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Remove Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker Fully From Your PC

Name Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker
Type Browser hijacker.
Short Description Sets istartsurf.com as a home page and a new tab page and begins injecting different forms of advertised content to the user, such as redirects.
Symptoms May change the homepage and new tab page. May cause redirects. May slow down PC.
Distribution Method Via bundling, social media hotlinks, redirects from other unwanted apps.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker

istartsurf-webpageIstartsurf.com browser hijacker is a suspicious search engine, developed by Greensky Technology Co. that is heavily ad-supported. Its presence on your computer is most likely due to a potentially hazardous browser hijacker, located in it. The suspicious search engine also uses several types of cookies in order to track users’ personal information and share it to external clients. It also administers sponsored advertisements in the form of banners, pop-ups supported search results, etc. This is particularly dangerous software, because it sets the website istartsurf.com as your home page and security researchers strongly recommend that you wipe its data clean off your machine.

Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It?

One way you may have received this potentially unwanted program is in similar way like other hijackers, such as mystartsearch.com, for example – bundling. This particular method includes such unwanted applications as free ‘extras’ to legitimate freeware programs the masses download daily.

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There are also other ways to get affected by this annoying application. You may have been redirected to a web link that could’ve added this as an extension to your browser. Most users get such extensions as plugins to watch a video on youtube. This may happen if you click on a fraudulent facebook, twitter or linkedin posts.

More About Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker

Once activated on your computer, Istartsurf hijacker may use tracking cookies to collect different user information. In their privacy policy, they clearly state what type of user information they collect and what they do with it:

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As visible, the company associated with istartsurf.com is considered to collect personal information and share it with external parties. In addition to this, the suspicious search engine does not have HTTPS encryption – something that is very important for search engines to have, especially when it comes to search results. But do not worry, because, after all Istartsurf is not a real search engine. In fact, it uses Google redirects to display its results.

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Also, besides having several ad spaces, one of which was a fake windows error, transferring us to to a download page of software(see the picture below), called Reimage Software Repair – a program considered by security researches to scare out the users, displaying exaggerated error messages with the sole purpose of scaring them to pay for a licensed version of it.

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More to it than that, we have discovered a lot of different external websites that were connected with this search engine. Being combined with a hijacker, there is a big possibility that, besides slowing down your PC, it also may make it unstable and prone to crashes. The biggest danger however is if you experience browser redirect to malicious site. Malicious sites are classified as such by experts if they do one of these activities to the user or the affected PC:

  • -Ask for personal or financial information from the user as a part of a fake survey or reward claiming registration form.
  • -Subscribe users to fraudulent tech support services that may drain money from his SIM card account. Such domains are mstechsupport.info, instantprivacyprotecton.info, myscanandprotect.net, safetyscan.info, informationdefense.info , privacyguard.co, safetyscan.co, all of which link to the same tech support number.
  • -Infect the PC with malware or crash his browser. A good example for this can be the web link that contains 16 digit code which crashes Google Chrome.

Along with the expanding of the internet of things, cyber criminals have also evolved, modifying malware to extort users by encrypting their files or stealing their information massively via different adware campaigns. This is why security engineers always advise users to be constantly updated with the latest in malware infections and cyber threats.

Removing Istartsurf.com and Protecting Yourself

In case you have had enough of this annoying app, make sure you act swiftly towards its removal. In order to be rid of it manually for free, make sure you follow the step-by-step removal instructions, provided below. And since you may have already experienced redirects to third-party websites, security experts strongly advise to download a special anti-malware program that will take care of any modified settings in your Windows Registry this hijacker may have done as well as any services running actively. Such software will also provide advanced protection against any future threats penetrating your PC’s defences.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker 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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker.

    Step 2: Remove Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker from your browser

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    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker and click “Remove

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    After Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker 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’.

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    After Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker will be removed.

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker.

    Removing Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    Removing Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
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    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker.

    Step 4: Remove Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker threat: Manual removal of Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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    How to Remove Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker from Windows.


    Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker

    OFFER

    Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
    We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

    1. Hold Windows key() + R


    2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


    3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
    Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


    4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


    5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


    Step 2: Uninstall Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker 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. To do that:


    1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


    2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


    3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


    Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker on your computer.

    The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

    You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

    1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


    2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


    3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
    Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

    IMPORTANT!
    Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
    This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

    Step 4: Scan for Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


    It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


    2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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    3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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    4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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    If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    Get rid of Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker from Mac OS X.


    Step 1: Uninstall Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker and remove related files and objects

    OFFER
    Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
    We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


    1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


    2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


    3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker:

    Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


    4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


    5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


    6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


    7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

    • 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 Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker 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:

    Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

    1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

    2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

    3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

    You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

    → ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    /Library/LaunchDaemons

    Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


    Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

    When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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    Remove Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker 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.


    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Erase Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker 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.



    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Uninstall Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker 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.



    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Remove Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker 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".

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    Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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    Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


    Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker will be removed.


    How to Reset Safari
    IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

    Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

    Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


    Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


    Eliminate Istartsurf.com Browser Hijacker 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.


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