What is Start.wow.com (Mac)?

Start.wow.com, created by AOL Inc. is a malware site with own, based on Yahoo, search engine. Start.wow.com has several mirrors: Wow.com, Search.wow.com. At first sight, can seem that hijacker can increase the speed of a browsing, increase quality of search and many other things. Moreover, https://start.wow.com/ has a modern design with wallpapers and first time does not interfere with the user in any way. In fact, Start.wow.com starts to collect user’s personal data, freezing the browser settings. The main danger for Mac users is that Start.wow.com can analyze frequency and duration of users activities, the sites or apps, used by users before accessing AOL Inc. services and where users went next, whether user engaged with specific content or ads, downloaded an advertiser’s app, purchased products or other actions. All these information can be shared with affiliates or other partners, for example, terms of use page contain the following text:

Oath shares information within its affiliated brands and companies and with Verizon. We also share information we have about you for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy, including to provide Services that you have requested (including when you connect with third-party apps and widgets). We do not sell, license or share information that individually identifies our customers with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Oath unless one of the following circumstances applies:

With Your Consent. We will share information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Oath when we have your consent.
With Verizon. As part of Verizon, Oath and its affiliates may, to the extent permitted by law and consistent with user controls, share information with Verizon and Verizon affiliates. This information will be used consistent with Verizon’s privacy policy.
Within Oath. Information may also be shared within Oath, including with other Oath Services and affiliates. Oath affiliates may use the information in a manner consistent with their privacy policies.

Despite developers admit, that personal information can be sent only with user consent, in fact, most users don’t read terms of use, so they usually don’t know that their personal data are sharing. Take care of the safety of your information and Remove Start.wow.com from Mac right now.

Start.wow.com (Mac)

How Start.wow.com gets on your Mac?

Penetration of such programs depends largely on the care of users. Most of the malware comes bundled with other programs that the user downloads from the free sites. Few are closely watching the installation process, and sometimes do not know that their computer is at risk. Always read the user agreement and don’t press “Next” button once. First, make sure that the program is safe. Select advanced installation type. Remember that there are many similar programs on the Internet. Read reviews about the programs, and if your computer is already infected by Start.wow.com, then use the instructions below.

How to remove Start.wow.com from your Mac or PC?

To uninstall Start.wow.com remove it from Applications, then delete all leftover files and folders.

In our view, there are 2 products that potentially have Start.wow.com in their database. You can try to use them for removing Start.wow.com.

Recommended Solution:

Combo Cleaner Antivirus (Mac) – fully removes all instances of viruses, similar to Start.wow.com from Mac and Safari.

 

Download Combo Cleaner Antivirus

Alternative Solution:

MacClean for Mac – finds Start.wow.com and can clean up leftover items after removal.

 

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Or uninstall Start.wow.com manually.

Step 1: Remove Start.wow.com from Mac

Start.wow.com may not have app associated with it in Application. However, we recommend you to inspect the list of installed applications and remove unknown or suspicious ones.

Mac OSX:

  1. Open Finder
  2. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
  3. If you see Uninstall Start.wow.com or Start.wow.com Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
  4. Drag unwanted application from the Applications folder to the Trash (located on the right side of the Dock)

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Mac OSX

appcleanerTo remove leftover items of unwanted application on Mac we recommend you to use AppCleaner. Just drag application you want to remove to AppCleaner window and it will search for residual data on your hard drive. This will save space of your memory and will help to remove stubborn applications from Mac systems.

After that remove Start.wow.com from your browser.

Step 2: Remove Start.wow.com from browsers

Safari:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find Start.wow.com.
  5. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Safari.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Start.wow.com.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose Start.wow.com.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Step 3: Remove following files and folders of Start.wow.com:

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Information provided by: Tim Kas

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