settings back first.

Open your Internet Explorer> click on Tools(Gear bar if you’re using IE9)> select Internet Options> click on Connections> click on LAN settings and check whether the check box under Proxy server option is checked, if yes, uncheck it and click OK to complete.


Step 5> Check your hosts file and remove any malicious entries. Hosts file locates on C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts. Then there will come out hosts files and hosts backup files. Open both of them in the form of notepad and then make sure the hosts file is in accordance with the hosts backup file.


Should there is no backup host files in your computer, please open Host Files with Notepad. The default host files should be only one line: localhost in Windows XP and localhost ::1 in Windows Vista, if there're more lines, please delete all of them and save the change.

Step 6> Check DNS (Domain Name Server) settings

To do this, you need to go to Control Panel->Network Connections->Local Area Connection->Right-click Local Area Network icon and select Properties->Select Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and Click Properties once again. A window showed below will display:


Select “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically”.


Step 7> Check IE add-ons. To do this, you need to open Internet Explorer->Tools->Manage Addons->Disable all unverified addons.


Download and install Anvi Smart Defender (Highly Recommended) to fully scan your computer and remove all malicious files.


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Re: How to Remove (Yahoo Startnow Virus)? (Browser Hijacker virus removal Guide)

Postby Autumn » 2012-10-16 1:13

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