A new rogue software which pretends to assist Windows users has been reported to affect computer systems and detect false positives, experts say. The software is considered to be potentially unwanted (or PUP) because it may significantly slow down your computer and also install other ad-supported software along with its installation. Users who have installed Startup Maximizer are strongly advised to take steps, like the ones after this article to remove this program from their computer.
|Short Description||May display non-existent “error detected” type of messages to get users to purchase its full removal license.|
|Symptoms||Shows fake detentions, slows PC, may collect different infromation, may initiate automatic scans.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages|
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Startup Maximizer – How Is It Distributed
The software may usually be advertised online as a so-called helper program. It may be featured on advertisements that pretend to be Windows pop-ups stating something like “Is Your PC Slow?” or similar. Besides that, the program may also be discovered in the installers of third-party applications. Such installers may usually be well-known programs users may download from third-party websites. Those programs may be various – helping software, torrent downloader, media player or other. Users usually miss the “Advanced” or “Custom” tabs of the installers for the programs they setup, and this is the usual method of distribution of programs like Startup Maximizer.
Startup Maximizer In Detail
Besides creating its uninstaller in Programs and Features and situating its files in the %Program Files% folder, Startup Maximizer may also modify the Windows Registry editor. This means that the software might change some settings of the affected computer, such as:
- Run automatically on startup.
- Display pop-ups.
- Add add-ins to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera Browser or Internet Explorer.
After it has set up, the program may automatically scan your computer and discover more than one errors in it that may or may not even exist:
When you try to remove the errors, the software may prompt you to enter a license key which can be purchased via an external third-party website.
Furthermore, in addition to that, the program may also prevent the user from deleting it by running an active process in Windows Task Manager.
Adware researchers at Malwarebytes believe that Startup Maximizer belongs to the so-called rogue system optimizing programs. Such programs may aim for one of two things or even both in some cases:
- To get users to purchase the full version of the program by scaring you off with error messages.
- To collect financial information on product purchase and use it to steal funds.
- To advertise other third-party programs on the website of the user.
- Collect other information from the user.
These are few of the reasons to immediately delete this programs from their computer in case they have detected they are potentially unwanted applications.
Remove Startup Maximizer Completely
To successfully delete this program from your device, we suggest using an anti-malware software. Such will remove it completely and detect other errors, adware or malware that may be active on your computer. Otherwise, we advise following the step-by-step instructions below to manually uninstall Startup Maximizer.