This article aims to help users remove start.iminent.com Virus (also referred to as Start Iminent Virus) from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
start.iminent.com Virus is quite invasive in its ways. It has been reported to quickly spread via various means and has affected many users already. It does not discriminate between Firefox, Chrome or IE – all popular internet browsers are equally affected. The most common place where users contract it is via bundles together with another free program. It can pose as a completely different type of file than it actually is, so be especially careful when on a torrent or a file storage site, because these can often be dangerous.
|Danger Level||Medium (May try to install other Adware or scam-attempting software on your machine)|
|Symptoms||Excessive Ads loading on most web pages, general slowdown of PC.|
|Distribution Method||Mostly through software bundles or online Ads.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove start.iminent.com Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove start.iminent.com Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
No matter which way it may have come to your doorstep, what is quite clear is you definitely need to remove it as fast as you can. As long as you tolerate its presence on your computer you are essentially exposing yourself to more potentially damaging viruses and other types of malware. One of the noticeable side effects of Start Iminent Virus is a significant slowdown of the affected device. This is due to the fact that the virus will run a scripted sequence loading pop-up advertisements or banners any time you open your web browser or whenever you try to open a new page while browsing. All this puts a heavier workload for your CPU and RAM to handle, it is not uncommon even two or three times bigger than what it was supposed to be under normal conditions. This can be considerably taxing, especially for older machines and can seriously hamper your system performance.
What to avoid when dealing with Start Iminent Virus
By most standards nowadays this is not a high priority threat to your security. This is mainly because the Ads in themselves will not directly cause any harm, but it is very important to realize that they very well may lead to more dangerous stuff if you are not aware what to do and especially not what to do when around them. That is not to say that start.iminent.com virus is safe to have in any way – you should strive to uninstall it from your system as soon as possible. While you have it you shouldn’t click on the advertisements because often times they will lead you straight to shady websites riddled with other malicious software.
- The only right way for you to interact with the ads is to close the pop-up, this is the safest course of action until you manage to remove start.iminent.com Virus from your system.
You can rely on our free guide to show you the way in this endeavor, of course feel free to ask any further questions in our comments section.
Remove start.iminent.com Virus
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Once start.iminent.com Virus has touched down on your hard drive it has spread to all browsers present at your system at the time. In order to permanently and completely eradicate it from your device you will need to apply steps 2 and 3 from our guide to all your browsers.
During that process you might encounter one last attempt by this devious malware. If you stumble upon a message suggesting you install some kind of free service or product do not be fooled and ignore it. What you will be installing is in fact the same or similar virus, be especially careful when you are about click cancel or no though, sometimes cheeky word phrasing is possible and you might be in trouble if you do it in a hurry.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find start.iminent.com Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Remove start.iminent.com Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
start.iminent.com Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove start.iminent.com Virus from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for start.iminent.com Virus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
VERY IMPORTANT! READ THIS!
Now that you are almost done with removing start.iminent.com Virus from your computer it is a common occurrence that you might lower your guard so to speak and effectively cruise through the rest of our removal guide. Please do not do this as the next few steps are both extremely crucial as well as very dangerous if not executed properly. You may damage significantly and often times irreversibly your whole system if you mismanage any part of our instructions from here on out. If you are not feeling really comfortable taking such chances it is our firm opinion that you should look to grab a professional malware removal software.
Also keep in mind that your personal information might be in danger, this is especially threatening if you keep user names and passwords stored in your browsers. In this type of situation the beast course of action is using a program.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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