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Remove Yahoo Startnow Virus (Removal Guide) - Aug 2017 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Avoid using Yahoo StartNow Search – you might be disappointed with the results

Yahoo StartNow virus

Yahoo Startnow is a search engine that appears in the web browser as homepage after installing StartNow Toolbar (by Zugo Limited). This toolbar is considered untrustworthy as it acts as a browser hijacker and has been added to Yahoo Search virus group. It may change your homepage and default search preferences to Browser hijacking[1] and some other activities that this program tends to initiate on victim's computer have made security experts to start categorizing it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Please, do NOT fall for installing it, especially if you like visiting questionable websites and downloading freeware to your computer. Otherwise, you can easily allow the installation of Yahoo Startnow toolbar. As soon as it manages to get inside the system, it can easily change some part of PC's settings and then hijack each of web browsers that can be found on it.

This potentially unwanted program seems to be extremely prevalent in the United States and India[2].

Also, after hijacking Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome[3] and other browsers, this program may alter the start page and then default search engine. After doing so, you may find problems when trying to use Google or Bing search engines. Instead of using them, you may have to use only the Yahoo search engine.

No matter that it is not considered as a malicious search engine, it is clearly promoted using tricky distribution techniques. If you want to avoid it, you have to stay away from Yahoo StartNow hijacker.

Besides, after altering each of web browsers, the startnow virus may start causing redirects, slowdowns, and similar problems. That is because it may be involved in such activities as the promotion of affiliate parties. While we cannot guarantee that it displays false search results, some of them may be filled with commercial ads that, after being clicked, may redirect users to suspicious websites.

If you have been annoyed by or search engines, you should waste no time and fix your computer. You can remove Yahoo StartNow virus with a help of manual removal steps that are given below or with a help of automatic removal option. For that, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

You can also uninstall this browser hijacker manually. If you do not know how to do it, simply take a look at Yahoo Startnow removal guide which is given below.

We also want to point out that this browser hijacker is a perfect example of Yahoo redirect virus. While Yahoo is a trustworthy search provider, it can be easily adapted and used as a provider of search results for untrustworthy search tools that fill regular results with ads and suspicious links. Therefore, you should blame the StartNow virus, not Yahoo.

Yahoo StartNow Search ToolbarYahoo StartNow is a browser hijacker that forces the victim use search engine. It delivers altered Yahoo results, so can be called a variant of Yahoo Redirect virus.

Things you can do to prevent browser hijacking

Yahoo Startnow starts its campaign as soon as it gets inside the system. In order to come without an appropriate user's permission asked, it uses freeware and shareware where it hides inside optional components. You can follow these tips to prevent installation of browser hijackers:

  • Ignoring installation of the freeware is not recommended in this case because you can easily find a different search engine or start page after installing some download manager or PDF creator.
  • If you want to avoid start now hijacker, you should always select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware.
  • Also, make sure you uncheck all checkmarks that allow installation of this toolbar or changes of the start page/default search engine.

Once inside, this program can easily modify your PC system and then may start causing redirections to unknown websites. You may also notice slowdowns on each of your browsers and similar unwanted activities.

Remove Startnow virus and configure browser preferences

Rebooting your PC or reinstalling browsers will not help you to stop unwanted redirects to the unwanted search site. If you want to remove Yahoo Startnow virus and forget about all the problems it causes, you should scan your computer with anti-spyware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and delete all files that belong to this PC parasite.

This way, you would clean your computer from the redirect virus and other PUPs automatically. If you would rather like to remove this computer threat manually, use this Yahoo Startnow removal guide below:

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To remove Yahoo Startnow virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Yahoo Startnow from Windows systems

Uninstall StartNow and other suspicious apps from your computer. Eliminate unwanted programs via Control Panel (see the guide given below to access it);

Clear browser shortcuts: using an example given below, fix Chrome, Firefox, and the remaining browsers by deleting StartNow URL from shortcut's Target field.

  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 Yahoo Startnow and related programs
    Here, look for Yahoo Startnow 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 Yahoo Startnow 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.

Remove Yahoo Startnow from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Yahoo Startnow from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Yahoo Startnow-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Yahoo Startnow, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Yahoo Startnow and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Yahoo Startnow-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Yahoo Startnow from Internet Explorer (IE)

Delete the following extensions from Internet Explorer:

  • StartNow Toolbar;
  • StartNow Toolbar Helper.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Yahoo Startnow and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Yahoo Startnow removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Yahoo Startnow virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Yahoo Startnow-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Yahoo Startnow from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete StartNowToolbar 2.4 or another version of it this way:

  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 Yahoo Startnow 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 Yahoo Startnow removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Yahoo Startnow from Google Chrome

Uninstall StartNow extension from Chrome using the given guidelines. Reset the browser afterward.

  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 Yahoo Startnow 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 Yahoo Startnow removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Yahoo Startnow 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 Yahoo Startnow 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 Yahoo Startnow, 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 Yahoo Startnow removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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