Exterminate It! Antimalware

malpedia

Known threats:700,085 Last Update:March 01, 12:55

Testimonials

I was having problems with gamevance, My computer had slowed down quite a bit and I wanted to get rid of the problem but didn't know how. So I started searching and came across Exterminate It. I was a little apprehensive about purchasing your product, thinking, what if I make the problem worse than it is. I went to youtube and found someone who had great success with your product. So I purchased your product and did the scan. Oh man, it got rid of all the malware gamevance. I was so pleased that I had to let you guys know. You guys ROCK!!! Thank you so much for a great product.

George B.

Win32.StartPage.aa

Aliases of Win32.StartPage.aa (AKA):

[Panda]Adware/Surfbar

How to Remove Win32.StartPage.aa from Your Computer^

You can effectively remove Win32.StartPage.aa from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with Win32.StartPage.aa in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.

Hijacker

Software that seizes control of a computer’s resources to proliferate itself or use them for other malicious purposes.

There are several types of hijackers. The most common are:

  • Browser hijackers – Alters the existing Internet browser settings so that a user is redirected to unwanted or malicious Web sites. These include programs that change the browser Home page or replace a popular search service’s home page with its own fake copy, whose search results point to particular malicious or irrelevant sites.
  • Autorun hijackers – Automatically run certain programs on start-up of a user’s computer.

Be Aware of the Following Hijacker Threats:

ISTbar.MSCache, BargainBuddy, JS.Startpage, NowBox, Win32.DlMersting.AM.DLL.Tr.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Win32.StartPage.aa?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Win32.StartPage.aa:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Win32.StartPage.aa. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Win32.StartPage.aa.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Win32.StartPage.aa, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Win32.StartPage.aa^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Win32.StartPage.aa:

PC is working very slowly

Win32.StartPage.aa can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Win32.StartPage.aa.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Win32.StartPage.aa can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Win32.StartPage.aa may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Win32.StartPage.aa may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Win32.StartPage.aa may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.