The strange case of StartNow malware
|StartNow installed immediately after WinRAR|
What is strange about this case? A few things. First, both CNET and WinRAR have a decent reputation. Second, the StartNow malware makes no attempt to hide. The program even has an "uninstall" option that seems to work. I carried out standard removal of the extension/addon, changed the homepage back and removed StartNow using their own uninstall option. Unlike other malware sites, startnow has their own web site (startnow.com) and a support page that tells you how to remove their software (here). Now that I've done so, everything seems fine (but I do wonder if the other shoe might fall soon). StartNow looks like a case of people who made a product that does something useful (although I still have no clue what that might be), who crossed the line into MalWare but don't realize they have done so.