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ToolbarUpdaterService. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Toolbar Updater Service, Startnow Toolbar | Type: Browser hijacker

What is ToolbarUpdaterService?

ToolbarUpdaterService (can also be called as Toolbar Updater Service) is a suspicious component that belongs to StartNow Toolbar. Just like this application, this component can be installed without any permission asked because it has been actively spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware. If you don’t monitor installation of such programs as download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software and similar programs, you may fall for installing ToolbarUpdaterServicem on your computer. If you get more information about infiltration methods that are used by browser hijackers, adwares and other potentially unwanted programs, you should check the next paragraph of this article. If ToolbarUpdaterService gets ability to infiltrate its target PC system, it may hijack each of your web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) and then may start forcing you to use StartNow Toolbar. You may discover that you can’t avoid this program no matter which web browser you decide to use. In addition, you may find out that you can’t use your favorite search engine because this toolbar may start blocking Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. Finally, there are lots of PC users who reported that they can’t browse the web because of slow downs and other issues that are usually noticed after infiltration of ToolbarUpdaterService hijacker. That’s because this process tends to consume up to 100% of all computer’s resources and may even freeze it. Please, do NOT waste your time with ToolbarUpdaterService and remove this program from the system ASAP. if you want to make sure that each of related programs is gone, you should think about installing Reimage or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, which is compatible not only with Windows but with Mac OS X as well. After downloading any of these programs, you should run a full system scan.

How can ToolbarUpdaterService hijack my computer?

ToolbarUpdaterServic, StartNow Toolbar and other suspicious programs are mostly spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware as optional components. In order to avoid them, you should start monitoring installation of every freeware. What should you do that for that? This process requires reading Privacy Policy and End User’s License Agreement when downloading freeware to the system. In addition, make sure you uncheck all suspicious check marks that claim that you agree with the installation os such additional components as browser add-ons, extensions, plugins and toolbars. You should also stay away from all offers to modify each of your web browsers and alter the start page or the default search engine.

How to remove ToolbarUpdaterService virus?

ToolbarUpdaterService.exe is capable of hiding itself deep inside the system because the main thing what it seeks is to avoid its removal. Of course, it also seeks to protect StartNow Toolbar, which is related to it. If you want to make sure that all related programs (adwares and browser hijackers) were eliminated form your computer, you should use automatic removal of this program. However, if you don’t want to download any anti-spyware, you can also remove ToolbarUpdaterService with a help of removal guide that is given below.

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ToolbarUpdaterService snapshot

ToolbarUpdaterService manual removal:

Kill processes:

Delete registry values:







HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{6E13D095-45C3-4271-9475-F3B48227DD9F}














HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar#{5911488E-9D1E-40ec-8CBB-06B231CC153F}

Unregister DLLs:

Delete files:
C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesengine_images.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesengine_maps.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesengine_news.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesengine_videos.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesengine_web.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesicon_amazon.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesicon_ebay.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesicon_facebook.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesicon_games.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesicon_msn.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesicon_shopping.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesicon_travel.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesicon_twitter.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimagesstartnow_logo.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesimages

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesinstaller.xml

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesprotectindex.html

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesprotectNotIE6.css

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesprotectOnlyIE6.css

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesprotectSearchProtectIcon.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesprotectwindow.css

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesprotectwindow.js

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesprotect

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesreactivateindex.html

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesreactivateLeftImage.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesreactivateNotIE6.css

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesreactivateOnlyIE6.css

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesreactivatewindow.css

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesreactivatewindow.js

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesreactivate

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskinchevron_button.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskinsearchbox_button_hover.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskinsearchbox_button_normal.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskinsearchbox_dropdown_button_normal.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskinsearchbox_input_background.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskinsearchbox_input_left.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskinsearchbox_input_middle.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskinseparator.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskinsplitter.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskintoolbarbutton_ff_hover_c.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskintoolbarbutton_ie_hover_c.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskintoolbarbutton_ie_hover_l.png

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C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskintoolbarbutton_ie_normal_c.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskintoolbarbutton_ie_normal_l.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskintoolbarbutton_ie_normal_r.png

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesskin

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcestoolbar.xml

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResourcesupdate.xml

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarResources

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarStartNowToolbarUninstall.exe

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarToolbar32.dll

C:Program FilesStartNow ToolbarToolbarUpdaterService.exe

C:Program FilesStartNow Toolbaruninstall.dat

C:Program FilesStartNow Toolbar


Delete directories:

To remove ToolbarUpdaterService, follow these steps:

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Eliminate ToolbarUpdaterService from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall ToolbarUpdaterService and related programs
    Here, look for ToolbarUpdaterService or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove ToolbarUpdaterService from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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Get rid of ToolbarUpdaterService from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for ToolbarUpdaterService or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Delete ToolbarUpdaterService from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for ToolbarUpdaterService and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete ToolbarUpdaterService removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase ToolbarUpdaterService from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, ToolbarUpdaterService should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove ToolbarUpdaterService from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select ToolbarUpdaterService and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete ToolbarUpdaterService removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall ToolbarUpdaterService from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select ToolbarUpdaterService and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete ToolbarUpdaterService removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate ToolbarUpdaterService from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for ToolbarUpdaterService or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by ToolbarUpdaterService, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete ToolbarUpdaterService removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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