Can’t get rid of http://start.iminent.com search engine from Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8 or Windows XP on your laptop? All the browsers ( Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and so on) have been hijacker by Start.iminent virus and your search results have been changed to other websites that you don’t want? How do you remove this pops up that keeps redirecting?

What is http://start.iminent.com Redirect Page?

The Start.iminent.com browser hijack virus is spread from computer to computer through various “free” program installations. Once installed, the virus changes the default browser to the Start.iminent.com page, and this is not a real search engine although the hackers have designed it to resemble Google, even including their logo next to the search bar. The search bar and submit icon are identical to those found on the real Google search page. The results that it displays are littered with advertisements and pop ups, which the hackers get paid from for each click the ads receive. That is the main objective of this virus.

The hackers place the Start.iminent.com browser hijack virus in with free downloads and it installs on the PC right after the other software has been installed. The use bit torrent programs, and other cracked software in order to infect computers with this virus. The computer user is thinking that they are downloading and installing a free version of the software, but what they are really doing in installing the Start.iminent search virus. Even if the user uninstalls the program that carried the virus it will not be removed. In order to get rid of the browser hijack it will need to be manually removed from the browser.

This is why it is so important to pay attention when installing any program on the computer. Often times they include optional installations, just like the Start.iminent.com browser hijack virus. If you click through the installation prompts too quickly you will actually be agreeing to install this virus onto your PC! Most programs give you the option to customize the installation process, and this is always the best option as you can see exactly what they are trying to install and unselect anything that doesn’t pertain to the actual program that you are trying to install. Never install something that you are not familiar with, as it is likely that it is an attack similar to the Start.iminent.com browser hijack virus.

Note: Do not want to lose more data and personal information to this spyware thing? Cannot uninstall it from Control Panel? Contact YooSecurity Online PC Expert now for removal assistance.

Screenshot of Start.iminent.com Redirect Search Engine

Start.iminent.com-Redirect

How Big The Start.iminent Virus Browser Hijacker Is?

While this browser hijack virus is mainly used for just redirecting the user to pages filled with advertisements that doesn’t mean that the hackers will not try to modify it in the future to really create serious problems. Many viruses attack the computer so the hackers can gain access and steal personal and financial information. While the Start.iminent.com browser hijack virus doesn’t do this it is still urgent that it be removed from the system as quickly as possible.

This is another reminder of how important Internet safety is, and why you must be fully aware of what you are clicking on or downloading at all times. There are hackers and cyber criminal groups that are unleashing new attacks every day, and most are not as mild as the Start.iminent.com browser hijack virus.

How to Remove Start.iminent Virus Spyware Without Coming Back?

To get rid of the Start.iminent.com redirect virus completely we only recommend that it has to be done manually. Since there are many files that are hidden deep within the system a manual approach makes sure that all areas are checked. Also, since other viruses could have potentially been installed as well, the manual approach will help spot them as well. For complete instructions, see below.

Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the domain. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager.
taskmanager

Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
FolderOptions

Step C: Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor.
Run+regedit

Step D: Delete all these associating files and registry entries of Start.iminent.com Redirect in Registry Editor as below:

%AppData%\[random thing]
%AllUsersProfile%\Programs\{random thing}\
%CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Users\””
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = “”.exe.dll
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings\{.exe}
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun=””

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Summary

Now, simply just removing the redirect URL from the browser may stop the redirect it is important that all of the damage be removed by cleaning up and modifying the Internet browser settings. There are full instructions located below that will walk you through all of the steps necessary to follow in order to change back to your original default browser settings as well as to remove the other system changes. This will clear the computer of the Start.iminent.com browser hijack virus.

Note: Still having problems with Start.iminent virus browser hijacker after spent the whole day? Have no clue on how to get rid of this Ads as it changes fast? Please contact YooSecurity Online Expert now to save your computer from all the troubles and future consequences.

Published by Matt Johnston & last updated on March 29, 2013 5:41 pm

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