The antivirus program scan result shows that your computer has been infected with a high-risk Trojan virus named Trojan Horse Startpage.TOW? Antivirus can detect it but cannot remove it completely? Have problems of removing this Trojan? This post shows you the manual removal guide to help you remove it without damaging the computer.
Trojan Horse Startpage.TOW is a newly released Trojan virus that is capable of taking over the infected computer and causing many severe problems. Usually, it can sneak into the computer without your permission if you download or install freeware from unsafe sources, open spam email attachments and visit malicious websites or click on unknown links released by cyber criminals. You have no awareness of its installation into the computer until the antivirus program pops up a warning about it.
Trojan Horse Startpage.TOW corrupts important system files and modifies the registry entries, which allows it to activate immediately every time you start the computer. It also degrades computer performance considerably by consuming system resources and even shuts down the computer randomly. Computer system will get damaged easily if abnormal shut-down happens frequently and it is also very annoying to work on a sluggish and weird computer. In addition, the cyber criminals are able to access the infected computer to record your sensitive information including social contact numbers and financial details. It is not safe to use the computer with this virus in. Therefore, we suggest you to remove it as soon as possible.
This Trojan roots so deep in the computer system that antivirus program cannot handle it completely. Although sometimes the antivirus indicates that it has been removed, you still see it after restarting the computer. Thus, the most effective way to get rid of this Trojan is manual removal. Please be more careful during the removal for any mistakes will damage the computer seriously.
1. Show hidden files
(1). Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on the Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on the Folder Options link
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose the Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
2. Delete virus files
(1). Delete the related registry entries to this Trojan virus through Registry Edit
Guides to open registry editor: Click “Start” menu, hit “Run”, then type “regedit”, click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete the following registry entries listed below:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this Trojan virus.
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
In a word, Trojan Horse Startpage.TOW is a risky Trojan virus that is really harmful to the computer system. It makes your computer perform slowly like a snail. The cyber criminals can collect your privacy for profitable or even illegal use. However, it is hiding deep in the system and is able to regenerate itself to escape from the removal of antivirus programs. You shall remove it manually as quickly as possible before more damages and losses.
Published by & last updated on April 4, 2013 8:36 am