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Should I remove StartNow Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,622
United States Rank #1,538
Reach 0.3033%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 37.72 days
1112.61 days >
Average installed length: 584.59 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
2.5.0 65.81%
2.4.0 19.96%
2.3.0 11.95%
2.1.0 2.27%

StartNow Toolbar

What is StartNow Toolbar?

StartNow is a web browser toolbar that changes your homepage and redirects valid searches. StartNow toolbar is developed by Zugo and it gives you instant access to multimedia search, Facebook one click away, your local weather forecast and many other features that give you the best online experience. It is simple, light weight and blends perfectly with your browser to give you instant access to your favourite sites and information.

About  (from StartNow.com)

Our Search Toolbar offers access to the Bing™ decision engine helping users to search and surf the web! Bing brings together key information and organizes it in one place, you can check the weather forecast, look up ticket prices and book a flight all at once. Users will also find the latest news, popular videos, onlin...  Read more

Overview

The most used version is 2.5.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The main program executable is Toolbar32.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 13 files and is usually about 1.18 MB (1,232,901 bytes). ToolbarUpdaterService.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in StartNow Toolbar.
Toolbar32.dll (b8daa64785fba97a881f45b21ec6078f) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0143 Adware.Zugo.71
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.13.05.23.07 Riskware.Win32.Toolbar.Zugo.AMN
eSafe 7.0.17.0 Win32.Trojan
ESET-NOD32 7.8265 Win32/Toolbar.Zugo
Fortinet FortiGate 5/23/2013 Adware/Zugo
SUPERAntiSpyware 10513 PUP.StartNow Toolbar
ToolbarBroker.exe (32b9896cced0ada77f575827cbcf5d61) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 15121 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web 7.0.4.09250 Adware.Zugo.71
Emsisoft Anti-Malware None Riskware.Win32.Toolbar.Zugo.AMN (A)
eSafe 7.0.17.0 Win32.Toolbar.Zugo
ESET-NOD32 7956 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Zugo
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.RFFH1G3
VIPRE Antivirus 15326 Zugo Ltd (v) (not malicious)
ToolbarUpdaterService.exe (70eb41a4417ba0aa36ae12bf2b4d98f6) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Antiy-AVL 2.0.3.7 Trojan/Win32.Agent.gen
Dr.Web Adware.Zugo.71
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 3.0.0.575 Riskware.Win32.Toolbar.Zugo.AMN (A)
ESET-NOD32 8298 Win32/Toolbar.Zugo
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.43.0 Adware/Zugo
nProtect 2013-05-06.01 Trojan/W32.Monder.244960
StartNowToolbarUninstall.exe (fb6e592be221e2eaab2f31de46f02109) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Searcher.755
ESET-NOD32 9125 Win32/Toolbar.Zugo.E
Malwarebytes 1.75.0.1 PUP.Zugo
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.RCBH2B7
VIPRE Antivirus 23974 Zugo (fs) (not malicious)
search_protect.exe (7c99159601d4c84a32dcc3f933839c56) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web 7.0.2.04281 Adware.Zugo.71
F-Prot 4.6.5.141 W32/AdAgent.B.gen!Eldorado
K7 AntiVirus 9.145.7394 Adware
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.500.0.1008 TROJ_GEN.F47V0727
VIPRE Antivirus 12432 Zugo Ltd (v) (not malicious)
genfix.exe (65b30940c6f76b234ff2269b0600660d) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Zugo.114
SUPERAntiSpyware 5.6.0.1008 Trojan.Agent/Gen-FraudPack
VIPRE Antivirus 19674 Zugo Ltd (v) (not malicious)
ReactivateFF.exe (581e46d0517661be31f21f2ffda71920) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Zugo.71
Symantec 20131.1.0.101 WS.Reputation.1
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StartNow Toolbar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: about.startnow.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\startnow toolbar
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\StartNow Toolbar\StartNowToolbarUninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.18 MB

Program filesFiles installed by StartNow Toolbar

Program module:Toolbar32.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Toolbar
Signed by:Zugo Ltd
Path:C:\Program Files\startnow toolbar\Toolbar32.dll
MD5:b8daa64785fba97a881f45b21ec6078f
StartNow toolbar is developed by Zugo and it gives you instant access to multimedia search, Facebook one click away, your local weather forecast and many other features that give you the best online experience. It is simple, light weight...
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) StartNowToolbarUninstall.exe - StartNow Toolbar
  • (Malware detected) Toolbar32.dll - Toolbar
  • (Malware detected) search_protect.exe - StartNow Search Update
  • (Malware detected) ToolbarBroker.exe - ToolbarBroker
  • (Malware detected) genfix.exe
  • ReactivateFF.exe
  • (Malware detected) ToolbarUpdaterService.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • Toolbar32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'StartNow Toolbar Helper' with the class of {6E13D095-45C3-4271-9475-F3B48227DD9F}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • Toolbar32.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'StartNow Toolbar' with the class of {5911488E-9D1E-40ec-8CBB-06B231CC153F}.
Service
  • ToolbarUpdaterService.exe runs as a service named 'Updater Service for StartNow Toolbar' (Updater Service for StartNow Toolbar).
Startup File (User Run)
  • search_protect.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'StartNow Search Protect' and executes as "C:\Program Files\StartNow Toolbar\search_protect.exe" /REPORT /PROTECT /RELAY.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

ToolbarUpdaterService.exe
Memory:2.18 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0046744615%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00233723%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00233723%
0.015104% average

How do I remove StartNow Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove StartNow Toolbar from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall StartNow Toolbar from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program StartNow Toolbar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove StartNow Toolbar.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by StartNow Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win Server 2003 0%
 
WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 73.42%
Windows Vista 12.43%
Windows XP 11.59%
Windows 8 2.51%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.49%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.95%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.20%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.42%
Windows 7 Professional 8.37%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.93%

Distribution by countryGeography

72.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 72.70%
  Iran 5.94%
  Taiwan 1.87%
  Brazil 1.83%
  Indonesia 1.33%
  Germany 1.16%
  Russia 0.75%
  Saudi Arabia 0.71%
  Poland 0.62%
  Hungary 0.58%
  Thailand 0.54%
  Spain 0.50%
  India 0.50%
  Japan 0.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.26%
Dell 28.31%
Acer 11.27%
Toshiba 9.59%
ASUS 7.26%
GIGABYTE 6.15%
Lenovo 2.70%
Intel 2.05%
American Megatrends 1.49%
Gateway 0.93%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.43%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.29%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.90%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.51%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.12%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.34%

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