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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Startup Maximizer from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Startup Maximizer from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Startup Maximizer from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Startup Maximizer from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Startup Maximizer from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Startup Maximizer from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Startup Maximizer from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Startup Maximizer from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Startup Maximizer
Step 2: Uninstall Startup Maximizer and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Startup Maximizer on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Startup Maximizer there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Startup Maximizer from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Startup Maximizer and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Startup Maximizer via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Startup Maximizer files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Startup Maximizer, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Startup Maximizer from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Startup Maximizer from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Startup Maximizer from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Startup Maximizer from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Startup Maximizer will be removed.
Eliminate Startup Maximizer from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.