“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. On top of it all, you can experience different advertisements popping up and find yourself on landing pages unrelated to your search queries. The article will help you to remove Internet-start.net permanently. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions given at the end of the article.
|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|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Internet-start.net |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Internet-start.net.|
Internet-start.net Hijacker – 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 Hijacker – 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.
If your computer system is affected by this hijacker, you will see redirects to the search engine that comes with it and changes the other browser settings such as your homepage, new tab, themes etc. Extensions and addons which are connected to this hijacker could be in your browser apps and alter the new tab window, homepage, and the default search settings. That can be seen through redirects which are spawned to your pages when you are casually browsing the Internet.
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.
Internet-start.net – Data Collection and Tracking
Other than that, various cookies will be put inside your computer system. Different data will be collected by the hijacker and the cookie data will be stored and collected up to 10 years from the day it has been put in your computer device.
Remove Internet-start.net Browser Hijacker
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.