“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|
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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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Internet-start.net from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Internet-start.net from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Internet-start.net from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Internet-start.net from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Internet-start.net from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Internet-start.net from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Internet-start.net from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Internet-start.net from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Internet-start.net
Step 2: Uninstall Internet-start.net and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Internet-start.net on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Internet-start.net there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Internet-start.net from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Internet-start.net and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Internet-start.net via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Internet-start.net files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Internet-start.net, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Internet-start.net from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Internet-start.net from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Internet-start.net from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Internet-start.net from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Internet-start.net will be removed.
Eliminate Internet-start.net from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.