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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Startup Maximizer

Startup Maximizer is an application that promises to speed up computers, remove malicious software from them, eliminate pop-ups and other advertisements that are shown to users from time to time, clean registry, and fix other PC issues. The description of the program sounds appealing, so there are many users who download this program from solidtechies.com and install it on their computers. We cannot say that this program is popular; however, it is really heavily advertised on the web. Of course, there is a number of users who detect this piece of software but cannot remember downloading it too, which shows that Startup Maximizer might enter the system without permission. We suggest that you eliminate this program no matter you have downloaded and installed it yourself, or it has sneaked onto the computer without permission because it is known to be a potentially unwanted application. We will tell you more about this software in the article, and we really hope that we could help you to decide whether or not to keep Startup Maximizer installed on the system.

At first glance, Startup Maximizer looks like a decent scanner. It even performs the system scan immediately after it is installed on the computer. It seems that it really works as it should because it finds a number of errors that have to be fixed. Unfortunately, the truth is that these scan results cannot be trusted blindly because researchers have noticed that this PC optimizer detects empty registry entries mainly. In addition, it has been noticed that it might remove shortcuts of legitimate programs claiming that they are “invalid shortcuts.” Last but not least, researchers have decided to put Startup Maximizer into the category of potentially unwanted programs because it has been noticed that users have to register the software, i.e. to upgrade a trial version if they want it to fix all the detected errors. At the time of research, the license for one year costs $29.95, which is not very expensive; however, we still do not recommend investing money in this tool because it does not seem to be fully trustworthy even though it says that it can identify and remove unwanted programs and optimize the computer’s performance.

Specialists working at pcthreat.com also do not think that Startup Maximizer is the most reliable application because it tends to enter systems without permission. Yes, people do not always download it willingly on their computers. Researchers have managed to find out that this potentially unwanted program often travels together with other applications in software bundles. It is sometimes possible to prevent unwanted software from entering the system. You need to pay more attention to the installation window while installing any new program (especially if it is known to be freeware or shareware) and uncheck the particular checkbox. If you do not consider yourself an attentive person, you should know that it is not a problem because you can still protect your system from harm. All you need to do is to install a security tool on the system. Make sure that the tool you use is completely trustworthy. Of course, it would be wise not to download software from third-party websites if you do not wish to download these “packages” of software too.

As you already know, Startup Maximizer usually enters systems without permission; however, we are sure that users quickly find out that it is installed because they notice the main folder of this program in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%, and %APPDATA%. In addition, they notice new registry keys created in the system registry and, finally, they see a new task added to the Windows Task Scheduler. Last but not least, the new shortcut will be put on Desktop. Remove Startup Maximizer and everything will get back to normal again.

Startup Maximizer can be removed through Control Panel; however, it has been noticed that it leaves its folder in %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%. It means that you will have to delete leftovers yourself too. Of course, you can employ the quicker method too, i.e. let an antimalware tool do the job for you. Do not forget that you should use a 100% trustworthy antimalware scanner like SpyHunter. The diagnostic version of this scanner can be downloaded from our website; however, you will have to upgrade it to remove Startup Maximizer automatically.

Remove Startup Maximizer

Windows XP

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select the program and click Remove.

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program and right-click on the unwanted program.
  3. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Launch RUN (Win+R).
  2. Type Control Panel in the box and click OK.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Find the software you wish to remove, select it, and then Uninstall it.

Delete leftovers

  1. Tap the Windows key + E.
  2. Enter %ProgramFiles(x86)% in the address bar and tap Enter.
  3. Find the Startup Maximizer folder.
  4. Delete it.
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