“Internet-start.net” is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that after being installed on a computer will attach itself to a browser, change the homepage, new tab page and the search engine. The user may be redirected to sites with potentially malicious content and may be shown different sponsored results.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of a browser may look like a legitimate search engine, and there can be browser redirects from the search results.|
|Symptoms||The user may have installed the application without his approval. Sets a custom homepage, search engine and may also change the new tab setting.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Internet-start.net|
|User Experience||Join our forum to follow the discussion about Browser Hijacker, PUP.|
Internet-start.net – How Did I Get It?
The “Internet-start.net” PUP usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your approval, by hiding itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly, and people get tricked into installing potentially unwanted programs such as “Internet-start.net”. Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” setting in an installation setup to see what, exactly, will be installed.
Other ways of getting infected are by opening spam emails and downloading e-mail attachments, or by clicking on different advertisements and banners containing potentially malicious content which may also add a browser extension. The domain name is the same: “Internet-start.net”.
Internet-start.net – More About It
“Internet-start.net” is classified as a browser hijacker. When it is installed on your computer, it may change different browser settings, such as the homepage, new tab and search engine, and may also install a browser extension. All these settings are to make “Internet-start.net” a default search engine and for you to use the “Internet-start.net” domain whenever you try making a search query.
Interesting how the Search engine works with sponsored links most of the time, but when you try typing something popular, it may show only 5 pages with results:
If you try searching for something in your browser, the hijacker can display incorrect or no results and sponsored links. You may also be shown advertisements in the form of pop-ups or banners. The sites which you may be redirected to, generate profit when on a pay-per-click basis and they could contain potentially malicious code to infect your computer more.
An interesting fact is that the logo which the hijacker uses, actually, belongs to a program called “DriverPack Solution” which is another program with malicious content detected on the Turkish sites it is distributed on.
Remove Internet-start.net Completely
To remove “Internet-start.net” manually from your system, make sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this malware completely, you should search for and remove the leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats that come your way.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Internet-start.net in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Internet-start.net.
Step 2: Remove Internet-start.net from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Internet-start.net and click “Remove”
After Internet-start.net is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Internet-start.net to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Internet-start.net has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Internet-start.net
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Internet-start.net. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Internet-start.net will be removed.